Day 1 – The Ogún Meji Duo

The Ogún Meji Duo Music After performing together in larger ensemble contexts, drummer Mark Lomax and tenor saxophonist Edwin Bayard have decided to expand their artistic voices by decreasing the ensemble size. Their first studio recording #BLACKLIVESMATTER (offered as a free download) has proven to be a powerful confluence of aesthetics (sampling, free improvisation, and…

Day 3 – The Turbos

The Turbos Music The Turbos are a high energy, alt-rock, quartet based in Columbus. The band started as a side project between its current members Jordan (vocals/guitar), Lucas (vocals/guitar), Cameron (bass), and Matt (drums). The name The Turbos is derived from the influence that the Columbus Rock scene had on the band, as Lucas states,…

Day 5 – Krate Digga

Krate Digga Music Approaching 20 years in the game, Krate has solidified his name as one of the midwest’s most diverse hip hop and soul DJ’s. Having held residencies at the renowned poetry club Snaps N’ Taps, The Red Zone’s Standard Lounge, The Opium Lounge, The Brownstone, Cove Lounge, and Club Icon; just to name…

Day 7 – Liquid Crystal Project

The Liquid Crystal Project Music The Liquid Crystal Project calls their sound Jazz Hop because it blends the old school be bop of jazz legends like John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and George Duke with hard hitting drums of Hip Hop influences like J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Premier and Pete Rock. A Liquid…

Day 9 – Kimistry Maestro

Kimistry Maestro Music Kimistry Maestro was born in Buffalo NY and raised in Columbus Ohio. As Kimistry’s mother and father introduced him to church at birth. He then pick up a talent passed on from a gifted family that goes back several generations. He discovered his passion and love for music at the age of…

Day 13 – Paisha Thomas

Paisha Thomas Music “Utilizing various methods, I create art which allows me to connect with the human spirit. My primary medium for engaging others through art is singing and songwriting. I create music about love, politics, self-discovery, and the condition of the world. My first (eponymous) album was released on April 16, 2016. In order…

Day 17 – Willie Phoenix

Willie Phoenix Music Whether it’s haunting blues, straight forward rock, raw garage band noise or psychedelic fusion — Willie Phoenix delivers. Willie’s career has spanned decades and so has his passion; never stopping, never failing to deliver jaw-dropping performances with an undeniable edge. Born in Camden Alabama, Willie says he entered the world wrapped in…

Day 21 – TRANSIT ARTS

TRANSIT ARTS Music The TRANSIT ARTS Performance Group is a dynamic blend of outstanding professional artists and talented youth artists inspiring and challenging one another to honor our roots while creating fresh new work. Rhythms rise from turntables, microphones, and dancing feet, as poets, hip-hop emcees, breakdancers, DJs, beatboxers, and visual artists flow together to…

Day 23 – Qamil

Qamil Music Qamil is an American vocalist, songwriter, community activist, published author and CEO of Soul Dope Entertainment. Qamil’s musical roots run deep as the niece of Norma Jean Wright, the former lead vocalist of the 70s disco and R&B band, Chic. In 2013, Qamil established an independent record label, Soul Dope Music, which currently…

Day 28 – WATU UTUNGO

WATU UTUNGO Music WATU UTUNGO is a Columbus-based music collective that brings together Afro-Pop, Soul Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel sounds. WATU UTUNGO, which translates to ‘Rhythmic People’ in Swahili is helmed by drummer James Gaiters. Other members include: Eddie Bayard/Saxophone; Lee Savory/Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Myles Tate/Keyboards; DJ Krate Digga/Turntables, Loops and Sounds; and Dwight…

Day 31 – S.P.I.R.I.T.

S.P.I.R.I.T. Music A show so good and important to the local black arts scene we had to add a day to the original calendar to make it happen! Pioneers of the Columbus hip hop scene, S.P.I.R.I.T. –  Necessary, Creamy Dark, Balance, Rizz and Storm 9000 – has been putting on one of the most energetic and…