Art of Music @ R2K Studio will take place on Friday, February 4 and is the first of an ongoing series of music, visual art and fashion events that will be presented by R2K Studio (Pictured above: photographer Erik Kabik).
The kick-off event will feature live music by hip hop artist Random Abilideze and a Rock & Roll photo exhibit by RETNA photographer Erik Kabik. By attending this FREE event not only will you be supporting more awareness to the Art’s District, you will also get an EXCLUSIVE performance by a great artist and an inside look at some of Erik Kabik’s favorite iconic music photos.
Erik will be exhibiting a special one of a kind print of Lil Wayne featuring 2 images of him from The Joint show in November, 2010, 2 days after his release from Rikers Island. Both images ran in features in Rolling Stone Magazine these past 2 months. Many other concert photos will be on display as well.
DJ Rated R will also provide music throughout the evening and perform with Random Abiladeze. George Lyons of The Lyons Den radio program from 91.5 FM KUNV will M.C. the entire evening.
The event is FREE and open to ages 18 and over.
Random Abilideze (“Abilities”) is a dynamic and celebrated hip-hop artist, spoken word poet and community educator who hails from Sacramento, CA. A two time champion of Northern California’s “Got Spit?” competition, Random’s work has been honored by the Hip Hop Congress, a grassroots international cultural arts organization, as well as numerous schools, community venues and universities. His second CD, “Brutally Honest” (featuring tracks with world renowned beatboxing champion, Butterscotch) was described by 209Vibe.Com Magazine as “Original, creative, and most importantly, intelligent”. In October 2007 Random was named “Poet of the Month” by Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs. In 2009, he won Stanford University’s prestigious “Battle of The Bay Poetry Slam” for the second consecutive year in a row and was the 2008 Champion of Sacramento State University’s “Word of Conscious Action” Poetry Slam. A sought after performer and speaker, Random has won several rap competitions including ones broadcast on 103.5 (KBMB) & 102.5 (KSFM). He has shared stages with: Nas, Immortal Technique, Tech N9Ne, Zion-I, Living Legends, Chino XL, Pigeon John, San Quinn, Little Brother, Diabolic, Mistah F.A.B., Planet Asia, Taalam Acey, Butterscotch, Z-Man, Amir Sulaiman, and Black Sheep.
Erik Kabik has been photographing some of music’s top names for the past 20 years. Inspired by the late iconic rock photographer, Jim Marshall, Kabik turned his love of music and photography into his profession. Kabik received his break in the industry after longtime Grateful Dead publicist, Dennis McNally, granted him access to photograph a Dead show from the “pit” at Oakland Coliseum in 1990. Kabik will be displaying a broad selection of the musicians he’s photographed during the past 20 years including The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Jay-Z, Madonna and U2.
WHEN: Friday , February 4, 6 p.m. (First Friday)
WHERE: R2K Studio 1201 S. Commerce Street in The Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas