Adrian “AB” Butler has become an ambassador for the city of Grand Rapids and its unique breed of entrepreneurial creatives. As the frontman and founder of AB and Coconut Brown! (2007), the emcee helped craft a sound that delighted hip-hop heads and party people alike, earning the band numerous accolades including Grand Rapid’s Best Band (GR Magazine 2011) and headlining The Local First Street Festival (2012). AB’s recorded work includes collaborations with artists such as Dante Cope, Rosewood 2055, Josh Burge, DJ Snax, and Ajax Stacks has landed him on the short list of Grand Rapids performers who are just as talented in the booth as they are on stage.
His DJ sets are a cool mix of timeless classics, underground bangers, and everyone’s favorite songs. He seamlessly blends the new and the old, criss-crossing genres and tapping into a deep understanding of what gets people up out of their seats and onto the dance floor. What began over 12 years ago as a hobby has grown in recent years to a professional service in high demand.
AB has lent this understanding to event partnerships and productions, where he has worked with clients such as ArtPrize, Downtown GR Inc., Grand Rapids Auto Show and Green Gala. AB DJ Sets have incited dance parties at venues across the City of Grand Rapids: The Pyramid Scheme, The Winchester, Billy’s, Founders and The JW Marriot. AB also believes in true love, so DJing a wedding reception is never out of the question.
His latest endeavor, Above & Below Clothing (AB) , represents yet another way to be creative AND give the people what they want: a minimalist, adaptable wardrobe piece that can be incorporated into anyone’s personal style.