Music and Performance

Thu Mar 7

CAN I KICK IT? is a unique film experience, produced by SHAOLIN JAZZ, that caters to the lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music they inspired and everything else in between.  At each CAN I KICK IT? event SHAOLIN JAZZ screens a cult-classic martial arts film and the movie is given a unique scene-by-scene score featuring a blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and more mixed live by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones, using his turntables.   The result - your movie experience redefined where 2-Tone creates a live mixtape (sound track) to each movie, even accentuating specific scenes with special DJ techniques.

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Fri Mar 8

Resident artist Adam Rosenblatt performs Timber by composer Michael Gordon, a monumental percussion piece for six drummers on six pieces of wood. Adam has assembled a team of light artists, spoken word artists, and musicians to bring this mesmerizing and captivating work to Creative Alliance.

 

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Fri Mar 8

Akua Allrich is a local musical treasure with a massive stage personality and vocal style that is fluid and ever evolving.  Her musical roots run deep into blues, soul, and rhythm and blues, with a clear grounding in jazz and pan-African music. She sings in many languages, including Portuguese, French, Spanish, English, Xhosa, and Twi. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Allrich is often compared to legendary artists such as Oscar Brown, Jr., Miriam Makeba, and Nina Simone. Akua will honor both female luminaries  in this evening’s program.

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Sat Mar 9

Our annual celebration of Brasil! The dance floor is open! Come ready to dance to forró, samba, choro plus costumed carnival dancers, food and drink specials.

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Tue Mar 12

There are at least two dynamic bandleaders born in Freehold, NJ. One leads The E Street Band; the other is Joe Keyes. Keyes and Bruce Springsteen grew up blocks away from each other (can you believe that Keyes’ grandmother was even Springsteen’s nanny?) but the band leaders’ musical paths could not have been more different. As a precocious teenager, Joe Keyes became one of New Jersey’s first modern DJs by spinning deep cuts by funk pioneers; eventually, finding a spot under the wing of many legendary pre-disco and proto-club music DJs including Larry Levan. Today, the music Joe makes with his large ensemble reflects his musical upbringing with influences ranging from New Jersey church ministers to avant-garde jazz artists like Sun Ra, black rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Funkadelic to the socially conscious proto-hip-hop of The Last Poets and Gil-Scott Heron. Join us as Joe walks us through his musical journey.

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