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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Big Boss / Recap

For our last CAN I KICK IT? of 2018 and to follow up our sold out Kennedy Center event, we had to bring the heat and what better way to do so than with The Big Boss starring the incomparable Bruce Lee, which was his first US movie.

We’ve got some great surprises lined up for our 2019 season including an amazing lineup of cult and contemporary classic martial arts films.  Thanks to everyone who’s attended any of our CAN I KICK IT? events, including our Kennedy Center show, shouts to everyone who’s helped and spread the word, and props to Songbyrd for hosting.  Your platform is much appreciated.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors at The Kennedy Center / Recap

Our CAN I KICK IT? event at The Kennedy Center is, hands down, one of our biggest events to date.  The outdoors series at Freedom Plaza that we’ve done with the Downtown DC BID also shares that space.  And as cliche as it sounds, its hard to put into words the feeling that we got and how amazing the experience was the day of when 2-Tone dropped the needle and the movie started.

Let me be clear, there was an enormous amount of work that went into every component of the production: the design of the promo materials and the actual promotion of them/the event, the stage design and the careful selection and placement of all of the items, the countless hours (even months) 2-Tone spent curating just the right music for just the right scene.  There was a lot to consider and it all led to a remarkable experience that no one, who attended, will ever forget and it also led to us selling out The Kennedy Center’s 450+ seat Terrace Theater.

This experience has been an eye-opener on so many levels including understanding that part of what we’re doing furthers the culture that we love: Hip-Hop.  And to think – SHAOLIN JAZZ started in 2011 as an idea for just a mixtape and has grown into something that has graced the halls of a venue as prestigious as The Kennedy Center.  But don’t get it twisted, there’s so much more work to be done.

Thank you to Simone Eccleston for giving us a shot and props to her production team for all of their efforts.  Thanks to Maishah and Ja’Mon for going above and beyond with our merch table and for providing a warm welcome to all of our attendees.  Props to RBI and Roddy (and Choppy), along with 2-Tone, for blessing the show with that dope DJ frenzy.  Salute to the radio shows who let 2-Tone and I on and to everyone who helped to spread the word, left a positive comment, etc…regardless if you did or didn’t attend.  And of course thank you to everyone who attended (including friends and family) and helped sell-out the show.  Your support is more than appreciated.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Samurai Champloo (Episodes 1-4) / 11.27.18

Join us for our next CAN I KICK IT?, where we’re returning to anime and screening the cult TV series Samurai Champloo.  This will be the first time that we’ll be screening a TV series and we’ll be featuring episodes 1-4.  For more info/RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Bloodfist starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson / 10.23.18

On Tues Oct 23rd join us for our next CAN I KICK IT? where we’ll be screening the ultimate cult classic martial arts film “Bloodfist” starring one of the most celebrated martial artists in the world: Don “The Dragon” Wilson, at Songbyrd DC, 6 – 10 PM, and to RSVP/Info click here.

 

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Born Invincible / 8.28.18

This month join us on Tues August 28th at Songbyrd, for our next CAN I KICK IT? as we screen a the martial arts cult classic Born Invincible starring Carter Wong.  And you can now enjoy CAN I KICK IT? in all three rooms (upstairs and downstairs) of Songbyrd.

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CAN I KICK IT? at Made in Hong Kong Film Festival / Recap

Our summer continues to shine and its been an absolute blessing for SHAOLIN JAZZ to have been granted these opportunities.

Our CAN I KICK IT? screening at the Freer/Sackler Gallery’s (The Smithsonian) Made in Hong Kong Film Festival was, from start to finish, nothing short of a good time.  2-Tone not only rocked the opening reception (which included live Martial Arts demonstrations, curated food and cocktails) but, immediately after the reception he proceeded downstairs to setup for and rock our screening, to a maximum capacity crowd, of the Shaw Bros’ 80’s classic Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu.

This event represented a couple of firsts for us, in that not only was this our first time conducting CAN I KICK IT? in a film festival, but that this was our first time (and hopefully not our last) rocking for a standing room only crowd.

Thanks to Tom and his team at the Freer/Sackler for once again bringing us back for another event, props to everyone who helped spread the word, special shouts to Ja’Mon for helping to hold down the merch table as well as shooting, and thanks to everyone who attended.  Your support is very much appreciated.

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Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Golden Child / Recap

Our last Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? screening featuring The Golden Child, despite it being cut short due to rain, was more than memorable.  The story starts with this event being (or supposed to at least) a make-up for our screening of the same movie, which also got rained out on its original date!

Add to that that it rained earlier on Tues which begged the questioned, would we still be able to do it?  We received a wave of inquiries via social media and email asking if we’d still be conducting the screening, especially with it being our last and The Golden Child being a favorite for a lot of people.  Lo and behold, we ended up getting the green light from the DowntownDC BID and to our excitement we were greeted by over 200 eager attendees.

And in our effort to not disappoint, 2-Tone spun one of his best sets, DowntownDC BID surprised guests with free ice-cream, and everyone got a sample of the high impact Jiu Jitsu (martial arts) demonstration from Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu.  Thanks to our Jay Coleman for setting that up!

Thanks again to the DowntownDC BID for bringing us back for another run, props to Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu for the demo, shouts to our cadre of media partners who helped spread the word about this year’s festivities, and special thanks to everyone who attended.  We certainly hoped you enjoyed the events as much as we enjoyed giving them and we look forward to seeing everyone as we’re back home at Songbyrd DC for our monthly CAN I KICK IT? events.  That being said, catch us there Tues. July 24th for the screening of Under Siege.

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Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? / feat Romeo Must Die / Recap

We’re halfway thru our outdoor series and its great to see how, each week, the crowds continue to grow, in addition to how diverse the crowds are from literally every category of demographic.  Age, sex, ethnicity, religion, etc…these events are a testament to how art, not to mention a good time, can bring people together, from all walks of life.

Thank you to everyone who attended (including those who participated in the 90’s costume contest), thanks to DJ Miss H.E.R for setting the tone, and shouts to our media partners.

We look forward to seeing everyone next Tues. July 10 for Jean Claude Van-Damme’s breakout movie Bloodsport.

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Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? / feat Rumble in the Bronx / Recap

We strive to bring you truly unique experiences, with our SHAOLIN JAZZ engagements, and with this year’s Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? outdoor series we’ve not only expanded the number and styles of DJs to open before select movies, but we also wanted to curate a range of martial arts demonstrations featuring a range of styles.  And at this past Tuesday’s CAN I KICK IT? we were proud to feature, to even bigger crowd of attendees, the the International Capoeira Angola Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who attended, as well as those who spread the word, and we hope to see you next Tues June 19 as we bring you Eddie Murphy’s iconic martial arts – comedy, The Golden Child.

DJ P.U.D.G.E open things up at 7:30 PM, along with games and activities provided by DPR with the movie starting around 8:45 PM.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Shogun Assassin / Recap

Now that we’re screening CAN I KICK IT? on both floors of Songbyrd (three screens in total) we’ve been able to amplify the experience via more space for attendees along with benefiting from the sound system from Songbyrd’s first floor.

Thanks for everyone who attended and spread the word and thanks to Songbyrd for hosting.

We’re taking a short break in June with us again conducting CAN I KICK IT? outdoors, in partnership with the DowntownDC BID, at Freedom Plaza, so we hope everyone can attend.  The outdoor versions, due to the huge scale, take our experience to another level and should not be missed.  They take place every Tues from June 5 – July 10, so be sure to check out the schedule here.

Beyond that, we’ll back at Songbyrd on Tues July 24 where we’ll be screening Steven Seagal’s classic Under Siege.

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