Guante featured at Junkyard Empire ‘Rebellion Politik’ Release Party

Junkyard Empire CD Release Party Poster (600pxl)

Politically rambunctious hip-hop/jazz/indie ensemble Junkyard Empire set to perform with emcee, activist and 2009 National Poetry Slam 1st Place winner GUANTE at the Rebellion Politik CD Release Party on September 4th. Co-Sponsored by LiveWithSubstance.org

Junkyard Empire plans to blow the roof off of the Cedar Cultural Center on September 4 with hip-hop and spoken word poet extraordinaire, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records artist GUANTE, and internationally acclaimed independent war reporter, DAHR JAMAIL.  Guante and the St. Paul “Soap Boxing” poetry slam team recently finished first at the 2009 National Poetry Slam, beating out artists from Austin, NYC, Oakland, San Francisco, Albuquerque and elsewhere.  Guante’s success as a poet is reflected in his work as an emcee: every word counts, and stage presence is as much about creating a real connection with the audience as it is about jumping up and down and yelling.  City Pages, in their annual “Artists of the Year” feature, said: “Guante quietly rolled into the Twin Cities’ hip-hop and spoken-word scenes with a hand grenade, and pulled the pin. If you look anywhere in those scenes now, you’ll see his shrapnel buried deep in every wall.”

Headlining act Junkyard Empire shares a similar passion for lyrical content and successfully inspires its listeners to think critically about world affairs and question mainstream media’s impression of international politics.  Trombonist and band founder Christopher Cox discussed in a recent interview with Political Affairs Magazine that Junkyard Empire wishes to provide “the soundtrack for political protest,” commenting that all necessary change needs to come from a grassroots level in various communities.  Vocalist Brihanu elaborated that the music “is just the icing on the cake” implying that its message and organizing power is where much of the splendor lies.

Don’t miss this extraordinary event as Junkyard Empire continues to unite music and politics and Guante thrills the crowd with the ferocity of his stage presence.  It will be a night of impeccable musical performance and fascinating world assessment that is sure to turn heads and enlighten minds.

Junkyard Empire CD Release Party featuring Guante, Carnage the Executioner, Samosa and Dahr Jamail. Co-sponsored by LiveWithSubstance.org. 7:00pm. All Ages. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

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