Tampa artist Junkyrd added as opener on Jay Electronica’s Thursday concert

Fary Charles normally turns heads with his visual art.

click to enlarge Junkyrd, who plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Aug, 5, 2021. - Evan Cooper
Evan Cooper
Junkyrd, who plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Aug, 5, 2021.

When Jay Electronica makes his Tampa debut on Thursday, his support bill will also feature someone who’s kind of trying something new out, too.

Tampa artist Fary Charles is best known as Junkyrd and has turned heads for his visual artistry which has been a highlight of many gallery shows (and album art, just look at Pink Siifu’s NEGRO). He’s also deeply influenced by the work of Jay Electronica engineer Mike Chav who worked on the iconic rapper’s 2007 project Act I: Eternal Sunshine.

But for this show, Charles—once homeless and drifting between cities and selling art to get by— trades the paintbrush for a microphone as he opens the show to showcase this new medium of expression.

Jay Electronica w/Asaru/Junkyrd/DJ Sandman/DJ Deacon/Ke’shem Sadiq. Thursday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m. $30. crowbarybor.com

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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