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“That the BRC is still here, and still needed,

was pressed home every time [Corey] Glover sang

‘Enough is never enough.’ Because the work is never done.

But the rock is worth the battle.”

—David Fricke, RollingStone.com, 2010


Dear Friends and Family, Thank You. Your support and contributions over the years have helped us achieve many community-building things on behalf of progressive Black artists and, as a volunteer-run, member-driven, nonprofit, we honestly cannot do it without you. We don’t pat ourselves on the back too often, but we have done a lot to be proud of over these past few years:

 

  • Celebrated our 30th Anniversary with 30 Years In 30 Days, a month-long series of activities that serve our mission, including a launch party with performances by Vernon Reid and Corey Glover, Unlocking The Truth, Betty Black, The Veldt, and Burnt Sugar Arkestra with DJs CX KiDTRONiK and Sugarfree BK; BRC Orchestra shows in tribute to Band of Gypsys; a listening party; a screening of past BRC performance footage; the release of the third installment of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Reparations compilation series with a record release party; a gallery exhibit of photographs from the last 3 decades; a bowl-a-thon team for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls; free rehearsal space for members and friends; a master vocal clinic with Corey Glover; and a BRC happy hour. Earlier in the year we held a panel at SXSW; a Million Man Mosh III (NYC and Baltimore) featuring Tamar-kali, Garland Jeffreys, and Dragons of Zynth with Saul Williams; and a BRC Orchestra tour of France for our Sisters, Sirens, and Songwriters show.

 

  • In addition, our BRC ORCHESTRA, bridge-building collaborations between rotating groups of world-class musicians, performed salutes to the late, great Wizard of WOO, Bernie Worrell (Webster Hall), There’s A Riot Goin’ On and A Tribe Called Quest (BAMCafe Live), Prince and Earth Wind & Fire (International African Arts Fest), Deep Roots of Rock and Roll (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), a Salute to Richie Havens (BAMcafe), our Tribute to Black Women Songwriters (BIGSAS Festival, Germany), a 3-show residence celebrating Carlos Santana, Grace Jones, and Motown (Joe’s Pub), and the self-produced Gathering for Gil Scott-Heron (Symphony Space) in collaboration with Heron’s Estate. We also introduced the BRC Get-Down Revue  (Midsummer Night Swing) which played hits from the Atlantic Records Rhythm & Blues box set.

 

  • Our BRC SHOWCASES give musicians space to perform their own material at events such as Blunt Force Trauma, a presentation of proto-punk band DEATH, and Million Man Mosh 1, 2, and 3 (featuring Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Ronny Drayton, Nona Hendryx, Dragons of Zynth, Saul Williams, Tamar-kali, Thaylo Bleu and Throwdown Syndicate, among others).

 

  • BRC COMMUNITY, BRC UNIVERSITY, and BRC RECORDS saw us collaborate with several like-minded groups and artists like Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (we’ve provided several “Original Rocker” scholarships for campers), MAPP International and Lincoln Center Institute for our Blink Your Eyes: Poets To Music show in honor of late BRC pioneer Sekou Sundiata, Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here?) with whom we produced a compilation featuring women in heavy metal, punk and hard rock, Jeremy Xido (whose documentary Death Metal Angola we supported with after-parties featuring Unlocking The Truth, FunkFace, The Dust Rays, Year Of The Dragon, MilitiA Vox and DJ SugarfreeBK), and Rock ‘n’ Roll Reparations, v3: Million Man Mosh Edition, our 30th Anniversary collection featuring music from 31 down-for-the-cause artists. All-in-all, we’ve employed almost 300 musicians and reached over 10,000 people on two continents in the last 5 years alone.

But as Nina Simone lamented, we’ve still got so terribly far to go. As we come out on the other side of our 30th Anniversary, it’s painfully obvious why we need to keep going. Too many Black voices are still not being heard. As a grassroots, arts-support organization, it is our Mission to serve an artistic community of outsiders, fighters, warriors, griots, contrarians, pioneers, and culture mongers of color, so they can serve the world. To do that, we need your help. This year, we want to overhaul our website. We want to take another panel and some bands to SXSW. We want to send our BRC Orchestra on another international tour. We want to release our most ambitious compilation album to date. We want to create a series of showcases for local and domestic bands. We want to resurrect our internet radio channels. We want to give grants to bands. We want to continue our scholarship program with Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. We want to have a knock-down, drag-out, Damn-This-Is-Epic party. We want to publish a book. We want to bring our community together for more networking and face time. We want to take our Million Man Mosh platform to any state that needs to mobilize artists to fight injustice. We want a lot. And every little bit you can give will help immensely. So please, consider becoming a member. Or renewing your membership and getting more involved. Even a one-time donation of $30, in your name or someone else’s, would be greatly appreciated. And if you’re really feeling the long-term love, we even have a lifetime BRC membership for $250. That’s less than $10 a year for the next 30 years. Thank you. Together we can make all kinds of things happen, just like we have since 1985.

LaRonda Davis

President, Black Rock Coalition

ldavis@blackrockcoalition.org


P.S. If you’ve already given this year, please consider giving an additional donation for the Holidays. All monetary gifts are tax-deductible and will be put toward our ambitious calendar.


 

“What started out as a bitching session,

really became more about a proactive and developmental approach to the issue,

which was, instead of talking about how we’re locked out of the Master’s house,

why don’t we just build our own? And that was when it fundamentally came together as an organization.”

—excerpt from an interview w/ Greg Tate, BRC Newsletter, 2000


Black Rock Coalition is a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt 501(c)3 status.

Historic: BRC Orchestra’s A Tribe Called Quest Retrospective

Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ BAMcafe Live


The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra’s Tribe Called Quest Retrospective


Long recognized as one of the greatest hip-hop collectives of all time, A Tribe Called Quest took the genre to new heights sonically and lyrically by combining street beats with jazz influences—a style and a sound that laid the groundwork for new genres like acid jazz, trip hop, and drum and bass.

As part of SOURCE360 Festival, the BRC Orchestra paid respect to these hip-hop icons with a program that showcased some of the group’s best work, along with choice album cuts from classics like People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm, Low End Theory, and Midnight Marauders. The program also honored founding ATCQ member Malik ‘Phife Dog’ Taylor (who passed away in March 2016), and Weldon Irvine, a distinguished composer and teacher who mentored the group and many others within the BRC circles.


Part of the SOURCE360 Festival

Historic: BRC Orchestra salutes There’s A Riot Goin’ On

Luv n' Haight: The BRC Salutes Sly & The Family Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On

Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ BAMcafe Live, 9p, FREE


Luv n’ Haight: The BRC Salutes Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On


There’s A Riot Goin’ On was created during turbulent times. Its resonance with the current political climate helps us make a statement, through the music, that reflects our solidarity with today’s Black Lives Matter movement as well as other social-minded, action-based organizations. This performance also continued our Million Man Mosh initiative of bringing artists, activists, and fans together to move the needle for social change.


Hosted by Miles Marshall Lewis, author of There’s A Riot Goin’ On from the 33 1/3 book series

with words shared by Carmen Dixon, a representative of Black Lives Matter, New York Chapter

Historic: 7/27, BRC Remembers Bernie Thru Film @ Commodore Barry Park

Historic: BRC Get-Down Revue @ Midsummer Night Swing

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Saturday, July 2 was the world premiere of the BRC Get-Down Revue. MD Luqman Brown assembled a killer crew of crack cats who to make booties shake to hits from the Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Box Set—celebrating the genius of Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, The Coasters, and more. With DJ Monica Sharp at the famous Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center.

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Historic: BRC Orchestra performs the music of Prince & Earth Wind & Fire, Bklyn

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EPIC: All The WOO in The World: An All-Star Celebration of Bernie Worrell

On Mon Apr 4 @ Webster Hall, NYC, we threw a benefit funkraiser to show our love for Bernie Worrell. Not only is he a member of the BRC Board of Directors, he’s been at the forefront of funk from jump. With a little help from our friends (most notably Nona Hendryx and Rob Max of Sweet Relief), we raised over $50,000 to help pay Bernie’s health and living expenses as he fights Stage 4 lung cancer and liver and prostate cancer. Many of his biggest supporters, oldest friends, and most notorious collaborators were there—Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Living Colour, Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Jonathan Demme, Mudbone, Leo Nocentelli, Questlove, Buckethead, Mike Hampton, Sarah Dash, Fred Schneider, Marc Ribler, Screaming Headless Torsos, and of course, The BRC Orchestra.


You can still donate directly to Bernie’s health and living expenses at sweetrelief.org.


Historic: BRC Photo Exhibit at NYPL for the Performing Arts, NYC
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BLACK ROCK COALITION PHOTO EXHIBIT
AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 
(LINCOLN CENTER, NYC)
Closed April 16
The Black Rock Coalition, in conjunction with the New York Library for The Performing Arts, presented a new photo exhibit featuring some of the best musicians by our strong crew of photographers. Shots by Petra Richterova, Al Pereira, Sally Foxen McNeill, and Earl Douglas Jr. were proudly displayed at the Rogers & Hammerstein Archives Of Recorded Sounds. We thank NYPL for the chance to share these impactful images.
NOW AVAILABLE: BRC 30th Anniversary Compilation

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL REPARATIONS, V3: MILLION MAN MOSH EDITION


- For a free digital download code, send an email to BRC30@blackrockcoalition.org with ‘code’ in the subject.


- For a free copy of the CD, come see us at the next BRC event (send an email to BRCmembersinfo@gmail.com to be added to our weekly newsletter, ‘This Week in Black Rock’ for updates).


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A FREE compilation of socially-aware tracks by over 30 Black rockers to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Black Rock Coalition. This 3rd installment of our Rock ‘n’ Roll Reparations series is themed for our Million Man Mosh initiative and features conscious tracks by the following:

Fantastic Negrito (LA)

Fishbone (LA)

Sananda Maitreya (Milano)

Three5Human (ATL)

Sewer Rats BK (Brooklyn)

- The Negro Problem (Brooklyn)

Tamar-kali (Brooklyn)

M. Lamar (Brooklyn)

GhettoMetal (LA)

Imani Coppola (Brooklyn)

Cole Williams (New Orleans)

SATE (Toronto)

Thaylobleu (Washington DC)

Militia Vox (NYC)

GKA (Brooklyn)

Year of the Dragon (LA)

The Family Stand (NJ/LA/Netherlands)

Pussy Story (Santa Monica/Brooklyn)

Suburban Dog (NJ)

Black Angel Down (Baltimore)

Omega Sirius Moon (OSM) (Brooklyn)


PLUS an extended, digital download featuring additional new classics from:

Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (LA)

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber (NYC)

Sugar Fly (LA)

GhettoSongBird (Philly)

McRad (Philly)

The Ki Ki Experience (NYC)

Drue Davis (Brooklyn)

Nikolitsa (Santa Monica)

Blackbird/Shane Smith (LA)

Angela Johnson (NJ)


It’s our most geographically- and musically-diverse collection. Representing Black rockers and progressive musicians from around the world on a socially-poignant journey from outrage to reflection to action to progress.

Another BLACK ROCK COALITION RECORDS release…

Historic: BRC 30th Anniversary Compilation RELEASE PARTY

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FREE PARTY. FREE MUSIC. FREE NEGROES MAKING REAL MUSIC.

Shout out to compilation artists Imani Coppola, Jason BK (of Sewer Rats BK), M. Lamar, GKA, Militia Vox, Omega Sirius Moon, Drue Davis, GhettoSongBird (all the way from Philly!), and Luqman Brown (of BuddhaBug Records) for coming out and helping us blast this important music all throughout the LES. Also, thanks to all the BRC fam who was in the house and to The Black Rose for showing us another good time.

 

More to come…


We continue our commanding ROCK ‘N’ ROLL REPARATIONS series with Volume 3: The Million Man Mosh Edition. It features songs by some of our most dynamic outsider voices as they express sonic social commentary on the world we’re living in today. Discover new favorites from Fantastic Negrito, Fishbone, Sananda Maitreya, Three5Human, GKA, Stew and The Negro Problem, Tamar-kali, Imani Coppola, The Family Stand, Suburban Dog, M. Lamar, GhettoMetal, Year Of The Dragon, Omega Sirius Moon, Sewer Rats BK, Militia Vox, SATE, Thaylobleu, Pussy Story, Black Angel Down, and Cole Williams. The extended digital download also includes culturally-conscious tracks from such talents as Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, The Ki Ki Experience, Angelo Moore and The Brand New Step, Nikolitsa, McRad, Blackbird/Shane Smith, GhettoSongBird, Sugar Fly, Angela Johnson, and Drue Davis.   It’s all to continue the celebration of 30 years of the BRC doing what we do to support artists who are reclaiming their birthright to rock.