Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Recap of CHURCH!'s Half B-Day Plus Preview

The next CHURCH! is coming up on Sunday, and we have another power packed line up to bring you. On the beatmaker end, we are featuring our very own Diogenes who will be joined by Tacoma-based QuiVive. The duo will be rocking sets from their freshly released dually produced beat tape entitled Swap Meet, an auditory experiment in what happens when two creative minds breath new life into same samples. On the emcee tip, we have the lovely Paradame, queen pin of the Audiodose crew rocking tracks from her newly released album Rebel's Advocate, and town legend Asun, pioneering Seattle spitter from 206 Zulu/Alpha P. We hope you make it out to this event. If you missed last month's service, here's what went down with links to the photo album, stills from video shot by our dear friend Charles C.

First of all, shouts to Mariam, who expanded the CHURCH! repertoire this month by bringing us
a live painting backdrop to the evening. We opened up the night with Nikolai Kookesh, a unique beatmaker who brought us a spectacular out of the box set that set the stage of cypher sessions beautifully. February's cypher champs included DoNoMal, Raven, Mannotone, Madshroom, Rico, Dakota and more. Gregory Cypher of Kung Fu Grip dropped a few bars with us as well. 

This was followed up by a brief but powerful set by Revels, and the cypher was then reignited to slaps by Vaughnilla, hailing from FFU and Black Magic Noize crew, who opened up the mic during his vibrant instrumental set. 

Last but certainly not least was a set from the phenomenal Militant Child, a powerful sister who had the crowd captivated from the beginning to the end of her set. With intelligent, witty rhymes that challenge the paradigms of the status quo, and a stage presence that commands the attention of even the most indifferent eyes and ears, Mili definitely left her mark on CHURCH! and we were happy to have here. I'll let her set speak for itself with the video below.

Below are some more photos from February 9th, 2014's CHURCH! Check out the full album HERE. Enjoy, and I hope you will join us this Sunday, March 9th, for our next event. As always a big special thanks to the comrades at Black Coffee Coop for allowing us to share the space every month, as well as a huge thanks to the overworked and under-recognized squadron of volunteers at Seattle Community Media Lab for holding down the sound and more recently the lighting and other special effects for CHURCH! We love you all.  

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