President and CEO of Forever or Never entertainment company Tony Dural had a vision to bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate all forms of creativity. An event of this caliber and importance needed a unique venue. The Blind Whino, an abandoned church turned art gallery adorned from stem to stern with artistic expression proved to be the perfect place.
Clash of the Arts, February 28th at Blind Whino was a raging success. The event supported several aspects of artistry. Dancers, visual artists, bartenders, spoken word poets and musicians alike were featured showcasing their talents for an eclectic crowd of spectators.
Music flooded the halls as people moved from room to room enjoying the sights and sounds. Artists like graphic designer and animator Ricco Williams, created visual masterpieces around the main hall while spoken word artists Malik Amari and Shad the Spitta blessed the crowd with thought provoking verses.
Performing artist, D. Shawn sang sweet melodies leaving the ladies starry-eyed. The bartender competition began with a burst of fire and a few sweet juggling tricks. Through it all Pokah Havoc played a mix of everything from 4EY the Future to Diplo. Clash of the Arts was a sensory massage.
Once the upstairs portion of the venue opened the event transformed. Music lovers settled into the electric-neon painted room, famously known for the dueling lions on either sides of the large performance area framing the stage. The event became a concert hosted by WPGC 95.5 producer and digital correspondent, Ashleigh Demi featuring the musical styling of WPGC DJ Joe the Cat Daddy.
Artist Kove rocked the house with energetic rap tunes. A vicious freestyle battle left listeners in awe and rapper, Supa Kool Kat with the victory, trophy and prize of $600.00 cash. The freestyle competition was judged by D.C. metropolitan area heavy hitters, WLVS radio host and artist consultant James Yankee, DMV Life Hip-Hop feature writer and songwriter Ambre “Mz. Green Eyez” Tomlinson and WKYS 93.9 promotions coordinator and producer/artist Harold “Harlem” Morton. The competition was steep but in the end, razor sharp, off the cuff lyrics won Supa Kool Kat the title.
The major highlight of the evening was a performance by well-known D.C. artist, Visto. Visto performed several of his fan favorites including his hit song with a recently released video “Shinobi” and new peaceful, positive single “Namaste”. Hippie Lyfe Krew supporters in the audience cheered when the fashion forward and wildly unique rapper/R&B vocalist took the stage.
Clash of the Arts D.C. has left satisfied art connoisseurs as well first time culture seekers asking “When is the next event.” Everything one could want from an event supporting the arts was available. The success of this endeavor has surely broadened Forever or Never Entertainment’s already extensive fan base. “Tony Dural, When and where is the next Clash of the Arts? We want more!” By: Ambre 'MzGreenEyez' Tomlinson (@MissGreenEyez)