Rattlers Rock First Friday – The Famuan

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The First Friday Festival is an event held every first Friday of the month. It takes place primarily in the Railroad Square Art District. According to visittallahassee.com, for 20 years it has been Tallahassee’s most popular and longest running monthly event. It was written by Forbes and the Huffington Post.

This is an opportunity to interact with the Tallahassee community and what it has to offer. Meanwhile, there are a variety of local businesses to explore such as vintage shops, fine art shops, bookstores and photography studios to name a few.

Food is a must for an event of this magnitude, and there are several cafes to choose from and food trucks are set up. Live music is even played. It is something that will attract the interest of many different cultures and all age groups. Aaron Brown describes the festival as a “melting pot”.

On the first Friday at Briteso Art Studio, FAMU students Abe Drisdom and Jelani Malek took the stage to show off their musical talents. Music is an art form that connects many different cultures and is a means of self-expression.

“I’ve been influenced by music all my life,” Drisdom said. “I remember my big brother was a rapper. I started music around 8 years old. I love making music because I can see my progress and tap into a creative side.

For upcoming artists and producers, it’s a time to network and make connections you might never have thought of. The most important aspect for an upcoming artist is to perform and be heard by the world.

“I like playing in front of my peers,” Malek said. “It lets me get my music out to new people and I can get a sense of what people are feeling and not feeling.”

Without your fans you are nothing and you have to give people what they want.

“Dris” and “Lani” have amazing chemistry when performing. The two are always at the rendezvous and neither seeks to eclipse the other. It only comes from years of working together and creating this story.

“I laid my first track with Lani at 17,” Drisdom said.

This is reflected in their artwork. Follow them with the links below to stay tuned for more music and upcoming performances from Drisdom and Malek.



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