In 2001, shortly after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th, two Chicago-based educators, Kevin Coval and Anna West, decided to create an outlet for young high school students to express themselves through spoken-word poetry. Nearly 20 years later, Louder Than A Bomb has grown from a small number of local high school teams to a full-scale competition made up of 120 teams from high schools all over Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The success of the program has inspired educators to form spoken-word poetry competitions in 13 cities across the country, and even in Canada. Today, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) prides itself on being the largest youth poetry festival in the world. The success of the program, as well as the students and educators involved with organizing it every year, was the subject of a 2011 documentary, Louder Than A Bomb, by filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel.
Jacobs and Siskel followed four individuals competing in the 2011 competition to paint a portrait of youth outlook on world events, social climate, politics, and their own personal stories. The film not only received praise at the Chicago International Film Festival, but also at film festivals all over the country, including Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Portland. Prelims for the upcoming 2018 festival are being held at Columbia College starting on February 21st-22nd. You can check eligibility rules and sign your team up on the Young Chicago Authors website. Louder Than A Bomb is available on Amazon Prime, and if you have an account I would definitely add it to your Watchlist.
The 2017 Frozen Film Festival kicks off today and runs through this Saturday night in downtown Saint Paul. Frozen Film Festival plays host to both feature length and short length features in the categories of drama, comedy, and documentary. In addition, short films by students are also presented at the event. The festival kicks off tonight with a party at Sakura in downtown Saint Paul. The main venues for the event are F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at 75 W. 5th St. and TPT Street Space at 172 East Fourth Street. Tickets for the event are available on the website, along with a full schedule of films showing each day. If you’re interested, VIP passes are also still available for sale. Continue reading →
Just over a week removed from a nearly sold out show at 7th Street Entry, Dwynell Roland is back with a new visual for his track “Word.” Shot by Morningside Films, the video uses Minneapolis’ night skyline as the backdrop, providing an awesome display of lights. Dwynell sounds right at home over the Jake Knight produced record, the MPLS artist continues to make strides every time we see him. No bars wasted on this track, Dwynell keeps the heat going with each line, throw in a hook that sticks like glue and you’ve got a dope record. Check out the video for “Word” above and be on the look out for more from Dwynell Roland.
Minneapolis spitter MaLLy took to Twitter earlier today to release his new album which is entitled “Strange Rhythm”. Like always MaLLy’s quick witted bars and slick cadences can be felt through out the EP as he shreds through the Last Word produced tracks. MPLS has a reason to be proud today as dope artist after artist release HOT music just in time for the winter season. Check out his album below and head over to Fifth Element to get a physical copy.
Location: 501 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis When: Friday, October 18th @ 9:30PM
No idea why we didn’t give you guys a better heads up on this show, but here it is. K.Raydio & Psymun will be headlining a show tonight at the Nomad World Pub, the event will also feature the musical talents of Isadore, Word on the Street & The Marcellas rounding out what’s looking to be a great night. The Nomad is a pretty dope venue and the fact that K.Raydio & Psymun are headlining only makes it better. This one’s 21+ (sorry kids) and is only $5 so if you don’t have any plans you should definitely hit this one up. There’s a lot going on this weekend so keep it locked here for more to come.