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The BJP Kickback: Dirty South Edition

Festival
Offsite
FREE
No Ticket Required
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Come enjoy a fun, chill evening of “dirty south” luxury in this community experience hosted and curated by hip-hop artists BAANG, Jasper Logan, and Big Piph. Presented in partnership with the CB to You Mobile Art Lab and hosted at Onyx Coffee Lab’s Rogers HQ, The BJP Kickback draws inspiration from Crystal Bridges’ temporary exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse.

Come enjoy a night of fantastic music and kicked-back fun as DJ Raquel spins dirty south hip-hop classics and highlight the genre’s greatest hits. The late afternoon experience includes areas for spades, dominoes, and other classic southern games, as well as storytelling and pop-up performances by local artists. The mobile art lab will be passing out watercolor sets and offering free exhibition tickets to The Dirty South.

Free, no tickets required. Drop by anytime from 3 to 6 p.m.

 

About the Artists

DJ Raquel, grinning and holding a mix deck infront of a purple and blue background

DJ Raquel

As a college student that’s been in the game for nearly a decade, DJ Raquel may be the region’s youngest DJ with the most experience. She even got to play at her own prom.

DJ Raquel is motivated by her musical family, especially her father. One of her first experiences DJing was for the Salt Bowl, a competition between two football teams in Saline County. At 11 years old, her dad who was DJing the event asked her to play for a few minutes in his absence. Once Raquel decided to play what she wanted, the crowd loved her music, she says. As soon as her dad noticed, he planted the seed for her to start taking DJing more seriously.

With more than 100 shows and years of collaborating and performing under her belt, DJ Raquel aims to “make [her audience] forget” their troubles and help them feel exhilarated, free, and overall hype. Even though she’s experienced in catering to various audiences, DJ Raquel says she feels like her mature and true self when she’s playing EDM, House, “gritty” and “hardcore” music.

As a student studying marketing at the University of Arkansas and as the co-executive vice president of marketing and media for Hill Records, the student-run label at the university, Raquel won’t only be making waves as a DJ in the area, but she’ll be attracting fresh musical talent that’s much needed in Northwest Arkansas. Young and wise, Raquel knows “if you love something, just do it.” She wants to show others she belongs on stage just as much as the next person does. DJ Raquel also wants to see more Black women playing House music and says it’s important to change the narrative of what a DJ looks like.

Bio adapted from a feature by Robyn Jordan, originally published on ARGotSoul.com

About CB to You

The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is a traveling pop-up art experience energizing the power of community through art. Featuring regional artists from across Northwest Arkansas, the art lab will be visiting local libraries and festivals around the region to bring artmaking, music, storytelling, and more. Find out more about the program, see a full schedule of stops, and get to know our guest artists and partners!