Thursday August 20th Brooklyn Wildlife (a creative services platform) will be throwing a show at Backdrop in Downtown, Brooklyn. Chris Carr, the mind behind BK Wildlife, is known for consistently bringing together a diverse crowd of genre crossing performers and independent artists. When asked what his platform's mission was he stated, "We are an incubator of ideas, creativity and originality. . . a platform for curation, production and distribution of art products that have commercial value with cultural relevance." After years of working with artists from Brooklyn and beyond Carr seems to have a natural ability to synthesize his experiences making his curatorial skills unique and inspiring.
The August 20th show which features Johnny Popcorn, Black God Pantheon, Lady Moon and the Eclipse and Meridian Lights highlights a collaborative ensemble of connectivity and diversity. The bands cross genre’s from hip hop to R &B to alternative rock to soul, yet their messages and specific styles directly correlate with one another. One of the lead singers of Meridian Lights says it well when he states in his EPK video, “We all have our own interpretations of life and experience with love. Somebody presents you a painting and your interpretation really makes it art.” Johnny Popcorn reiterates this sentiment when describing their music, “Its melodic, a mosaic of your whole life on stage at one time - all the art, the colors, on one canvas - an experimental project gone good.” It’s this passion for art and dedication to love - whether it be love of self, love of culture, love of language, or love of style that brings these different bands together in one house. Lady Moon and The Eclipse, a group who started up only a year ago, describes themselves as a family and carry their own fashion line with them wherever they go. Considering their members spread across the world from the Congo to France to Chicago to Japan they are a multi-cultural family that transcends place juxtaposing the individual and the whole. Crimdella from Black God Pantheon has organized a group of poets, singers, live musicians and mc’s under the banner of celebrating the African diaspora in their music, their art and their presentation. Through Crimdella's monthly Dashiki Party and his moniker of Black Zeus and Black God Pantheon he is trying to draw attention to the historical contributions made by People of Color. The music is representative of Black culture, Caribbean culture and African culture while welcoming and inclusive to all those who want to experience these elements.
If I had to put these bands into one category it wouldn’t be a genre of music/art or an aesthetic style - it wouldn’t concern their audience or their outlooks on life - it would be much simpler than that. Meridian Lights, Johnny Popcorn, Lady Moon and the Eclipse and Black God Pantheon all represent something many people grapple with - what it means to be citizens of the world. As Oliver Goldsmith says in his essay titled National Prejudice, “We have now become so much the natives of one particular spot, or members of one petty society that we no longer consider ourselves of the general inhabitants of the globe, or members of that grand society which comprehends the whole human kind.” If you want to be reminded of what it means to be a citizen of the world, what it means to feel love and passion on the grand scale, what it means to unite self with universe come out to The Backdrop (87 4th Ave) in Brooklyn on August 20th.
By Melissa Hunter Gurney Excerpts by Chris Carr