Every Thursday in February from 6:00–8:00 p.m., we are excited to celebrate Black arts and culture with special programming in the Frist Café. Join us for live music, poetry, local contemporary art, food trucks, and good vibes!
On February 2, enjoy poetry by Wolfe, a musical performance by Chuck Indigo, and visual art by Marteja.
Alexis Wolfe is a poet, songwriter, and all-around artist. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and she found her way to Nashville after completing four years in the US Army. A popular spoken-word artist, Wolfe was ranked fifteenth at the 2022 Womxn of the World Poetry Slam in Baltimore. Her poise, riveting performance, and stellar wordplay has set her apart while blazing new paths for poetry.
Her primary message is to advocate for listeners to know their worth, to encapsulate pain, and to inspire others. She recently graduated college with a degree in entrepreneurship, and she plans to use her knowledge to maneuver through the entertainment industry and create opportunities for artists.
Chuck iNDigo is the founder of indie label Third Eye & Co., which boasts such artists as Ron Obasi and iNTRO. He started releasing music in 2017 with Indigo SZN, and then followed up with So(U)Liloquy in 2018 and iNDigo Café in 2019. Highlight tracks from these projects include “Cold,” “Backwoods & Backstreets” featuring fellow Nashville rapper Brian Brown, “Ugly,” “Overtime” featuring Tim Gent, and “Too Deep For the Intro…”.
In 2020, Chuck iNDigo recorded eight of thirteen tracks his album No Moor Bay Days in two weeks before releasing the project. The project was unplanned, but Chuck felt the need to share his thoughts following the murder of George Floyd and the events that followed. Despite being recorded so quickly, the project showcases Chuck iNDigo’s talent as much, if not more, than any of his four full-length projects. Three biggest must-listen tracks from this project include “One Moor Day,” “Burn It Down,” and “You Ain’t This Good” featuring Ron Obasi. In 2021, Chuck iNDigo returned with the SoundCloud and Audiomack exclusive project SHADES OF INDIGO.
Marteja Bailey is a self-taught, Nashville-based artist whose work focuses primarily on mental health within the Black community. Her art journey started in 2021, and she has been working constantly since then to release what is “in her mind.” A motif of Marteja’s work is her subjects’ detailed eyes—it is her way of portraying true feeling beyond a smiling face.
- February 9: Poetry by Wisdom, a musical performance by Crystal Rose and band, and visual art by Xpayne
- February 16: Poetry by Guru, a musical performance by Quez Cantrell, and visual art by Jamaal Sheats
- February 23: Poetry by Mama, a musical performance by Raemi, and visual art by Megpie