LouiEvolve is organized by members of Louisville’s hip-hop community. | Courtesy of LouiEvolve

According to organizers of the second annual LouiEvolve hip-hop and arts festival, the event will showcase five essential elements of the genre: DJing, graffiti art, dancing, emceeing and, most importantly, knowledge. The two-day celebration will be held Friday and Saturday at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland.

With more than 40 emcees and DJs and dozens of slam poets, artists and musicians, LouiEvolve also strives to be a family-friendly experience and will open up the festivities on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. for children of all ages.

Some of the instruments kids can make on Saturday

A Kids Zone will be available during that time and offer kids a chance to make their own instruments, record a song, contribute to the stencil wall and get their faces painted.

On Friday, the area’s slam poets will compete in the River City Showdown, which will be followed by performances from more than 20 artists. And on Saturday afternoon and evening, there will be a break-dancing competition as well as more performances from the likes of DJ Illanoiz and DJ Mozdefinite.

A kids’ break-dance battle will be held at 3 p.m., and the adult competitions start at 6.

This year’s lineup features locals Dr. Dundiff and Otis Junior, Hoodstock Records, Kori Black, Hurraseason, B Simm, Bird Zoo, T-Razor and many more, and there also will be a special a live recording by Jecory “1200” Arthur.

In light of last month’s deadly shooting during a rap concert at Faulkner Gallery, organizers say extra security will be on hand throughout the venue during the festival.

LouiEvolve runs from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday, April 14, and noon-1 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. Tickets are $15 per day or $20 for the entire weekend. Kids 12 and under are free. The Tim Faulkner Gallery is located at 1512 Portland Ave.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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