March 1, 2017 (Durham, N.C.): The Underground Collective is proud to announce the details for hosting its second Beats n Bars Festival to be held on Friday, September 22 at The Pinhook located at 117 West Main Street and Saturday, September 23 at Golden Belt 807 East Main Street, both in Durham, North Carolina. This year Crystal Taylor, CEO of the The Underground Collective has partnered with John Laww aka The Real Laww, Co-founder and CEO of the Durm Hip-Hop Summit. Taylor and Laww saw the benefit in merging their resources and talents to offer festival-goers an unforgettable experience.
Entering their 5th year of programming, The Underground Collective (The UGC) is excited to present this event in an effort to provide a main stage for NC hip hop music and culture featuring live performances, a beat battle event, and informative panel discussions.
In just one year, the festival has become North Carolina’s most popular platform dedicated to cultivating the founding influences of hip hop culture. Beats n Bars Festival has a mission “to build stronger community through the influence of urban culture and music”. With craft and love of the culture, the Beats n Bars experience includes art displays fixtures, panel discussions on culture relations and community impact, exposure to real hip hop music and an introduction to break out artists.
To date, The UGC has become well known for its savvy at providing platforms for hip hop culture throughout the Raleigh-Durham community. Events of note for The Underground Collective include The UGC Beat Battle, Yo! NC Raps, The Fresh Effect Panels and Indy Week magazine’s 2016 Best of The Triangle award winning, “That’s the Joint” open mic, all of which provide effective spaces for MC’s, producers, consumers, and supporters of hip hop culture to interact.