HiCalLife debuted their first signature event “The Living Room” during The Newark Arts City wide Open Doors Arts Festival. This annual celebratory weekend highlights and showcases visual and performing arts at the galleries and other venues around the city. The turnout for this year’s weekend activities was even more successful than last. Some of the highlights for this weekends events was Music Speaks: Rock The Shot, an art exhibit presented by Akintola Hanif, the Performance Showcase from Evoluculture, and even a birthday celebration from Forever Audacious’s Kaylan Jones.
HiCalLife debuted their signature showcase and after party “The Living Room” in the heart of downtown Newark for the weekend festivities. The Living Room was an art and entertainment blast off event for the purpose to unite, educate, and empower the community through visual and performing arts, while providing a space for fun and entertainment.
The evening was a snowball of arts and good vibes. J Read (Violinist) and Arthur Press (Flutist) kicked off the evening with a live duet set to set it off, which seemed to make the beautiful art work come alive. HiCalLife got some of the dopest talent to bless the walls. Among them were Duthie @TFDutchman, Osiris @Asiatic_Ethiopian, Mike @WinnerChamp, and Eli Mint @TheArtAlchemist.
With light conversation, live acoustic music, and art, it would only make since to segway into our feature spoken word artist. Shaheed K Woods @TheBeaconOfLight is an actor and teacher from Jersey City who has long been a time force in the New Jersey and New York Theatre. He featured a solo set of monologue and spoken word to the theme of art and revolution. He ended with his signature “Battle Cry” to a full house roaring in applause.
Producer and DJ, Janye @JanyeIsDope, was next to set the vibe with his funky soulful set. The room went from 0 to 100 real quick as the drinks started pouring, the L’s started turning, and body’s started moving. As J Read’s producer, it was only right to transition to his performance. J Read dropped Mary Jane, as well as 2 never heard, soon to be released tracks.
DJ Sienna and the Female Cypher Takeover were the next to set it off. From the classics to the hottest hip hop still fresh off the press, Sienna kept the vibe rocking as more people poured in. We still had more in store.
The finale was the art exhibition protest for marijuana prohibition. It featured a rolling contest with 3 lucky volunteers all hosted and judged by the NJWeedMan, cannabis activists and personal candidate for various NJ elected offices.
KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN FOR THE NEXT! You already know there’s more to come.