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Artist Spotlight: Justin Griffith

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, music, Spotlight with tags , , , , on October 22, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Justin Griffith, but most people know me as GOAT, which stands for Grades Of Absolute Truth.  I’m an elementary music teacher by day, and an extremely active musician every other minute.  I’ve been teaching since 2005.  I’m literally addicted to music and I love kiddos, so teaching made perfect sense to me. I’m heavily involved in Dallas’ music scene and feel like it’s a HUGE part of me.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

My inspiration comes from living this crazy life.  Multiple things happen everyday that spark some type of thought that may eventually become a song or be a part of a song.  Inspiration is crawling everywhere you look, just gotta pay attention.  Those little moments that seem magical have to be documented somehow and as musicians and artists, it’s our job to do it.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

It’s hard to say how long I’ve been developing my craft because it’s been almost a life-long thing.  I’ve been told that I used to recognize songs within the first few notes of hearing them since I was a young child.  I received my first guitar when I was in 5th grade and began taking lessons immediately.  I sang formally in a choral setting from 7th grade all the way until I graduated college.  I played guitar, bass, and sang in rock, blues, and metal bands from junior high until my second year of college.  I studied classical voice at the University of North Texas in Denton from 2002-2005, then graduated from there with a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in education.  I started experimenting with solo stuff around 1999.  My first big show as a solo artist was in 2004 and my first official solo release was in 2006.  Now I’m sharing what I know about music with students and what I’ve learned about life with audiences through music, so you can say that I’ve dedicated my life to it.  I began music as a form of expression because I needed an outlet.  I started writing poetry and lyrics when I was 13 to get things off my chest.  Although I had a great family life, I went through dark times as an adolescent and still deal with those battles today.  My Mom has said before that music saved my life and I agree without a fraction of doubt.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

My ultimate goal has always been to make a living from music.  In a sense, I’ve accomplished that through teaching.  At this point, I strive to continue stepping up the ladder of success by building a larger regional and national following through regular performances and creative releases.  I’ve had a plan to work on recording projects throughout the school year, then hit the road to promote and tour during the summer.  I’ve had a small amount of success with putting that into motion already, but I plan to build it up more.  On a more personal level, I want to make a difference.  I crave making positive impacts on other people’s lives and I feel like it’s my calling to do it through music.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

The majority of my interests are linked to music somehow.  I’m into audio engineering, mixing, mastering, graphic design, video editing, promotions, marketing, event planning, leadership, and philanthropy.  Love to play basketball, cook, camp, shoot guns, and spend time with my peoplez too.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first experience with ArtLoveMagic was in 2008 at South Side on Lamar.  I attended girlShow and was blown away.  A friend of mine had a table set up to raise funds for breast cancer and I was mainly comin’ out to support her.  At that time, I was in the process of launching H4 (Hip Hop Helps Heal).  I met Michael Lagocki that night and invited him to the first ever H4 meeting.  I wanted to involve ArtLoveMagicians in our breast cancer benefit show.  Since then, I’ve been involved in multiple ALM shows and have a huge amount of respect for their movement.  They. Freakin’. Rock.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

You can find out more about me, my music, videos, and show calendar at

How can someone contact you?

If you wanna drop me a line, ask a specific question, or book me for a house party, an event, or a personal performance, hit me up at


The artistry and music of the 2011 Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by artlovemagic

words by Michael Lagocki
photography by Kelsey Paine (unless noted)

It’s a pretty safe bet that you’re always going to see something amazing at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. DE knows art & music and this is the event that brings EVERYONE out. ArtLoveMagic was once again proud to contribute a unique area of the festival packed with live artists and performers. 100% local talent (like Lawrence Alexander, pictured above).

Our live acoustic stage hosted a lineup of more than a dozen talented musicians from all over DFW. Many of them were veterans to the artlovemagic scene, but a few were new faces to our collective that we were proud to feature as well, like acclaimed songwriter Daniel Katsuk.

We rotated the artist platforms a total of 6 times to give the maximum number of artists opportunity to show their work – and so that the crowd could see a wide reflection of Dallas arts.  We were even blessed by having the Davies Brothers in our section throughout the festival!  Becky Taylor gave folks a behind the scene look at how she makes jewelry (above).

Local cartoonist Samax Amen painted live and talked to fans of his magazine and blog-  Samax has the gift of gab and loves to get into conversations with aspiring artists about how to approach both the business and creative side of a freelance career.

We were particularly proud of our musicians, who each took their sets seriously and brought a little something extra. Like this moment during the song “Dear Father” where Goat and Jackrabbit bowed down while Elle sang solo. Both jumped up on the exact beat and came back into the song.  It was timed perfectly and gave the crowd a moment to cheer.

Speaking of… this was the three’s last performance together in Dallas. The popular trio has performed together over 100 times, but with Elle relocating in the next few weeks, this set served as a finale. We’re proud to have worked with them so many times, and we wish Elle unprecedented success wherever she goes.

ArtLoveMagic founders Michael Lagocki and David Rodriguez both got into the mix and painted live as well. Above Michael works on a collab piece with his ghostwerks brethren. Ghostwerks is an independent comic publisher that Michael and four others formed prior to artlovemagic.

Dallas photographer Jen Shu set up a photobooth on Sunday where festival attendees (like this little guy) could get their portrait snapped. If you were among the hundreds that did, you can swing by her site here to see your images or order a print.

Kids need art! As more and more school art programs are shrinking and disappearing, we think it’s even more important for us to provide interactive art experiences that audiences of all ages can participate in. All festival long we had a section devoted to audience made art.

And as we were cleaning up this section, we found some future artisan had left us this awesome piece.
Photo by Deb Driscoll

We just dig watching Sarah Zamora paint. She always sets up gorgeous displays of her work and always creates large colorful paintings live on scene.

Graffiti painter Joe Skilz knows how to recycle his empty spray paint cans… make them into another piece of art.

When night fell on Saturday, guitarist Matt Barron took our stage and absolutely shredded a performance that had a huge crowd going crazy.  It was wonderful to see him get such a well deserved response.Photo by Michael Lagocki.

Sculpture was part of the act to. Luis Torres brought out the heavy metal and even did some live welding for fans.

A diversity of artforms is the key to making stuff like this REALLY work. Charles Harrison does his body painting with an airbrush gun. And works with photographer Travis Lilley so that as soon as his models are complete, they go right into a professional photo shoot with a model photographer.

Sarah Gillmore romanced our audience with her beautiful songwriting. She was the only musician in our lineup who actually played two sets for us, playing both the opening and closing days of the festival.

Of course everything you’re seeing in these shots was only one small section of the event. Outside of ArtLoveMagic alley there will hundreds of other artists, musicians, attractions, and street foods to enjoy.

To find out more about The Deep Ellum Arts Festival and other festivals thrown by MEI, visit their website here.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by artlovemagic

One of the coolest things we’ve ever done is the CYPHER that was put together for Underground 2011. 14 local musicians from different backgrounds and bands came together to produce a single track of music just for the show. This was produced by GOAT. No small task to bring all these folks together, record them, mix the track, etc.

We also got our friends from Ufilmhouse to create this video for us. As usual, they did outstanding work. New effects, crazy camera angles, always pushing forward. It’s great to grow with people. Enjoy the video (I like it best full screen) and if you’d like to download the song, you can have it here. The lyric sheet is also there on the download page.



Deep Ellum On Air – Real Local Music

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2011 by artlovemagic

Playdough, Parallel Play, Blunt Force Crew, Elle, GOAT, Deborah Driscoll, Erin Gayden, The Texas Red Legs, The Zachary Scott Pohl Band.  What do all of these phenomenal local musicians have in common?  They can all be heard right now at Deep Ellum On Air.

Deep Ellum On Air is the first source we’ve come across that wanted to play all local music, all the time.  Obviously we didn’t hesitate when asked to come do an ArtLoveMagic Radio show, or when they asked our Music Director to give them all the local music we had access to.

So while you’re sitting there Facebooking, working, or reading this blog, you can simply click one of the links to Deep Ellum On Air and enjoy your favorite local tunes.  You don’t have to wait for a song you dig, either.  Deep Ellum On Air has a simple playlist on their home page with the Artists’ names and tracks listed, and all you have to do to hear that track is click on it.  Pretty sweet.

The guys at Deep Ellum On Air have been very good to us and all our musicians.  They’re really great people who, like ArtLoveMagic, just want to help brighten the spotlight on Deep Ellum with more examples of fresh, local talent.  They finance the whole station out of their own pockets for the good of this city and its music.  Since we first came by, the guys have done major work to the space like adding more HD cameras, making the area more comfortable for guest hosts, and adding more microphones and headsets.

The last time we visited the station we asked what their next improvement goal was.  “To upgrade to UStream Pro”, they replied.  That would mean those silly ads and blurry videos would be a thing of the past, and all the people who enjoy the station would have a lot more fun listening.  To get there, all they need to raise is $200.  They just added a brand spankin’ new “Donate” button at the bottom of their homepage.  $200 isn’t an insurmountable goal, and we think our collective could really help out.  Anything you can spare to help these guys out would be appreciated.

Whether you can donate or not, Deep Ellum On Air is free, all-local and all for you.  Enjoy it.  Love it.  Check out our next ArtLoveMagic Radio show in February!  More details to come.

Underground 2011 Official Press Release

Posted in PR, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by artlovemagic

Contact: David Rodriguez
Tel. 972-743-3105

“Underground 2011”
“Dallas’ Hidden Talents”
February 12, 2011
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am
$10 door

ArtLoveMagic, a Texas NFP organization proudly announces Underground.

Underground has a tradition of being the biggest, loudest, freshest show ArtLoveMagic does every year at South Side On Lamar (1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215). In 2011 you can expect no less than 50 live artists, dozens of art forms, and absolutely incredible live performance acts. The show will be for one night only, Saturday, February 12, from 8pm to 12am. A two week long exhibit containing works from artists performing in Underground will be on display following the event within the Janette Kennedy Gallery (2/13 – 2/26).

Like all ArtLoveMagic events, this experience will be live and interactive. Each artist whose work is in the two week long exhibit will be creating live on February 12th, 2011. Audience members will watch artwork come to life, while musicians, dancers and poets entertain on the stage. Added this year are special presentations in our new 21+ room where you can see body painters producing live, alongside a live figure drawing class, a fashion show and much more. In addition we will have a special, once in a lifetime, collaborative song featuring all the musicians within the event. Take a breather at our coffee lounge or get caffinated for a B-Boy dance off!

Entry is $10 at the door.  But you can buy discounted tickets right now at

ArtLoveMagic was founded in January of 2007 with the belief that a staggering amount of artistic talent in Dallas was going unrecognized and/or underdeveloped.  We have created more than 50 live experiences, involving over 500 artists and performers. What generally is missing from gallery shows is so obvious that we usually take that lacking for granted – the creators responsible for the artwork. Thankfully, our artists are always present and creating live, which offers a unique opportunity for audiences to learn, co-create, and for perspective clients to inquire about the creative process.

For more information on Underground and the artists/musicians involved, please visit

We hope to receive your support at this, our most anticipated event of the 2011.


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ArtLoveMagic, where you been? (part 1)

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Service, Shows with tags , , , on October 1, 2010 by artlovemagic

post & photos by Michael Lagocki

If you’re a reader of this blog and haven’t been attending many shows, it may appear as if we’ve been less active for the last month or two. Not true (believe me). But I haven’t had the time to update the blog anywhere near as regular as I’d like to. Need to get serious about having some other bloggers ’round these parts.

I have however been taking my camera to everything. So over the next few days I’m gonna try to upload a WHOLE MESS of photos to this blog. I won’t likely have the time to all the tagging and storytelling that I normally try to include, but hey- we can let the images speak for themselves.

So Part 1 is dedicated to CLEAR THE AIR. The show we did with Hip Hop Helps Heal to raise funds for the American Lung Association. Now THAT was a night.

Just see for yourself…

Leroy Roper Focuses on the Arts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by artlovemagic

Goat, art by Leroy Roper, and more!  Good cause, too.  See you there.

Check out the video below to see a collaboration between Leroy Roper, Goat, Tiffany Diamond, Kelly Starr Patterson, and Tammy Winters!

Goat & three6t “Highest Low” official video release

Posted in Community, Deep Ellum, music, Spotlight, videos with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by artlovemagic

Hey all.  Deb here.

A few months ago, I blogged about Goat & three6t’s latest CD release party to introduce “Mileage” to the world.  The album is a true hip hop work of art, involving a complex story and seriously righteous beats.  This, plus the crazy effort and heart that Goat puts into his music made this work not just something to bob your head to, but to open your mind with.

Here I am again to give you my take on the duo’s latest video release of “Highest Low”, just one of the stellar tracks available on the record.

“How low will you go to get as high as you can be?” – This is the first thought provoking inquiry that Goat poses to you, the listener.  What’s your answer?  Mine was, “Oh wow.  That’s REAL.”  To me, it brings images of junkies in the street injecting ignorant bliss, or kids getting screwed up and pushing limits like so many red buttons that they knew they should never have pushed.

Goat performing on our stage at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival

The video has images of its own for you to absorb, many including familiar faces to the Dallas art & music scene brandishing tattoo’s with similarly familiar words such as ‘corruption, ‘greed’, ‘lust’ and ‘hope’.   All of these human experiences that we ourselves are faced with on a regular basis certainly made me feel the music and its meaning.  Another message I found was the message to be thankful for how lucky we really are, even if only to remember the food that’s in our fridge and our family being there for us at the end of what can be a long and difficult ascension back up.

Goat and friends taping the video on top of South Side on Lamar

GOAT is a mnemonic device of sorts.  The letters stand for something, that something being “Grades of Absolute Truth”; but also Goat himself embodies such a device to me.  For those of you checking for what I might mean, let me help you out a bit.  A mnemonic device is a device that is used to help somebody remember something they are supposed to be learning.  We are all supposed to be learning right now, even if it is just remembering absolute truths that we were born to live.

Goat - Grades Of Absolute Truth

Go check out the video for “Highest Low” and see if you can remember one or two of those truths right now.


Deb Driscoll – Music Director, ArtLoveMagic

Goat & three6t CD Release Party

Posted in Community, Deep Ellum, music, Shows with tags , , , on November 6, 2009 by artlovemagic


The Intelligent South presents ‘Mileage’ from GOAT & three6t.

In the current landscape of redundant music, a compelling CD has been made by Dallas-based independent artists GOAT (Justin Griffith) &
three6t (Ricky Cantrell).   Mileage is a 14-track collection of captivating songs that showcase their talents and astute ability to bridge the gap between multiple genres of music.  Mileage is unique in that it is accessible to mainstream and underground music fans alike.  Narrowly defined genre barriers do a disservice to the broad and exceptional songs. Indie Rock, R&B, Blues, and Hip Hop sensibilities are seamless throughout the contextual and sonic approach of this CD.

Dirty South music, as a subgenre, has been widely successful for many years, but is limited in focus and lacks topic diversity.  Mileage takes a different path and offers interpersonal insight from GOAT with varied lyrical content as a foundation.

“When I listen to music, I want to feel like I know the artist and go through life with them. My music is alike in that way.
People can relate to what I’m going through and feel as if they’re not going through their trials and tribulations alone. At the
same time, it’s a needed outlet for me to stay halfway sane,” GOAT explains.
In addition to broadening his core fan base in Dallas, GOAT seeks to expand that base to a larger regional and national level
of exposure. Many of the songs were debuted during his recent summer tour. The early reception of songs from Mileage was
received with immediate positive feedback from audiences at venues such as Babylon in Fresno, California, and Copper State
Tavern in Glendale, Arizona.  flyer

The official CD Release Party for Mileage will take place on November 7th at the Curtain Club in Dallas, Texas.  Also releasing records on this night are Elle and Jack Rabbit James.  Three individual, independent CD’s that will surely rock your world.  elle

For more information, contact:
Justin Griffith, The Intelligent South

More on Hip Hop Helps Heal

Posted in Artists, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by artlovemagic

The Mend the Home show was awesome. This is the second year we’ve done the H4 show at the Bone and both times it was just out of this world. Eddie Walker took these shots.


Trayce paints the night away. He’s been doing a lot of shows with us lately and has been a great addition to the crew.


The Sunshine Kids on the first ever live art jaunt. They make killer beauty mirrors out of paint, and mirrors, and broken glass, and toys, and light bulbs, and….


Riki Johnson has been doing some gorgeous set ups at our shows lately. It’s good to be surrounded by her colorful art.

We demanded that if Serena Wills was going to move back East, she had to bring us another beauty, soulful female poet as a replacement. Fortunately, she was like, “no problem- meet Alexndra Marie”.


David Rodriguez’s performance with Playdough was the highlight of the night. When David dipped both hands into the bucket and starting throwing paint to the beat, we all lost it.


Detail of David Working.


The man with the plan. GOAT organized the night, a benefit for Genesis Women’s shelter.


Where does the night end? Ihop 5AM, kids.

Each of these artists’ links can be found on the artist and performer page at

post by Michael Lagocki, pics by Eddie Walker