Hip-Hop in the Central Valley & Elsewhere (Sept/Oct 09)

SLAM on Rye is a monthly poetry slam that goes down at Prospect Theater on Scenic Drive in Modesto. You can catch it on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7pm (show up early if you want to perform). Some of the featured poets have included Forword, Do-Dirty, Seth Walker, Rosa, Saint, Leigh Ann, Chad, & Shawn Franco. Learn all you need to know about it at http://slamonrye.com

Opio, Equipto, & Z-Man hit Downtown Modesto on their Overlooked & Underground Tour, performing at Hero’s on Saturday, September 12th in a show case of Bay Area MC skills. Opio, from Oakland’s Hip-Hop super-group Hieroglyphics, joined San Francisco’s Equipto (Bored Stiff) & Z-Man (One Block Radius), as well as some of Modesto’s finest, including Cob@lt, Fig.Mutant, Grains of Sand, & Tronikfuq for a full night of Northern Cali Hip-Hop. Check out http://myspace.com/opio, http://myspace.com/equipto415, or http://myspace.com/zmainey for more info  

Power to the Peaceful celebrated its 11th year filling Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Saturday September 12th from 9am-5pm for this free show.  Its founder & organizer Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes or HipHopracy & Spearhead) shared the stage with a mixture of Hip-Hop, rock, reggae, & spoken word artists including Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Sellassie, & Truth Universal. The day also featured numerous DJs, a kids zone, art gallery, food drive, & a guest speech from former congresswoman/Green Party presidential candidate/advocate Cynthia McKinney. Go to http://powertothepeaceful.org to learn more 

Community Roots, the full-service hip-hop event at the Askenaz Community Center in Berkeley, went down on Sunday, September 13th with a panel discussion about “Urban Culture, Music, & Spirituality” featuring Davey-D, Killah Priest (Wu-Tang Family), Bobby Seale, & Big Dan (BRWN BFLO), & Nikila MamaWisdom. Killah Priest (along with Kentyah from Legba’s Light), BRWN BFLO, & Nikila MamaWisdom also showed their skills on the microphone ‘til 1:30am. The event was rounded off by live art by Ras Terms & Andre AsOne and DJ SoulZ. More info at http://myspace.com/communityroots  

The Graffiti & Hip-Hop Expo was a combination of freestyle, spoken word, DJ  performances, and displays of graffiti art in Downtown Modesto on Saturday, September 19th presented by Cob@lt & Modesto Virtual. Support the local (real) Hip-Hop scene by supporting your local artists and entertainers! Find out about upcoming events & shows at http://myspace.com/cobalt

Keep Ya’ Head Up was a Hip-Hop concert/fundraiser/awareness raiser & community gathering and on Sunday, October 11th at Plaza Gil on Crows Landing Rd. in South Modesto. The all day event went from 1pm-8pm and included film screenings, free food, raffles, vendors, bounce houses, and graffiti walls. Also, guest speakers from Modesto & LA CopWatch, comedy from Anthony K, and music from Los Punks del Norte, Tru2Life, Juggernaut Rec., Sont, DJ Ogre, DJ 5on5, Bob Dizzle & Vel, Sellassie, ILL CRW, TruthBTold, Pen Point Ent., Nikfuq, Cob@lt, Tha Thurd, Koshae, Sacrifice, Sherman Austin, & El Vuh. The event  was organized and sponsored by RHHR, Modesto Brown Berets, Modesto Anarcho Crew, CopWatch, NOI Stockton, & K-Cizzl Prod.  Contact RHHRorg@live.com or go to http://RHHR.org/events for info on future events

Cypress Hill’s Smoke-Out celebrated its return with an eventful 2-day festival (Oct. 23rd & 24th) dedicated to Mrs. Mary Jane. Complete with legendary hosts Cheech & Chong, the fest’s founders Cypress Hill led an all-star line-up of 420 friendly hip-hop and rock artists including Slipknot, the Defones, Pennywise, Methodman & Redman, Kottonmouth Kings, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Bad Brains, Immortal Technique, K’Naan, Mixmaster Mike, Devin the Dude, Swollen Members, Afrika Bambaataa, and saw the reunions of Sublime, Goodie Mob, & the Geto Boys. The event also included hemp products, glass “pieces,” panel discussions, cannabis ed., grow tips, stoner movies at night, legal workshops, & a medical marijuana expo. To find out more go to http://guerillaunion.com/smokeout

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