Who am I kidding? Beatboxing always has been and always will be awesome. Kid Lucky, legendary beat musician and curator of this year's American Human Beatbox Festival, has been at it for almost thirty years now, a testament to its timeless nature. This year's festival features some of the brightest young stars in the beatboxing world as well as a bunch of the older stalwarts(Kid Lucky included).
Growing out of the burgeoning hip hop scene of the late 70's and early 80's, beatboxing saw its initial heyday with the likes of Doug E Fresh, quite possibly the most influential and best known beatboxer that has ever lived. Fresh, who was also a rapper and collaborator with the likes of Slick Rick (and even Janet Jackson), instilled the concept of a human beatbox into the heads of thousands of aspiring musicians, paving the way for more than a generation.
Check out this video of Doug E Fresh from 1983. Pretty bizarre and goofy, but also very real.
The full lineup for this weekend's beatboxing events:
BEAT POETICS OF NYC + OPEN MIC
Thursday, May 3 @ 10PM, $10
Spoken word artists, whistlers, beatboxers, and other vocalists combine beatboxing with words and vocal sound effects for a provocative and inspiring night!
Adrienne Mack Davis
Akim Funk Buddah
Menyu Rabbi D
Tah Phrum Da Bush
Friday, May 4 @ 10PM, $10
Beatboxers team up to create improvisational mash-up masterpieces!
Dres Tha Beatnik
Akim Funk Buddah
Saturday, May 5th @ 3PM, $10
The first vocal orchestra of beatboxers perform a Hip Hop symphony with opera singers, spoken word artists, scatters, singers, and whistlers will blow your mind! Conducted by Terry Kid Lucky Lewis
Special Appearance by The East Village Community School Beat Box Club featuring 2nd and 1st grade Beatboxers, Psyence and Amza!
VOCALISM AND TURNTABLISM
Saturday, May 5th @ 10PM, $10
Beatboxers team up with DJs to bring the raw energy of groove!
Jase Mason and DJ Synapse
Kid Lucky and CX Kidtronik
DJ Rabbi D and
HIP HOP SUBWAY SERIES
Sunday, May 6 at 5PM
A traveling performance that starts at Bryant Park and ends up at La MaMa
For more info, head here.