There is a party for everyone this NBA All-Star Weekend. Chicago came out and showed appreciation for the 15th-anniversary tour of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats, and Lyrics (AB+L). Bringing fusions of urban art and music to create a one-of-a-kind cultural experience to everyone from the seasoned art collector, the social media enthusiast, and the hip-hop community, the Art, Beats, and Lyrics event was a perfect blend of various artforms. Artists Little Brother and the winner of Netflix’s hit show Rhythm and Flow, D Smoke brought the heat inside on a cold winter’s night.
AB+L’s very own visual artist-curator, Dwayne “Dubelyoo” Wright, began this as a one night only show promoting Atlanta art & music. It has grown into a national tour with over 100 exhibitions. “Dubelyoo” features the work of over 50 artists and believes these shows provide an exciting environment to view art and exhibit work in which people of color can see themselves.
To celebrate the broader community, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) also supported this traveling exhibition with Jack Daniels. The NMAAM is a global music destination providing a transformative, inspiration, and educational experience across generations.
DJs kept the crowd entertained by playing music from some of today’s top hip-hop and old school hip-hop artists. Jack Daniel’s provided the cocktails, and the art surrounded the vast space that could only bring this tour to life. This blend of hip-hop and urban artistry made this interactive experience that featured tech-centric installations, and visual art exhibits a one of a kind experience.
Shera Strange, Contributing Writer