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A brief public service announcement by the director of operations for the
Black Rock Coalition…
GET YOUR ASS OUT AND VOTE!
IF YOU’RE NOT REGISTERED, REGISTER!
IF YOU CAN’T BE IN YOUR STATE COME ELECTION TIME, VOTE ABSENTEE!
MAKE SURE YOUR PEEPS VOTE, TOO
(especially those in swing states)!
Remember the nearly 10,000 Black votes that were illegally tossed out in
Florida in 2000!
For more info about registering, log on at: www.moveon.org.
I can’t tell you who to vote for.
Vote for Ren & Stimpy for all I care.
Just vote, and make it a vote for someone you believe in!
(I’ll beating this into your heads until Election Day…
Thanks for your kind indulgence.)
AFRO-PUNK OFFICE A VICTIM OF ARSON!
On Monday, September 13 at around 2pm the building that houses the
"Afro-Punk" offices was set on fire. Apparently, the first floor failing clothing
store owner, in an act of desperation, set a phone book on fire and took a little
walk. Meanwhile "Afro-Punk's" director James Spooner was two flights up
discussing his upcoming panel on music as a tool for Black liberation with a
colleague. "We heard the bell ringing and a lot of screaming and yelling," says
James. The guilty store owner, alerted James and his friend of the blaze below.
Thinking quickly, James ran back into the office unplugged his Mac tower, which
houses the documentary and hobbled down the stairs through the smoke and
flames. "Man, maybe it was stupid, but this film has affected too many people for
it to all end here. Let the rest burn, I had to save it!"
Luckily fire fighters acted quickly on the scene and were able to stabilize
the fire. Flames never reached our office but the NYFD destroyed the place
trying to make sure the fire wasn't in the walls or ceiling.
After the smoke literally cleared they were allowed back up to access the
damage. All in all it could have been worse. The Afro-Punk computers and camera
are still working, the 200 hours of footage Afro-Punk was cut from seems to
be okay and the work for our next film is safe. We did lose some furniture, a
monitor and some VCRs from our dubbing station, but most tragic, we lost our
donated office space.
So here we are, putting out a plea to you, the wonderful people who have
supported Afro-Punk, spread the word about the movement and wish to see us
continue our important work. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help
us get back on our feet, we have a Pay-Pal account set up. You can also send
something by mail to 802 Nostrand Avenue #2, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Please make all
checks out to: "Afro-Punk LLC." We are offering free T-shirts and DVD's as a
thank you for your gift.
If you can donate office space for a few months while our old place is
reconstructed it would be greatly appreciated. If you have anything else that you
think might be helpful to reconstructing a functioning office we would be most
grateful. Afro-Punk films has been run been very hand to mouth, so any
donations would help tremendously.
Below is a list of things we need to get back to business as usual:
1 office space
2 file cabinets
1 television monitor
1 DVD player
1 DV deck
1 CD-R and DVD-R's.
2 shelving units
1 bulletin board
1 stereo receiver
2 Audio speakers
Various computer wires for Macs
Regular office supplies, Pens, folders, staplers, 3 hole punch,
As you can see it runs from large to small. If you can help, please do. If
you can't, we appreciate your emotional support. And, hey, spread the word about
"Afro-Punk." Most of our income comes from screenings. So if you know of a
university, organization or individual that would like to show the film, let
them know what's up.
The Daily News is trying to run the okey-doke again!
Aaron McGruder is not "on vacation," as
"New York’s hometown paper" would claim.
McGruder has embarked on yet another uproarious story arc on Monday, 9/20/04,
that has no doubt offended the tender sensibilities of the Daily News’
If you want to keep up with the haps, log on at www.ucomics.com. They have
been faithfully running the strip uncensored.
DUE TO A LOCAL 802 MIX-UP,
THE BRC GENERAL MEETING OF 9/18
WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER!
KEEP FOLLOWING TWIBR FOR DETAILS!
Mark your calendars, Wednesday, October 6!
BRC LATE NITE @ JOE’S PUB
"The in place for outcasts…"
Guest Curator: VERNON REID
Featuring: a) Yohimbe Brothers CD launch party, with a spin set by Vernon and
b) Preview screenings of "Afropunk," "Electric Purgatory" and select Vernon
Reid animated shorts
c) Book launch for Maureen Mahon’s "Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition
and the Cultural Politics of Race"
WHEN: 11PM-4AM; HOW MUCH: $7 ($5 for BRC Members)
WHERE: 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place)
INFO: www.blackrockcoalition.org, (212) 713-5097,
joespub.com or (212) 539-8778
• BRC General Meeting HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED (Details in later TWIBR)
• DAVID RYAN HARRIS wraps a month-long Saturday residence on 9/18 at Little
Temple, Los Angeles, CA
• BEN HARPER tours election swing states, starting at October at Bryce Jordan
Center, University Park, PA, Friday, 10/1
• BRC Late Nite returns Wednesday, 10/6 with a launch party for the Yohimbe
Brothers, some film previews and a book launch for "Right to Rock"
"Women Rock The Vote" at The Flat, NYC (Wednesdays through September)
Featuring Red Lotus, DJ Jeannie Hopper, Special Guest DJs
WHAT: Dope live and spun music to get you rockin' to the polls. Special Guest
DJ: Rachel Loshak. HOW MUCH: $4. INFO: (212) 677-9477. WHERE: 16 First Avenue
at East First Street, East Village. ARTIST SITE: www.redlotus.com,
Fertile Ground/Marlon Saunders at S.O.B.’s, NYC
WHAT: Baltimore/DC’s finest return for their New York CD launch. Ex-Jazzhole
frontman opens. WHEN: 7PM doors/8PM show. HOW MUCH: $16. INFO: (212) 243-4940
or sobs.com. WHERE: 204 Varick Street at West Houston, Soho.
Danny Simmons’ PoeticMusic at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
Featuring Jeremy James, Second2Last (with DJ Givmo) and Ainsley Burrows and
Digital Gypsy (with DJ Supabad)
WHAT: New showcase for musicians and poets. HOW MUCH: $10 (groups of 5 or
more get 30 percent knocked off the ticket price). WHEN: 10PM. INFO:
bowerypoetry.com or (212) 614-0505. WHERE: 308 Bowery at East First Street, between
Bleecker and East Houston Street, East Village.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band at Dome Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY (on tour
WHAT: Slide-guitar phenom and band barnstorm the Great Lake States. HOW MUCH:
$20. WHEN: 7PM. INFO: (716) 205-0701. WHERE: 1713 Main Street. ARTIST SITE:
King’s X at Juanita's, Little Rock, AR (on tour through 11/9)
WHAT: Power-pop-rock-funk trio hits the road again. HOW MUCH: $15. WHEN:
10PM. INFO: (501) 374-3271 or juanitas.com. WHERE: 1300 South Main. ARTIST SITE:
Norah Jones at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (through 9/23 - on tour
WHAT: New York pop-jazz chanteuse continues national tour. HOW MUCH: $28-$58,
depending on seating. WHEN: 7:30PM. INFO: (303) 295-4444. WHERE: Red Rocks
Park. ARTIST SITE: www.norahjones.com.
Austin Willacy at Sweetwater Saloon, Mill Valley, CA
WHAT: Bay Area pop-soul brother. WHEN: 8PM. HOW MUCH: $8. INFO: (415)
388-2820 or sweetwatersaloon.com. WHERE: 153 Throckmorton Avenue. ARTIST SITE:
TV on the Radio at ZAKK, Dusseldorf, GERMANY (on tour in Europe through 9/25)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Groove Collective at Crash Mansion, NYC
WHAT: New York-based jazz-funk jam posse bows at Crash Mansion. WHEN: 11PM.
HOW MUCH: $10. INFO: crashmansionnyc.com or (212) 962-2660. WHERE: 199 Bowery
at Spring Street, Lower East Side. ARTIST SITE: www.groovecollective.com.
Carrie Taylor at Silk Road Place, NYC
Part of "Teabag Open Mic"
WHAT: Atlanta-based bohemian hippie-chick. HOW MUCH: CONTACT VENUE. WHEN:
8PM. INFO: teabagopenmic.com or (646) 613-8887. WHERE: 30 Mott Street, Chinatown.
ARTIST SITE: www.CarrieTaylor.com.
Vinx at Sweet Rhythm, NYC (through 9/25)
WHAT: Percussionist/singer/composer returns to Sweet Rhythm. WHEN: Three
sets, 8PM, 10PM and Midnight. HOW MUCH: $20. INFO: (212) 255-3626 or
sweetrhythmny.com. WHERE: 88 Seventh Avenue between Grove and Bleecker Street, Greenwich
Critical Mass: Kierstin Gray, Sharla, Manchildblack and Afroskull at Café
111, Brooklyn, NY
WHAT: Kierstin continues a downtown Brooklyn residence with some help from
her friends. HOW MUCH: $8. WHEN: 8PM. INFO: (718) 539-8778 or cafe111online.com.
WHERE: 111 Court Street between State Street and Schermerhorn Street,
"State of Black Men" at South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (through
Featuring Maze Jackson, TJ Crawford, Mark Carter and Kevin Powell
WHAT: Kevin Powell continues his tour of panels, keynotes, meetings,
workshops and seminars. HOW MUCH: FREE. WHEN: 7PM. INFO: chicagoparkdistrict.com or
(773) 256-0149. WHERE: 7059 South Shore Drive.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
"The Vocal Wars" Beatbox/MC Battle at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
WHAT: Visionary emcees and beat-boxers go head-to-head in an international
beatbox battle. HOW MUCH: $10 (groups of 5 or more get 30 percent knocked off
the ticket price). WHEN: 10PM. INFO: bowerypoetry.com or (212) 614-0505. WHERE:
308 Bowery at East First Street, between Bleecker and East Houston Street,
Carrie Taylor at Croton Reservoir Tavern, NYC
Part of "Goddess Party"
WHAT: Atlanta-based bohemian hippie-chick. HOW MUCH: $10 before 10:30PM, $20
after. WHEN: 8PM. INFO: (212) 997-6835 or (212) 997-9512. WHERE: 108 West 40th
Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, near Times Square. ARTIST SITE:
Malene Younglao at Club 5, Washington, DC
WHAT: Philly rock spitfire. HOW MUCH: CONTACT VENUE. WHEN: 9PM. INFO: (202)
331-7123 or primacycompanies.com/five. WHERE: 1214B 18th Street NW. ARTIST
Zap Mama at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
WHAT: Femme Euro-Afro pop acapella troupe tours. HOW MUCH: $27.50. WHEN: 8PM.
INFO: (415) 346-6000 or thefillmore.com. WHERE: 1805 Geary Boulevard. ARTIST
Austin Willacy at Woodhouse Concert Series, Mill Valley, CA
WHAT: Bay Area pop-soul brother. WHEN: 8PM. HOW MUCH: CONTACT VENUE (YOU MUST
RSVP). INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org. WHERE: 115 Circle Avenue. ARTIST SITE:
David Ryan Harris at Little Temple, Los Angeles, CA
WHAT: Former Follow for Now frontman wraps a September Saturday residence at
Little Temple. WHEN/HOW MUCH: CONTACT VENUE. INFO: (323) 660-4540. WHERE: 4159
Santa Monica Boulevard at Virgil Avenue. ARTIST SITE: www.davidryanharris.com
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Robert Randolph & The Family Band at Quest Club, Minneapolis, NY (on tour
WHAT: Slide-guitar phenom and band barnstorm the Great Lake states. HOW MUCH:
$16.50 advance/$18.50 door. WHEN: 7PM. INFO: (612) 338-3383 or
thequestclub.com. WHERE: 110 Fifth Street. ARTIST SITE: www.robertrandolph.net.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Carrie Taylor at CBGB’s Gallery, NYC
WHAT: Atlanta-based bohemian hippie-chick. HOW MUCH: $7. WHEN: 8PM. INFO:
cbgb.com or (212) 677-0455. WHERE: 313 Bleecker Street at Bowery. ARTIST SITE:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
G*A*M*E Rebellion/Bazaar Royale at S.O.B.’s, NYC
WHAT: New York-based rock/hip-hop hybrid hits S.O.B.’s. Opening for
off-kilter MC on the rise. WHEN: 7PM doors/8PM show. HOW MUCH: $10 advance/$12 door.
INFO: (212) 243-4940 or sobs.com. WHERE: 204 Varick Street at West Houston,
Soho. ARTIST SITE: www.gameforlife.com.
Alien Red at Kenny’s Castaways, NYC
WHAT: Philly alt-rockers touch down in NYC. WHEN: 7PM. HOW MUCH: $5. INFO:
thecnote.com or (212) 677-8142. WHERE: 157 Bleecker Street at Sullivan Street,
Zap Mama at Irving Plaza, NYC
WHAT: Femme Euro-Afro pop acapella troupe tours. HOW MUCH: $22.50. WHEN: 8PM.
INFO: (212) 777-1224 or irvingplaza.com. WHERE: 17 Irving Place at East 15th
Street, one block east of Union Square. ARTIST SITE: www.luakabop.com.
Sharief in Burgundy at Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
WHAT: Journeyman funk soul brother celebrates CD release. HOW MUCH: $10
advance/$12 door. WHEN: 8PM. INFO: (718) 636-6924 or spsounds.com. WHERE: 125 Fifth
Avenue between St. John's and Sterling. ARTIST SITE: www.shariefinburgundy.net
Screening of "Afropunk" at Youth Attic Center, Toronto, CANADA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Gil Scott-Heron at S.O.B.’s, NYC
WHAT: Revolutionary shaman returns to S.O.B.’s. WHEN: 7PM doors/8PM show. HOW
MUCH: $18 advance/$20 door. INFO: (212) 243-4940 or sobs.com. WHERE: 204
Varick Street at West Houston, Soho.
Carol Thomas at Cornelia Street Café, NYC
WHAT: Ex-One & Twenty frontwoman takes a solo bow at Cornelia Street. HOW
MUCH: $5. INFO: songwritersbeat.com or (212) 989-9319. WHERE: 29 Cornelia Street
between West Fourth and Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village. ARTIST SITE:
The Soul of John Black/Pamela Laws at Temple Bar, Santa Monica, CA
WHAT: L.A. rock ‘n soul duo return to Temple Bar. NY soul folkie Laws opens.
WHEN: 9PM. HOW MUCH: $10. INFO: (310) 393-6611 or templebarlive.com. WHERE:
1025 Wilshire Boulevard at 11th Street. ARTIST: www.thesoulofjohnblack.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
John Butler Trio at Joe’s Pub, NYC (SOLD OUT!)
Danilo Perez Trio at The Jazz Standard, NYC (through 10/3)
WHAT: Jazz piano sensation from Panama. HOW MUCH: $20, $25 Friday and
Saturday. WHEN: Two sets, 7:30PM and 9:30PM, with a third 11:30PM set on Friday and
Saturday. INFO: jazzstandard.com or (212) 576-2232. WHERE: 116 East 27th Street
between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue.
Mavis Staples at House of Blues-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
WHAT: Godmother of righteous rock 'n soul. HOW MUCH: $18. WHEN: 8PM door/9PM
show. INFO: (504) 310-4999 or hob.com. WHERE: 225 Decatur Street.
Austin Willacy at The Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
WHAT: Bay Area pop-soul brother. WHEN: 8PM. HOW MUCH: $15.50 advance/$16.50
door. INFO: (510) 548-1761 or thefreight.org. WHERE: 1111 Addison Street.
ARTIST SITE: www.austinwillacy.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Iridium, NYC (through 10/3)
WHAT: Saxophone adventurer brings his unit to Iridium. WHEN: Two sets each
night, 8PM and 10PM with and 11:30PM set on Fridays and Saturdays. HOW MUCH:
$27.50. INFO: iridiumjazzclub.com or (212) 582-2121. WHERE: 1650 Broadway at West
51st Street, midtown, north of Times Square.
Yerba Buena at Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
WHAT: Future Latin groove collective bows at Southpaw. HOW MUCH: $12
advance/$15 door. WHEN: 8PM. INFO: (718) 636-6924 or spsounds.com. WHERE: 125 Fifth
Avenue between St. John's and Sterling. ARTIST SITE: www.yerbabuena.com.
"Vote For Change" Tour at Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA (on tour
Featuring Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Jurassic 5
and My Morning Jacket
WHAT: Premier jam band posse, L.A. roots rocker and others tour swing states
to drum up the vote. WHEN: 6PM. HOW MUCH: $49.50. INFO: bjc.psu.edu or (814)
865-5555. WHERE: 127 Bryce Jordan Center at University Drive.
Parliament-Funkadelic at House of Blues-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (on tour
WHAT: George Clinton funk-rock menagerie hits the road again. HOW MUCH: $35.
WHEN: 8PM door/9PM show. INFO: (504) 310-4999 or hob.com. WHERE: 225 Decatur
Street. ARTIST SITE: www.georgeclinton.com.
Nadir-Distorted Soul at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak, Royal Oak, MI
WHAT: Detroit Afrocentric rock/soul powerhouse. HOW MUCH: CONTACT VENUE.
WHEN: 10PM. INFO: fifthavenuebilliards.com or (248) 542-9922. WHERE: 215 West
Fifth Street. ARTIST SITE: www.distortedsoul.com.
BURNT SUGAR/TRICKY DILEMMA/MANTANA ROBERTS AT
MAKOR, NYC, 10/2
UNITY JAM AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/3
Featuring Doug E. Fresh, Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul
Sonic Force, Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz
JEREMIAH AT BLUE NOTE, NYC, 10/4
EMILENE MICHELE AT JOE’S PUB, NYC, 10/5
DBR’S MISSION AT BOWERY POETRY CLUB, NYC, 10/5
BRC LATE NITE AT JOE’S PUB, NYC, 10/6
Featuring Vernon Reid and a Yohimbe Brothers spin set; Vernon Reid
animated shorts; preview screenings of "Electric Purgatory," "Afro-Punk,"
and "Digipendent"; and book launch party for "Right To Rock: The Black Rock
Coalition and The Cultural Politics of Race"
KRS-ONE AT S.O.B.’S, NYC, 10/6
KING’S X AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/6
SAM KININGER BAND AT TRIBECA, NYC, 10/8
SHELLEY NICOLE’S BLAKBÜSHE AT MUNCHABA’S LOUNGE,
LEVITTOWN, NY, 10/8
LIQUID SOUND LOUNGE AUTUMN BIG BOAT PARTY, NYC, 10/9
A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES AT TRIBES CENTER, NYC, 10/9
DAWOUD KRINGLE AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY, NYC, 10/10
ROY AYERS/ERIC ROBERSON AT THE CANAL ROOM, NYC, 10/10
BEN HARPER & THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA AT THE APOLLO, NYC, 10/12
CEE-LO GREEN/TWEET AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/13
ARTHUR LEE & LOVE/THE ZOMBIES AT TOWN HALL, NYC, 10/13
BERNIE WORRELL & WOO WARRIORS AT THE BLIND TIGER,
GREENSBORO, NC, 10/14
THE DIRTBOMBS AT THE KNITTING FACTORY-HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD, CA, 10/14
TALIB KWELI/RES AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/15
CRITICAL MASS: KIERSTIN GRAY, SHELLEY NICOLE’S
BLAKBÜSHE, PAMELA LAWS, FIN-O-TEE AND FOUR TRIPS AHEAD
AT CAFÉ 111, BROOKLYN, NY, 10/15
BERNIE WORRELL & WOO WARRIORS AT LAKE EDEN ARTS
FESTIVAL, BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC, 10/15
"FREE SUDAN: STOP THE GENOCIDE" BENEFIT AT SOUTHPAW, BROOKLYN, NY, 10/17
Featuring Karen Gibson-Roc & Fluid, Jungli, Malene Younglao and Maritri
EARTH, WIND & FIRE/CHICAGO AT MOBILE CIVIC CENTER, MOBILE, AL, 10/17 (on tour
OZOMATLI AT BOWERY BALLROOM, NYC, 10/19
ANTHONY DAVID/ANGELA JOHNSON AT JOE’S PUB, NYC, 10/20
TOWER OF POWER AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/22-23
LEDESI AT JOE’S PUB, NYC, 10/23
THE DIRTBOMBS AT THE DOUBLE DOOR, CHICAGO, IL, 10/23
CARRIE TAYLOR AT ADAIR PARK FESTIVAL, GA, 10/24
COLONEL CLAYPOOL’S BUCKET OF BERNIE BRAINS AT QUEST, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/24
(on tour through 11/7)
Featuring Les Claypool, Buckethead, Bernie Worrell and Brain
MORRIS DAY & THE TIME AT BIG SPRING JAM, HUNTSVILLE, AL, 9/26
QUEEN AMINAH/RAHEEM VAUGHN AT S.O.B.’S, NYC, 10/27
MAC-SQUERADE BALL AT BAR, NEW HAVEN, CT, 10/27
A benefit for the MAC AIDS Fund
SISTA FACTORY PRESENTS MARTHA REDBONE CD RELEASE PARTY AT JOE’S PUB, NYC,
WAR AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/28
CYPRESS HILL AT ROSELAND, NYC, 10/29
THE WAILERS AT B.B. KING’S, NYC, 10/29-30
AMP FIDDLER/GALACTIC AT TIPITINA’S UPTOWN, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 10/29 (on tour
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