If you haven’t been to NextNOW Fest before, it’s The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s annual back-to-school celebration of the arts. There will be theater, stand-up, dance, screenings, interactive entertainment and a whole slew of talented musicians on campus this Friday and Saturday.
With this year’s lineup of local performers and on-the-rise headliners like cupcakKe and Washington D.C., native Ari Lennox, there’s a genre for everyone. If you’re into rap, cupcakKe might be for you. But also, maybe not. Her content is extremely explicit, probably a lot more explicit than what you’re used to; the Clarice has even posted a disclaimer on its website due to adult language and partial nudity. Lennox and fellow singer Den-Mate have a sultrier sound, while bands The Downtown Boys and The Districts bring rock to campus.
If you know the music is what you’re most interested in at NextNOW Fest this year, check out the playlists below to get a taste of what to expect.