Underground System Afrobeat

Underground System Afrobeat

Brown Rice Family, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality, Black Violin, Free entry before 7pm

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

tickets available at the door. cash only.

Underground System
Underground System
Underground System came bubbling up out of BKNY in early 2010. Originally steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, they have since carved out a niche that stands uniquely alone as their own. With several successful 12” single releases behind them via Ropeadope Records and Hell Yeah (Italy) and a noteworthy touring schedule to back it up (featured appearances at Burlington Jazz Fest, Bear Creak Music & Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Natural History), this forward thinking and diverse group has laid all the groundwork and is ready to aim the big guns- bringing their uncompromising and original New York bred style to a soundsystem near you.
Brown Rice Family
Brown Rice Family
Brown Rice Family is today's freshest world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural flow of things, BRF provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro beat, jazz stylings, rock, brazilian, Latin, and funk.

The band was formed while its members were attending the City College of New York. Initially, BRF started off with two members, Yuichi and former member Joe Jang, who both shared the belief that one should live in a healthy environment and eat naturally grown food. While flirting with their organic approach to living and music, they came across brown rice---one of the healthiest foods for human consumption.

The band began to grow and is presently comprised of eight members hailing from all over the world---Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and USA. The members' diverse national backgrounds set the stage for their unique coexistence, their musical creativity and dance. The BRF sound is in the truest sense of the words, World Roots Music. The Brown Rice Family vibe is similar to Fela Kuti’s, but if Bob Marley and Antonio Carlos wanted to get on board for a gig, they would. BRF's colorful sound waves will carry rhythm surfers on a musical journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds. BRF firmly believes in self-improvement and environmental improvement, and so the collective is perpetually seeking out healthier ways of living, grooving, and eating. And this belief is not only in their music, it stretches out into the crafting of the band-made “Brown Rice Family soap”. This soap is made of the most natural ingredients available from organic farmers and suppliers.

BRF took Japan by storm during their summer 2014 tour, wowing hundreds who watched them during their live performance in Tokyo and Osaka. "BRF is bridging cultures together while creating a fun atmosphere within improvisation. Amazing...," wrote Vogue Japan.

In tradition with BRF’s positive contribution to music and the world, the band is teaming up with Carnegie Hall’s Professional Development Series with a music program that’s geared towards improving the lives of NYC’s incarcerated youths.
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality
Originally hailing from Queens, New York, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality bring a uniquely melodic and bass heavy sound to Brooklyn. Influenced by everything from '80s and '90s hip-hop, reggae, calypso and dancehall to American country and various styles of West African music, the music they make is formulated to feel good—great tunes played with spontaneity and strength, never losing focus on that right kind of rhythm.
Black Violin
Black Violin
To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients.

Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare-a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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