Pink Hawks, Wheelchair Sports Camp

World / Afrobeat / Hip Hop

Pink Hawks

Wheelchair Sports Camp

DJ Polyphoni

Fri, June 22, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $24.00

This event is 21 and over

Pink Hawks
Pink Hawks
Pink Hawks don't just want you to watch them perform, they want you to join them. Comprised of ample world musicianship garnering comparison to sonic innovators such as Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat, Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopiques Jazz, "Sun Ra's melodically off-the-rails piano playing, and the languid, sonically adventurous atmospheres of Yo La Tengo" (Tom Murphy, Westword), Pink Hawks have evolved from an entirely free-form performance art group, to the more focused psychedelic Afro-Beat ensemble they are today.

With the release of their debut album Shima, their cohesion has tightened into an other-worldly sound, with vigorously complicated layers of drum beats provided by Cleo Parker Robinson’s African dance rhythm section, an energetic horn lineup, compelling bass, guitar and keyboard lines, and a surprisingly moving violin soaring above it all. The music is infectious, like a dancing sickness audiences are unable to resist.

Currently led by the experienced improvisationalist Yuzo Nieto, Pink Hawks is a group that will exceed your expectations of live dance music. Trained in operatic singing, jazz saxophone and theater, Nieto's musical inclinations led him beyond the punk roots of his youth to explore other forms of artistic expression both traditional and visceral. As Jon Solomon of the Westword writes, "Nieto not only likes to fill your ears with some intriguing ear candy, he’ll give you something to watch." Add a twelve-piece world orchestra of professional musicians, and you’ve got one of the hottest and most original acts in Denver.

Put on your dancing pants, and join Pink Hawks as they set the floor on fire.
Wheelchair Sports Camp
Wheelchair Sports Camp
Denver's biggest smallest band.

"If there were ever a moment for a queer, disabled rapper with a love for pot, jokes, and revolution to be a star, the moment is now" - Village Voice

Combining humor, playfulness, radical political perspectives, compassion and undeniable musical chops, Wheelchair Sports Camp is unlike any other hip-hop act around. Fronted by the wheelchair bound MC/beat-maker/activist/educator/shit-talker Kalyn, the band is a combination of live and electronic instruments with a more noisey, jazzy, experimental, combination to the traditional hip-hop group. The band has been featured on the cover of the Village Voice as well as in SPIN Magazine, Huffington Post, High Times Magazine and more. You can't really pin Kalyn's beats and collaborators to a specific era or subgenre of hip-hop, and she always switches up her configuration and presentation and methodology while making the music happen in consistently fascinating ways.

The band unknowingly started in the summer of 1997 when Kalyn moved back from Burbank, CA to her Denver hometown and was invited to attend and corrupt the 14th annual week-long Wheelchair Sports Camp. The band tours the states and beyond from their home in Denver, Colorado.
DJ Polyphoni
DJ Polyphoni
Carla Moreno AKA Dj POLYPHONI [pol-ee-fan-i] is from Denver, Colorado.
Through her Soundcloud mixes, djing locally in Denver and now her monthly residency nights at Fort Greene Bar called “REALMS,” Polyphoni has become a trusted source for local Denver peeps discovering classics to the new “wave” in music styles. She is known for her vast musical knowledge nurtured from her youth. She commands and engages her listeners in a musical journey with smooth, rare styles. Polyphoni is a powerhouse of beats, constantly feeding off her pure love for music and the energy from her supportive listeners. Here to bring the good vibes with her sound. Focused on creating and collaborating with the community.
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
http://www.opheliasdenver.com/