Provocations: Closing Performances
Community dance event with DJ and drummers
Afro Beta is a unique, interactive musical experience led by DJ Mikemetic and the Afro Beta Soundsystem. It centers around ethnic dance music selections sourced by Mikemetic, and features a collection of live drummers, dancers, and other creatives. Blending traditional drumming with Detroit techno, Chicago house music, and diverse rhythms of the African diaspora, the Afro Beta experience has been one of the defining cultural elements of the Richmond music scene for over 10 years. Afro Beta will lead the closing ceremony for Rashid Johnson’s “Monument”, with attendees encouraged to bring drums and other rhythmic accompaniment to participate in the musical celebration.
Richmond native Marcus Tenney started his musical career at the age of 11. He is a prolific multi-instrumentalist who plays saxophone and trumpet in local acts Butcher Brown and No BS! Brass Band, as well as his own jazz quartet. Their album Moment, released on American Paradox last year, recalls classic jazz greats such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Marcus Tenney has also worked with artists Nicholas Payton, Braxton Cooke, Count Bass D, Bon Iver, Natalie Prass and many more. As part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument”, he will be performing a solo set on saxophone.
Gospel singers from Richmond’s historic First African Baptist Church
Founded in 1841, the historic First African Baptist Church has been a center of cultural and spiritual life in Richmond for over 150 years. Under the leadership of Michelle Lightfoot, the 25+ member Contemporary Choir has performed at 2nd Street Festival, The Maggie Walker Museum, Brown’s Island, and many other venues. After captivating audiences with their opening week performances, and encore appearances over Martin Luther King weekend, the First African Baptist Church Contemporary Choir returns to the ICA for the closing weekend of Rashid Johnson’s Monument.