La MaMa’s The Club is located at 74A East 4th Street, on the 2nd Floor.
March 13 – March 16, 2014
Curated and Hosted by Kid Lucky
A variety of beatbox performance styles and forms are showcased in this three day event. Including: an open mic, beat-rhyme battles, and vocal wars featuring some of the leading beatbox artists in America. Special appearances by 2013 Beatrhyme Battle and Vocal Wars Winners – Kaila Mullady, Baba Israel & Yako 440
Tickets: $15; or 2 for $20 Advance Sales only | $20 at the door
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About the Festival
This four-day festival will bring together legendary and emerging beatboxers and introduces La MaMa’s audience to that artistry’s expanding global community. The festival furthers La Mama’s mission to support artists who push theatrical boundaries in the creation of new works that unify cultures. “La MaMa is excited to present beatboxers in our theater, to give them a platform outside of the club scene,” says La MaMa Artistic Director, Mia Yoo. “We want audiences to experience beatboxing as an art form that communicates across generations and cultures.” The American Human Beatbox Festival is curated by Kid Lucky, a renowned beat-MC who has the unique ability to simultaneously create vocal beats and rhyme.
OPENING NIGHT OPEN MIC
Thursday, March 13th @10 PM at The Club at La MaMa E.T.C.
This night showcases beatboxers from all over America
Feat: Kid Lucky, Baba Israel, D-Cross, Yako, Soulatii, MC Beats, and last year’s Beatrhyme Battle champion Kaila Mullady
2nd ANNUAL AMERICAN BEATRHYME CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, March 14th @ 10PM at the Club at La MaMa
Beatrhyme battlers go head to head in a fast paced, no holds barred, battle of beats, flows, and punchlines.
Feat: D-Cross, Emcee Grafitti, DECM, Esalaah, Mandibul, Kenny Urban, BBK, Baba, King Homeboy, and more
KAILA AND THE KID WORKSHOP – La MaMa Kids Program
Saturday, March 15th @ 11AM, 2nd Floor Lobby – 66 East 4th Street, La MaMa E.T.C.
This ‘beat rhyming’ duo combines beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, scatting, and vocal sound effects into an awesome display of vocal abilities that translates into amazing songs and a good time!
THE SOUNDS OF COMEDY AND DRAMA
Saturday, March 15th @ 10 PM at the Club at La MaMa
Beatboxers connect sound and comedy. With influences from Michael Winslow, Darren Robinson, Zero Boy and more, these vocalists set a new bar for comedy, theater, and vocal sound. Featuring Yuri Lane, Shockwave, Phat, Verbal Ase, Baba, and more!
March 21 – March 22, 2014
Curated and hosted by Nicky Paraiso
In the spirit of rebirth, renewal and the resurrection of the spirit, we celebrate all things new as well as all things old made new again. A host of downtown luminaries will take the stage each night, including Lucy Sexton, Laurie Berg, Mike Iveson, Salley May, Adam Feldman, Shane Shane, the return of the All-La MaMa Ding-Ding Chorus, and special guest singer/songwriter extraordinaire Dane Terry! Plus surprise guests as always! Shed your winter layers, and celebrate all things Spring!
March 28 – April 13, 2014
Persephone takes a dive. Hades drops some knowledge. Join The Nerve Tank and composer Admiral Grey for a contemporary reboot of the abduction myth. The Maiden explores questions of power and showmanship in the context of a trailer park nightclub, blending found text, choreographed movement, and live music to rip into a kidnapped psyche.
March 31, 2014 at 8pm
A group of diverse performance poets explore the concept of privilege in terms of race, class, sexuality, and gender with poignancy, and a necessary dollop of acerbic wit. Throughout the evening, queer folk duo Anna/Kate will perform, musically joining the conversation on stage. Performers include Justin Woo, Sarah M. Duncan, Safia Elhillo, Kate Foster, Anna Gothard and many more.
May 23 – June 1, 2014
Conceived and directed by Jeremy Aluma
Four Clowns is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be human. Follow four clowns – sad, mischievous, angry and nervous – as they reminisce about their past. The old adage says ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ but laughter comes most earnestly when reflecting on past sorrows. As the clowns tell their tales of woe and elation from childhood to adulthood we discover that they are all the same…and so are we.
June 6 – June 15, 2014
Written & Performed by Marga Gomez
Directed by David Schweizer
Acclaimed performer Marga Gomez portrays a crew of incurable romantics as they chase their hearts’ desires – into the night, through decades, and to insane lengths. Orestes, a macho maitre d’ is infatuated with a tin eared singer who is married to an academic who never sleeps and is never awake. On the other side of town Orestes’s daughter cuts off her hair, joins a coven, and starts dating the captain of a women’s football team. They are observed and documented by Polaroid Phillie, an ageless nightclub photographer and fixture at gay bars, Spanish restaurants, and wherever passion happens.
By Karina Casiano
February 28 – March 2, 2014
By Romana Soutus
February 14 – February 16, 2014
February 4 – February 5, 2014