One of the most important days for Burlington's hip-hop and skateboard community is upon us. Now in its fifth year, the annual A_Dog Day celebrates the life of DJ, artist and skateboarder Andy "A_Dog" Williams, who passed away nearly five years ago. The multifaceted memorial event kicks off on Saturday, August 25, with a multitude of artsy happenings at various locations in downtown Burlington.
With so much to see, hear and do, it's difficult to sum the event up in a neat little package — though Seven Days' Eva Sollberger expertly recapped 2017's event for an episode of "Stuck in Vermont." Watch below.
This year's celebration is a similarly action-packed day full of live music, dance, art and hitting the decks — both the skateboard and DJ varietals. Here's a (very) quick rundown of this year's festivities.
It's only a quick jaunt from the skate park to Foam Brewers, where Burlington's Rhythm Riderz Crew host a breakdance battle. A2VT, DJ Infinite, King LA and Knights of the Round Table featuring DJ Transplante take the stage, as well as DJs Kanganade, Mashtodon, Big Dog, Crusty Cuts, Killa Jewel and Sharkat. Plus, street-art aficionados Anthill Collective will be on site working up a large-scale graffiti project.
7 p.m. Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theater lead a candlelight processional from the waterfront to Nectar's and Club Metronome, a nod to the vigil held in Williams' honor after his passing, which processed from the top of Church Street to the old Waterfront Park skate park..
Of course, the best way to experience the event's magnitude is to immerse yourself in all it has to offer. Check out the Facebook event page for more details and the full, extensive list of performers, DJs and artists.