DAY JAVU Festival, Powered by Black Market Group (Review)

By Shay  (IG: shay_neezy)

Many top rated music festivals occupy the summer social events in cities like New York, Miami, and LA. Festivals provide a one stop shop to what’s hot with our favorite artists, music, fashion, and popular culture. I love getting the scoop on the who’s who of upcoming musicians. Lucky for me, The Black Market Group decided to curate Hartford’s first music festival to find out who these newcomers might be. The DAY  JAVU Festival was held last weekend, as an indoor/outdoor music event, giving a platform for local Connecticut artists to perform original music. The event featured rappers, singers, and new wave DJ’s hailing from across the state. Other creatives were in attendance including a number of budding photographers and the creator Hart Attire, a clothing company aimed at giving back to community with positive change.

 DAY JAVU Festival, Powered by Black Market Group (Review)
The Black Market Group is a multimedia agency that curates’ music-focused events. These events provide an opportunity for an artist’s showcase and create a setting to inspire the youth by embracing creativity across different mediums. DJ Meechie, Hot93.7’s afternoon show producer, was on hand to host as well as perform. Meechie is embarking on a music career as well.

MORE: See Photos from DAY JAVU Festival

Sully’s Pub was the perfect location for the festival, being that they support a variety of artists and musicians. The main indoor stage has been graced with some of the Connecticut’s best, from DJ’s to poets, touring bands and writers. The main stage area sets a creative tone; the dim lights produce a low-key atmosphere while stickers of previous performers cover empty wall space. There is an open space with two small tables on the center floor, a setup that allows the performers to be very intimate with their audience. Sully’s outdoor stage is situated next to their famous Tiki Bar. Four open area decks overlook the space and allow the audience multiple viewpoints of performances. The outdoor stage definitely set the festival vibe that Black Market wanted. Artists took to the stage to rage and many of the performances rivaled seasoned professionals. In all, the festival was inspiring as well as entertaining. Although, I would suggest attendees come at the onset of the event as not to miss any of the performances; typical CPP time (Connecticut Party People Time).


It was dope seeing all the talent coming out of CT. Definitely worthwhile to follow these local artists as they continue to develop their craft and gain mainstream exposure. It would also be interesting to see what this small festival blossoms into in the years to come. Who knows, Black Market Group may have planted the seeds for the next Bonnaroo!


Now there is no exact science making it from local scene to BIG screen but here are some of the artists that I think might have the Midas Touch.

Top Picks

@karinakarinamusic @thatkidpmo

@lexamillmzk @yungvicecity

@shanell_s_ @craigyf

@goofii_hht @djmeechie

@prestigeoneup @livinanoyd

@frontxpage @brodiefresh

@wesryanco @freewifi_usa


Hartford Sully’s Pub believes “original music must be supported on every level of society” (, Thank you for providing such a cool space!

By Shay @shayniice

Photos Shaun L. @20one_lr



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