ANOTHER HOLIDAY WEEKEND is done – which means another edition of The Art of Noise (AON) is complete. Two years ago, I called AON the best party in Richmond. Since that time, DJ Marc, Kelli Lemon, Mad Skillz and the Heavy Hitter DJ Lonnie B continue to move Richmond’s music culture to unprecedented levels. Sunday night’s AON was the second sold out event at RVA’s largest event space, The National, hitting capacity at 1,500 music lovers. The event sold out in advance and yes, there is even a secondary market for AON tickets with people texting friends and asking via social media for extras. It’s basically Richmond edition of Hamilton.
Quickly getting known for their historic surprises, Sunday night’s crowd exploded when the legendary MC turned DJ Biz Markie walked out to greet the crowd. He performed a few of his classic hits (Vapors and Just a Friend) and then got behind the turntables to rock the party till close.
AON is a slightly different in a venue like The National. The dance vibe that packed the earlier venues is different when the crowd is more focused on the stage but they are even more passionate about every song. The music never disappoints, Marc, Lonnie, and Skillz play everything urban music lovers feel. Once the party gets going Skillz and Kelli keep the crowd going leading dances with the audience.
AON is extending the party – geographically – as they are in Durham, North Carolina this Friday (tickets are on sale now). I can’t wait to see how far they continue to push the culture and top every event. #WESEEIT