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August 25, 2014

Inaugural Culture Fest lays claim to Nashville

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In a few days days the inuagural Culture Fest Nashville, presented by Xfinity and sponsored by The Tennessee Tribune, kicks off with the legendary Third World taking the stage at the Nashville Farmers’ Market to deliver one of the best performances you’ll see this year.

Third World has 40 years of stage credit for its hit songs, sold-out tours and inspirational messages, Third World remains committed to the excellence of reggae music. One of the longest running, most sought after and diverse bands Jamaica has ever produced, the group travels the world spreading the message of Peace, Love, & Unity. Expect the unexpected with a Third World performance. The performance is August 27 at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25. The group is presented at the Farmer’s Market in partnership with the Nashville Farmers’ Market, National Museum of African American Music and VicRae, Inc.

Russell Gunn plays Miles Davis on Saturday, August 30 at 8 p.m. at the Fisk University Memorial Chapel. Some believe it bold and off-putting for a trumpeter to cover the repertoire of the legendary Miles Davis. Grammy Award nominated jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn has built a career on being bold and to some off-putting, so his critically acclaimed take on the music of Miles Davis comes as no surprise. Join he and his band Elektrik Butterfly as they cover Miles across the decades. From Kind of Blue to Tutu, Gunn and his combo provide a must experience concert for jazz heads and students of great music. Tickets are $25. The show is presented in partnership with Fisk University and the National Museum of African American Music,

FunkJazz Kafe: Diary of a Decade (Film) delves into the fabric of soul music, its definitions, its pioneers, its offspring, its movements and the challenges with the “mainstream” industry. With Atlanta as the backdrop for soul music’s 1990’s renaissance, Diary of a Decade is a film not to be missed and features Cornel West, Erykah Badu, Joi Gilliam, Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Talib Kweli, Andre 3000, Dick Gregory and many others. The film is directed by Jason Orr and narrated by Chuck D. It will be screened on August 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.00. The show is presented in partnership with Tennessee State University College of Liberal Arts, the National Museum of African American Music and Lovenoise.

Fahamu Pecou is an artist and scholar who comments on contemporary culture and hip-hop. His work addresses concerns around representations of black masculinity in popular culture and how these images come to define black men across generations and geographical boundaries. This timely multi-media exhibition includes works on canvas, video and wall projections from selected works. Fahamu Pecou appears on Saturday, August 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the Arts Company, 215 5th Avenue. Conversation with the artist begins at 4:30 PM .
The Arts Company, 215 5th Avenue.


Global Spotlight introduces South of Here: A Celebration of Caribbean Culture. When people think of the Caribbean a paradisiacal vision of beautiful beaches, the bluest water, reggae or calypso music wafting through the air and fruity drinks accompanied by umbrellas immediately come to mind. The Caribbean is comprised of over 7,000 small islands and 27 unique countries with their own history, culture and customs. Join us for South of Here and explore the rich culture of the Caribbean. From cooking demonstrations, traditional storytelling and more, we’ve got your passport to the Caribbean Islands on Wednesday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 the Nashville Farmer’s Market. This event is free.

Culture Fest Conversations features Black Music + Blues People — Examining Contemporary Black Music happens August 28 at 6 p.m. at the Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center
and is free. Fifty-one years ago Amiri Baraka, then Leroi Jones, wrote Blues People: Black Music in White America. In this seminal work Jones examines blues and jazz music as performance and cultural expression, even in the face of its commodification. According to Baraka, the music helped spread values and customs through its media exposure. What values and customs are being spread through Black music in the 21st century? Can the legacy of the blues still be found in Black music or has the music finally assimilated? Where is Black music going? Join us for this very provocative conversation featuring filmmaker Jason Orr, Nashville’s own Shannon Sanders and representatives from the National Museum of African American Music and Lovenoise. Facilitated by Leatrice Ellzy.

#Ferguson – Artists Respond to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and its aftermath, which have captured the attention of the world and focused a spotlight on the issues of race in America, law enforcement’s treatment of communities of color and the economic divide among other things. As culturalists focusing on the art and culture of the African Diaspora, the unfolding of events lay heavy on our hearts and reinforce our resolve to continue the work of building and bridging communities through arts, culture, scholarship and activism. Artists have historically responded to turmoil with context and perspective. Culture Fest Nashville has invited artists from the local Community and our guest artists to provide a creative response to #Ferguson. Join us for this expanded conversation on August 29 at &:30 p.m. at a venue to be announced.

The countdown to Culture Fest Nashville starts now with tickets available either online at or at the Tennessee Tribune, 1501 Jefferson Street. From music and visual arts to insightful conversations, the show promises a unique experience for adults, children and teens.

Free programs require online registration and are on a first come, first serve basis.

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