Rabbi Darkside with the Pitchblak Brass Band
@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Show @ 12:30AM (Doors @ 12AM)
Rabbi Darkside is a Hip Hop MC/DJ/Beatboxer/Educator, first appearing on wax and in NYC Public School classrooms in the year 2000. His movements aim to incite empathy and empowerment through social justice education and creative freedom, seen and heard in his teaching work, musical recordings and live shows. His prowess as a multi-elemental artist has led to 13 international tours, landed his latest album atop the CMJ Hip Hop charts and found him on MTV’s “Made,” Okayplayer, New York Times, the Today Show, CBS Early Show, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz and the Village Voice. Darkside blurs the line between Hip Hop, Jazz, Folk, Poetry and Progressive Soul, facilitated by his mastery of improvisation and elastic collaborative abilities. Recent performance highlights include headlining the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), 2014 SXSW, 2013 CMJ Festival, 2012 WNYC Battle of the Boroughs and the 2012 Atlantic Antic. He is the 18-time Freestyle Mondays “Off the Head Gameshow” Champion, the 2010 End of the Weak MC Challenge U.S. Co-Champion, and responsible for bringing the Hip Hop Subway Series to Europe. Darkside is the co-founder of the non-profit Hip Hop Re:Education Project and a Hip Hop Education Fellow at the H2ED Hip Hop Ed Center at NYU. On his mission to build global community through Hip Hop culture, he has shared stages and studios with Afrika Bambaataa, Antibalas, Black Sheep, Blue Man Group, Common, DJ Rob Swift, Eklips, Fishbone, Homeboy Sandman, J-Live, Prince Paul, Rahzel, Rosie Perez, Sadat X, Slick Rick, Talib Kweli and The Coup, among many others. In 2015-2016 Rabbi Darkside will be a guest professor at The New School (NYC), teaching a seminar of his own design, and traveling abroad as a Music Ambassador with the Next Level program, a collaboration between the U.S. State Department and UNC-Chapel Hill.
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