Nashville has always been a city about music, a city that has inspired so many for so long with its creative atmosphere.
Like many others, hosts Matt Baratz and Cole McDonnell of Hooligan Recordings were drawn to this creative spirit and saw something more. They were inspired to inspire, not only through music, but also by the arts.
Tonight around 7 p.m. marks the semester kick-off for First Fridays, an interactive, monthly celebration of the arts where music, fashion, photography and art simultaneously take to the stage to raise money for partner charity organization, Rock 4 Hunger.
“Rock 4 Hunger is actually the parent organization of one of Friday’s performing acts, Royal Hoax. I knew that I wanted to support some sort of charity with our events here in Nashville—it was just a matter of finding the right one. I coincidentally met the members of the band five or so days after I moved to Nashville in August of 2014. We’ve been working together ever since,” said Baratz.
To date, Rock 4 Hunger has donated close to 75,000 meals.
First Friday premiered last semester after Baratz moved to Nashville with a vision to increase collaboration across the art mediums. Inspired by a similar event in Baratz’s hometown, Phoenix, Ariz., First Friday sprung to life in the front parking lot of Local Honey.
Tonight’s festivities are taking First Friday to an entirely new level.
For the semester kick-off, Hooligan Recordings is throwing a two-day First Friday festival at Rocketown with local artists and vendors.
The whole atmosphere is inspired to inspire. With musical guests from Andrew Lowery Band to Ivory Coast and vendors such as Dirty Clothing and Local Honey, the First Friday festival kick-off promises a good time.
“We’ve got a ton of really great stuff going on this Thursday and Friday, so it’s hard to say what got us the most excited. Aside from the music, I’d say I’m extremely excited to see our visual artists take the stage. From painting to photography to make up design, we’ve got a powerhouse of talent waiting to be displayed for everyone this weekend,” said Baratz.
Along with fashion vendors and musical appearances, there will be a fashion show and photo booth. Hooligan Recordings is also offering a charity raffle where entrants can win everything from a photo shoot to a styling session. All proceeds from the raffle go to Rock 4 Hunger.
The festival is $10 for both days or $7 per day. Tickets are available at the door or through Ticketweb that can be found on the Facebook event.
Tonight promises to inspire with a fantastic celebration of the arts that promotes and embraces the local community. Help support a community of talented, local artists coming together not only to raise money for a good cause, but to inspire others with a fun, interactive experience.
For more information, check out hooliganrecordings.com or the First Friday Facebook event.
Here is a list of artists and vendors who will attend the event Thursday and Friday.
Live Music: Braintapes Kat Milk Blu Matthew Holton Andrew Lowry Band BANGZ Royal Hoax Ivory Coast
Photographers: Sam Polonsky Photography Ryan Booker Photography Nathan Zucker Photography
Visual Artists: Make Up Artist: Ash Beauty Stylist: LuAnn Branham Female Models: Sarah Ritter, Christina Owens, Taylor Rose Woodford. Male Models: Jacob Métoyer, Jordan C Greenwald, Cole McDonnell.
Vendors: ScottOsterbind / Local Honey / EXILE / LUNA PYRA / Esau Cruz / Dirty Clothing / Christmas Day / DesertVibrations / Hooligang / RoyalHoax / ArthurHenryKirkbyIV
Event Sponsored by: Innovo Management, LLC Local Honey Studio 16