Guante: “Hope is Something We Build”

Artist name: Guante Featured Work 1: Ten Responses to the Phrase, “Man Up” Writer, activist and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Guante performs his poetic works with great vulnerability, strength and lyricism and with the powerful intent to communicate deeply and effectively about issues that matter to him. Indeed, the topics he chooses, such as masculinity,…

Tank and the Bangas: “The Hope of the Memories I Haven’t Made Yet”

Artist name: Tank and the Bangas Featured Work 1: Tiny Desk Concert on NPR (2017 Winners!) When Tank and the Bangas show up, you will be treated to a soulful, surprising, funky musical experience rich with organic, flowing beats and lyrics both playful and poignant. This band’s unique style is truly captivating and they don’t shy away from…

Erica Bryan: “An Emotion Stopped in Time”

Artist name: Erica Bryan Featured Works 1 and 2: Billboard and Haunted House (and photos) Erica Bryan is a passionate, captivating, and gifted singer and musician whose powerful narrative songs cross and transcend genres. Her voice is compelling and beautiful. Here’s how her sounds is described on One Stop Country: she [uses] “her soulful vocal against…

Pretty Rik E: “Make Waves That No One Can Ignore”

Artist name: Pretty Rik E Featured Work 1: Pretty Rik E Performance of 5 O’clock In The Morning (these videos contain somewhat adult lyrics and content) and photos Meet and enjoy Pretty Rik E, who knows how to own the stage with his captivating Hip Hop drag king performances. You’re welcome. Another performance is here, and you can check out clips from…

Eleanor Underhill of Underhill Rose: “Connected with Everything”

Artist name: Eleanor Underhill of Underhill Rose Featured Work 1: “Love Looks Good on You” and photo of Eleanor Underhill   The union of Eleanor Underhill on open-back banjo, Molly Rose on guitar, and Salley Williamson on upright bass results in the gifted and acclaimed “all-female trifecta” that is Underhill Rose. Enjoy their distinctive, harmonious, and soulful songs, which feel both ethereal…

Ava Laurel: “I Have So Much Planned”

Artist name: Ava Laurel Featured Works 1 and 2: Ava Laurel is an inventive inter-disciplinary artist who works with words, drawn and photographed images, and music. Her insightful observations and creative commentaries on the world around her are candid, engaging, fresh, and colorful, with an urban mood. Below, enjoy more of her images and one of…

Nik West: “I am making ME.”

Artist name: Nik West Featured Work 1: Nik West playing Michael Jackson’s Get On The Floor–she says, “Great bass line by the late great Louis Johnson! I added a few more percussive notes and ghost notes than the original just to add more of a drum feel to it.” Also, check out this song she wrote called LOUIS J here….

Vaughn Whitney Garland: “Art is the Discovery of Myself in the World.”

Artist name: Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland Featured Work: RightHereOnce, Online Sound Walk: sample from Geology of the Fall Zone: North Geo Tour (select the image below to visit a segment of this interactive audio walking tour series) Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland is a sound artist and independent curator who is an active participant in Richmond, VA’s vibrant public and community art scene.  He creates sound…

Connor Stratman: “Art is a Collective Motion”

Artist name: Connor Stratman Featured Work 1: I’m Not Really Flying I’m Thinking   Conor Stratman’s sound explorations have both levity and density and are mysterious, ambient, sonorous, soothing, and questioning. Featured Work 2: Wires Above The Ground 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is art to you? I like to think art is a physical movement that…

Velvet Kensington Burlesque: “To Use My Art to Continue to Empower Women and Femme Presenting People to Love and Own Their Bodies.”

Performing Artist name: Velvet Kensington, also known as Helen Fourness Featured Works: Performance and Pin Up Shots  Insightful, gorgeous, funny, and inventive: burlesque artist Velvet Kensington is a vivacious and creative entertainer. She is a trained and gifted dancer and thoughtful performing artist who engages her audience in inspired and sexy performances, combining the personal, political, erotic, humorous, and shocking, with a tone of empowerment, exploration, and…

Close the Hatch, Band: “Sharing Something Personal but Relatable”

Musical Artist/Band name: Close the Hatch Featured Work 1: The Nighttime Pugilist (“The brighter the star /The Darker the shadow”) The sounds of this post-metal/sludge act, Close the Hatch, are rumbling, haunting, and raw.  As Denise Falzon writes with Exclaim, “Filled with dense, monolithic riffs and eerie, ambient noise, Death & Resistance contains a harsh yet delicate atmosphere that…