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Lotus Valentine and her fellow local artist Lady Venus are prepping LV & LV Night of the Arts for Friday night.
Lotus Valentine and her fellow local artist Lady Venus are prepping LV & LV Night of the Arts for Friday night. (Photo: Lotus Valentine Facebook)

Riverwest's Jazz Gallery Center preps for Night of the Arts local showcase

On Friday, The Jazz Gallery Center in Riverwest hosts LV & LV Night of the Arts, where up-and-coming local artists will be able to perform and display their creative works.

The event will feature visual art of all kinds, from paintings and photographs to clothing and jewelry. There will also be more than a dozen live acts from a variety of genres, from soul to pop to hip-hop to funk.

Michelle McAdams, an aspiring local acrylic and music artist who goes by the name Lotus Valentine, is one of the hosts for the event.

"Milwaukee is boiling with talent; we’re literally so close to being recognized on the level we deserve," she said.   

McAdams and co-host Analisia Torres, AKA Lady Venus, organized Night of the Arts after trying to incorporate their art into local galleries. After they contacted the Jazz Center committee, they found out that there was a whole week where the walls in the gallery were devoid of art, so the two decided to jump on it. McAdams describes the showcase as "something different, something new."

To help out with the event, McAdams reached out to local establishments and members of the community, who proceeded to donate food or raffle items for Night of the Arts.

Starting at 5 p.m. the event will open with a showcase of visual art available for purchase. A half-hour later, the live acts will start, running until around 9:30 p.m. There will also be a raffle. Be sure to bring cash so you can purchase these unique handmade items, as credit cards will not be accepted.

Check out their Facebook page for more details here.

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AUTOMatic chatted with WMSE Local/Live about Herbie Hancock and his influence on the group.
AUTOMatic chatted with WMSE Local/Live about Herbie Hancock and his influence on the group.

WMSE Local/Live: Milwaukee hip-hop trio AUTOMatic

AUTOMatic is undeniably a savvy crew, fronted by scene veterans A.P.R.I.M.E. (emcee, producer), TrellMatic (producer) and JDL Rockwell (DJ, production). The trio has consistently created fresh, upbeat and funky yet structured sounds since its inception in the late '00s. Very much influenced by the '90s with its easygoing but conscious hip-hop style, AUTOMatic’s output is simply great danceable stuff with a great message.

AUTOMatic, along with the House of M, helped pave the way for the recent Milwaukee hip hop explosion. On last year’s "Arising" EP, they were still pushing forward with their solid foundation of modern R&B influences mixed in with the jazzy stuff, but they also began edging it up by throwing in a bit of experimentation with some electronica-infused sounds.

The group’s latest release is centered around A.P.R.I.M.E.’s more solo-leaning project under the alias of "3099." Although admittedly still AUTOMatic, the group’s latest EP is indebted more heavily writing-wise to its leader, fittingly entitled "AUTOMatic Presents: 3099." On it, they dig even more smoothly into their effortless balance between classic and more modern sounds, steadily adding on those burgeoning new elements of sound and adding depth of field thanks to a strong collaborative spirit. In the past, they’ve worked with younger local artists Vincent Van Great and El Shareef; on "3099," they prominently feature guest vocals by local R&B crooner Lex Allen.

On Tuesday, April 26, AUTOMatic played on WMSE’s Local/Live, the same day as the release of "3099," playing two live sets that featured songs from that new EP as well as unreleased material set for release in the fall. During the interview portion, AUTOMatic mentioned several times the great influence musicians like Herbie Hancock had upon their own creative output. Fittingly, AUTOMatic chose to feature "Come Running to Me" from Herbie Hancock (from his 1978 album, "Sunlight") at the end of Local/Live for the "This Is Your …

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