Urban Arts Conference Includes Spoken Word and Other Performances, Presentation About Hip-Hop,
Networking With Music Industry Execs, and More
Black Thought from The Roots to be among featured presenters at two-day event;
executives who work with hip-hop celebrities Ludacris and R. Kelly to be part of panel discussion
Dayton, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2011) ― The third annual Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative (RACC) —which spotlights urban arts and entertainment while giving Dayton-area community members and students an opportunity to connect with some of the industry’s top names — will be held at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. Tickets to all RACC events are available at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling 937-228-3630.
RACC will kick off Friday, Oct. 14, with “The Signature: Poetic Medley Show — After Dark Edition” from 9 to 11 p.m. The show will feature spoken word HBO Def Jam poet Shihan, a National Poetry Slam champion in 2004 and finalist in 2001, 2003 and 2005. He also has been featured on NBC, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, Al Gore’s Current TV, CNN, Artisan Films’ Belly DVD, and in Complex and Billboard magazines. Shihan’s fifth CD, The Balance, was released Sept. 21 on Prototype Records and combines the artist’s hip-hop with his poetry. Click here to hear some of Shihan’s work.
Joining Shihan will be Januarie York, a spoken word artist from Indianapolis. Entertainment also will be provided by El Coats and the Funk Point Flavor, guest emcee comedian C. Davis, spoken word artist Travis Monford, and audience favorite steel drummer Joseph Glenn. Artist James Pate will paint a portrait of Black Thought of The Roots, who will receive the finished portrait during his keynote speech on Saturday. The Signature will include a variety of local poets, singers, dance comedy and visual artists. Tickets cost $15.
RACC will continue the next day with the Business of Entertainment and Music Seminar, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The seminar will offer two workshop tracks: one for independent artists and the other for aspiring executives. It also will include a celebrity panel discussion, along with a question-and-answer session with national and local entertainment executives and artists.
Following the workshop sessions in the early afternoon will be a panel discussion with national and local entertainment executives and artists. Featured workshop presenters include:
- Chuck Creekmur, co-founder and co-CEO of allhiphop.com
- Luther Adamson, the A&R and special events executive for Ludacris’ record label, Disturbing The Peace Records
- Rockey Love, program manager for Urban Radio 95.7 FM, The WMIX in Toledo
- Tyrone Williams, director of TV broadcasting at the International College of Broadcasting
- Angel O’Shay, radio personality
- MOE Beats, recording studio producer
- DJ SKNO, CORE DJs
- Todd Huffman, Production Solutions
- Grant Gatsby, Every Body Else’s Entertainment
- Dorrell “Bigg Makk” Mays, musician and producer for R. Kelly
- Guest appearance by Black Sheep
Workshop participants will have an opportunity to win free studio time with MOE Beats Recording Studios and a one-on one-session with Luther Adamson of Ludacris’ record label Disturbing the Peace Records. Tickets for the workshop are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Following the seminar, Black Thought of The Roots will present the Dear Dr. Hip Hop Keynote Speech, “Hip-Hop, You’re the Love of My Life,” from 3 to 5 p.m. The speech will address whether or not hip-hop has “grown up,” core hip-hop culture as a movement, how it has impacted Black Thought’s career and life as an artist, and the greater community around him. Black Thought is a founding member of the hip hop/neo soul band The Roots. The band, which has collaborated with such artists as John Legend, won the Grammy Award in 2000 for best rap performance by a duo or group for “You Got Me,” with guest performances by Erykah Badu and Eve. The Roots currently is the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, Black Thought has worked with numerous hip-hop artists, and he’s appeared in several films.
The Stivers School for the Arts dance ensemble, hip-hop artists, the Wright State University Wright Rhythm Dance Team, street style hip-hop dancers, spoken word artists, DJ Eric “Swig” Clark and others also will perform. Tickets are $10.
De’Lish Ultra Lounge, 139 N. Main St., is offering a 10 percent discount on food to patrons holding tickets to any Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative event.
The third annual RACC is sponsored by Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, Wilberforce University, Victoria Theatre Association, Stivers School for the Arts’ Dance Ensemble, Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education (SOCHE), Jill Newman Productions, De’lish Ultra Lounge, and Oral Funk Poetry Productions.
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