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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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SHAOLIN JAZZ at Coney

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.

For tickets to our CAN I KICK IT? event at The Kennedy Center click here.

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.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / 12.8.18 / at The Kennedy Center

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / Saturday December 8th, 2018 / The Kennedy Center / For tickets/info click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / 12.8.18 / at The Kennedy Center

The Furies or Baseball Furies – the most iconic of the gangs featured in The Warriors.
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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / Saturday December 8th, 2018 / The Kennedy Center / For tickets/info click here.

The Gangs of the Warriors

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.

SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors / 12.7.18

To help celebrate our CAN I KICK IT? screening at The Kennedy Center, Sat Dec 8th, we’ll be conducting our next SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition featuring works inspired by “The Warriors” movie.

Friday December 7, 2018, 7-11 PM, featuring works from @kboateng, @corintogallery, @justkeebs, @insta_b_rose, and @nicktha1da
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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Warriors / 12.8.18 / at The Kennedy Center

SHAOLIN JAZZ was recently selected to be apart of the Kennedy Center’s 2018-2019 Hip-Hop Culture Season, where we’ll be conducting a special edition of CAN I KICK IT?, on Saturday December 8th, featuring the 1979 cult classic The Warriors, an influential film in Hip Hop culture

We’ve got more details to follow, but for tickets and additional info click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ (CAN I KICK IT?) at The Kennedy Center / 12.8.18

We’ve been holding onto this one for a minute, but we’re extremely excited to announce that SHAOLIN JAZZ was recently selected to be apart of the Kennedy Center’s 2018-2019 Hip-Hop Culture Season, where we’ll be conducting a special edition of our CAN I KICK IT? engagement (on Saturday December 8th) and will be screening the 1979 cult classic The Warriors.

We’ve got more details to follow, but for tickets and additional info click here.