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Performing Arts: Music; term
Clint Breeze is the artistic persona of Indianapolis-based drummer and Hip Hop producer, Carrington Clinton. The Groove is an all-star lineup of Indy-based Jazz musicians featuring Nick Tucker (bass), Jared Thompson (saxophone), Joel Tucker (guitar), Christopher Pitts (piano), Zachary Finnegan (trumpet), frontman Pernell From Pike (emcee, vocalist) and led by drummer and beatmaker Clint Breeze.
In 2016, Breeze released ‘Nappy Head’, an album that highlights the socio-political climate of Black America featuring the artistic signatures of over two dozen rappers, musicians, singers and poets collaborating with artists Oreo Jones, Drayco, Flaco and Sirivs Blvck to name a few. Nappy Head generated a buzz around the city of Indianapolis and established itself as local ‘classic’. It also received critical acclaim from music writer Kyle Long who covers the band regularly for both Indianapolis’ NPR affiliate (WFYI) and Indy’s alternative newsweekly (NUVO).
In 2018, Clint Breeze and The Groove has shared the stage with Trombone Shorty and Durand Jones and The Indications, headlined several festivals in Indianapolis including Chreece and Indy Jazz Fest. Clint Breeze and The Groove released their debut studio album in April 2019 and are currently taking that project on tour.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper; term
Gary Gee, finds the urban setting to be extremely fertile ground for all types of artistic expression. Some of this inspiration has evolved from illegal graffiti and hip hop culture, or was acquired directly from art studies to design creation for wearable apparel and gallery exhibition. Gee’s puts a lot of himself in his creations, much of the work is poetic and reflective of his experience in urban environments, the tight-knight communities, the dreams, desires, goals and the troubling and malevolent ways that black men are viewed by society. This work is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers taking the tangible form of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage sculpture exploring the weight, depth and breath of the inner-city agglomeration through storytelling.
The work is an extension of this versatile artist, it’s an honest visual narrative which includes a mix of natural talent, formal education, raw emotion with a sharp urban edge, and a strong street art aesthetic. The visual commentary in his artwork includes a compelling range of work expressing a wide range from as far back as his playful Jr. High School sense of humor days, or an eclectic satirical spin on daily life-daily living, to a more quantitative and powerful social and political perspective.
His current body of work has been based on exploration in ceramics which include pieces composed of hand cast miniature brick walls set off with a graffiti style amid visual symbols which he extracts and extends from the familiar. These often contain hidden messages, important cultural or social representations meant to engage the curious onlooker. The skulls are also hand cast, many of them contain imagery as well. The crowns are regal imbued with gleaming luster finishes, multiple layers of glazes and incorporating his favored mixed media aspect by utilizing acrylics and spray paints. The skulls that he creates are both a challenge and a lot of fun at the same time for him personally, due to the scientific aspects of ceramic media in general.
The effort that this gifted artist has put out into the universe has manifested into many honors and awards including selection as an Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, an Indiana Arts Commission, On-Ramp: Creative Career Accelerator Participant and a recent Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Accomplishments such as these have helped to bring his creations further into the arts mainstream as well as through participation in a number of juried exhibitions across the country. His work is now held in private and corporate collections.
Gee, has also now come to the realization that he should be more vocal as an artist, and in addition to creating distinctive artworks he recently began facilitating a weekly “Monday 2 Monday,” Motivational Monday campaign on social media in 2018.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Storytelling; term
Devon Kondaki is an author/illustrator of picture books.
Performing Arts: Music, Vocal; term
Chuck Mason was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1988. Mason works predominantly in the medium of music, but includes video in his larger scale projects. Mason is currently enrolled at Indiana University – Purdue University (Indianapolis) studying Business/Supply Chain Management. He has had numerous shows throughout Indiana.
He is represented by Nightsons, LLC and The Chuck Mason Administration. Mason is currently working on his 3rd solo project “god.:The Autobiography.” He lives and works in Indianapolis.
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Music, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Theatre, Vocal; term
Reckless Rhymacide (Kelvin Coe) is a rap/hip hop artist and songwriter form Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the biological brother of hip hop artist Loc Rhymacide (Anthony Coe). He began rapping in elementary school. His biggest musical influence was his cousin, producer Carlton Hart ($ir Hart). He recorded his first EP Young Black Males in the early 2000’s. His follow up LP Greatest Stories Ever Sold wasn’t released until several years later due to him serving a stint in prison. Both projects earned him regional success in the Midwest, and opportunities to open up for artists such as Twista, Coo Coo Cal, and Lil’ Flip.
Currently, Reckless Rhymacide is in the process of taking his musical career to the next level. Recently, he released several singles that are available for stream and download on all digital platforms. His most notable song is titled Wet Wet. Be on the lookout for more content in the near future. As stated by Nuvo Weekly columnist Steve Hammer, “Reckless Rhymacide is a force to be reckoned with.”
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper; term
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television, Spoken Word; term
“…they only consume what we put out……” –Tony Styxx
The radio bores me. Can’t remember the last time I saw performance from a mainstream artist live or televised that moved me. Cd’s don’t get bought anymore. And YouTube has made everyone a star.
The value of one’s progress and hard work equals leaks. The standard for “classics” has been set to the qualifications of tweet topics and ringtones. And the term legend applies to anyone in the game for more than 2 mix tapes and onstage performances.
Whose fault is this? It’s the Artist fault.
I can point the finger at the consumer all day but it won’t change the fact that, the reason they buy into lack lust performances, mediocre production, and less than par capability to keep the idea that “classics” aren’t born, they are created out of dedication and integrity no matter how much “shine” is thrown at you, is because artist like myself who have the ability to keep true art alive aren’t doing our job. WE MUST DO BETTER.
ART is an expression of self. True. But once tainted by carbon copy habits, those of us truly pouring our lives through pen and pad are considered “trendy”, or “bitters.”
Hi. I’m Tony Styxx. I do Hip-Hop, Spoken Word Poetry, and Human Beat boxing. I practice 3 hrs a day, 7 days a week. I refuse to let a day go by where I don’t write at least 2 pieces, good or not. I perform with the idea that I could die before I hit the stage, on stage, off stage. I perform with the intent on being remembered not for my clothes, catchy hooks, fame or twitter followers. I perform so that the very next time my name is brought up a young boy will go nuts like I did back in high schools when cats asked “whose better Nas or Jay-Z?” I perform so that the very next time you feel like quitting, my voice echoes through out you heart, soul, mind….and you don’t hear the words…you hear the intangible and overwhelming motivation to be more and push forward.
THAT’S what art is supposed to do. Music is equivalent to water. There’s life and death in water. WE as ARTIST are responsible for what we allow our supporters to consume.
Performing Arts: Music; term
A Bagga Trouble
Live Music Traversing all realms of Time & Genre
Songs you haven’t heard in awhile and songs you heard for the first time today.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Performers and Writers, Works on paper; term
Multi Artist in Indianapolis..Independent freelance portrait artist/tattoo artist. Attended Memphis College of art 2000-2002 Associates in Fine Arts. Over 100 portrait pieces sold.
Favorite medium- Charcoal and graphite
Style-Realistic Drawing , Calligraphy,
Tony Wallace II
Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Vocal; term
Tony “WHOA!” Wallace II is a Christian Rapper from Indianapolis, Indiana, who recently released his ninth CD, A Day in the Walk.
There needs to be many more music artists like TonyWHOA! and if they are out there then they need to be promoted. WHOA! makes and performs hip hop music: a genre currently filled with negative stereotypes of ungodly wickedness that has plagued/cursed individuals, families, communities, schools, people groups, cultures, work environments, cities, states and countries all over the world. WHOA! is not afraid to say what needs to be said in order to stop the plague…Even if it takes him denouncing hip hop to let you know who and what is more valuable and most important in life. This man is not only an rapper/MC(or whatever you call it). He is a brother, husband, father, a friend and a very hard working man. TonyWHOA! makes it clear as day that he is not about street status, money or popularity.
He fearlessly and boldly states the truth in his lyrics. He poetically delivers mature messages of substance, wisdom, encouragement, hope, love, peace, righteousness, consequences, grace, mercy and faith in his own creative/unorthodox way..yet with clarity. Pay close attention! You’ll want to listen again and again; just in case you missed something the other times around. Whenever, or however TonyWHOA!’s name is brought up, there is no question who TonyWHOA! stands for…JESUS!!!
(written by A.P. Spaulding Jr.)
“Trying to paint Tony as an average cat would be doing him disservice. As a matter of fact TonyWHOA! is a dude cut from a different cloth. He is a throwback MC in every sense of the word. Not only that, based on his socially conscience and at times humorous rhymes’ Tony might be considered a symbol of those who would like to take things back to “The Roots.” (Paul Collins, Dasouth.com)
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