Black Rock Coalition Celebrates 30 Years with 30 Events in 30 Days

Black Rock CoalitionAML East Coast People, this event is one to check out and/or join the Black Rock Coalition in celebrating 30 years of rock music and advocacy.

~Ms. Uduak


“Black Rock Coalition (BRC) set to come together for 30 events in 30 days during the month of September to celebrate the BRC’s 30 years of rock advocacy and musical pioneering.

For 30 years, the Black Rock Coalition has proved that Black musicians have a central, vital role to play in shaping edgy, righteous, driving rock. Remembering the untold numbers of Black musicians who made rock what it is, while nurturing a scene, the volunteer-powered organization insists on the slow build of process, of people interacting in the flesh, in the face of major tectonic shifts in society and music.

Bringing together elder statesmen of rock (Vernon Reid) with up-and-coming new names (Tamar-kali, Unlocking The Truth, Pillow Theory), the organization will hold listening sessions, retrospectives of performance highlights, showcases, and a gala exploration of Jimi Hendrix’s work with Band of Gypsys, a seminal piece of rock history made new and thought-provoking by the BRC Orchestra (BAMcafé; Sept 18-19, 2015).

Some of the highlights of the 30 events include: September 6 at The Bell House in Brooklyn, September 13 at The Black Rose in NYC, September 17 at RAW Space in NYC, September 18 at BAMcafé in Brooklyn, and September 20 at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ Music Lab in Brooklyn.

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Six Events Not to Miss:

BRC Orchestra Celebrate Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys

Sept 18 & 19 at BAMcafé (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn)

Featuring Juma Sutra (Hendrix’s percussionist at Woodstock), Andre Lassalle (Guitar), Gene Williams (Keyboards), Zach Alford (Drums), and special guests.

Free to the public, new memberships and donations accepted

Hendrix’s final recorded project saw the legendary artist engaging more explicitly with his Black Southern roots when he formed Band of Gypsys. BRC Orchestra re-imagines and furthers this often overlooked moment in Hendrix’s career, one of the few guiding lights for generations of Black rock musicians.

30th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

September 6, 7p-1a at The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn)

$15 Concert 7-10p, Free After-Party 10p-1a, new memberships and donations accepted

A performance of some of the best the BRC has to offer (including BRC member band Unlocking The Truth) followed by a free party for those who believe in the BRC’s mission. Food, drink, music and good times along the lines of those well-remembered, community-building BRC hangs.

BRC Open Ears Listening Party

September 13, 7-10p at The Black Rose (117 Ave A, between 7th St and St Marks, NYC)

Free to the public, new memberships and donations accepted

BRC veterans and newcomers will gather to listen to new tracks and give each other feedback and encouragement, a prime example of the BRC’s community-building approach. Favorites will be tapped for upcoming BRC compilations and showcases.

Black Rock and Reel: BRC Performance Highlights, 1985-2015

September 17, 7-10p at RAW Space (2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., between 121st and 122nd Sts, NYC)

Free to the public, new memberships and donations accepted
From rough-and-ready early showcases to historic shows, this evening at fellow grassroot Imagenation’s RAW Space will give artists and those who love them a chance to revisit key moments in BRC’s performance history.

BRC Vocal Clinic

September 20, 1-4 PM at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ Music Lab (87 Irving Pl, Brooklyn)

With Corey Glover (Living Colour) and Janice Pendarvis (eclectic master background vocalist)

$10; free to BRC members and members of the WMRC community

Reviving the BRC tradition of supporting musicians’ career development via skills-building clinics and master classes, aspiring singers will learn tricks of the trade and ways to approach their instruments from industry leaders.

Million Man Mosh 3

September 27, 3-7 PM at The WindUp Space (12 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD)

Featuring Tamar-kali, Thaylo Bleu, and members of the Baltimore activist community


Launched in 2012, ‘Million Man Mosh’ continues its tradition of being a platform for music, community networking and political organizing. The driving force in this third edition is solidarity with Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Yvette Smith, John Crawford and countless other victims of excessive violence by law enforcement agents and a historically unjust legal system. Some of the proceeds for MMM III will go to community groups for social justice.

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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