First Fridays at NOMA: Friday Night Fiyah!
Fri, July 1st at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
#ExploreNOMA after hours.
The museum is open late night for an evening packed with musical performances, gallery tours, and special pop-ups.
Each month, the museum presents First Fridays at NOMA, an after-hours inclusive programmatic mix of live DJs and bands; local creatives speaking about their favorite works of art; a range of performance and dance; and unique experiences of all kinds in response to art from across time and place.
Participants will meet artists, get creative, and immerse themselves in New Orleans’s creative community.
Friday Night Fiyah! with Kelly Love Jones and Friends | July 1
This special program features live music and performances from Kelly Love Jones and friends—including Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, Jesse Armerding, Empress Iyahdae, Jamal Batiste, DJ Chinua, and Alan Grimes.
Music from Kelly Love Jones and Friends
7:30 pm in Lapis Center for the Arts
Kelly Love Jones and friends perform selections from Jones’s latest album, TRUST. Collaborators include the Jamal Batiste Band, Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, Empress Iyahdae, Jesse Armerding, and Lakeba Angelle.
Jones’s artistic, creative, and cultural work is centered at the heart of healing, empowerment, and forgiveness. She likes to call her music “New Orleans Swag” because it is influenced by and mixes in the traditional rhythms of the Second Line, R&B, hip-hop, and folk. Jones’s music also celebrates legendary artists and their traditions, like Deacon John and Allen Toussaint, who through their musicality and songwriting made available New Orleans’ soulful and spirit-filled culture, the bayou landscape, and its colorful heritage to people around the world. Jones’s music is a good bowl of gumbo, mixing in all these traditions to produce songs that honor love, well-being, ancestry, family, tradition, and good times.
Sets from DJ Chinua
6:00–7:15 and 8:30–10:00 pm in the Coleman Courtyard
DJ Chinua is a New Orleans–based DJ and event curator interested in facilitating community and connection through live events and global sounds. His projects include a two-year collaboration with Solange Knowles as resident DJ for Saint Heron’s Proclamation dance party series as well as ongoing collaborations with Arcade Fire for their Krewe du Kanaval celebrations and DOPEciety for Couches. He is also the founder and co-sound selector for Ascendance, a monthly zodiac-themed dance party.
Still Life with Alan Grimes
6:15–7:15 pm in the Coleman Courtyard
Alan Grimes’s still life sessions started five years ago at Gallery 992 in Atlanta for the vanguard of artists and photographers. Combining academic figure drawing and set design with a community collection of work, the program has evolved into a diverse artistic/photographic think tank that flushes out amazing conceptual pieces in a live setting with 15- to 20-minute poses by models.
For this event, materials will be provided to produce your own drawings.
Performance by Jesse Armerding
7:15 pm in the Coleman Courtyard
Jesse Armerding is a drummer originally from New England. He enjoys mixing drumming with other mediums, such as playing for dancers, creating characters, and foraging found-object percussion. He has performed with the New York and international cast of STOMP and has taught body percussion workshops at Harvard University.
Ticketing and Admission
$30 General Admission | $15 for Members
Because admission to Queen Nefertari’s Egypt is included with your ticket, you must select a timed ticket your visit. You’ll have access to the entire night’s events from 6 to 10 pm, but that selected time will be when you’re able to view this special exhibition. Even if you don’t plan to visit Queen Nefertari’s Egypt, you still need to select a time when checking out.
Please note that food and drinks are not included in the ticket price. They are available for purchase directly from our partner vendors.
Additional Bios and Credits
About Lakeba Angelle
Respected in the community as a captivating entrepreneur, Lakeba Angelle is a gifted creative, mastering the arts as a chef, dancer, writer, poet, and motivational speaker. She is a goal-oriented thinker who creates excellence in anything she touches.
About Jamal Batiste
New Orleans’s Jamal Batiste Band is a renowned crew of music masters, playing percussion-charged rock, funk, soul, gospel, hip-hop, and R&B around the world. They have performed in nearly every corner of North America, as well as in the Caribbean, South Africa, Morocco, Japan, Ireland, Scotland, France, and England. The band writes, records, and performs on the Jam-All Pro. Music Group independent record label.
About Empress Iyahdae
Empress Iyahdae is a creator and artist, who has traveled through many mediums including tattooing, jewelry, graphite portraiture, and ceramics. Photography, however, is their love and allows their heart to fly free. For Iyahdae, every picture is as unique as the individual behind the camera, and their work understands the power of perspective and how art can be used to inspire and invoke feelings of healing, peace, awareness, and truth. Iyahdae uses photography intentionally to help others see the value in themselves.
About Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley
Born by the Red River waters of Central Louisiana and the only child of her parents to survive outside the womb, Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley is an intentional, evolving, faith-spirited, multi-inspired artist based in New Orleans. Working in many mediums, her work spans across page, stage, canvas, theater, music, talk radio, and short film. Sha’Condria earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and further studied community health sciences with a focus in maternal and child health at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a multiple-time national poetry slam champion and viral spoken word artist who shares her work nationally and internationally, appearing in the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow, as well as on British television and BBC World Radio. She uses her words and work in collaboration with community-based organizations, schools, universities, and detention centers. She also brings her gifts to stages at major music festivals, on music projects alongside Grammy Award-winning artists and an orchestra, in art museums, at film festivals, in anthologies and documentaries, as well as on many notable platforms including For Harriet, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue. Sha’Condria is the author of My Name Is Pronounced Holy: A Collection of Poems, Prayers, Rememberings, and Reclamations.
Thank You to Our Supporters
First Fridays at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.