Black owned music venues are a lifeblood for The Culture. A place where creators for The Culture get to entertain us all. And with the return to normalcy on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment to show some love to a few of the best throughout the country. We’ve put together a quick list of 5 black owned music venues you should check out if you get the chance.
Afro Caribbean Nights Vegas
Located in Ls Vegas, this is the spot for a night of Afrobeat, Reggae, Reggaeton, Dancehall, Hip-hop, R&B and even SOCA. expect a Cultured Night Life and amazing music to accompany the good vibes. The owner is Mara who also runs a African cultural exchange non-profit Da African Village. The venue has a beautiful lounge atmosphere with a 5-man in-house DJ team whose sole job it is to make you move.
Aretha Franklin Amphitheater
Named after the Queen of Soul herself, the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater is one of the only venues of its kind literally located on a dock with a gorgeous waterfront backdrop. Located in Detroit (Franklin’s hometown), it is owned and operated by entertainment programming professional Shahida Mausi. A good sized venue, the capacity is 6,000 capacity and has hosted a variety of The Culture’s most talented artists ranging from Chaka Kahn to Kendrick Lamar.
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Super Club
Run by Earl Ciccel’s company, the historic, intimate Black-operated venue seats 500 and has been an integral tour stop for both emerging and legacy acts alike. It is a cultural landmark in Maryland. Perhaps the most beautiful and elegant set-up of the venues on the list, the venue is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful creo-inspired dinner and listen to some great music.
Grooves of Houston
Think a black-owned House of Blues. Grooves offers a diverse atmosphere and wide spectrum of events. From subtle and intimate to bold and grandiose and diverse music from jazz to gospel to hip-hop. Grooves’ ownership group is comprised in part by three former NBA players: Nick Van Exel, Damon Jones, and James Posey. They have live musical performances on the weekly including a who’s who of national artists and local Houston stars.
The Underground Museum
The Underground Museum is a cultural hub for Black art, film and music located in Los Angeles. It was founded in 2012 by late painter Noah Davis and his wife, sculptor Karon Davis. The Underground Museum has created a legacy of providing fine art to a community not often privy to it, and serves as a staple in the community. Oustide of musical performances, it offers a bookstore and features yoga classes and exhibitions from fine artists. John Legend and Solange Knowles have launched albums there. The museum’s inviting garden has hosted film screenings, including Oscar-award winning director Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.
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