The Bop Stop is excited to welcome the 4th semi-annual Hip hop at the Bop. . . a night filled with an energetic and eclectic line up of artists who share a love for the heart of the city.
Refresh Collective will be releasing "Stories of Struggle and Success (vol 1)" PLUS, there will be a set from a national duo Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise who combine MCing and a harp. We'll be collaborating for a fun freestyle music cypher to end the night. DJ Henry on the wheels of steel spinning all original sample-based beats.
DJ Henry is a 12 year old digital musician who will be spinning his all original sample-based beats on the wheels of steel. Vibe to his interesting blend of old school, head bobbing sound.
MC/ Poet/ Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist / Guitarist / Pianist / Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.
Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists which has led him to open for a very diverse number of acts - Ms Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Common, G-love, Wyclef Jean, Slick Rick, The Wailers, Robert Randolph, Steel Pulse, Arrested Development, Robert Glasper, Inspectah Deck, Rising Appalachia, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, B.O.B, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Kabaka Pyramid, Yellowman , Soulive , Easy Star Allstars, Ozomatli & Bruce Springsteen.
Stories of Struggle and Success is a multi-generational, multi-skill level hip-hop project of shared humanity directed by Dee Jay Doc. Refresh Collective accepted applications from MC’s, poets, singers and beat makers for this important community song writing project. Our goal is to connect people through honest storytelling and shared lessons learned. Our hope is to refresh others through our stories even as we continue to heal from life’s struggles and grow in our successes. You'll hear adult and youth artists share songs from this new album.
For our Fresh Cypher Freestyle/Improv Jam, Refresh Collective's house band, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise, and the audience create brand new freestyle/improvisational songs based on topics from Stories of Struggle and Success. This is a chance for you to share your story and speak your mind. Don't be shy to hop up and bless the mic.
Here’s some from previous events. . .