By Tara Bennett
In a celebration of art, fashion and music, Dizzy Records is hosting its 4th Dizzy Arts Party on Saturday, July 12 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at their home studio located at 1549 Sharlo Ave, Baton Rouge.
Formed in 2010, Dizzy Records is a local music and arts collective started by electronic dance music producer/sound engineer Adam Carrillo and painter Davy Goldsmith.
The idea for the series of Dizzy Arts parties came in November 2013 with the suggestion of putting up Goldsmith’s artwork in the Dizzy Records studio while a couple of musicians come play, so that guests could check out the art, and also be exposed to live music. The idea then extended to putting up several artists and turning the studio into an art gallery.
“We started off doing this record label thing, and sadly the music is only one aspect of the many facets of art,” said Carrillo. “Incorporating visual artists, and even comedians, and having them be viewed in the same light as musicians is something I felt was very important. Having a collaboration of artists allows them to share their own work with other people and gives the artists a little more confidence to proudly display their work.”
“A lot of people want to be too specific about what art is, but it’s really important to give people more of a general sense of accomplishing something that can be remembered beyond your own lifetime,” said Goldsmith. “And that’s really what it’s all about, music and art. And that generates a lot more interest than a single medium, and it goes beyond a single group of people.”
Artists on display will be Goldsmith, Martha Landry, Mandy Torres and Michael Tucker with live painting done by David Losavio and Alexa Marie Wolfkiel. Comedian Travis Edwards will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
“Travis is a really funny guy, and we asked him to come out and be the glue between everybody and lead the audience in the direction of what’s going on,” said Goldsmith.
New to this year’s party will be incorporating fashion into the mix with designers Rachel Detloff and Krystal Frame. Both artists will have their work on display amongst the artwork.
“Art is a very broad term, and we wanted to broaden our horizons,” said Carrillo. “We had ended up DJing a fashion show at the end of May for LSU, and we asked a couple of fashion designers there if they’d like to submit some of their work and be a part of our show and just branch out a little bit more.”
Attendees will be treated to acoustic performances by David Benedetto, Fabiola Campoblanco, Lane Bienvenu Hargroder, Josh Riley and The Patsies. The acoustic music will go on from 7-11 p.m. with The Patsies closing things out before the party shifts into after party mode featuring music by Ghost Corporate, HOP BOX, BadGuyTraps and Whompus Cats.
“There’s going to be a vast amount of art, awesome music acts, fashion, bunch of wine; you’re going to love it,” said Goldsmith.
“We’ve been surprised by the attendance,” said Carrillo. “It’s always exceeded expectations. Its been interesting to see the studio jam-packed full of people just listening to a rock band in the living room and looking at all the art that was hung around.”
Those who are interested in participating in future Dizzy Arts Parties need only to contact Carrillo or Goldsmith through their Facebook page.
“We’re very open to including everybody,” said Carrillo. “The whole reason Dizzy Arts exists is to establish collaborations between the arts. Organizing parties is an art in itself and davy and I found we’re very fairly good at it, so we want to give other people the opportunity to kind of take advantage of our strength in an art, and display their own.”
The party is free to attend and includes access to free food and wine provided by Dizzy Records. For more information visit the Dizzy Arts Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Dizzyartsparties.
By Tara Bennett