Historic: Santana Redux with the BRC Orchestra @ BAMcafe

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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

BAMcafe Live


The BRC Orchestra, the all-star repertory company of the Black Rock Coalition, performed a focused retrospective on the music of legend Carlos Santana for May 5 (Cinco De Mayo): “Santana Redux with The BRC Orchestra,” as a nod to the collaborations of Black and Latino rockers and to Santana’s Mexican heritage. Santana, an often-cited influence for many Black rockers—including Prince and BRC co-founder Vernon Reid—is a rare legend whose half-century of work cuts across multiple genres, cultures and generations. Santana was a steadfast champion of many Black pioneers, like Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and John Coltrane—“Santana Redux” is a showcase for the BRC to pay the legend back in kind.


A bittersweet, but triumphant, finale to our 15 years of fantastic shows at BAMcafe. We will miss what we had there, but that was just the beginning…

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’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
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


– 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.