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Hip-hop artist Dre’Co joins several prominent artists and musicians from the St. Louis area for RFT’s Art A’Fair on Thursday, June 23 on Cherokee Street.

Last month we officially announced RFT art fair a live celebration of the St. Louis arts and music community, taking place at gold record (2720 Cherokee) and four more locations on Cherokee Street on Thursday, June 23. The initial lineup included Alexis Tucci, Maxi Glamour, and the Knuckles to name a few – but we also teased a future announcement. Today, we’re delivering on that promise with several new additions to the show, including actors, poets, musicians, and even an aerial artist.

Presented by Ascend Cannabis and in collaboration with the Cherokee Street CID, Art A’Fair will offer attendees an experience of art in a myriad of forms including live music, dance, theatre, live painting , body art and more. You might call it sensory overload, but we like to think of Art’Fair as a full arts and music gala – minus the stuffy dress code, of course. Grab your discounted early bird tickets until June 11 here.

While Art A’Fair features music and performance art, the event also honors the winners of the ChangeMaker Awards, which spotlight four local emerging artists and present them with a non-binding check as a thank you. for their contributions to local arts. and music community. We’re not quite ready to reveal the winners just yet, but we can share the latest additions to Art A’Fair with you.

ART A’FAIR POETRY EXHIBITION | with Kristen Harris “K Money the Poet” Gregory Maurice, Bobby “Phree” Williams, Ardimus Caldwell, Tracy “T-Spirit” Stanton, Lethal the poetHobie Wolff, Shy the Poet, Rachel “Ray Lay Down the Truth”, Louis Conphliction

SHINES | Electro Pop / Indie / House

DRE’CO | hip hop and rap

CHEROKEE STREET THEATER COMPANY | An excerpt from their Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 Live Parody

SAMUEL P | surreal hip hop

SUN WOMAN CIRCUS ART | Multi-talented circus performer

Since it’s been weeks since our last announcement and this whole thing has a lot to do with it, let’s comb through the full list with a fine-toothed comb.

Hosted by Maxi Glamour, the inaugural edition of Art A’Fair features live music by Alexis Tucci, Dre’Co, Dubb Nubb, Justin Ra, The Knuckles, DJ Limewire.Prime, Mammoth Piano, Samuel P, Stllegend, Umami and Brielle. It’s a mix of house, hip-hop, folk, pop and rock bands, not to mention some of the hottest DJs in town.

Performance art is an important part of the show, and programming includes “Speak,” an Afro-diasporic dance experience from Amara Arts, a clip from Cherokee Street Theater Company’s live parody of Kill Billfire art by Ignited Arts and an aerial performance by Sun Woman Cirque.

The stage isn’t the only place the art will fall apart, either. Visual artists will be stationed in the rooms with live paintings from Art Dimensions and Chris & Rebecca Sabatino to name a few. Don’t miss body painting by Jessica Dana and Davide Weaver, live video projections by Blake Butler and an immersive video environment by Chizmo.TV.

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K Money the Poet brings the heat on Thursday, June 23 for the Poetry Art A’Fair Exhibition.

Kristen Harris “K Money the Poet” leads the Art A’Fair poetry exhibit with a roster of prominent poets and wordsmiths, including Gregory Maurice, Bobby “Phree” Williams, Ardimus Caldwell, Tracy “T-Spirit” Stanton , Leethal the Poet, Hobie Wolff, Shy the Poet, Rachel “Ray Lay Down the Truth” and Louis Conphliction.

During Art A’Fair, guests will have exclusive access to several Cherokee Street venues hosting live art performances, including The Golden Record, Impossible Sensing, Earthbound Beer, Art Monster, and The Luminary on Thursday, June 23, from 7 p.m. a.m. to 11 p.m.

How do you think we’ll fit all of this (and more) into a four hour block? keep an eye on Riverside Time in the coming weeks for an update on the schedule and any last minute additions or changes. In other words, stay tuned. For now, take your tickets and secure your place for the most colorful kick-off of the summer!

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