Friday, February 27, 2009

Power Player

All musicians have the same dream: the one where they find themselves onstage playing with their idols; the people who most influenced the way they think, play, write songs; the people who first started that fire in their belly and made them have to pick up a guitar, or a microphone, or a pair of drumsticks, or whatever.

Last night, one of my very best friends -- a guy name Kelsey Warren who fronts a band here in New York City called Pillow Theory -- lived that dream by taking the stage with Chuck D at Lincoln Center to perform Public Enemy's classic incendiary anthem, Fight the Power.

The exclusive show was part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. It was attended by the cast and crew of the movie and hosted by singer, songwriter, and Broadway star Stew.

In other words, it was pretty much the coolest gig imaginable for a guy who grew up worshipping at the altar of Public Enemy and the black culture renaissance of the late 80s -- the one that looked like the films of Spike Lee and sounded like the beats and rhymes of consciousness hip-hop.

Kelsey, man -- congratulations.

And goddamn am I jealous.

(That's Kelsey, the guy with the white guitar, in the very small picture above.)


Tony said...

Woot! I wish I was there to have seen it.

George said...

Man...that would've been an amazingly cool sight and sound!

Congrats Kelsey

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Al said...

Wasn't he the PD and / or station manager at 'VUM? Sucker suspended me.

...ok, so I was pulling stupid shit at 3a when I was sure nobody was listening but still. :p

That's freaking awesome to see, especially since Chuck D remains a respected figure in the genre. Unlike effin' Flava Flav and his decline into channel 0 culture. Ugh.

Yeah, I'm getting old but when I heard the crap my stepbrothers were listening to I told them to check out FOABP to hear what GOOD rap is like.

Then I told them to get off my lawn.