This Thursday at 8:30PM, get to CAVO Restaurant Nightclub in the Strip District to experience RAW. As you may know, the event features a melting pot of creative genres featuring up and coming artists in music, film, fashion, photography, visual arts, performing arts, hair and make-up, and more. Twenty-six hand-picked artists will be at this week’s upcoming showcase. Three noteworthy artists that will be in attendance are Master of Rotations, Ricardo Iamuuri, and Rachel Dawn Renaudin.
Master of Rotations is a DJ who subverts expectations by combining his passion for the turntable with his love of yo-yoing. His unique skill was learned in New Mexico where he found a yo-yo at a gift shop and didn’t put it down until he learned everything he could, eventually creating his own yo-yoing style which he calls “double dragon.” His idols include Yuuki Spencer – a multiple World and USA National Champion in Yo-yoing, Rob Swift and Boogie Blind – two members of the nineties DJ crew The X-Ecutioners, and Justin Timberlake.
Ricardo Iamuuri is a singer/songwriter/collage artist who, during an interview with RAW, calls his style, “Urban Folk-hop/electro/blues/afro-rock” but says, “Essentially folk is the heart of my musical expression.” Iamuuri also says that his music aims to promote respect for all people. In 2006 he recorded his first album called, Conversations with Shepherds, Sheep, Guinea Pigs, and Monkeys : Nursery Rhymes For the Underfed Minds…Vol. 1 which was used in two documentaries produced by WQED Multimedia. Now, Iamuuri is working on his second album. The first track is titled “Imperial Sugar” and is about the importance of being yourself.
Rachel Dawn Renuadin, a recent graduate, is an artist who attempts to communicate concepts through visual art where words fail. She shows off her work in galleries around Northwestern Pennsylvania and also freelances. Her style is about putting the viewer into the painting; as if they were seeing it from the inside. Aside from other painters such as Mikhail Vrubel and John Singer Sargent, Renaudin tells RAW her inspirations include “…having long conversations, walking, breathing, feta cheese, meeting new people, gelattos, warmth, cheesy horror flicks, sore muscles after exercising, a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning, (and) dried figs…”
All of these local artists and more will be featured by RAW and the ticket price is only $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. You must be 21 to attend. Cocktails will also be available at the event so bring your IDs and come support your city’s talent and creativity!