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ANNOUNCING THE DOWNTOWN MALL BLOCK PARTY LINEUP!



FRI APRIL 22, 5pm-9pm

SAT APRIL 23, 12pm-9pm


The first ever Downtown Mall Block Party will be an evening to remember into a New Orleans-style festival for TWO nights! Grab a drink from your favorite local bar, and take take it with you onto the bricks. Check out galleries and shops, listen to live performances, and hang out with friends, old and new.


Presented with RL Beyer Custom Homes, C-VILLE Weekly, Plow & Hearth, and the IX Art Park. Special thanks to stage sponsor 91.1 WTJU

 

STAGES


 

FRIDAY

 

ALL DAY

  • R&B & Hip Hop (West Stage) DJ DoubleU & DJFlatlineLay, and Dance & Hip Hop Performers

  • Latin Dance (Central Stage) DJ Charlie Devine & DJ Sing of C’ville Bachata Social with latin partner dance groups: Charlottesville Zouk, Foreign Playerz, C4-Kiz.


5PM

  • DJ Double U (West Stage) Hip Hop DJ setting the stage for some of Cville’s finest performers and dancers

  • DJ Charlie Devine (Central Stage) one of DC’s finest, spinning Kizomba and Zouk with Charlottesville Zouk

  • Black Business Social (West Stage) hosted with the United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Albemarle County Economic Development, the Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Alliance and Darden Black Business Student Association.

  • Art Making Expo (2nd Street Stage) join artists: Kelly Falk, Chicho Lorenzo, Kris Bowmaster in art making.

6PM

  • Capoeira Resistência Charlottesville (East Stage) Brazilian martial arts group taught by Professor Balanco, aka Roderick Davis

  • Shad Gill (West Stage) R&B and Hip Hop musical performance


7PM

  • DJ FlatlineLay (West Stage) Hip Hop DJ setting the stage for some of Cville’s finest performers and dancers

  • Lee Bangah (West Stage) Hip Hop musical performance

  • Collage Elite Empire (West Stage) Dance performance in the art of Majorette Hip Hop Dance

  • DJ Sing of C'Ville Bachata Social (Central Stage) with latin partner dance groups: Charlottesville Zouk, Foreign Playerz, C4-Kiz.

715PM

  • Elby Brass Parade (West Stage to East Stage) Funky brass band takes a walk down the mall.


8PM

  • AKAdeMix (West Stage) UVA’s dance crew highlighting diversity in talent and styles.

  • HeavyGrippLT (West Stage) Hip Hop musical performance


 

SATURDAY

 

ALL DAY

  • Ting Internet Gaming Station & Prize Center (Front Porch Stage) Xbox and Nintendo consoles with Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers, and Halo Infinite. This is inside the Gallery Space at Vault Virginia. Free

  • Afrobeats Stage (Central Place) C'ville Drum Choir, and DJ’s Charlie Devine, Mikemetic, Terry Thehippiie and DJayP.

  • Roots & Rock Stage (West Place) Tara Mills Band, Dillon Norback, Tyler Dick Band and Root Cellar Remedy.

12PM

  • Instrument Petting Zoo (Front Porch Stage) Interactive instrument expo for kids and adults.

  • C’ville Drum Choir (Central Stage) group of neighbors and friends who share a passion for the music and rhythms of West Africa.

1PM

  • Tara Mills Band (West Stage) an eclectic mixture of folk rock

2PM

  • DJ Charlie Devine (Central Stage) Join a dance lesson and listen to a set of Kizomba and Simba.

  • Moonlight Circus (East Stage) A troupe of acrobatics, stilt walkers, and dancers enthrall and entertain.

3PM

  • Dillon Norback (West Stage) jam music that blends blues, funk, soul, americana & reggae.

  • Moonlight Circus (East Stage) A troupe of acrobatics, stilt walkers, and dancers enthrall and entertain.

4PM

  • DJ Mikemetic (Central Stage) sets exploring the roots of Afrobeat with the originator of the AfroBeats series.

  • Moonlight Circus (East Stage) A troupe of acrobatics, stilt walkers, and dancers enthrall and entertain.

5PM

  • Multimedia Art Making w. Draw Charlottesville (2nd Street Stage) Represent, Reimagine, and Joy: Draw a place in Charlottesville that you feel represents Cville with access to a variety of media.

  • Tyler Dick Band (West Stage) a dynamic twist on rock & roll and blues.

6PM

  • DJ Terry TheHippiie (Central Stage) Welcome the evening with Kenyan energetic set of modern West African afrobeats.

7PM

  • Joel Harrison and Free Country (Front Porch Stage) timeless, haunting melodies of this music anchor the flights of improv that the band creates anew.

  • DJayP (Central Stage) Welcome the evening with Kenyan energetic set of modern West African afrobeats.

  • The Root Cellar Remedy (West Stage) an eclectic sound steeped in Americana, Folk, Cosmic Country and Rock.



 

BIOS

 

HIP HOP STAGE


Brandon Dudley, a Charlottesville native, is credited with igniting the city’s hip hop music scene. Brandon,widely known as LeeBangah within the music industry is considered a trailblazer for the self-starting hip hop artists of Charlottesville.


Heavy Gripp LT has been delivering consistent summertime anthems and melodic songs. Born, Laraj Thomas, in Charlottesville, Virginia, he pushes to bring about unity to his peers, LT works with the youth whom are inspired to take music recording to the next level, in hopes that one day they may have a platform to display their art and story through music.


Shad Gill - CEO and Founder of SVN7VII Brand & Inspirational Hip Hop artist is a native of Charlottesville. Shad seeks to use fashion and music to inspire others to live a life of love and purpose while honoring God, family and community along the way.



LATIN STAGE & AFROBEATS STAGE



Charlie Devine, has been a fixture in the Kizomba and Latin dance scenes in the DMV for over 8 years. He has DJ at some of the largest dance festivals in he US including DCBX. DJ Devine is regular DJ at Noche de Baile, Whiskey Bar, and other Kizomba and Latin in the DC area. He specializes in Urban Kiz, Kizomba, Salsa, Bachata, and Latin club music.


DJ Sing and C’ville Bachata Social - Sing started DJing EDM music in Singapore and Malaysia before coming to the States. He founded C’ville Bachata Social in 2021 with the goal for people in Charlottesville to dance the night away while learning about different cultures and Latin music.


Cville Zouk was founded in 2019. Our mission is to create a beautiful zouk community in Charlottesville and spread the love of zouk through lessons, workshops, and socials. Facebook

Capoeira Resistência Charlottesville is a Brazilian martial arts group taught by Professor Balanco (Roderick Davis), who has studied, trained and taught under the guidance of Mestre Panao. Through practice of movement, balance, and rhythm, Capoeira Resistência advocates the principles of respect, responsibility, security, and liberty within individuals.

Phillip Fusaro and Alyssa Correa (C4-Kiz) Alyssa & Phillip have been dancing separately and together for nearly a decade. In 2019, they formed the C4-Kiz group to bring Kizomba back to Charlottesville.


Charlottesville Community Drum Choir, A group of your neighbors who share a passion for the music and rhythms of West Africa, the Drum Choir has performed locally and regionally since 1998 and host their African teachers for both drum and dance classes open to the public. A weekly drum circle is held every Saturday morning 11:00 to 12:30 at The Front Porch.



ROOTS STAGE AND ART MAKING STAGE




Dillon Norback is a Charlottesville musician who uses the vehicle of Improv & Jam music to blend his way through as many genres as he can. Mainly, Blues, Funk, Soul, Americana & Reggae with increasing seasonings of Metal, Jazz, Hip-Hop/Rap (Dillons first musical love) & others. In short, expect the unexpected.


The Root Cellar Remedy is brewed locally in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Ivy, VA. The eclectic sound is steeped in Americana, Folk, Cosmic Country and Rock & Roll. The band released the four-song "Quarentown EP" last summer and is currently working on it's first full length album to be released this Summer.


Chicho Lorenzo is a Spanish artist known for his murals and sculptures that portray the communities they’re in, with surreal additions that interactively inspire us to dream. His most famous projects include giant Dream BIG, the Open windows mural that helped a whole town healing, the Nest Love sign, and the Monuments to Yourself, interactive bike unicorn permanent installations, in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia.