Chaka and Qi Dada made it very clear from the beginning: Although RAS Day is named in honor of Riders Against the Storm, the Austin-based hip-hop husband and wife duo were adamant about making their special day all about community, about people accepting the greatness of who they are, a reminder of empowerment and positivity. (And, of course, it would have to be fun.) Four years after the official RAS Day proclamation, the annual event remains one of the most high-energy interactive experiences that gets crowds on their feet.
The RAS Day 2017 celebration is currently underway at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St., and continues tonight with performances by Jackie Venson, Nik West, Raul Midón, PJ Morton, and Riders Against the Storm. Still plenty of time to head out to Empire for all the fun. Very recommended.
-Photography by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUTX.