Isis Storm Comes Home, Friday, March 11: Homegrown Hip Hop Series at Roots Cafe

11 Mar

Homegrown Hip Hop Series hits Roots Cafe in Providence starting on Friday, March 11. The second event is on Friday, March 18; Isis Storm performers, 5th Elament (Mar 11) and B-mor 7 (Mar 18) are scheduled to Rock the Mic!!

“Homegrown Hip Hop Series at Roots Cafe”
“Homegrown” Hip Hop & Live Music

Friday, MARCH 11th, 2011
@ Roots Cafe
276 Westminster St.
downtown Providence, RI

DJ Therion
on the wheels of steel

*5th Elament
*Tem Blessed ft. Blessed Energy Band

The show is all Ages
$10 @ DOOR!!!
$7 each for groups of 5 or more (who RSVP/pay in advance)




Group Tickets Available for All Ages Program that includes Live Bands, Women in Hip Hop, Plus Local and International Artists

Providence, RI (March 7, 2011) – Is transformational hip hop an oxymoron? Can girls and women find solace in hip hop? Is criminal street culture the only lexicon that can be found in the words and messages of hip hop?

If you are tired of the swear words, degradation of women, and references to violence we hear and see everyday in hip hop, catch the alternative at the Roots Café’s 2-Part Homegrown Hip Hop Series with local, regional and international artists and wordsmiths accompanied by live bands. The first event is Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm and it features RI and Massachusetts-based women and men artists, 5th Elament, DirtyDurdie, and New Bedford’s Tem Blessed – with his Live Band, Blessed Energy.. On Friday, March 18, at 8:00 pm, Roots Café celebrates another night of Underground Hip Hop with Providence and Pawtucket-based artists B-Mor 7 and Chachi as the lead entertainment, and Chachi playing with a live band and special guests including Cape Verdean artist Shokanti and Elji from Paris, France.

Reza Clifton, Artistic Director of the Roots Café says she created the night to celebrate innovative and positive hip hop artists who understand the value of connecting with music listeners of all ages and of using their words and performances to inspire hope, change, and love for community. By inviting artists who play with a live band, she anticipates that a wider audience will be engaged and generational schisms will begin to be healed.

With respect to being a part of Inaugural Events at Roots Café, 5th Elament, a Kingston, RI-based artist remarked “We’re so excited to kick off these monthly nights of great music, great performers, and Hip Hop with live bands. This is music that everyone will love and that’s because we all recall blues and jazz, the connection of hip hop to the Africana griot, the connection that reflects the concept of the African Nommo (“The power of the word”). We awaken to Miles, spend afternoons with Coltrane, and reflect on Nina Simone. We seek guidance from black storytellers and look to inspiration on love lost and found from Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack, and to Curtis Mayfield to bring to mind the idea of never quitting and always “movin’ on up.”

Click here to download and read the full press release, here to view and print the March 11 flyer or here to share the March 18 flyer.  To purchase tickets or get more info, email or or call 401-272-7422.


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