The Summer's Freshest Festival

This summer on a warm evening in June, I found myself at Last Concert Cafe for FreshDark Fest. Having heard about it from friends who were performing as well seeing flyers tucked away in every nook and cranny around town, it looked to be a new flavor in the burgeoning local festival scene. Fusing electronica, soul, jazz, and classic hip-hop the lineup included local acts as well as several out-of-towners. Along with the well-curated lineup DJ Elevated and DJ Anarchy spun between sets keeping the vibe alive all night long. The event also featured live art, local vendors, crafts, and baked goods.

Local music-collective Milky Wayv (pictured in art below) stood out with their energy and eclectic sound. Watching this group of young talent rise up in the city has been exciting to watch. Their performance was the best I've seen to date and proved that unified talent blows minds. Definitely be on the lookout for them as they host events around town and relentlessly release online content.

An other act that blew my mind with their sultry soul meets hip-hop vibe was Oshun. Their beautiful melodies blended with impeccable flows make you envision what it would be like to witness a Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu duo-supergroup. With their homegrown Brooklyn roots-style sound, these ladies will see many bright things in their future as they continue to inspire, teach, and heal through their music. Intellectual, soulful, stylistic, harmonious, pure - one love.

Capping off the night was Shafiq Husayn of famed Sa-Ra Creative Partners. He performed some ill new content along with a few of Sa-Ra's hits. His eclectic taste and futuristic sound made it easy to see why he headlined a festival built around cultural progression.

FreshDark Fest won our vote for the freshest festival of the summer. Can't wait to see what they cook up next year!


all images ©The Eternal Artist (T.E.A.) 2015

December in NYC

NEW YORK, NY - This city is many things, so many in fact that if you're looking for something, it's probably here. The accessibility caters to all walks of life and all professions. Walking the streets you get a sense of what it would be like to be a bee living in a hive. In three days time I have seen everything from heroin addicts slumped over in the corner of a subway car, to street fights, to police with batons ready to drag off protesters. The best moments thus far have been seeing the graffiti scrawled across the walls of the city and the musicians filling the stench ridden air of the subways with beautiful sounds.

It is great to be in New York during a time of protest when people are openly exercising their rights by protesting the recent atrocities of the 43 students killed in Mexico, Mike Brown's murder, as well as the choking death-by-cop of Staten Island resident Eric Garner. This city definitely emanates one great life lesson; you are defined by your actions, so act wisely.