Celebrate The Sounds and Artistry of the Northeast at Roots Cafe

6 May

(Pictured here is Philly Meets Providence artist, 5th Elament. Photo by Emi Gwin Photography)

Celebrate The Sounds and Artistry of the Northeast at Roots Cafe
Friday, May 6, 2011, 8:00 PM – Philly Meets Providence
Friday, May 13, 2011, 8:00 PM – Worcester Meets Providence

Submitted by Reza Clifton
(Artistic Director, Providence Inner City Arts’ Roots Caf;e
Co-founder of Isis Storm )

PROVIDENCE, RI – Early settlement.  Liberty and freedom.  Post-industrial.

In the context of the US, these are characteristics and legacies of many cities on the East Coast, including Providence, Worcester, and Philadelphia.  But there is one more feature of all these cities that, here at Providence Inner City Arts’ Roots Café, we are taking time to celebrate in May: art and culture, and, specifically, hip hop, poetry and live instrumentation.  Join in and experience the taste of three cities on Friday, May 6 for Philly Meets Providence and Friday, May 13 for Worcester Meets Providence – two events that will provide a unique look at the layers of hip hop, poetry, and live music growing and spreading from three corners of the East Coast.

Both shows start at 8:00 PM and admission is $10.00. Discounted tickets are also available for each event: $7.00 when purchased in/for groups of 3 or more.  Purchase tickets online at www.rootscafeprovidence.com or at the door on the day of show.  Roots Café is located at 276 Westminster Street in Providence, RI and it is open seven days a week for lunch during the day and six nights for live shows and special events.



Mista Mista
Mista Mista is not your conventional Hip Hop artist. He has established his self as an artist who is able to find a happy medium between commercial and underground. By using a sound that is radio friendly, he conveys his messages with clever lyrics and an untimely flow. He brings the fun back to music!

His high-energy lyrics and cunning storytelling ability sets him apart from the average artist who lacks creatively and just emulates what they hear on the radio. He makes music for all people, with a strong emphasis on being you, staying true, and never losing site of who you are. He stands alone in this oversaturated industry with plans to use his talents to influence all walks of life.

After performing locally for some time Mista Mista’s hard work and dedication lead him to open for acts such as R&B crooner John Legend and Rap Superstar Joe Budden. Since then, he has been touring Colleges along the east coast in hopes to spread the word and brand his name, Mista Mista.

Mista Mista is currently working on his highly anticipated solo project “No Greater Love” with producer/ songwriter LJC and Taktix (BlackKeyz Ent.).

Kuf Knotz
No stranger to Philadelphia ‘s live music scene Kuf Knotz has created quite a name for himself accompanying nationally renowned tours with the likes of artists ranging from Common to The New York Dolls. Kuf even battered down historical barriers by becoming the first ever hip hop act to open up for the legendary “Boss” — Mr. Bruce Springsteen, himself — at the internationally covered rally for then presidential candidate, Barack Obama on Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kuf’s career highlights did not end there, however, going on to record “Unstoppable,” the official song of World Series Champions, The Phillies, last year with fellow notorious local artists, G. Love and Chuck Treece. Bringing his solo efforts together for the first time into a cohesive 14-track LP, Kuf Knotz found a home for “Boombox Logic” on the country’s very first student run label, Drexel University’s Mad Dragon Records. “Boombox Logic” exploded throughout the sound waves this past October with tracks featuring G. Love and Digable Planet’s Doodlebug. For more information on Kuf Knotz and/or to check out some of the critically acclaimed tracks off of “Boombox Logic,” find him online at www.kufknotz.com.

5th Elament
Kaly Champlain aka 5th Elament is an independent artist, educator, and femcee. Rocking mics for over 12 years, she has yet to leave a crowd who was not positively affected after what many have come to know as “the 5th Elament experience.”

Exploring all sides of herself from the intellectual to sexual,she has become revered by women and men alike with statements such as “5th Elament made me rethink what a woman was supposed to be in a great way” and “I was thoroughly entertained and empowered.”

5th Elament takes her listeners on a journey with each track, and loves nothing more than to mix fun in with the lesson. Referring to herself as a “jedi,” her light saber (or weapon of choice) is a wireless mic so that she can be one with the crowd as needed to always keep them a part of the show.

Although rooted in Hip Hop, 5th Elament’s music has an eclectic feel that has appealed to audiences outside of hip hop as well, making her universal. This artist leaves all with hope, love, head nods, and a good time.

Her work is meant to call the spirit to a higher place, remind the soul to open up, and show what can happen with a change in just one individual. Believing that women should never be placed in a box, 5th Elament is determined to take the freedom to explore every part of herself in her music and poetry to show women that there is nothing they can’t do.

She carries many alter egos, but the main one is 5th Elament: showing her conviction that it is women who will bring together the four elements of hip hop through their knowledge, compassion, and sense of community.

In May of 2008,”Dirty Ice” paired up with “Durdie Furbie” a.k.a. Gremlyn, and decided to formulate a strategy that could break the sugar coated shell covering the ears of hip hop listeners by being outrageous with artistic integrity.

Together they have formed a group called “DirtyDurdie.” Combining purism with putrid references to drive home points that not only invoke laughter, but also compel listeners to visualize some pretty nasty things. Building upon the likes of the late great Old Dirty Bastard, Red Man, Sean Price, C-Rayz Walz, MF DOOM (and any other MC who was not afraid to go against the grain), “DirtyDurdie,” is focused on forging a counter cultural library of raw music for fans of a sound that’s not saturated with commercialism.

The duo commands quite a presence when performing on stage. They use unrefined energy, well-developed rhyme skill, and professionalism to engage their audience in spite of their lyrical content. All of the beats have an emotionally charged pulse, which becomes the perfect platform for these artists to “dump” their thoughts off. The conceptual chemistry between these two in this day and age is rare. The goal of the group is to prove that originality overpowers the regular “follow the leader” method of entering into the hip hop/rap industry!

GuerillaFunk is a Philadelphia-based Hip-Hop fusion band. Their sound is as varied as the musical tastes of the members, ranging from jazz to funk, to in-your face rock arrangements. Their bass-heavy licks in conjunction with MC, Mic Stewart’s Hip-Hop influenced lyrical arrangements induce the feeling of a hip-hop show in the listener while providing a diverse, energetic, and exciting musical experience. You can purchase their album, Live In Spring City on iTunes and Amazon.com.

DJ Kellan
Also known as the Vinyl Manipulator, Kellan Martin, aka DJ Kellan, is a RI-area DJ who performs in clubs, cafes and other venues. You can find him performing weekly on Wednesdays in Newport at the Rhino Bar, a music and gathering venue on the well-known Thames Street.  He also performs regularly in Providence at places like The Roots Café, Local 121, and The Industry.  You can also hear DJ Kellan weekly on “Under the Table Radio,” a hip hop show on WRIU, 90.3 and which streams online at www.wriu.org.


MORE INFO, May 13 (bios coming soon):
* Alex Charalambides
* Nick Davis
* Shane Hall & Special Guests
* Nataly Garcia,
* Tony Brown
* Megan Thoma
* Michaelle Saintil
* Extraordinary Rendition Band
* DJ Kellan


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