UPCOMING 10/22/14: BRC Orchestra performs The Political Soul of Motown @ Joe’s Pub

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Performs PEOPLE HOLD ON: Motown’s Civil Rights Anthems and Political Soul On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in the midst of present-day civil unrest, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, featuring an all-star cast that includes jessica Care moore, Don Byron, Ronny Drayton, Doron Flake, V. Jeffrey Smith, […]

BRC’s Hendrix-inspired Playlist for ‘All Is By My Side’

BRC-curated, <Hendrix-inspired Playlist on Rdio>           There’s been a considerable amount of buzz surrounding the forthcoming Jimi Hendrix docu-drama, ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’.  Written and directed by John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), the film stars Andre Benjamin of OutKast in the title role.  It chronicles Hendrix’s days as […]

Historic: BRC Orchestra Deep Roots of Rock N Roll

July 26, 2014 Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, 2p FREE   With “Deep Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra transported us back in time and into the future with a rousing homage to the Pioneers, Founders, Innovators, Technicians, Trailblazers and Instigators of the genre. Under the Musical Direction and Design of Toshi […]

Historic: BRC Orchestra, Santana Retrospective Redux, Joe’s Pub, NYC (4/8/14)

The BRC Orchestra once again gave it up to one of the greats. Enlisting some legendary talents of our own to bridge cultures, communities, genres, and continents through the sounds that connect us all. FEATURED: Vernon Reid (Living Colour, Masque, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer) – creative direction Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic, Corey Glover & V.I.C.E.) […]

“A LIVE LESSON IN THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF A JOURNEY” -Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon on the BRC Orchestra ‘Deep Roots of Rock’ Show

We were exceedingly lucky to be able to tap Toshi Reagon to be the Musical Director and Designer for our “Deep Roots of Rock and Roll” Orchestra show. So we considered ourselves beyond blessed when her mother, the legendary Dr. Reagon (composer, musician, songtalker, scholar, performer, historian, teacher, producer, author, public speaker, and activist) had […]

Historic: BRC Orchestra, Deep Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Schimmel Center, NYC (11/23/13)

Altogether awe-inspiring…    With “Deep Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra transported us back in time and into the future with a rousing homage to the Pioneers, Founders, Innovators, Technicians, Trailblazers and Instigators of the genre. Under the Musical Direction and Design of Toshi Reagon, the monstrously-talented members of this world-class […]

Historic: DEATH live at Le Poisson Rouge (7/1/13)

On Monday, July 1, The Black Rock Coalition co-presented legendary Detroit protopunk-metal band DEATH with Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), hosted by MilitiA. Hear our interview with the band here and read long-time BRC friend Dawoud Kringle’s review here. NOTE: We would have loved to have had some input on the booking of the bands that […]

Historic: BRCO SALUTE TO RICHIE HAVENS (1/18-19/13)

BRC ORCHESTRA @ BAMCAFÉ LIVE, BROOKLYN, NY, 1/18-19, A Salute To Richie Havens; With Richie’s brother Don and daughter Rachel in building, we brought the house down with transcendent performances from Stew (The Negro Problem), V. Jeffrey Smith (The Family Stand), Maritri, Kelsey Warren (Pillow Theory), King Julia (Fifth Nation), Akie Burmess (Aabaraki) and others. […]

Historic: MILLION MAN MOSH 2 (1/21/13)

Black Rock Coalition presented “MILLION MAN MOSH II” @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM, Featuring Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Ronny Drayton w/Rev. Kim Lesley, Nona Hendryx, Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Eddie Martinez, DJ Rockin’ Rob & Chuck City, and, in a super-special-throwback moment, the on-stage reunion of Grandmaster Melle Mel, Wonder Mike, and Raheim with bassist Doug Wimbish; live […]

BRC Radio on ART on Air (link here)

All kinds of sonic sweets await you on the BRC’s channel on ART on Air. The archive goes all the way back to 2004 and includes surprise guest interviews from some of our greatest rock pioneers. Definitely a trip in the way-back (and not-so-way-back) machine for a Who’s Who of Black Rock.   LATEST BLACK […]