Historic: Blackness Sounds Like…w/ Band of Gypsys Revisited Band, Van Hunt & Pegasus Warning

 


On Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Zebulon L.A.,

Black Rock Coalition presented BLACKNESS SOUNDS LIKE…

Featuring:

  • Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited Band (headliner, in its only LA appearance)

(https://www.vrbogrb.com)

  • Pegasus Warning (with Guillermo E. Brown of ‘The Late Late Night Band’)

(http://www.pegasuswarning.com)

   

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 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.

Historic: BRC Get-Down Revue @ Earshot Jazz Festival

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017, 8pm

We took our rip-roarin’ Black Rock Coalition Get-Down Revue out west for an encore performance of choice cuts from the Atlantic Records R&B box set. It was a celebration of the pioneers of early rock & roll who called the label home from 1947-1974 and the amazing artists who continue that legacy today. With Luqman Brown (bandleader/vocals), Jared Michael Nickerson (bass), Shelley Nicole (vocals), Ben Tyree (guitar), V. Jeffrey Smith (sax), Lewis ‘Flip’ Barnes (trumpet), Leon Gruenbaum (keys), and Greg Gonzalez (drums).

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 Get-Down Revue @ Winter Jazz Fest

In a rousing revival of our Black Rock Coalition Get-Down Revue, we kicked off our 32nd year of mission-oriented programming with an encore performance of choice cuts from the Atlantic Records R&B box set in celebration of the pioneers of early rock & roll who called the label home from 1947-1974.

It was a certified dance party, featuring:

Luqman Brown – Musical Director/Bandleader

Jared Michael Nickerson – Bass

Ramsey Jones – Drums/Vocals

Ben Tyree – Guitar

Leon Gruenbaum – Keys

V Jeffrey Smith – Horns

Wayne Cobham – Trumpet

JS Williams – Trombone

Lisala – Vocals

Shelley Nicole – Vocals

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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 performed Curtis Mayfield’s Sparkle soundtrack

MAY 20, 2018

Shout out to LaFrae Sci, our musical director, and the killer orchestra she assembled for this beautiful performance in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn—Shelley Nicole, Asa Lovechild, KiKi Hawkins, Jared Michael Nickerson, V. Jeffrey Smith, Marcus Machado, and Leon Gruenbaum. And thanks, too, to our outdoor connection, Letitia Guillory and NYC Parks who thought of us for this edition of “Movies Under the Stars.”

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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 performs the music of Prince & Earth Wind & Fire, Bklyn

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