bambaataa

Turntable masters DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have just announced a fall tour, “Renegades of Rhythm,” focused around an ambitious project: presenting proto-hip-hop artist Afrika Bambaataa's legacy through music – not by just spinning what he created but by touring with vinyl handpicked from his collection.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bambaataa's work, his ability as a artist, producer and taste-maker was instrumental in setting hip-hop on the path its on today. His record collection (40,000 strong!) is housed at Cornell University, where he is a visiting scholar.

Sure, it seems strange that Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow will be touring with Bambaataa's records and not the man himself. Upon hearing the news of this tour, I worriedly Googled Bambaataa's name to make sure he hadn't died, that this tour wasn't a remembrance of his work. Still, its a chance to see incredible DJs perform with some classic material.

 

Tour Dates:
9/1 – Toronto, ON – Guvernment
9/3 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
9/4 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
9/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
9/8 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/9 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
9/11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
9/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft At Center Stage
9/14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
9/16 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
9/18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
9/19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9/20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
9/22 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
9/23 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
9/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
9/26 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
9/27 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
9/29 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
10/1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/2 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/8 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
10/9 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

 

 

Ben is on Twitter: @hellobenhello