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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Drunken Master / Recap

This past CAN I KICK IT? – serious good times.  No heavy recap on this one, but of course thanks to everyone who attended, Songbyrd for hosting, salute to everyone who reposted, and shouts to Lex and DAVIS for the onsite support.  Got things in development for our next event 3.20.18, so stay tuned here and @SHAOLINJAZZ.


Track Listing de 12.26

Here’s the track listing from this month’s CAN I KICK IT? – de 12.26.  See you in 2018.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Enter the Dragon / Recap

Taking risks are apart of business, but when you build your brand a certain way and you plan and execute your marketing strategy properly those risks pay off and our final CAN I KICK IT? of 2017 exemplifies that risk, as we decided to conduct it the day after Christmas, despite a number of people responding after hearing the news, “You’re going to it when?” and “Are you sure, its the day after Christmas?”

The answers to those questions came in the form of us having our biggest crowd to date at Songbyrd, where standing-room-only quickly came into effect.  And the irony is that Songbyrd actually bought more chairs which was great because they did get used, however, the demand persisted.

To out the recap from Tues click Read the rest of this entry


BizBash NYC 2017 – Recap

It was a lot of work from start to finish (we drove up to NYC immediately following CAN I KICK IT? Tues. night), but I must say that our first BizBash trade show (on Wed.) yielded success for us in a variety of ways.  If you’re unfamiliar with BizBash they’re one of America’s top sources for news, ideas and resources for event and meeting professionals, via their websites, web tools, and exhibitions.

BizBash NYC, which took place at the Jacob Javitz Center, gave us an opportunity to meet and network with a range of event specialists from brands and institutions such as Westin Hotels, NYU, and Viacom, where we, for six hours straight, got a chance to speak to them about our SHAOLIN JAZZ multimedia engagements.

We, for the most part, have conducted the majority of our engagements at colleges and universities and us exhibiting at BizBash is our first big push at developing business in the corporate space.

Despite only getting three hours of sleep and dealing with the grind of NYC morning and evening commuter traffic the show was more than worth it (we’ll be back) and to check out the recap click Read the rest of this entry


Black President’s Day 2017 – Recap

Props to the homie Kat for adding to her legacy of dropping the illest Fela Kuti celebrations to date, Black President’s Day.  If you’ve never been to a Lil SoSo event (Kat’s experience and event design agency) then you’re missing out on some of the most engaging and original events and creative salons, globally, and if you’ve never been to her Black President’s Day events then re-read what I just wrote.

The crowds and energy are amazing, and add to that world renown DJs, live musicians, the highly anticipated Queens Stroll, and video montages of Fela’s performances and speeches, and you’ve got yourself a memorable time.  It sounds simple, right, but you’ve also got to have the mix of everything on top of experience or it simply won’t work.

To learn more about Kat and Lil SoSo Productions click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Recap

DJ 2-Tone Jones and I would like to sincerely thank all of those who attended yesterday kicking off the inaugural DC Summer Flicks series via our CAN I KICK IT? engagement. I’m biased, of course, but its fresh to see something different happening in the city.  For the full recap click Read the rest of this entry


SHAOLIN JAZZ / Recap / West Virginia State University


Our two days of programming at West Virginia State University (an HBCU and our first college/university engagement of 2017) turned out to be one of our best experiences at a college or university, to date.  The town has crazy hidden cultural gems and the school has this chill familial vibe.

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“CAN I KICK IT? – Basic Red”


Check out our latest design “CAN I KICK IT? – Basic Red,” a design inspired by our CAN I KICK IT? monthly screening event (fusing classic martial arts movies with live music).  To customize and purchase click here.


SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – The Ethiopian Edition / Sound of the City

bbking25Meet Sound of the City – a highly notable DC area band, who will be performing throughout our live performance on Saturday.

Sound of the City Band is an all-star group, bringing together multi-talented producers, musicians, and artists. Sound of the City, lead by Biscuit Bynum (drummer) and Precious Joubert (leadbbking49 vocalist), has provided instrumental backing for many local, nation, and international artists.

S.O.T.C. has been called the primary sound behind DC’s underground music scene, along with being the most requested band on the east coast. These musicians have performed on tour with Raheem Devaughn [The Jill Scott Real Thing Tour 2008], and have performed in almost every major venue in the DC area including Constitution Hall, The Lincoln Theatre, The 9:30 Club, The Black Cat, The Birchmere, and the Merriweather Post Pavillion.

Sound of the City has played for and shared the stage with many major artists such as Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Keyshia Cole, Algebra Lessett, Joe, Raheem Devaughn, Glenn Lewis, Chuck Brown, Floetry, Biz Markie, Ledisi, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, Wu Tang, and many more….

To learn more about Sound of the City click here.


SHAOLIN JAZZ in The Washington Post


2-Tone and I made the Washington Post regarding our trip to Ethiopia and our accompanying show on Saturday. Shouts to Chris from the Post on the coverage and Christoph Carr on the photo.  To read the piece click here.