Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Festival Line-Up and Event Calendar

Columbia, SC (March 16, 2018) – With this year’s theme of All Hail the Queens, Love, Peace & Hip-Hop proudly announces its full talent line-up and 4-day festival calendar.

Supporting legendary headliner MC Lyte on Saturday, April 14 for World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day is an all-female lineup featuring DJ Cocoa Chanelle and B-Girl Honey Rockwell, as well as local hip-hop artists LaLisa, Katera, and Litty and spoken-word artist Selah the Poet. The event will also feature the Charismatic Dance troupe and the winner of HOT 103.9 FM’s Roc the Block contest.

Recognized as radio royalty and as one of the greatest DJs in the country—male or female—DJ Cocoa Chanelle is perhaps best known for her 16-year career on New York City radio station HOT 97, and as the first DJ ever employed by BET.

Born and raised in the South Bronx, legendary b-girl (breakdancer) Honey Rockwell was a member of the world-famous Rock Steady Crew, who went on to tour with the Off-Broadway hip-hop musical, "Jam on the Groove.” She also performed on MTV's New Year's Eve 2000 and at the VH1 Fashion Awards with Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Event Calendar

A four-day festival (April 11-14), this year’s programming for Love, Peace & Hip-Hop will include Columbia partners like EdVenture Children’s Museum, Tapp’s Arts Center, and Indie Grits for innovative and exciting events that honor both hip-hop culture and the women who helped shape it.

Wednesday, April 11

Hip-Hop Bounce House Party at EdVenture Children's Museum

Kick off the Love, Peace & Hip-Hop festival with an afternoon of family fun at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Using music and literacy to motivate and educate, award-winning musician and storyteller Kobie Da Wiz will be on stage for an afternoon filled with DJs, dancing, and bounce houses. 5:00 to 7:00 PM. FREE.

Thursday, April 12

Love, Grits & Hip-Hop: Opening Night Party at Tapp's

Love, Peace & Hip-Hop is partnering with Indie Grits for an Opening Night Party like no other. Deniro Farrar headlines in the Skyline Room at Tapp’s with openers NIKOS and FatRat Da Czar, while indie rock and dance pop is featured below in the two other venues. 7 PM – 12 AM. Advance $10, Door $12.

7:00pm – DJs

9:00pm – NIKOS

10:00pm – Fat Rat Da Czar

11:00pm – Deniro Farrar

9:30pm – Blanko

10:30pm – Niecy Blues with ET Anderson

11:30pm – 2 Slices

12:30am – ET Anderson

9:15pm – John Wesley Coleman lll with Spider Bags

10:15pm – Spider Bags

11:15pm – Zack Mexico

Friday, April 13

I Wanna Be Down: Women Claiming their Space as Entrepreneurs in the Marketplace

Love, Peace & Hip-Hop honors the entrepreneurial spirit of women on Friday evening at Tapp's. Featuring a panel of women making their way in the fields of fashion, art, tech, and literature, this event aims to educate and elevate as well as entertain. Enjoy music, art, fashion, and be inspired by speakers who have claimed their space in the marketplace. 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Saturday, April 14

World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day

Hip-Hop Family Day is proud to present the legendary MC Lyte along with a full line-up of female artists and performers, including DJ Cocoa Chanelle, Honey Rockwell, LaLisa, Katera, Litty, and Selah the Poet. This year’s Love, Peace & Hip-Hop festival is themed All Hail the Queens, honoring the artists who paved the way, changed the game, and transformed the genre into an empowering outlet for women and girls around the globe.

One of the most prolific and well-respected hip-hop artists of all time, MC Lyte opened the door for future female artists through a series of firsts for solo female rappers: she was the first ever nominated for a Grammy; the first ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall; the first to receive a gold single; and in 2006, MC Lyte became the first solo female rapper to be honored and inducted on VH-1’s HIP HOP HONORS. A pioneer in the industry, Lyte is also the first female to perform hip-hop in the White House and first African American female to serve as the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization).

Presented by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, the City of Columbia, and WellCare Healthy Connections, Hip-Hop Family Day is an unforgettable FREE day of fun with the best and brightest live performers, DJs, dance crews, hip-hop visual artists, and craft and food vendors. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. FREE.

Bonus Track:

Sunday, April 15

Indie Grits presents: Sunday Dinner

After the festival, come out to Monticello Road for Indie Grit’s Sunday Dinner. Hosted by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop founder FatRat Da Czar, this daytime block party closes out the Indie Grits Festival with the blues of Amythyst Kiah (headliner), as well as Grammy Award winning folk star and founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons; and the jazz and hip-hop stylings of The Beast out of Durham.

Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon with friends, food trucks, and music. Location: Monticello Road next to Hyatt Park. 1:00-5:00 PM. FREE.

1:30pm – The Beast

2:30pm – Dom Flemons

4:00pm – Amythyst Kiah

Festival Sponsors:

City of Columbia, WellCare Healthy Connections, Columbia Music Festival Association, The Big DM 101.3 FM, HOT 103.9/93.9 FM, WLTX Channel 19, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Tapp’s Arts Center, CZAR Records, SODA Clothing Co.

Love, Peace & Hip-Hop by the Numbers:

· Founded in 2013, World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day is celebrating its 6th year.

· 12,000+ attendance in 2017.

· Over 40% of festival attendees from outside of Columbia, SC, including GA, NC, and FL.

· Past national acts include: Kid N Play, KRS-One, Nice & Smooth, Big Gipp, Monie Love, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee.

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