Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Javoen Byrd Drums The Beat of His African Heritage

by George Collins

It’s hard to miss Javoen Byrd as he enters Empire Espresso on Edmunds Street in Columbia City. He sports a cream colored outfit with soft gold balls dangling from the collar, an Aso Yoruba. It’s an outfit I’ve seen him wear several times when tapping his hands on a set of drums in celebration of his African heritage.

Continue reading Javoen Byrd Drums The Beat of His African Heritage

South End Heritage Festival Celebrates Local Musical Talent

by Carolyn Bick

Music from two different block parties wound its way down the block and into the ears of Columbia City’s and Hillman City’s pedestrians on the late afternoon of July 27. The parties, held at Big Chickie and City Teriyaki, were part of the first annual South End Heritage Festival.

Continue reading South End Heritage Festival Celebrates Local Musical Talent

PHOTOS: Othello Block Party’s Second Volume

by Naomi Ishisaka

The Othello Block Party reunited Abyssinian Creole (Gabriel Teodros and Khingz) on its stage along with music and poetry from DoNormaal and Rell Be Free among others at the the second volume of the event on July 27. Photographer Naomi Ishisaka attended to catch the sights of the festival.

Continue reading PHOTOS: Othello Block Party’s Second Volume

Community Arts Create Hosts First South End Heritage Festival July 27

by Carolyn Bick

Festival organizer Benjamin Hunter is excited for the upcoming South End Heritage Festival on July 27, an event meant to blend a musical festival and the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival.

Continue reading Community Arts Create Hosts First South End Heritage Festival July 27