It’s on like a megaton! Yup, this Friday, January 21, the BRC massive convenes to celebrate 25 years of championing the full spectrum of black musical and creative expression. Talk about impact: First of all, I wouldn’t be doing this blog if it weren’t for the BRC and my time as Director of PR. More importantly, it was–and still is–an incredible community of likeminded folks who believe that not only were we bigger than the music industry’s narrow definitions of blackness but, knowing that, we all had a responsibility to reach out and reach back into the black community and share the possibilities with the bredren and sistren.
Where do you think I got the idea that black rock can save black culture? The BRC worldview informed my thinking heavily. It wasn’t just about the music: There was always the understanding that music was linked to a progressive cultural and political vision, the goal of which was the betterment of black people. Particularly during the 90s, when hip hop became big business and started reducing black people to caricatures of themselves, black rock was always that namaste to the community.
So, there’s time for politics and there’s time for parties. This is the latter. The deets:
The BRC’s Drop The Bomb 25th Anniversary Party
Friday, January 21
730pm – midnight
The Gibson Guitar Showroom
421 West 54th Street (bet 9/10th Avenues)
Even better: Short sets by Helixdown, Ajo of Bang Language, Lachi, pillowTheory, Analogue Transit, McRad, King Aswad, Burnt Sugar, plus a VERY SPECIAL GUEST (yeah, I know who it is, but I can’t tell you: Just gotta show up, homie.)