A few months back I talked to 2-Tone about the idea of doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event series in DC, as all of our lectures, events, etc. take place outside of the DMV (which is where we’re based), and the idea of screening Kung-Fu flims and playing classic hip-hop came to mind. Its a simple concept akin to all lovers of hip-hop and Kung-Fu flics – those week or weekend nights where everyone gathers at one friend’s crib to eat, watch, drink, listen, freestyle (not all in that order) and the idea of doing CAN I KICK IT? was birthed.
We’d been in search of a venue and Kat (Lil Soso Productions) approached me about doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event to be apart of a series of events she was curating for a new DC spot called Cause and asked if we’d be down, so…
Join us for the launch of CAN I KICK IT? – a unique, monthly event series catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films, and everything else in between. Starting Sunday December 8th (and taking place every 2nd Sunday thereafter) @ Cause, 5pm-9pm, CAN I KICK IT? will consist of two films being screened throughout the venue with attendees also enjoying a soundtrack of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and cinema soundbites mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones. SHAOLIN JAZZ artwork and additional visuals on display as well.
To check out the film schedule and for additional visuals click Read more…
This edition of COLOR of SOUND was ILL. To put it short, 2-Tone and I were building with a variety of the nation’s top educators, artists, and scholars all of whom have developed various methodologies and practices utilizing hip-hop as an educational tool. Essentially lots of networking went down with many opportunities on the horizon. Shouts to Martha Diaz and Autumn Robinson (Hip-Hop Think Tank), the staff of the Schomburg Center, Makeba Van Laurent Van Noten (Ghostface, Raekwon, and Thelonius Monk (not shown) art), Brandon (Epiphany), Chris Carr for shooting (Eat The Cake NYC), and Alexis (Madison Davenport PR).
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Our next COLOR of SOUND exhibition will be a different kind of dope, as the venue will be the famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and this edition will serve as the reception for the third year of the Hip-Hop Think Tank (a two day symposium where educators, artists, and scholars discuss various programs, projects, and techniques that utilize hip-hop as a means to educate. For additional info click here.
DOCUMENT the Fresh – Photography Exhibition / Closing Reception / Tuesday October 29th / The Bishop (BKNYC)
Due to the overwhelmingly high positive response received from the opening reception as well as interest from the gallery and the photographers – doing a closing reception felt like a no-brainer.
In addition to the standard closing reception fare, there will also be a panel discussion (moderated by one of The Bishop’s owners – Stevenson Dunn) featuring the participating photographers who’ll discuss their backgrounds, processes, motivations, and other musings. Attendees will also be treated to complimentary Heineken (6-7pm). For more info click here.
This month will bring our next hip hop hour, with this one being dedicated to the unconquerable Busta Rhymes, entitled WHEN THE HAPPY HOUR STRIKES!
Thursday October 24th
at Tropicalia 2001 14th St NW (corner of 14th & Ust – downstairs)
5pm – 9pm
DJ 2-Tone Jones spinning ONLY Busta Rhymes
Happy Hour Specials – ask for the $5 WOO-HAH
To RSVP click here
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Very happy with how everything turned out with the NYC opening reception of DOCUMENT the Fresh. Everything clicked – the space, the art, the music, the people – meaning the aesthetic was on-point Thanks to everyone that came out, The Bishop and their phenomenal staff (Teneille, Erwin, Ernest, and Stevenson), Alexis (Madison Davenport PR), Team Epiphany for the Heineken hook up (Brandon, Susan, Coltrane, Lisa), Oscar (Red Bull) and of course – the photographers: Vickey Ford/Sneakshot, Chris Carr, Mariama Rafetna, and Steve-o and Brian David Harris whose on-site photos brought the Community Wall to life.
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This photo (random dude happened to be looking at the marquee as Chris was shooting) says a lot in terms of how far SHAOLIN JAZZ has come as well as the many things we have yet to accomplish. Thanks to all of those that attended and thanks to Steve Zahn (BB King Blues – NYC) for reaching out to 2-Tone and I about doing a show, thanks to Sound of the City (Biscuit, Dre King, and Chooky) for another strong performance (they had actually performed at BB King’s a week before backing another group), Alexis (Madison Davenport), Chris Carr (Eat the Cake NYC) for another series of stellar photos, and Soul 1 for the hospitality. And, oh yeah, Large Professor came through and was impressed…