What is Black Lily?
Origin: Black Lily was a legendary open mic collective in late 1990's Philadelphia that was started by Grammy award winners Questlove and his bandmates: The Roots. The open mic night started out of necessity to find like minded talent to fill a void that was missing on mainstream radio and in music at that time. Black Lily grew to legendary status and spawned the careers of not only The Roots, but many other multi-platinum acts of the more cerebral neo soul/r&b/hip hop era of the early 2000's including Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Musiq Soulchild, the late J Dilla and many more who have influenced what we listen to today.
What is BLACK LILY UPRISING? Simply put, it’s the inspired continuation of that legendary movement now based in West Palm Beach and focusing on South Florida's gifted music and art scene. Black Lily Uprising makes it's debut during the internationally famous SUNFEST festival week at one of the Palm Beaches hottest art spots: WINE SCENE, which can best be described as part gallery, part ultra lounge, part New York style warehouse.
Among those performing will be:
International Pop/R&B/EDM group from Trinidad & Tobago: The RegulaZ
Hip Hop Artist and MC: Blaine Legendary feat. Neo Soul Songstress: Miranda Renald
SXSW Hip Hop Artist: Shay J
Art Basel Featured Soultronic Music Sensation: Senerio Baptiste
Internationally Known Spoken Word Artist: Rebecca Butterfly Vaughns
BET Certified Pop/R&B Diva: Annishka
South Florida Acoustic Soul Songstress: Leila Capri
Latin Hip Hop and Spoken Word Artist: Oscar Lugo
Art Basel Certified Illustrated Artist and Poet: Jason JaFleu Fleurant
Poet/Author/Activist: Yanatha Desouvre
Actor/Director/Vocalist/Poet: Shariff Butler
Hip Hop Artist: Heem
Hip Hop Artist: Quan Duke