LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A brand new festival will celebrate all aspects of hip hop culture.
From emcees, to djs, dancers, spoken word artists and live graffiti, the community is coming together to showcase the plethora of talent in Louisville.
And the best part? All the proceeds go right back into the community.
The LouiEvolve Hip Hop and Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 16 to 17 at Tim Faulkner Gallery (1512 Portland Ave.).
With over 40 artists performing, guests can experience the diverse local hip hop scene in one place including sets from Dave., Big & Tall, Otis Junior, Bird Zoo, Touch AC, Allen Poe and many, many more.
Dave and J Murff stopped by The Setlist to chat with Kyle Meredith about the birth of the festival and its historic nature. See the interview in the video above.
The festival will be family-friendly during the day, with a Kids' Zone from noon to 4 p.m. each day with face painting, coloring and other fun activities.
Kids under 10 years old are free with an adult.
Saturday night will also feature a late-night cypher with Dr. Dundiff, 1200, James Lindsey (formerly known as Jalin Roze), and others.
Local non-profit AMPED (Academy of Music Production Education and Development), which helps kids develop their creative talents, will bring their kids to perform on Sunday afternoon, as well.
And each day there will be a mobile recording studio provided by Level 7 Studios for artists to record a track or two.
Tickets are $20 in advance for a weekend pass, or $30 at the door. One day entry is $17 at the door. Guests can get advanced tickets by clicking here.
On Saturday, the festival runs from noon to 2 a.m. Sunday the gates are open from noon to 11 p.m.
Food trucks will be on site and guests can enjoy Tim Faulkner's fully stocked bar.
All proceeds from LouiEvolve go to Forward Radio and Rhythm Science Sound.
The festival is just one piece of a concerted effort by artists to cultivate growth in our local hip hop culture. Organizers are hosting community workshops and discussions to further that mission year round.
The Setlist is a collaboration between WFPK Music Director Kyle Meredith and WAVE 3 News Producer Laurel Mallory. Find more local music by watching WAVE 3 News every Saturday morning or Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.
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