Local artists prepare to show off their talents at the first event of its kind in Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) – Residents of Beloit, get ready to experience unique works of art and move your feet to catchy beats.

Deviate Beloit is a high-energy, interactive party, the first of its kind, taking place on October 15th at the Ironworks Campus Spine in downtown Beloit. This one-night, 21+ event will feature locals in an eclectic and electric atmosphere.

Tyrone Garrett is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist from Rockford, who discovered a passion for music in high school and college when he started singing. “My goal is to try to give hope to someone else who is going through something,” Garrett said.

He says he draws from his life experiences and others around him to create an intimate feel with listeners, but the world around him is his primary source of inspiration. “Just driving late at night or even in the morning, and seeing the sun or the moon, that’s something I really draw inspiration from,” Garrett said.

Tyrone currently performs at Stateline Church in Rockford, but soon he will be able to showcase his talents to his biggest audience yet. Garrett is one of many local artists invited to participate in the first “Deviate” event of its kind at the historic Ironworks campus in Beloit. Tyrone says the pandemic has made it difficult for him to book shows, but this October event is the perfect way to achieve his goal of getting his music to as many people as possible.

“You know we’re some of the real artists who make sculptures, who paint,” Garrett said. “And I feel like my part of it, my music, can really resonate with that because I also paint pictures through my words.”

“We’re looking for something a little more daring,” said Deviate of Entertainment Director Ryan Hickey. “We are looking for people who have a slightly different vision. This is not your typical arts and crafts fair.

Hickey has been working on this project since the fall of 2019. He says his passion for music and his goal of pushing others to be different are the motivation behind this unique event. “That’s what excites me the most, is that impression and that feeling that people will have when they walk in there.”

Tickets are on sale now for Deviate Beloit, which begins at 6 p.m. on October 15. You can get your $10 tickets and check out the local artists performing by heading to the event website here.

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