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VIA Festival 2014 * Pittsburgh - Kickoff Party

This showcase is included in the VIA 2014 Pittsburgh All-Access pass.

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Kevin JZ Prodigy

Kevin JZ Prodigy is a leading voice of the Vogue scene. He can be heard toasting, roasting and boasting across balls across the nation. Catch him tonight, coming from Philadelphia to MC over a few sets with MikeQ and a very special Vogue Pittsburgh Battle Zone competition featuring the best in the region.

If you've seen his set with MikeQ at Lit City Rave, you already know not to miss this.

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.rar Kelly and Lemz expands the palette of B-more club with techno, electro, hip-hop and more, enlisting leading ladies of Baltimore like Rye Rye and TT the Artist...

TT The Artist

Tt The Artist is a multi-faceted performer whose vibrant, party-starting blend of hip hop, pop, club and electronic music is painting a new spectrum of colors in the music scene.

2014 will see the release several EPs and singles with collaborators Blaqstarr, Brenmar, Branko, Rod Lee, Schwarz, Mighty Mark, Thunderbird, Juice Boxx and more, and she continues to rock the crowds with high energy performances alongside artists such as Angel Haze and Big Freedia.

You may also know Tt from her vocals on Diplo's "Dat A Freak", as host of CW networks "Keepin It Real Tv", as co-producer of the Baltimore based radio show "Off The Edge Radio", or opening for high profile hip hop acts such as Oj Da Juice Man, Rich Boy, Cali Swag District, Trina, Teyana Taylor and Yo Gotti to Dan Deacon and Phantogram.

Every now and then there is a happening that signals a shift in American culture. With a style that is as abrasive as it is welcoming, Emmanuel 'DDm' Moss is one of the most idiosyncratic voices on the burgeoning Baltimore City rap scene.

Born in the Park Heights section of the city's west side, as a child DDm was introduced to hip hop while watching a Lil' Kim music video. After a car accident halted his studies in ballet and jazz dance as a teenager, he started rapping as a hobby while in recovery. Soon after, he began entering and winning local talent and rap battle competitions. Establishing himself as a premiere emcee on the underground circuit.

In 2010, footage of a battle featuring DDm defeating another emcee using witty sexual innuendo went viral, sparking national debate on hip hop's relationship with the LGBT community. Playing shows across the United States and Canada to rave reviews, he has been featured in various publications such as Spin, Complex, Ebony and ThisIs50.com. DDm's singles 'Cold' and 'Killer Queen', have received spins on regional and college radio attracting indie and major label attention alike.

BADBOXES

Indie-electronic outfit from Pittsburgh, PA. Frontman Harrison Wargo wrote, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered their debut EP "JSMN" over the course of a year, and in turn developed their innovative sound, which he calls "Northern Pop". The band's name comes from the box where you keep your "bad things", both metaphorically and literally, perfectly suited to their songs' ethereal imagery and themes of dark, musing innocence.

Jónó Mí Ló

Jónó Mí Ló is an experimental musician, artist, micro-blogger and video producer who works mainly in the underground internet music scene, whose become some what of a pioneer in what is now known as the internet genre "Vaporwave". Words that come to mind, in no particular order, include psychedelic, digital, ’80s, and surreal; Mí Ló creates work that explores absurdism, sexuality, darkness, and internet culture, with an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art.

True T / Vogue Pittsburgh

Where fun, shade, and life are celebrated, True T is a diverse social network where underground Ballroom culture is brought to the forefront via unconventional mediums, exhibitions, social media, and regular branded events.

True T presents an exclusive
VOGUE PITTSBURGH Battle Zone at VIA's Kickoff Party
Speed battles between the region's top performers

True T Entertainment (True T) is a division of True T Incorporated, a Pittsburgh based LGBTQ non profit organization. True T is the first and only ballroom organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, and directly supports local and regional LGBTQ minorities and allies. True T’s online presence is a place where ideology, art, music, fashion, and culture are exchanged. Since 2009, the organization has produced various events throughout the Pittsburgh region displaying amazing artistic and physical exhibitions, infused with a rich history of cultural background.

MikeQ [Fade To Mind|Qween Beat|Mad Decent], One of the leading figures in NYC’s long-running Vogue scene, MikeQ's spine-snapping productions and DJ sets are seriously in demand at major clubs, museums, and festivals around the world from London to Tokyo. He has received spreads in Vanity Fair, NY Times, Time Out London, Urban Socialites among others and is making scenes way beyond the ballroom WERK.

Based in New Jersey, the 28 year old producer heads up his own "Qween Beat" Label and turns out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes.

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