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CAN I KICK IT? 2019 / Songbyrd Schedule

We’re extremely excited about our 2019 CAN I KICK IT? schedule at Songbyrd.  Be sure to take note, plan ahead, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Above the Law / 1.22.19

Join us for our first CAN I KICK IT? of 2019 featuring Above the Law starring Steven Seagal, on Tues Jan. 22nd at Songbyrd, No Cover.  For more info/RSVP click here.

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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Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater) Site Visit

Did our walk thru of the newly renovated Terrace Theater, @KennedyCenter, and we got a chance to map out our staging and lighting design, which for us, is still pretty surreal, but we’re ready.

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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.

Made It to Coney

We got a chance to hit Coney Island recently and we’ve got something special that we’re about to drop in anticipation of our CAN I KICK IT? event at The Kennedy Center feat “The Warriors” (12.8.18).
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NYC Recap at Ritual Movement

Another dope night in Brooklyn thanks to the homie @pudgemental and his Ritual Movement monthly / @dj2tonejones blessed the crowd at @basquiatsbottle, along with @sabineblaizin and pudge.
If you’ve never been to a Ritual Movement party, you won’t be disappointed and stay tuned for more recap of our #NYC trip.
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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / 12.7.18

In celebration of our CAN I KICK IT? screening of “The Warriors” (on 12.8.18 at The Kennedy Center) we’re excited to announce that we’ll be conducting our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, on 12.7.18, featuring a range of works inspired by the movie – capturing the essence of the classic film.

This special edition of SOUND PATTERNS will take place on Friday December 7th at the Victor L. Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE – Brookland), from 7 – 11 PM, and will include music by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones.  For more info/RSVP click here.