LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hip-hop is not just about the music. It's a culture, a way of life. Sure it's about emcees, but hip-hop is also about dancers, DJs, poets, and artists.
LouiEvolve Hip-Hop and Arts Festival brings all of them together for two days at the Tim Faulkner Art Gallery in Louisville's Portland neighborhood. Back for its second year on April 14 and 15, catch the region's top emcees and DJs, a poetry slam, a national bboy/bgirl competition, live graffiti and more.
The festival is family friendly until 10 p.m. each night, with specific kids activities on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Those include face painting, DIY instruments, a free mobile recording booth, and performances from young artists with AMPED (Academy of Music Production Education and Development).
Get a glimpse of the bboy competition in the video above, as break dancers visited WAVE 3 News Weekend Sunrise.
"[LouiEvolve is about] building, growing and evolving. Becoming something bigger and greater and showing people that we have a lot to offer," Dave Christopher, a festival co-founder and local rapper, said.
Food trucks and a full cash bar are available all weekend. The festival also brings in a wide range of vendors and artists. Friday doors are open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday they're open from noon to 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 for a weekend pass or $15 for the day and can be purchased online. Kids 12 and under get in free. Security will be present at the festival.
Find out more on the background of LouiEvolve, and how it gives more to the community than just an annual weekend festival, at louievolve.com.