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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Despite all of the moving parts that came with conducting CAN I KICK IT? at The Kennedy Center, we also decided to conduct our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, the day before, which would feature art inspired by The Warriors movie. The exhibition went well.
We featured six artists from previous SOUND PATTERNS shows and one new one, which included Nick Tha 1da, Makeba Rainey, John Ortiz, Brody Rose, Josue Martinez, and Kojo Boateng. The show, which will be on display till December 20th at the Victor L Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE), is of a cohesive yet unique variety with some artists also drawing from personal experiences to help drive their pieces. A viewing of the show is via appointment only: Mon-Fri 10 am – 3 pm and Thurs 10 am – 7 pm. If interested email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our SOUND PATTERNS exhibition also provided an opportunity for us to connect with fans who both could and could not attend Saturday’screening while also serving as a platform to educate people who were unfamiliar with our event at The Kennedy Center, which led to last minute ticket sales – ultimately leading us to selling out the Terrace Theater.
Thanks to everyone who attended, Calabash Tea & Tonic for providing the munchies and some refreshment, El Silencio Mezcal for providing the cocktails, and Red Bull for providing the additional flavor.
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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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We had a good time shooting this impromptu video two weeks ago at Coney Island. The wind and traffic on the boardwalk were no joke, but it was worth it.
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While in NYC we also checked out the first of a monthly event series produced and held at MoCADA. If you’re unfamiliar with MoCADA, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), through visual and performing arts, incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.
The current exhibition features works from Langston Allston (illustrative works) and Demond Melancon (Native American inspired bead work). To check out more pics click Read the rest of this entry
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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“Scalp ‘Em” feat/fusing Method Man, Ghostface, and Raekwon with “Kasalefkut-Hulu” by Mulatu Astatke / from our first album entitled SHAOLIN JAZZ The 37th Chamber (2011). Video by @soulcinematic
Check out a rendition of a 1979 New York subway map, designed by New Y’shua, based on the location of the gangs featured in the movie “The Warriors.”
CAN I KICK IT? / feat “The Warriors” / 12.8.18 / The Kennedy Center / For tickets and additional info click here.
Whenever we do SHAOLIN JAZZ events in New York, its always love and our Sweet Nancy NYC Listening Party was no different. And despite us not having done an event in New York in a min, and some rain, the community (as in people walking in not knowing what was even taking place, but intrigued by our SHAOLIN JAZZ sign) in addition to family and friends – showed up making our listening party the kind of experience that we envisioned.
Thank you to Basquiat’s Bottle for hosting and all of your generosity, thank you to all of the artists who exhibited works giving our event that extra layer, much appreciated to everyone who attended, and props to everyone who helped spread the word.
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