Oral Funk Poetry Productions & The Human Race Theatre Company
Presents…. “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” Season 7
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014 Time: 8:00pm -11:00pm Tickets: $15
The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is a live production that has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, vibrant, ground breaking, funny, engaging, sexy, racy, diverse, and very spontaneous. The production features all forms of performance arts.
Live music by Dee Jay Krate Digga will be infused into the competition. He will highlight music from all genres (Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R& B, etc) and decades. #LPSofpp
Purchase Tickets: www.ticketcenterstage.com or Call 228-3630 (click link on the left hand side of page, signature@theLoft)
In a society where the “know how” can be found on a YouTube channel or via Google, most would think that it would be easy to spin records and simply become a DJ but it isn’t. It takes a certain kind of finesse to hone the skills required to easily transition from “I Used to Love Her” by Common into “Act Too” by the Roots or “The Blast” by HiTek. Yet DJ Krate Digga does it with the same kind of effortlessness that one uses when tying their shoes.
As the head of The Mighty SoundChampz Crew, DJ Krate Digga (b. Jesse Jackson III) uses his jazz, funk, reggae, and classical music influences to form new and interesting ways to listen to hip hop. Professionally trained in African and Caribbean percussion since the age of 8, he incorporates polyrhythmic cadences with both traditional and non-traditional ingredients of music. Schooled in turntablism by Detroit’s DJ Sicari while an undergrad at Kentucky State, Krate Digga went on to form the Mos Wanted Crew in 1997 with DJ Sicari, DJ Rod-Nice, and MC Mr. Mike. DJ Krate Digga was a founding member of The Usual Suspects DJ Crew (Columbus, 2006).
Having celebrated over 16 years as a DJ, Krate continues to have a stellar run as a working DJ in Central Ohio. Krate has held down residencies at the hottest clubs in the capital city, solidifying his name as one of Ohio’s most diverse hip hop and soul DJs.
Since 2002, he has been known to move and attract crowds at some of the most hottest clubs and lounges in Columbus thus helping bring them to the height of their popularity. Beginning at the renowned poetry club, Snaps N’ Taps, in Columbus’ Discovery District, he then helmed The Red Zone’s Standard Lounge on Saturdays (2004-2005) and was known for his eclectic mix of the latest in R&B and vintage soul.
In 2005, Krate Digga resided at Fresh Fridays at The Opium Lounge and Mahogany’s Soul at The Brownstone. To this date, Mahogany’s Soul was Columbus’ premiere neo-soul showcase, affording him the opportunity to DJ and perform with some of the freshest musicians in the business including Eric Roberson, Raheem Devaughn, Darien Brockington, Middle Child, Dwele, Siji, Deyampert and many others.
DJ Krate Digga started Foundation Fridays at Cove Lounge (2005-2007), featuring classic soul and the sampled hip-hop spin-offs they inspired. He also hosted The Mid Month Mixers at the Bar of Modern Art (BoMA) and First Fridays in 2007 and 2008; along with being the official DJ of The Ohio State University’s African American Heritage Festival. In 2008 Krate Digga graced the turntables for his Foundation Friday spin-off, ICONoclast, at Club Icon.
Krate was also the DJ for The Keeper’s Lounge Concert Series in conjunction with The Keepers of the Art and The University of Akron. DJ Krate Digga has also returned to the realm of live music performance. Formerly a part-time player with The Charles Cooper Quartet and The Eddie Bayard Trio, Krate Digga is a frequent performer with The Liquid Crystal Project; a band started by internationally renowned producer J Rawls of Polar Entertainment.
Along with his talents behind the turntables, Krate often flexes his skills as a producer & musician having released his own full length LP, Snaps, Taps, Booms & Baps, several EPs, and produced Ellipsis on JG’s Rhythmic American Poetry LP; which won The National Poetry Awards SpokenWord/Poetry Album of The Year award in 2013.