So, the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest is now history, taking place on Saturday, July 25 in Marvin Gaye Park in Washington DC...can we say SUCCESS!? The second annual event boasted high attendance, two stages, freebies and vendors galore on one of the hottest days of the summer despite construction debris and untidy renovation taking place in the park.
Here are what some folks are saying in the press*...
"There was a fair amount going on here – good rotation of musicians on the main stage, vendors hawking their wares, a fashion show, indoor performance space, delicious crabcakes, sunshine, cool breezes, and at one point, people randomly walking around and giving out Blue Bunny frozen yogurt bars (side note: try this stuff, particularly white chocolate raspberry). Pretty fantastic. Tough to beat free fro-yo, greasy carnival food, and live hiphop on a warm July afternoon." -Chris Svetlik, BrightYoungThings.com
"...a great festival last Saturday called Capitol Hip Hop Soul Festival at Marvin Gaye park in Northeast and had a blast, lots of local hip hop and soul artists who really poured their hearts out with their music.” -photographer Néstor Sánchez Cordero, quoted on blog Prince of Petworth
"Many view this festival as a testament to dedication in establishing a strong hip-hop scene."- Ra-Jah Kelly, The Washington Informer
We would like publicly thank the following members of Liberated Muse.com who had a role in the success of the event:
Turtel Onli, GeminiVisions, Sankofa Doll Artistry, Shan'ta Monroe, Choke, Vernessa Blackwell, Mary Gaskins, MYST Studios, all of the performing artists featured, Kevin Sabio, Mary-Frances of Capital Community News, Ron Johnson, and anyone else we may not have mentioned who spread the word, attended, vended, sent well-wishes or referred someone our way who was able to help out. The Liberated Muse network has demonstrated its community and committment to promoting the arts and we are so happy to be in community with you!
Visit our site www.LiberatedMuse.com or our Facebook fan page at http://www.new.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/pages/Liberated-Muse/21953095543 to view new photos from the event. There are over 500 photos from this great day!!!! If you are on Facebook, make sure you tag yourself in the photos of yourself you see!
*we didn't post the link to the Washington Informer because there was inaccurate information regarding the number of folks who attended and an incomplete listing of who performed and other inaccuracies."
All photos above by Shan'ta Monroe of Eyewurks