*Featuring music by Bay Area political hip-hop group The Coup with special guest performances by reggae revolutionaries: New Kingston and Indubious.
*With “Supper of the Souls: A Dia de los Muertos-Inspired Menu” created and served by Tryphena Lewis, including specialty cocktails, fine regional wines and beers and after-dinner drinks.
*Silent auction offering original art, getaways, gift baskets & more!
Purchase your tickets here to be part of the festivities. Tickets are $50 adults /children under 12 free, and include dinner, award presentation and concert. (Please Note: There is limited seating capacity for dinner. Dinner will be served promptly between 7:00-8:00pm and is expected to sell out. Please purchase tickets in advance to ensure your place at the table).
Purchase your tickets here for an amazing show and dance celebration! Tickets are $25 for the concert. Doors open to the general public at 8:30pm.
Hard-copy tickets are available at the EPIC Office (145 G Street Arcata).
The group first exploded on to the scene in 1993 with a beautifully subversive blast of hip-hop utilizing Riley’s gifted wordplay to address topics ranging from racism, police brutality and class warfare. Called one of their “10 most influential people” by Vibe Magazine, Riley has collaborated over the years with Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), New Orleans band Galactic, Atari Teenage Riot and more.
Since The Coup’s formation, they have released five visionary and incendiary albums, each forging a different and equally inventive sound. The constants throughout being Riley’s shrewd social observations and the group’s relentless sonic energy exemplified in studio and on stage by the strutting electrifying hip hop influenced Tina Turner like stylings of long time singer Silk-E.
“Every Coup album sounds different from the previous one,” Riley explains. “We don’t fit into any one genre but if you’re open to aggressive and danceable music that sounds hopeful, then you’ll be into what we do.”
Rising up out out of the fertile soil of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, the group of Intergalatic Reggae Revolutionaries known as Indubious come to spread high vibes through their earth-shattering sound. Described as an eclectic mix of reggae, dance hall and new roots reggae, visionary lyrical messages and wordplay, 2 and 3 part harmonies, and electro funk fusion jams, Indubious creates a sound destined to change the face of music. Leaving audiences stunned and downright amazed, this genre-bending reggae power trio comes pumping a positive message, and wielding impressive instrumental skill. Their infectious reggae driven sound has exploded both national and international markets, leaving in the wake the makings of a conscious revolution.
They have adopted the unofficial motto of “Live Indubiously,” meaning living life without doubt and fear and a full respect for all things, good and bad. “Our mission is to reconnect the people of the world with rightful living, rightful speaking through teaching the everlasting blessings of service to humanity, of service to our higher purpose and higher selves. Our gift is music – and through our music we wish to speak the truth in an effort to inspire others to do the same, to change the vibration of our planet and help others express the true loving nature within us all.”
Hailing from Brooklyn New York, three brothers led by their father Courtney Panton Sr, who also plays bass on stage with the group call themselves “NEW KINGSTON.” Together they incorporate R&B, Hip-Hop and Jazz with their heritage genre Reggae to form their sound. They have released: two full-length albums, In The Streets (2010) featuring Collie Buddz, & Mr. Vegas and Kingston University (2012) featuring J. Boog
Fall of 2013 will see New Kingston cross the United States yet again on their first major solo tour. Joining the band on their “Madd Tour 2013,” will be Indubious, Thrive, & Spread The Dub on select dates. Also they will be supporting Soja, Easy Star All-Stars & John Brown’s Body on select dates. The tour starts in Austin, TX heads west then back east and ends in Washington D.C.
Formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home before they took to the outside world, brothers Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) jammed over and over to Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, The Whispers and many more until it sounded right to Courtney Panton Sr. He wanted their vocabulary of music to be very eclectic before they hit a stage! “If you ask New Kingston if we still know all those songs, the answer is yes lol” says drummer Courtney Jr. “But they were all favorites that we loved and forever listened to”
Afterwards, they have performed to other basements and backyards around town to clubs to Festivals worldwide such as; California Roots Festival, Monterey Bay Reggae Festival, Reggae On The River, Summer Jam Germany, Uppsala Reggae Festival and many more…. Starting a heavy touring cycle supporting Reggae stars such as Collie Buddz, The Green, Soja, Beres Hammond and much more… “Only thing left to come is more touring and more music” says keyboardist Tahir
New Kingston promotes through their music and their live show Family, Love and Harmony. “One Love” from NK
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