When you walk into Delray Beach’s Arts Garage on Nov. 29, the organizers of “Hip Hop Revolution” want to give you a survey of South Florida’s rap culture
“I want the patron to be immersed in the hip-hop culture,” says Art Garage’s Ethan Dangerwing, whose title for this event is director of dopeness. “The whole facility will be activated. The first thing … you will see are graffiti artists, because that is a huge feature of the hip-hop culture. We’re also going to have a few clothing/apparel artists. We’re going to have break dancing. At 9 p.m., the music starts. We’ll have 10 to 11 performers onstage.”
This is the performance space and gallery’s first deep dive into rap culture. Previous programming has delved into jazz, blues, country and gospel.
“The arts have the ability to connect communities to the world,” Arts Garage CEO Marjorie Waldo says. “It’s important that people who have a platform that could possibly bring people together and blur the lines that divide us should use that platform for good. Hip-hop is so much a part of the mainstream culture at this point. It’s so influential.”
Dangerwing adds, “I want Arts Garage to show that hip-hop isn’t just what you hear on the radio here. It’s many things.”
How to get tickets
“We wanted to keep the ticket price low so that it was accessible to everyone,” Waldo says. “And we’re not having our cabaret seating, so it’s standing room. We can have a lot more people.”
How to get there
Arts Garage is located at 94 NE Second Ave., in Delray Beach.
“But that’s the night Delray Beach is having their Christmas tree lighting,” Dangerwing warns. “Atlantic and Swinton [avenues] will be closed for the tree-lighting ceremony. So we are stressing to everyone to take Uber, Lyft or a jetpack to get here.”
The rap roster
“One of the biggest [acts] is Eric Biddines,” Dangerwing says. “He’s a Delray Beach local making huge moves. He’s touring internationally.”
The list of South Florida artists slated to perform also includes Chris Redding, Malcolm Stewart, Wex the Master, T.Evans, Kizzy Yahbo and BMagic, Blaine Legendary, Jo Tiki, Nick Palmer Says!, GodLikeGio and 3M1V.