Join us, Tues Nov 26th at Songbyrd, for our annual anime CAN I KICK IT? film, where this year we’re featuring the late 80’s classic Fist of The North Star.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by a nuclear war, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor of a deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill most adversaries from within through the use of the human body’s secret vital points.
DJ 2-Tone gets things started at 6:30 PM and the movie starts around 7:30. For more info/RSVP click here.
CAN I KICK IT? – Dragon Style our newest design developed to further brand SHAOLIN JAZZ’s most exciting and innovative engagement CAN I KICK IT? – an event where SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones creates a live soundtrack to classic martial arts and actions movies using his turntables – giving every scene or every other scene its own music.
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We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be conducting another special Halloween edition of CAN I KICK IT? featuring the 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Thurs. Oct. 31st (Halloween Night), at Songbyrd DC.
Music starts at 6:30 PM and the movie starts at 7:30 PM, with the film being shown on both floors. Drink specials and Songbyrd’s full dinner menu will be available.
For more info/RSVP click here.
There’s a great deal of enjoyment when a client wants you to be apart of their programming, but it feels even better when that same client wants to bring you back and this certainly was the case with The Kennedy Center who asked us to be apart of the launch festival for their new state-of-the-art REACH Center – a new multipurpose venue designed to help artists bring their creative pursuits to life.
The entire festival is actually 2 weeks of programming (over 400 events) with our scheduled date featuring all hip-hop based performances and engagements from local DC acts such as Kokayi to national legends – De La Soul, all happening simultaneously which allowed for attendees to fully explore the REACH Center and its various studios, multimedia spaces, and world-class works of art.
And despite all that was happening, which included DJ sets by Bobbito Garcia and workshops by Words, Beats, and Life, we held down a capacity crowd for our screening of the 90’s classic BLADE starring Wesley Snipes. Add to that a continuous line out of the door and a visit of our screening by hip-hop legend Q-Tip, who The Kennedy Center appointed as its first Artistic Director of Hip Hop Culture.
Thanks to The Kennedy Center for bringing us back and thank you to everyone who attended.
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We’re happy to announce that the new date of our CAN I KICK IT? featuring PREDATOR at Creative Alliance will be Thurs. October 10th.
This will be the O.G. version of the late 80’s sci-fi/action classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
For more info and tickets click here.
Our good friends at The Kennedy Center have tapped us to be apart of the launch festival for their new state-of-the-art REACH Center – a new venue designed to help artists bring their creative pursuits to life.
And for this edition of CAN I KICK IT? we’ll be featuring the 90’s classic BLADE starring Wesley Snipes.
Unfortunately tickets for our night are sold-ou, but they do have them available for the range of additional events that they’ll be conducting starting on this Sat Sept 7th.
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Our final CAN I KICK IT?, of the Hudson River Parks’ Hudson RiverFlicks outdoor screening series, couldn’t have been more hip-hop (from its early beginnings), an exercise in resourcefulness, or DIY.
The passing weather made it impossible for us to conduct the screening at the designated location, so the team at Hudson River Parks had a plan B: take an empty hanger/warehouse space that they never activate that had only 1 working light, bring in a generator for power, use one of the exposed bring walls for a screen, open up the garage doors, and bring chairs and the A/V equipment. The result was a uniquely memorable experience that was intensified by a raw space in New York. Classic.
The only downside were the people who could not make it due to our quick location change as well as those who were unfortunately turned away, as we reached our 200 max capacity very early.
We’ve had an incredibly fun run with the two CAN I KICK IT? screenings that we were fortunate to conduct as apart of Hudson River Parks’ series and we’re hopeful to come back next year.
Thanks again to Hudson River Parks for bringing us, props to everyone who helped, salute to everyone who spread the word, and thank you to everyone who attended.
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As our first CAN I KICK IT?, featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, outside of the U.S. – Vancouver definitely “got it” and the good-times ensued. The location, which was an historic outdoor plaza called Van Art Gallery North Plaza, felt like home with it being similar to Freedom Plaza (back in D.C.), with its smooth stone surfaces, ledges, and steps, which was also home to the city’s skateboarders. Insert some great food trucks and popcorn and we were ready to go!
In addition to the movie, scores of attendees, both young and old, enjoyed our makers-station where you could create your piece of art using a stencil (turntable, ninja, boom-box, or Bruce Lee) and spray paint. We love employing the makers-station whenever possible so people can participate in the event and have a meaningful and tangible memory of our experience.
And what’s a CAN I KICK IT? event without live demos, so the DVBIA brought in Shape Shifter Studio who not only conducted BBoy workshops, which got the crowd dancing, but also excited the audience with amazing BBoy exhibitions. We, in-turn, reached out to Lions MMA who sent two of their most celebrated members Kia and Sean who rocked attendees with a spirited power-driven demo.
Thank you to the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association for bringing us out, props to both Shape Shifter Studio and Lions MMA for conducting the workshops and exhibitions, and salute to everyone who attended, especially those who’ve been longtime SHAOLIN JAZZ supporters.
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