City Planner: Thursday 10/19
Umar Bin Hassan @ Fine Line
: "One of the seven members of the Last Poets and one of the three to appear on the group's jolting 1970 eponymous debut,Umar Bin Hassan
helped create rap music, and his 'Niggers Are Scared of Revolution' went on to be sampled by N.W.A., Brand Nubian, and A Tribe Called Quest. But the former Omar Ben Hassan (born Jerome Huling in Akron, Ohio) went missing during hip hop's '80s ascendance, battling homelessness and drug addiction before fellow Poets tracked him down for a cameo in the 1993 filmPoetic Justice
. Until the long-delayed Last Poets tribute album comes out, this is the kind of listening experience that only the Minnesota sur Seine festival can bring (the entire underrated Franco-Minnesota jazz-funk-whatever program continues through Sunday; seewww.surseine.com
for a complete schedule). Openers Ursus Minor are an international fusion band fronted tonight by local rapperBrother Ali
, withMint Condition
's Stokley Williams on drums, Jeff Beck collaborator Tony Hymas on keyboards, Philadelphia's Jef Lee Johnson on guitar, and France's François Corneloup on sax."
18+. $18. 8:00 p.m
Vijay Iyer @ Walker 400 Blows @ Nomad Bobby Bare Jr. @ 400 Bar ARENA Dances @ Southern Tenor Madness @ Ted Mann Copperheads @ Famous Dave's Kris Kristofferson @ Grand Casino Mobius Band @ 7th St. Kid Congo Powers @ Triple Rock Andrew Bird @ the Whole Fran King & Duncan Maitland @ Hex Found @ Creative Electric
These events and more at the A-List.
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