If you googled the word afropunk in the google news tab last Sunday night, a couple of news links would come pop up, all linking the movement to the New York based summer Afropunk Festival. The stories would use terms as "new-age underground black punk kids" or "cutesy rocker black kids with skateboards gathering in New York's BAM parking lot."
Type afropunk in the news tab today.
Ohio's daily online paper, The Akron Journal, pops up with the word "Afro Punk."
Minneapolis's daily online paper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, pops up with "Afro-punk."
Plug In Music lists :
along with 13 other U.S. cities that Afro-punk will tour kicking off October 21st at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza during the CMJ Festival. According to the Afro-punk website, their first U.S. tour will be headlined by top artist/song/poet/ and social activists Saul Williams's "The Niggy Tardust Experience" and a explosion of other artists (including The Activators) to 20 cities in the US and Canada October 21st-November 17th 2009.
A better detail what the tour promises will soon come to this blog. But for sure, according to AP spokespeople, the tour should be a night of surprises: shock and awe. The New York AP festival, but on the road.
October 21: New York City @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza (CMJ Festival)
October 22: Cleveland, OH @ Cambridge Room at The House of Blues
October 23: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
October 25: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
October 26: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
October 27: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
October 30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
October 31: Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
November 1: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
November 4: Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
November 5: Orlando, FL @ The Social
November 6: New Orleans @ House of Blues
November 8: Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
November 10: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
November 12: San Diego, CA @ Delta Room/House of Blues
November 13: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
November 15: Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
November 16: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 17: Vancouver, BC (details coming soon)
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