Hip-Hop CHA will host Chattanooga’s first hip-hop festival at Revelry Room and the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. (Photo: Contributed)

Hip-Hop CHA will present Chattanooga’s first-ever hip-hop festival at Revelry Room and the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Nov. 18.

Known for their work in highlighting local hip-hop artists and bringing awareness to the growing relevance of the genre, Hip-Hop CHA will focus on area musicians to build the musical heart of their upcoming festival.

But it’s not just music that they’ve got planned.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to be a DJ and will be offered pointers on the basics of hip-hop dance. This is an all-day event, and there will be various things to do and see spread out across the Choo-Choo’s campus. Between dramatic cyphers, DJ battles, dance-offs and street competitions, there will be something to hold the attention of even the most casual hip-hop fan.

Chattanooga’s first hip-hop festival heads into town Nov. 18.

The free festivities commence with a hip-hop workout class at 8 a.m. and run through 3 p.m., ending with instruction on how to perfect your rhymes and a dance battle. These are family-friendly classes that will include a handful of activities designed specifically for kids.

Starting at 2 p.m. however, you can head over to Revelry Room to catch a handful of local musicians. This 18-and-up part of the festival requires a festival pass, which will run you $20.

Passes can be purchased here.

The winner of Hip-Hop CHA’s local artist showcase this Sunday will secure their place to perform alongside a collection of local musicians at the festival, including J. Flo, Natural Habitz, Kay B. Brown, C-Grimey, Floami Fly and Hi$e Cold.

And if you’re a local artist, Hip-Hop CHA has got a little something extra planned for you.

With the purchase of an artist development pass, you’ll have access to a handful of classes designed to further your understanding of how to present your work in a marketable way. These passes are $30 and can be purchased here.

Joshua Pickard covers local and national music, film and other aspects of pop culture. You can contact him on FacebookTwitter or by emailThe opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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