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

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Based on Urban Circus' long history of connecting people and resources, we are stepping into a new realm by bringing you a media source centered around exposure of creativity that is seldom seen or heard. Rooting itself in Houston's East End since 2009, Urban Circus, is an active participant and creator of local culture. We understand the need for our city's creatives and other creatives globally, to have outlets of exposure.

We are proud to announce that, Urban Circus, will be providing media support for Houston Arts Alliance's Transported + Renewed project taking place in the East End from September 1st, through November 30th. Transported + Renewed will be a three month long event series curated around the culture of the neighborhood. The events will feature performers from all over Latin America, as well as local artists and musicians. The series will encompass other festivals and events such as the East End Street Fest, Buffalo Bayou Shrimp Festival, and the East End Bicycle Opera which is an interactive biking event where GPS coordinates of riders create a musical experience, manipulating tones as they pedal faster and turn in different directions.


For more information on the Transported + Renewed project click here.