Blavity’s House Party Music Festival wrapped up day 2 in Nashville, coinciding with the city’s 615 Day celebration. Both events drew locals and travelers alike to enjoy the festivities in the spirit of a traditional house party. The festival featured performances on both stages throughout the day, building anticipation for an evening lineup of star-studded acts, including K. Michelle, Monica, and headliner Rick Ross.

The second day of the festival drew a significantly larger crowd, with more festivalgoers enjoying the same must-see attractions. From shopping at the Black marketplace to sampling an assortment of food from Black-owned vendors, the event was anticipated to close out on a high note.

During the early evening, Atlanta-based trio Travis Porter delivered an energetic performance featuring hits like “Bring it Back,” “Make it Rain,” and “Ayy Ladies,” which took many attendees back to their college days.

Additional performances included Philly’s own Freeway and Swazi D.J. and producer Uncle Waffles, who brought their familiar sounds to both stages. Uncle Waffles had everyone involved in the viral challenge from her top single, “Wadibusa,” adding South African flavor to her set. Meanwhile, a diverse lineup of D.J.s kept the party atmosphere alive throughout the event.

Later in the evening, singer, songwriter, and producer Ryan Leslie captivated the audience with hits like “Diamond Girl” and “How It Was Supposed To Be,” as well as renditions of Red Cafe’s “Fly Together” and Fabolous’ “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere.” His performance showcased his talent and the enduring appeal of his vocals on popular songs from the early 2000s and 2010s.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Lil’ Mo took the stage dressed in cowgirl glam attire and sang her hits, which included “Put It On Me,” Missy Elliott’s “Hot Boyz,” her rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us,” transitioning into “Superwoman,” and the fan favorite “4Ever.” Her performance was a perfect compilation of songs still adored by her fans, making it a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone in the audience.

K. Michelle returned triumphantly to the Nashville audience at Blavity’s House Party after her performance at the CMA Fest earlier this month. The singer took the stage and serenaded the crowd with popular hits such as “Can’t Raise a Man” and “V.S.O.P.” In an intimate moment with her fans, the 42-year-old spoke about her new country album on the way. This revelation added an extra layer of excitement to her performance, leaving the audience excited for her upcoming release.

When asked about her thoughts on the growing acknowledgment and spotlight on Black women in country music, K. Michelle boldly proclaimed that the presence of Black women in the genre had been an established and integral part for a long time.

“I think that it’s great,” she told Blavity. “[But] it’s nothing new. We’ve been doing this and I think that it’s just great to see all of our hard work come to the forefront. I feel like, you know, country music is who we are as Blacks, period. So I feel like it’s definitely time, the type of love and things going on right now in Nashville just in the country industry period. I’m really happy about it. It’s been a whirlwind the past couple of months, but it’s been good.”

Atlanta’s own Monica then took the stage to perform hits dating back to the early ’90s and 2000s. She mesmerized the audience with classics like “Don’t Take it Personal (It’s Just One of Dem Days),” “Before You Walk Out My Life,” and “U Should’ve Known Better,” among others, taking everyone down memory lane with songs that are still in heavy rotation today.

Rick Ross closed out the festival with a highly-anticipated performance featuring classic hits like “Ima Boss,” “John,” “All I Do Is Win (Remix),” and “I’m On One.” The Miami rapper’s performance was the perfect way to end Blavity’s inaugural House Party Music Festival.


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