WATU UTUNGO
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

WATU UTUNGO

Jazz has long served as a vehicle for creativity, personal expression and the quest for social and political justice. Watu Utungo, led by renowned Columbus-area drummer James Gaiters, will perform in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy, followed by an open discussion with the band along with special guests on the topic of jazz and its role in the civil rights movement – yesterday, today and tomorrow. This program is presented in partnership with the King Arts Complex and their project: “MLK: 50 Years Later”.

WATU UTUNGO is a Columbus-based music collective that brings together Afro-Pop, Soul Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel sounds. WATU UTUNGO, which translates to ‘Rhythmic People’ in Swahili is helmed by drummer James Gaiters. Other members include: Eddie Bayard/Saxophone; Lee Savory/Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Myles Tate/Keyboards; DJ Krate Digga/Turntables, Loops and Sounds; and Dwight Bailey/Bass.

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The New Black Eastside Songbook @ Short North Stage
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

The New Black Eastside Songbook @ Short North Stage

Streetlight Guild presents “The New Black Eastside Songbook,” a six-song suite conceptualized by Columbus writer Scott Woods featuring new music composed by The Ogun Meji Duo, Counterfeit Madison, Krate Digga, Paisha Thomas and Jordan Sandidge.

“The New Black Eastside Songbook” is an exploration of black life and culture in Columbus historically and now, touching on subjects ranging from local jazz legends and privilege to the police and gentrification. It interrogates the definition of Columbus culture, and what relationship such culture might have to the people who both create and partake of it. Utilizing some of Columbus’ brightest musical talent across a variety of styles and backgrounds, this work seeks to establish a bar for the marriage of political context and musical examination, adding new bricks to the foundation of whatever Columbus culture may entail.

PROGRAM
1. Welcome to Bronzeville
2. Blight Privilege
3. Rahsaan Rollin’ In The Dirt
4. Olde Town Beast
5. Things To Do In Black Columbus
6. Bulldozing The Ave

Funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, this performance is part of the “New Music at Short North Stage” free concert series. Cocktails will be available for purchase an hour before the concert at Ethel’s Lounge, adjacent to the theater. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Recommended for guests age nine and older. Parking is available at a lot just south of the theater and at nearby meters. Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays on the south side of Fifth Avenue west of High Street around the corner from the theater.
 

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Dilla & Donuts Hip Hop Social
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Dilla & Donuts Hip Hop Social

We're bringing it back! Join us for a night of sweet treats, and beats. We'll play from all the goodies J. Dilla produced. He's one of the greatest to ever do it and died too young. Last time we did this was a couple of years ago and the vibe was great dispite the blizzard. We'll be warming it up inside tho, featuring DJ Remedy and Krate Digga. We're asking for a small $5 donation (paid online preferred, or at the door). We'll also be raising money for Lupus research and awareness so bring some cash if you want to contribute. Proceeds will go either to the Lupus Foundation of America, or a local family who has a child with Lupus (send recommedations to 614-915-7195).

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HUMANNESS & HEROISM - A BENEFIT FOR C.R.I.S.
Oct
14
10:00 PM22:00

HUMANNESS & HEROISM - A BENEFIT FOR C.R.I.S.

The very talented and profound DJ Krate Digga, will take you on a journey, through music and imagery, of the refugee experience. Understanding others' perspectives helps to broaden our own. In so doing, we become aware that when we look into the eyes of another human being, we see ourselves. Humanness is oneness.

CRIS is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. This benefit will raise money for their mentorship program which works with middle/high school-aged refugee students as they learn the English language, attend school, and learn to adjust to life in Central Ohio.

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Maroon Music Sunday Featuring the Ogún Meji Duo with Krate Digga
Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

Maroon Music Sunday Featuring the Ogún Meji Duo with Krate Digga

MPACC - 925 Mt. Vernon Ave, 43203

Join Maroon Arts Group on Sunday, September 24, 2017 as we explore the music of the Maroon culture. The Ogún Meji Duo (Mark A Lomax & Eddie Bayard) with DJ Krate Digga will be bringing us music that is inspired by the historic culture of the Maroons. This will be a treat you do not want to miss. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS!!!

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