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JVN Day: The Reverb (multiple venues, free)


  • Memorial Union Terrace 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
John "Vietnam" Nguyen.

John "Vietnam" Nguyen.

The annual JVN Day event honors John "Vietnam" Nguyen, a hip-hop artist and a UW-Madison student who died in 2012. Nguyen was part of UW's First Wave program, so naturally this event celebrates not only the lives he touched, but also the heady, multidisciplinary culture of hip-hop artistry on campus. Things kick off on Friday morning with an open mic at the UW-Madison Black Cultural Center, and conclude on Sunday night at the Memorial Union Terrace with a concert featuring several First Wave-connected artists including Myriha Burton, Lucien Parker, Jonnychang, CRASHprez, and Ru. In between are workshops, a dance event on the Sellery Hall basketball courts, and a surprise film showing. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 7
Nightmares On Wax, Nick Nice
Later Event: September 8
Strollin' Middleton (free)