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Black music culture is more than Hip Hop and R&B.  As far back as the 1930’s and 1940’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe lit the torch of rock and roll, bringing distorted electric guitar first to Gospel music and then Rock and Roll. Influencing everyone from Chuck Berry to Bo Diddley to Little Richard to Carl Perkins to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, her fire still burns to this day.  Moving forward in time, the Pacific Northwest has a rich history in black rock and soul bands many of which were finally honored in the documentary Wheedle’s Groove . 


As recently as last year Seattle finally honored Tina Bell who was an incredible pioneer for black woman in punk rock that eventually influenced the grunge scene many white rock bands emerged in the 1990’s from the PNW.  In this spirit, two young black artists hailing from the Pacific Northwest – Cameron Lavi-Jones of King Youngblood and Anthony Briscoe of Down North decided it is high time that Black artists fully reclaim rock music.  Lavi-Jones, whose band is described as Alt Rock/Afro-Punk and Briscoe, whose band is decidedly Punk Soul Rock have founded the aptly titled Black & Loud Fest. Lavi-Jones and Briscoe are bringing an army of alternative black fronted bands and artists together for the inaugural Black & Loud Fest on September 10, 2022 at LTD in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.


Thanks to our sponsor Jack Daniels, THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND. Featuring incredible stage, lighting and audio production, this event, open to the 21+ public, will also be a film shoot for the forthcoming Black & Loud documentary.  

 Black & Loud Fest celebrates the long lineage of Black artists that have strapped on a guitar and raised their fist to the sky across America with a spectacular line up of Pacific Northwest Black artists.  The 2022 Black & Loud Fest features: Down North, King Youngblood, The Black Ends, Jaiden Grayson, Payge Turner, Earnie Ashwood, Jamaar Smiley, DJ Cherubim_Tha_Multitude, the Fest’s DJ Emcee 52Kings and this just in from Portland, LA and NYC the wild and beautiful female duo with band known as SUSU.  Many more PNW black fronted bands and artists will be interviewed for the documentary.

The music loving brand Jack Daniels is the proud title sponsor of Black & Loud Fest 2022 as the official whiskey of the Festival.  Expect a plenitude of specialty Jack Daniels whiskey based cocktails celebrating the Black artist legacy of Rock & Roll.  Jack Daniels has a long history of supporting popular music in America and has always wanted to bring their brand to broader audiences celebrating black fronted music in alternative genres beyond Hip Hop and RnB. 

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