UPCOMING: Million Man Mosh III, JAN 23 @ Highline NYC

 

Million Man Mosh III - NYC

Man Mosh I and II, (which we could not have done without generous performances from Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Ronny Drayton and Reverend Kim Leslie, Nona HendryxBurnt Sugar, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, The Sugarhill Gang, and others), we were able to bring folks together, call attention to the issue of unjust incarceration, and help raise money for Donovan Drayton’s Legal Defense Fund (glad he’s finally home!).


With Million Man Mosh III, we continue the spirit of community-building and action-taking with performances from the very-vocal Tamar-kali, Garland Jeffreys, and Dragons of Zynth (with Very Special Guest). This time, the focus is on policing and the need for loud and progressive voices for change.


Join us:   JAN 23 @ Highline Ballroom, NYC. Doors: 6p/Show: 7p. $17.50/$20.

Action Leaders: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: Million Man Mosh III, JAN 24 @ Howard, DC

UPDATES TO COME

Make Me Wanna Holler: Voices for Action

Make Me Wanna Holler: Progressive Voices for Progressive Action (<click for the PDF)

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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:

       

    • Our BRC ORCHESTRA, bridge-building collaborations between rotating groups of world-class musicians, performed 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.
       

    • Our BRC SHOWCASES gave 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 (featuring Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Ronny Drayton, and Nona Hendryx, among others).
       

    • BRC COMMUNITY, BRC UNIVERSITY, and BRC RECORDS saw us partner 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, v2, our 25th Anniversary collection featuring music from 25 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 4 years alone.

 
But as Nina Simone lamented, we’ve still got so terribly far to go. As we approach 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.
 
Next year, we want to overhaul our website. We want to take a panel and seven bands to SXSW. We want to send our BRC Orchestra on an 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-Has-It-Really-Been-30-Years? 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.
 
P.P.S. Look for us at SXSW in March 2015.
 
 

“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: Blunt Force Trauma + Death Metal Angola

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The resurrection of BRC showcase vehicle BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA featured live and loud sets by The Dust Rays (w/ Kirk Douglas + Mark kelley of the Roots and Ricc Sheridan of Earl Greyhound), Year of The Dragon (from LA w/ Dirty Walt of Fishbone), MilitiA.Vox (of Judas Priestess). DJ SugarfreeBK. Hosts Laina Dawes (author of “What Are You Doing Here”) and Kelsey Warren (of pILLOW tHEORY).

 

It was also the official after-party for the opening night of the week-long run of DEATH METAL ANGOLA in NYC. Do yourself a favor and support this awesome documentary, which is now also available on iTunes.

Historic: BRC Orchestra’s Political Soul of Motown

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The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Performed 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, Lisette Santiago, Everett Bradley, Marcus Machado, Gene Williams, Andre Lassalle, Mary Wormworth, Maritri Garrett, David Barnes, LaFrae Sci, and Kelsey Warren performed classic and rare Motown anthems to Black political struggle.

The repertoire included classics and rarities by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Edwin Starr, Syreeta, Smokey Robinson, Martha & The Vandellas and more, songs that speak to the precarious political condition of African-Americans for the last half-century.


Watch the show here

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 a backup guitarist in New York to his expatriate days working in the London music scene and concluding with his star making turn at The Monterey Pop Festival.
          The film opens on Friday, September 26th. So while we can’t comment on the movie itself, The Black Rock Coalition has teamed up with Rdio to present a Hendrix-inspired playlist featuring artists that inspired him, contemporaries and artists who followed in his musical path.  Special thanks to Dimitri Vietze for all of his assistance in making this happen.
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 Reagon, the monstrously-talented members of this world-class Orchestra recreated the spark that blew minds and kindled an industry. This was classic Black Rock Coalition Orchestra. With our every breath, our very blood, we celebrate the Originals. The ones from whom we all flow. Now and always, we acknowledge the before, the during, and the everlasting after. Rock ‘n’ Roll… Musical Direction and Design: Toshi Reagon Host/DJ/Narration: Carl Hancock Rux Special Guests: Nona Hendryx Vernon Reid Corey Glover Tamar-kali KimberlyNichole Karma Mayet Johnson Jason Walker Ganessa James, Electric Bass Robert “Chicken” Burke, Drums Mimi Jones, Upright Bass Juliette Jones, Violin V. Jeffrey Smith, Horns Ronny Drayton, KiKi Hawkins, Asa Asa Lovechild Adaku Utah, Dance

Historic: BRC Orchestra performs STATE OF GRACE (A Grace Jones Retrospective), Joe’s Pub, NYC


Grace Jones is what so many others try to be—multidimensional, international, masculine, feminine, musical, visual, global, iconic, unexpected, irrepressible, undeniable, and Black. In short, everything the Black Rock Coalition has whole-heartedly supported since its founding almost 30 years ago.

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, as part of its Artist In Residence series at Joe’s Pub, presented ‘STATE OF GRACE,’ a freak-flag waving retrospective of the musical genius behind such enduring anthems as ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’, ‘My Jamaican Guy’, ‘Slave To The Rhythm’, among many others. Gordon Voidwell, whose latest project, Bad Etudes has been drawing universal critical raves, curated the band while rising star and sonic renegade Tecla providing Musical Direction for the night. Booties shook and minds shimmied in this sultry, sonic salute to the larger-than-life siren whose appeal crosses genres and generations alike.


The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra (BRCO) has been the official performance arm of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC) since 1986. Through its ever-evolving, ever-revolving incarnations, some of the most accomplished progressive artists of color have paid homage to significant bodies of work by noted progressive artists in some of the world’s most respected venues and festivals—honoring such artists as Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis, Santana, Gil Scott-Heron and others.     The BRC is the nation’s only non-profit, member-supported organization founded to facilitate the maximum empowerment, exposure and expression of Black alternative musicians as artists.     “The BRC’s tribute shows have been a great fact of New York life since the activist group’s founding in 1985. The BRC has long been rich in underestimated talent.” -David Fricke, Rolling Stone

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.)
Coati Mundi (Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band)
Ronny Drayton (Nona Hendryx, Defunkt, Edwin Birdsong)
LaFrae Sci (Burnt Sugar, 13th Amendment)
Lisette Santiago
Nappy G (Groove Collective)
Melvin Gibbs (Harriet Tubman, Socialybrium, Black Sun)
Gene Williams (Freddie Jackson, Harlem Boys Choir)
Leon Gruenbaum (Masque, My Science Project, The Negro Problem, Genes & Machines)
V. Jeffrey Smith (Soulfolk Experience, Sandra St. Victor, The Family Stand)
Wayne Cobham
Sophia Ramos
Christian Mendoza
Marcus Machado