The Cedar and Slam Academy Present
INSIDE THE MUSIC: AfrotroniX x Greg Grease (Global Roots Festival Workshop at Slam Academy)
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 from 7 - 8pm*
* Due to artist schedules, this workshop is moving back an hour, and will take place from 7-8pm instead of 6-7pm. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope you can still join us at Slam Academy.
This event will take place at Slam Academy, 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413. It will have both general admission, first-come-first-served seating and room to stand. To request seating or other access accommodations, please go to our Access page.
Tickets are free and can be reserved online.
INSIDE THE MUSIC: AFROTRONIX x Greg Grease
Join The Cedar and Slam Academy for a special conversation between Greg Grease of The Cedar’s Artist Collective and Global Roots Festival artist AfrotroniX.
This show-and-tell will illuminate AfrotroniX’s production process, digging into his process of creating songs, the themes of his songwriting, and the cultural roots behind his sound. Whether you’re an expert producer, or consider yourself a musical novice, there will be something for all levels of interest and skill at this event.
Can’t make it in person? No worries! The Cedar will be live-streaming the conversation on Facebook and putting it on Youtube after the event is over, thanks to MCN6.
Want to see AfrotroniX live? He'll be performing at The Cedar's free Global Roots Festival on Wednesday, September 25th. Reserve your free tickets here.
This free Global Roots Festival educational program is made possible in part by the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, partnering with The Cedar to present Afrotronix at the 2019 Global Roots Festival.
Named the ”Best African DJ of 2018,” Chad-born, Montreal-based artist AfrotroniX puts on ecstatic live shows that combine electronic music, live drums, African urban dance and digital art. His music draws on influences from around the globe, mixing dubstep, house, reggae and EDM with mbalax from Senegal and the Gambia, malinke music from West Africa, and Tuareg blues from the Sahara. Heavily influenced by Afrofuturism, he performs under a custom helmet called the “Afrotron,” with visual aesthetics reminiscent of Star Wars, Tron and Daft Punk.
ABOUT GREG GREASE
Greg Grease is a Musician/Visual Artist/Bag & clothing maker from South Minneapolis. There is a blue-collar Afro-centricity present throughout all of Grease’s music, particularly with his band Astralblak, a Soul/Funk/Future Space movement created to empower and elevate people through sonics. Grease is inspired by and creates reality-based music; reflecting his environment growing up in a lower middle class neighborhood as a black youth. Greg also owns and operates River Life Dry Goods, where he designs (and) hand sews leather goods, canvas bags and bespoke workwear. Greg teaches the Hip Hop Producer Program at Slam Academy, and is a member of The Cedar's Artist Collective.
THANKS TO OUR GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL FUNDERS
This activity is funded, in part, by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
The engagement of Fidel Nadel and Mr. Pauer is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.