It was another outstanding year for Saint Heron from dancing our woes away with fellow PROCLAMATION! attendees to our phenomenal artist talks to many special events. So as 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from the year with the people who helped make it all possible: you, our loyal readers and supporters.
Wine and Grind Dinner: LA
Our first event of the year brought us to the city of angels for a special Wine and Grind Dinner party. Amidst the food for thought, food for the soul and food for fellowship, Chef Alisa of My Two Cents prepared a variety of dishes suitable for every palate while DJ Zo finessed the turntables.
17 Wards Super Saturday
In March we presented “17 Wards Super Saturday” featuring an intimate Roll Back, Say That! artist discussion with D.R.A.M. and Aluna George following by a night of PROCLAMATION!
SXSW Weekend: “Black Sky, Blue Moon” featuring Sun Ra Arkestra
We relaunched our Saint Heron Shop in collaboration with BIGCOMMERCE during this year’s SXSW. If you’ve ever dreamed of a shopping experience with outstanding live music, you were dreaming of our “Black Sky, Blue Moon” event in Austin where the incomporable Sun Ra Arkestra provided shoppers with brassy, big-band bops under the stars.
And speaking of Saint Heron Shop, we can’t forget the classic pieces brought to you by our collaboration with Tactile Matter and PHLEMUNS.
Soul Cleansing: LA
Understanding the importance of mental well-being and spiritual balance, we headed to both LA and New York for a series of Soul Cleansing. The outstanding Kelsey Lu served the soundtrack for our musical meditation in both cities and we were also gifted sounds by Kadhja Bonet and Taylor McFerrin. Our guests joined us by bringing good energy to the reflective moments that eventually left us all vibrating higher.
New Orleans Jazz Fest: Saint Heron House
During New Orleans’ Jazz Fest, the Saint Heron House was launched with two special weekends that included our renowned Artist Talks, Pop-Up Shops and Juke Joint dance parties. Wondaland Records CEO and the Head Electric Lady in Charge Janelle Monáe, poet and lady of grace Cleo Wade, New Orleans’ famed musician Trombone Shorty and DJ Soul Sister helped usher in the weekends’ inspiring vibes.
Ingrid’s ‘Trill Feels’ EP Release
In June, we partnered with Parkwood Entertainment and Sony Music for Ingrid’s Trill Feels EP release. Our girl Ingrid rocked the house with a special live performance. Saint Heron’s resident DJ Kyle Woods kept the party going with an incomparable DJ set, and the crawfish boil and open bar kept attendees full and in good spirits.
Roll Back, Say That Artist Talk with Dev Hynes
In July, our favorite witty culture enthusiast Judnick Mayard moderated the Roll Back, Say That Artist Talk with Dev Hynes in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving praises from every prominent music publication for the monumental Freetown Sound, Saint Heron’s NYC guests got to listen to the man behind Blood Orange talk all things art and inspiration firsthand.
Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ Listening Sessions
Following the release of Solange’s No. 1 album A Seat at the Table, the Saint Heron team traveled to a few cities for in-person A Seat at the Table listening sessions with Solo herself. Aside from listening to the finished product tableside with friends, family and fans, our fearless leader discussed inspirations and personal accounts from the album’s making.
New Orleans Film Festival: Daughters of the Dust Q&A
October brought us a truly memorable evening when we hosted a ‘Daughters of the Dust’ Q&A with the film’s director Julie Dash and cinematographer Arthur Jafa. We also hosted the film’s screening during New Orleans Film Festival’s closing night.
Full video coming soon!
Per usual, we hosted several PROCLAMATION! Parties in various cities throughout the U.S. It’d be remiss of us not to mention the handwritten manifestos from our PROCLAMATION! series left by our guests. We’re always so deeply moved by the bold declarations in the energy party goers come with. Here are a few of our favorites.