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Beyond The Streets / Recap 1

I remember when the Beyond the Streets exhibition first opened in L.A. (featuring mostly West Coast writers) a few years back and me definitely wanting to check it out, so when I found out that they were doing an east coast version in NYC – me attending was a no brainer.

To put it short, its everything that I thought it would be and if you’re a fan of graffiti, street-art, and contemporary art then do yourself a favor.  The show stays open until the end of this Sept.

Props to Roger and his team for a well produced show, including all of the programming and product that goes with it, and to check out part 1 of my recap click Read the rest of this entry

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Last Dragon / Recap

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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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Last Dragon / 8.14.19

We hope that you can join us this Weds. Aug. 14th for our final CAN I KICK IT? of Hudson River Parks’ Hudson RiverFlicks outdoor series where we’re pleased to feature the 80’s classic The Last Dragon starring Taimak and Vanity.

P.U.D.G.E will get things started with a DJ set starting at 7 PM and the movie will start around 8:30 PM.

For more info/RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Tai Chi Master / Recap

Our second CAN I KICK IT? screening in NYC proved to be just as special as our first (the week prior) despite the unfortunate blackout that occurred in Midtown Manhattan, which eliminated power from nearby buildings, trains, even Times Square.

We’re fortunate and happy to provide our unique experience for those who made it and we’re hopeful that those who were en-route (as well as those who attended) made it home safely.

Despite the power-loss a good time was definitely had as we blessed the crowd with Tai Chi Master (starring Jet Li) – the surprise film for the New York Asian Film Festival’s “Secret Screening” event, which closed out the festival’s programming.

Thank you to the NYAFF for bringing us out and we appreciated all of your hospitality and thank you to everyone who attended and helped to spread the word.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / Recap

New York is one of the cities that we’ve been to raring to rock and, despite some technical difficulties, we more than made sure to make our impression felt with our CAN I KICK IT? version of the ultimate NYC cinematic classic The Warriors.

We sincerely appreciate the over 500 people in attendance who stuck with us, props to the tech-savvy security guard who came in in the ninth hour with a solution, salute to our team who helped behind-the-scenes, and thank you to Hudson River Park for bringing us out to open their Hudson RiverFlicks outdoor series.

We look forward to coming back August 14th with Berry Gordy’s classic The Last Dragon, so be sure to plan ahead, and for the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / 7.10.19

We’re pleased to announce that we’re finally bringing CAN I KICK IT? to NYC and we’ll be conducting it three times through the course of the summer and for our first trip we’re excited to be conducting it as apart of an organization called Hudson River Park for two dates of their popular outdoor series: Hudson RiverFlicks.

For our first date, Wed July 10th, we’ll be screening the ultimate O.G. New York (and hip-hop) classic The Warriors.  And if you attended our sold-out screening of this film last year at The Kennedy Center then you already know how we completely changed how you understand this film and for this upcoming screening we promise that we will do the same times two!

We have a couple of surprises that will be announced later, but the film will start at 8:30 PM and these events are free/open to the public.

For more more info/RSVP click here.

Summer of Shaolin – 2019

This summer we’re excited to be bringing CAN I KICK IT? to a range of cities throughout U.S. and Canada and we hope to see you out.

Check out our calendar above and plan ahead!

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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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / Recap

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: info@shaolinjazz.com.

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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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.

See you next Saturday for The Warriors and for more pics click Read the rest of this entry