Wednesday, November 18, 2009


If you're in Washington, DC or inspired by the below to attempt to ravel to the city, make it happen. The people of Art Vs. Commerce are throwing another event (the first one focused on RAP albums cover design) in praise of the seemingly, rapidly becoming lost art of the (printed) music album cover design. This time they've set their art loving eyes on the SOUL music genre.

Art vs Commerce provides another Classic for your Soul

Washington, DC – Soul. It’s considered by most to be a weighty word. It’s used to describe a variety of people, places, and things and even the most intangible of ideas. Soul has implications of every kind, from food to the spiritual, but perhaps none are greater than it being used to define an era and a genre of music.

And, coming off of the success of their RAP exhibition, on Wednesday December 2 Art vs Commerce, Smirnoff Vodka, and The Source Magazine will again partner on the second installment of The Classics – this time with Series 2: SOUL. Similar to the first exhibition, this version will feature a bevy of album cover art however this one will consist of over forty classic Soul album covers, courtesy of DJ YZO. SOUL, in some ways, will actually serve as a prequel to RAP, in that a variety of the albums on display contain songs that have been sampled and used in many classic rap music records.

Taking it’s lead from RAP, SOUL, which will take place on Wednesday December 2nd at Lounge of 3 (1013 Ust NW), 5pm-9pm, will again have Nick Da 1da and DJ 2-Tone Jones providing the sounds, along with DJ YZO. Guests will also be treated to a new series of complimentary signature cocktails (7pm-9pm), courtesy of Smirnoff, which include the Stevie Wonder and Gil Scott Heron (Note: Lounge of 3 still serves the signature drinks from the RAP exhibition).

In addition to the album covers displayed, SOUL will also have its own series of cultural projects and a few extras that include a:

*Interview: Tom Nickosey (
*Instrument Highlight: The Clavinet
*Connoisseur Profile: Nick Da 1da
*Soul Food items added to the menu
*Surprise Feature

For more information visit or call 202.460.3594.

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