Bridging the gap between hip-hop and jazz, Midnight Marauders continues to attract new listeners even as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. UnderCover honors the album with a genre-bending tribute show featuring thirteen Bay Area bands and music producer Starita. Starita’s collaborators include Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest.
Reflecting the spirit of Midnight Marauders, the show incorporates elements from all four pillars of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, writing (graffiti), and B-Boying (breakdancing), along with the minimalism and free-form nature of jazz instrumentation.
The political issues the group faced at the time of the album’s release, including institutional racism and classism, continue to persist today. Through this tribute, UnderCover invites the audience to think about the ways that hip-hop can break down barriers to foster equality and unity.
Celebrate the legacy of Midnight Marauders, support local music groups, and get down.
Doors open at 7:30PM
Show begins at 8:30PM
1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide – Special Guest TBA
2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up) – Awesöme Orchestra Collective ft. RyanNicole (Orchestral)
3. Award Tour – LA GENTE SF + Awesöme Orchestra Collective (World Music/Cumbia/Reggaeton)
4. 8 Million Stories – Gina Madrid (Latin/Hip Hop)
5. Sucka N*gga – MJ’s Brass Boppers ft. Rayana Jay (New Orleans Jazz/R&B/Soul)
6. Midnight – Wolf & Crow (Indie Folk)
7. We Can Get Down – Royal Jelly Jive (Rock/Soul)
8. Electric Relaxation – Wil Blades ft. MC All Stars (Funk)
9. Clap Your Hands – Ghost & The City ft. RyanNicole (Future Soul)
10. Oh My God – Skip The Needle (Alternative Rock/Funk)
11. Keep It Rollin – Terrence Brewer feat. Gift of Gab & DanDMic (Jazz)
12. The Chase, Part II – Starita feat. Aima the Dreamer (Electronic/Dance)
13. Lyrics to Go – Rav-E Sandhu feat. Lateef & Gift of Gab (Bhangra)
14. God Lives Through – Lagos Roots (Afrobeat)
To commemorate this tribute, UnderCover will be releasing a double vinyl for the first time. This is an all-ages event.
Thursday, May 16
Floor/Standing: $35 advance, $40 at the door
Seated: $45 advance, $50 at the door
Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18
Floor/Standing: $40 advance, $45 at the door
Seated: $50 advance, $55 at the door
Military, Senior, Student and Teacher: 10% discount
Available in advance by phone and in person
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About UnderCover Presents
UnderCover Presents was founded by Lyz Luke in 2010 and has rapidly established itself as an inspirational collective that gathers musicians and artists from every facet of San Francisco Bay Area’s creative community. Since its founding, UnderCover has paid tribute to 14 albums, worked with over 150 local bands, and presented to over 35,000 audience members throughout San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. UnderCover has won Best of Awards from SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, East Bay Express, and has also attained two (2) Mayoral Proclamations at their tributes. UnderCover has become a true public celebration of local music, which is evident by their sold-out shows.
The concept is simple, one distinctive band per song reinterpreting an entire classic album from start to finish. A selection committee decides on the bands to be included in the tribute based upon their locality, distinctive sound, established following, among a variety of other criteria. With each tribute artists are highly encouraged to put their own sound and personality on their rendition. The result is a cross-pollination of cultures, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, writers and visual artists that doesn’t typically happen on one show bill, or for that matter even festivals.
About Michael Starita
Michael Starita, Guest Producer of Undercover Presents A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, is a 2-time GRAMMY®/Latin Grammy recognized producer, engineer and artist whose work spans a multitude of genres. Clients include Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest, Rebelution, Los Amigos Invisibles, Michael Franti and Spearhead and many others.
Presented in partnership with Intersection for the Arts as part of the Intersect SF Series supported with funds from Grants for the Arts
YBCA Programs are made possible in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
YBCA Performances are made possible in part by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation, with additional funding from Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.