Suggestions for Week of 5/27-6/02

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..

Monday May 27th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime… .
The High Tide Trio
is a sensational super instrumental band featuring Mitch Polzak on guitar and bass, Hank Maninger on guitar and bass, and Les James on drums. Les will not be playing guitar. Hank and Mitch will switch off on guitar and bass. Mitch and Hank will not be playing the drums. The band plays all sorts of interesting guitar instrumentals, including surf, country, jazz, bluegrass, and movie and TV show themes. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime…
Mike Olmos Presents The Sessions. Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. One of the Bay area’s best Django inspired ensembles The French American Quartet plays a mix of gypsy jazz as well as standards by Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Gershwin. The group is lead by a great guitarist Steve Froberg supported by Hanna Mingano on violin, Fabrice Urrizalqui on drums, François Egron on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..
The Fil Lorenz Orchestra is a high-voltage, crowd-pleasing big band born of the blues, with a sound defined by a searing, relentless horn section. Saxophonist/arranger Lorenz has assembled a musical cast of the highest standard, bringing some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most accomplished and adventurous jazz veterans together with some of the fertile San Francisco scene’s most promising up-and-coming players. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge…

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..
The Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. Highly recommended N/C

Tuesday May 28th

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime..
Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Area’s preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge..

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime. Vibrason is another great band out of the Bay Area very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. Highly recommended $10 Cover Charge.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime..
Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime…. Little Feat is one of the great and influential all time rock and roll bands and a group that helped define Americana music. Their music remains an eclectic blend of southern country rock, blues, jazz, funk and swamp. Over the years. Feat’s fabled collaborators have included Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Beck, Brian Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Lang, and Leftover Salmon. This is a show not to be missed…. Highly recommended!!!!! $55-$95 Cover Charge…

Wednesday May 29th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass). Howell Devine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.
The Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet is deeply rooted in the bebop tradition established by Bird, Clifford Jordan and Dexter Gordon. Patrick is absolutely my favorite Bay Area tenor player and he leads an outstanding group of musicians..N/C.

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 8 PM-Midnight Showtime.. Ed Ivey’s Weekly Blues Jam gets the bar rocking. His weekly jam is really fun. N/C

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

Thursday May 30th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. For 45 Years San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has reimagined and redefined the string quartet experience. Kronos’ fifth annual music festival spotlights their frequent work with singers and storytellers in four concerts and other events over three days. The Kronos Festival 2019 kicks off with the Bay Area premiere of Stacy Garrop’s Glorious Mahalia, a work that celebrates gospel singer Mahalia Jackson through the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel. The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, joins Kronos to perform Michael Gordon’s requiem Exalted. Throughout the evening, writer title Rebecca Solnit and others performVoices of a People’s History, which brings to life the extraordinary stories of Americans who helped shape the country’s social movements. The Dragon String Quartet opens the show with Rhiannon Giddens’ composition for Kronos’Fifty for the Future education initiative. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20/$30/$45/$65 Cover Charge…

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:45 PM Showtime..
Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Friday May 31st

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was one of the many highlights at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2 years ago. Great performers and Lukas’s stage present is so impressive. Highly recommend seeing this band. $26 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. For 45 Years San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has reimagined and redefined the string quartet experience. Kronos’ fifth annual music festival spotlights their frequent work with singers and storytellers in four concerts and other events over three days. The Kronos Festival continues with Kronos and CocoRosie reuniting on stage to perform new songs by the Casady Sisters with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Frequent collaborator Jherek Bischoff joins Kronos on bass guitar to perform his own compositions and arrangements. Filmmaker Sam Green enlists Kronos in Por Vida!, a live documentary short about the tattoos inspired by San Francisco’s legacy business Casa Sanchez. Highlighting Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative, the Dragon Saxophone Quartet performs music by Malian musician Fodé Lassana Diabaté (Trio Da Kali). More details to be announced; check below for up-to-date program information. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20/$30/$45/$65 Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime…
Howell Devine‘s percussionist and co-founder Pete Devine will be performing with friends. Should be a great show.. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime…
Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie-woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. N/C

Bazaar Cafe 5927 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. A really great night of music featuring the American folk trio Clyde and the Milltailers. This trio is heavily influenced by early American swing, folk, and Appalachian old time music. I really love this group. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge…

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… Tony Lindsay & The Soul Soldiers featuring powerhouse vocalists Fred Ross, Nicolas Bearde and Will Russ will be performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. This powerhouse soul band also features Allen Leong on keyboards, Davd Shul on guitar David Jones on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

Pier 23 Pier 23 on the Embarcadero, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime…. Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. A great show tonight featuring American bassist and experimental musician Dywane Thomas Jr., AKA Mononeon. Thomas is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo. While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas’ slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops. He also uses fingers and palm muting to create a warm, muffled timbre and have a little more control over the length of notes. Also on the bill is one of the most respected drummers of his generation Daru Jones who is the Drummer/Producer for Jack White. DJ Logic opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge….

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of music featuring Vicki Randle who was the first (and only) female member of The Tonight Show Band starting with host Jay Leno in 1992. She has recorded and/or toured with several artists, including Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Branford Marsalis, Armed with a guitar, drums and an enigmatic, mournful voice, Genesis Fermin wades against the currents of today’s generation of singer-songwriters. She is all about well crafted songs that reveal her ambitions, doubts and regrets. Her melodies reflect her soul and her words are snapshots of her life. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge….

The Terrace Room 1800 Madison St, Oakland 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. No Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time: she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America. Performing tunes reminiscent of Satchmo, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and more, this group is a festival favorite. This show will feature John R. Burr on piano, Simon Planting on bass, Alan Hall on drums, Rich Armstrong on cornet/trumpet and Mike Rinta on trombone. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of music featuring one of my favorite Americana bluegrass bands The Brothers Comotose.. This is one roudy and raucous band.. Also on the bill is a very soulful country band Caitlin Jemma & The Goodness.. Highly recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge…

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Soda Rock Winery 8015 CA-128, Healdsburg 7:30 Showtime.. The 21st annual jazz fest kicks off with with two of the great improvisational musicians in jazz guitarist/bassist Ralph Towner and master of the horns Paul McCandless.. This duo help co found the band title Oregon one of the first bands to combine jazz with Indian music-both the Asian and Native American kinds – Western classical and folk into an improvisational outfit that flowed organically. Highly recommended!!!!! $45 Cover Charge…

Saturday June 1st

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… When you think of New Orleans, the city’s foremost flambeaux-lit traditions of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, voodoo, Po’ boys, beads, gumbo, and second line undoubtedly come to mind. You can also count Big Sam’s Funky Nation amongst those NOLA treasures. Known for a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live “experiences,” and a whole lot of Southern charm, this band is undeniable, unpredictable, and downright unique collective. The band features Big Sam Williams on trombone, lead vocals Drew “Da Phessah” Baham on trumpet, vocals Jerry “JBlakk” Henderson on bass Keenan “Butta Cream” McRae on guitar Alfred “Sgt Gutta” Jordan on drums and Kendrick Marshall on keys.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 cover Charge….

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was one of the many highlights at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2 years ago. Great performers and Lukas’s stage present is so impressive. Highly recommend seeing this band. $26 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 11:00 AM Showtime. For 45 Years San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has reimagined and redefined the string quartet experience. Kronos’ fifth annual music festival spotlights their frequent work with singers and storytellers in four concerts and other events over three days. The Kronos Festival continues with Kronos an hour-long program featuring a mix of eclectic and energetic music from across the globe, as well as guest appearances by Malian singer Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate, Appalachian folk singer and storyteller Lee Knight, and San Francisco Girls Chorus artistic director and conductor Valerie Sainte-Agathe. Highly recommended!!!!!!$10/$15 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime. For 45 Years San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has reimagined and redefined the string quartet experience. Kronos’ fifth annual music festival spotlights their frequent work with singers and storytellers in four concerts and other events over three days. The Kronos Festival continues with Pete Seeger: “The World That Music Lives In”.. Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 years old this May, lived through the tumultuous 20th century as a force for kindness, humility, and good. His pursuits reflected the complexity of the times through the lens of music making and music creating. This talk will illustrate Seeger’s career and efforts for peace and social justice. Highly recommended!!!!!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. For 45 Years San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has reimagined and redefined the string quartet experience. Kronos’ fifth annual music festival spotlights their frequent work with singers and storytellers in four concerts and other events over three days. The Kronos Festival 2019 closes with a celebration of Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 in May. Kronos performs songs the folk icon and social activist popularized with folk artists Sam Amidon and Lee Knight , and singer-songwriter Merklit Hadero, among others. Amidon also joins Kronos for a set of songs that include his contributions to Kronos’ Folk Songs album. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20/$30/$45/$65 Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Showtime
Banda Sin Nombre is an outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This is one of the best live performance bands in the Bay Areas!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass). Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge.. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.
The Americano Social Club plays music for “la dolce vita”: a mix of romantic and eclectic melodies from all over the world including pop, jazz, folk, classical, rock, opera, the music of Brazil and Europe’s cafés as well as some great original pieces. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. A great show tonight with The Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet featuring Patrick on tenor, Richard Sears on piano, David Ewell on bass and Hanir Atwai on drums; and The Patrick Wolff Quintet featuring Patrick on tenor, Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Matt Renzi on reeds, Richard Sears on piano, David Ewell on bass and Hanir Atwai on drums. Patrick’s music is deeply rooted in the bebop tradition established by Bird, Clifford Jordan and Dexter Gordon. He is absolutely my favorite Bay Area tenor player. . Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime..Westside Jazz Club, lead by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Scott Silverberg, is a collective of innovative jazz musicians performing jazz standards, challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics. I have seen this ensemble a number of time and they never disappoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… A great night of music featuring Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings .. Roy Rogers has been fronting the Delta Rhythm Kings, he’s been playing distinctive blues for more than 30 years. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. A great show tonight featuring American bassist and experimental musician Dwayne Thomas Jr., AKA Mononeon. Thomas is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo. While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas’ slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops. He also uses fingers and palm muting to create a warm, muffled timbre and have a little more control over the length of notes. Also on the bill is one of the most respected drummers of his generation Daru Jones who is the Drummer/Producer for Jack White. DJ Logic opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge….

The 16th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival is a free music and cultural weekend that features genres from every corner of the world! Some of the finest musicians in the world who call the Bay Area home perform at this Festival. Saturday and Sunday’s offerings include a wonderful mix of music from Noon–8:00 PM in a variety of settings throughout the Telegraph Avenue neighborhood. Best Starting place is the main information booth at Telegraph and Haste. Saturday, a world music tour takes place in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues, from intimate café and street music to the featured concert in People’s Park with crafts fair. Stephen Kent, acclaimed didgeridoo artist, will be part of the talented musicians, performing in the park, ecstatic melodies and trance from around the globe. Saturday night,Ashkenaz will offer a fabulous After-Festival party, 1317 San Pablo Ave. at Gilman. For complete lineup information visit Berkeley World Music Lineup..

Healdsburg Jazz Festival.. Landmark Vineyards 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood Noon-3:00 PM Showtime.. The Jazzfest continues with Carlos Herrera Latin Trio who has been charming the region for years with its blend of Latin American-tinged genres – merengue, rumba, bossa, boleros, and salsa among them. Led by Carlos, hailing from Costa Rica and playing a mean flamenco guitar, he is backed by percussionist Carlitos Medrano, born and raised in Cuba and trained by the great conguero “Chanquito” Quintana and bassist Brett Palm, who spent years honing his Latin chops in the Caribbean. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Healdsburg Jazz Festival The Raven Theatre 115 North Street Healdsburg 7:00 PM Showtime….. This should be a great show featuring John Coltrane’s son tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison’s son bassist Matt Garrison and one jazz music’s most iconic drummer’s Jack DeJohnette. In 2015 the three musicians came together for ECM on an album called In Movement that demonstrates not only how talented the players are but also what’s special about this enduring label. This should be a great show…Highly recommended!!!!!! $55-$75 Cover Charge…

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Hotel Healdsburg Lobby..25 Matheson Street 9:00-Midnight Showtime. The Adam Shulman Trio featuring Adam on piano, Owen Clapp on bass and Evan Hughes on drums is one of the Bay Area’s preeminent jazz ensembles. Adam is an incredible pianist and definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C..

Sunday June 2nd

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime.. Bernal Hillbillies.. A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes… It’s hard to find a true blues guitarist in today’s musical landscape, but that’s exactly what you get with Jules Leyhe. Leyhe combines classic blues guitar with modern electronic instrumentation and creates a sonic mesh you’ll surely feel in your core. Named one of Guitar Player Magazine’s 12 Players of Christmas in 2014 as well as the Bay Area Blues Foundation’s All Stars in 2015, Leyhe has already shared the stage with many of Blues’ greatest talents – including Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Cain, Jimmy Vivino, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Elvin Bishop, and Maria Muldaur. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

The 16th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival is a free music and cultural weekend that features genres from every corner of the world! Some of the finest musicians in the world who call the Bay Area home perform at this Festival. Saturday and Sunday’s offerings include a wonderful mix of music from Noon–8:00 PM in a variety of settings throughout the Telegraph Avenue neighborhood. Best Starting place is the main information booth at Telegraph and Haste. On Sunday, Telegraph Avenue, from Dwight Way to Bancroft Ave near UC Berkeley, will be transformed by “Sunday Streets Berkeley on Telegraph” into a leisurely pedestrian plaza for family friendly activities anchored with music dance area at Telegraph & Haste, along with other fine street music to various corners of the plaza. Sunday evening, the Festival hosts its finale party at the Tap Haus, 2516 Durant Ave. For complete lineup information visit Berkeley World Music Lineup..

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival 2019 takes place at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center located at 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. This year’s performers will be Eric & Happie, Pharaoh’s Daughter Trio and RocKid. Enjoy live music, food, and family activities at this annual festival on the JCC field. This year’s theme will be camping and there will be song circles around an artificial campfire in between the headlining bands that will perform on the main stage. Highly recommended!!!!! $10-$18 Cover Charge…

Healdsburg Jazz Festival The Raven Theatre 115 North Street Healdsburg 7:00 PM Showtime….. One of jazz music’s great and most original composers, pianist Carla Bley will be making a rare Bay Area appearance performing with her trio featuring the great bassist Steve Swallow and reed player Andy Sheppard.. Carla is not only brilliant but very entertaining. She is a personnel favorite.. Highly recommended!!!!! $55-$75 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week!!

Bad Rap… Hip-hop culture has transcended many racial and cultural boundaries after its founding in the ’70s by African-American and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Since then, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world and hip-hop’s global movement has become increasingly more diverse. Yet the face of rap in America remains primarily black, brown, and white. BAD RAP follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders.Featuring dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, Bad Rap will turn the most skeptical critics into believers. From the battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina; the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to the conflicted values of Lyricks-BAD RAP paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

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