Local music festival Troostival announces free pop-up show this Friday
Troostival, a Kansas City Black-owned music festival, will host its first pop-up concert, and big band Brass and Boujee is taking the stage.
The free pop-up show takes place June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Union Station KC Streetcar stop. Brass and Boujee, with its iTunes-charting blend of hip-hop and jazz, will perform along with the darkpop duo The Black Creatures.
The founder of Troostival, Kemet Coleman, is a local emcee that performs under Kemet the Phantom. He formed Brass and Boujee with fellow rapper Kadesh Flow and bandleader Marcus Lewis.
Coleman launched the festival in October 2020 to amplify Black creatives while combating racial injustice, which is where the name comes in.
“Growing up as a musician along the street that racially divided KC really had an impact on me,” Coleman said in a press release. Troostival was the result of Coleman’s goal to bring Kansas City together through its “rich musical heritage,” according to the release. The inaugural festival was initially scheduled on Troost Avenue before moving to Hy-Vee Arena due to inclement weather.
The 2020 performances were both in-person with socially distanced limited seating and streamed virtually. Troostival’s second festival is planned for October 2; if you can’t wait before then, it will also host a second pop-up concert on Juneteenth at Buck O’Neil Tribute Park.