Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Gentleman Jack put culture before the turn-up in an even bigger way for its 12th year

I consider myself an Art, Beats + Lyrics OG: It was the first place I was carded; the first place I felt “grown;” the first place I felt cultured and cool *adjusts bifocals*. When I got the flier for this year’s event, I was a little sad to see that the venue had changed from Warehouse Live to Revention Music Center (formerly Bayou Music Center), but when I got to the event I realized the venue change was necessary. There were SO many people, and SO much art to see!

Masego performing at ABL Tour 2016.

Masego performing at ABL Tour 2016.
Photo: 9th Sage

The best thing about ABL – besides the fact that it is FREE with RSVP – is the diversity. You won’t be able to see a “common thread” in anyone or anything, except for the love of art and music (and free drink tickets for Jack Daniel’s-based mixed drinks). The people are of all backgrounds and the art comes in different media: canvas, photography, aerosol, creative writing converted to visual art…really anything you can think of, they provide.

Each year features a different musical headliner, and this year’s artist was Twista. Admittedly, I’m not a huge Twista fan, but it was kinda cool to be taken down memory lane. I might have even tapped a toe or two on “Overnight Celebrity.” Masego, the opening act, certainly warmed up the crowd – in fact, he was someone dope enough to come see as a headliner in the future, and he will definitely be on my radar from now on.

The Jack Daniel’s/Gentleman Jack team definitely accomplished its mission of exposing partygoers to culture with art exhibits by Mathew Curran, Frank Morrison, and a personal favorite, Dubleyoo.



If you missed out this year, the tour will be back…but I can’t tell you when. Adding to the exclusivity and coolness of the event, it doesn’t come to the same places every year.

Make sure you don’t miss out next time and follow @ablradio and @artbeatsandlyrics on Instagram!