King Britt Reflects on Digable Planets

Digable Planets Portrait Session backstage Neptune Theater, Seattle Washington August 9, 2019. L to R: Craig “Doodlebug” Irving, Mariana “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira and Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler

Last year Digable Planets’ debut album Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) turned 30 years old. In recognition of their notable contributions to the genre, the group took the stage at last month’s “A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop”. It just so happens, King Britt was Digable Planets’ DJ during their first two and a half years. In this interview, he shares his memories of the early 90s and the cultural significance of these hip hop icons. At Big Ears 2024, King curates four days of exciting Blacktronika programming and Digable Planets will bring the heat on Saturday, March 23.  

Shabaka is on a Fresh Journey

Before last weekend’s Winter Jazzfest residency, The New York Times talked with Shabaka about his continuing musical evolution. He brings his new project to Big Ears on Saturday, March 23.

Cedric Burnside Drops New Music Video

Cedric Burnside @ Royal Records

Grammy-winning bluesman Cedric Burnside just released the official music video for his single “Hill Country Love,” which is also the title of his forthcoming album due April 5 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The record vibrantly explores Hill Country Blues, fueled by Burnside’s singular experiences and rich musical heritage in the hills of Northern Mississippi. See Cedric Burnside at Big Ears on Saturday, March 23.

First Single From the Laugh Ash Record

Drummer, percussionist, and composer Ches Smith collides a lifetime of eclectic influences on his startling, unpredictable, new album Laugh Ash, out February 2, 2024 via Pyroclastic Records. James Brandon Lewis, Nate Wooley, Anna Webber, Shahzad Ismaily, Oscar Noriega, Shara Lunon, Jennifer Choi, Kyle Armbrust, and Michael Nicolas join Smith on this breathtakingly original set of music. The album makes thrilling use of disorientation and juxtaposition: starkly beautiful chamber melodies coexist with synthetic rhythms, explosive bursts of improvisation with elusive song forms, and austere ambience with thundering complexity. Artist Frank Heath composed a companion video to the album’s first single “Minimalism.”

Pass Alert

Quantities of Friday Premier and Sunday Premier passes are in short supply and won’t last long. In addition, Friday Single-Day passes will soon move to Tier 2 pricing. Don’t wait to snag your pass

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