Brother Ali + Evidence Tour w/ Special Guests

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Presents

Brother Ali + Evidence Tour w/ Special Guests

Fri, November 22, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$22 Advance / $25 Day of Show (+ fees)

This event is 16 and over

Brother Ali
Brother Ali
Brother Ali is a highly respected Hip Hop artist, speaker and activist from Minneapolis, MN. His decade long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, mentorships with Iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim and performances on late night talk shows with Conan O Brien and Jimmy Fallon. He’s been the subject of Al-Jazeera and NPR pieces and was a keynote speaker at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He’s landed coveted press features such as Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary “Artist to Watch” and Source Magazine’s “Hip Hop Quotables”.

Ali has won the hearts and minds of Hip Hop fans world wide with his intimate song writing, captivating live performances and outspoken stance on issues of Justice and Human Dignity. In 2007, Ali was flagged by The US Department of Homeland Security for his controversial critique of America’s human rights violations in his song/video “Uncle Sam Goddamn”. In the summer of 2012, Ali was arrested in an act of civil disobedience as an organizer of Minnesota’s Occupy Homes movement to defend Twin Cities homeowners from unjust foreclosures.

Brother Ali’s latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is his manifesto on the political, socioeconomic and cultural suffering in modern American life, as well as a declaration of hope and possibility for a brighter future. The album is introduced by Dr. Cornel West.

Dr. West had this to say about Ali and his work. “Brother Ali is fundamentally committed to truth and justice. He’s part of a great tradition in this country and around the world that highlights the wretched of the earth, allows them to undergo an awakening and shatters their sleepwalking. I want the world to know that Ali is my brother and I have so much great love and respect for him. We’re part of the same tradition concerned with Truth and Justice. He does it in his own smooth, sophisticated way. Sometimes he’s funky and sometimes he’s direct, but I love the way he tells the truth. The album itself (Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color) is such a force for good and a food source for people’s souls. People can feel the love on the vanilla side of town and on the chocolate side of town. It’s a human thing. A love thing.”

Brother Ali is currently working on his first literary offering, tackling the topics that are discussed in his speaking engagements and workshops.
Evidence
Evidence
Evidence, born Michael Perretta, never stops creating and he's constantly perfecting his craft as an emcee, producer, photographer, director, and graffiti artist. He’s been a long a champion of hip-hop culture and advocate for the genre. Evidence's affinity for hip-hop and the culture began in the early 1980s, with his parents' divorce and subsequent move from Santa Monica to neighboring Venice Beach. By the early 1990s, he became a graffiti artist painting hip- hop inspired hieroglyphics under the name PW in a group named MSK. Soon after he moved next door to QD3, son of producer Quincy Jones, Evidence started rapping. QD3, an accomplished West Coast producer, became one of Evidence's major influences in his pursuit to create music. From there, Evidence teamed with the likeminded Rakaa to form the group Dilated Peoples and after the success of their 1997 single “Third Degree” b/w “Confidence”and “Global Dynamics” on ABB Records – and the addition of DJ Babu to the fold a year later – the group quickly became a fixture on the hip hop tour circuit. As a collective, Dilated Peoples have toured the world and over a million albums, earning them a place in the hip-hop history books. Evidence is also an accomplished producer and had his production work-featured on tracks for the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Swollen Members, Defari, Planet Asia and co- production on Kanye West's debut album “College Dropout”which earned him a Grammy. Evidence has released a pair of solo albums in the “The Weatherman LP”and “Cats & Dogs”. As a solo artist he’s collaborated with Aloe Blacc, Raekwon, Slug, and Prodigy, and had production from the Alchemist, DJ Premier, DJ Babu, and others. Evidence’s last solo release debuted within the Top 10 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Independent Albums and Rap Albums charts while also reaching #64 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. In 2014, Evidence formed the group Step Brothers with fellow producer/rapper the Alchemist and unleashed their debut album "Lord Steppington". The quickly hit the road and began touring across America, Europe, and around the globe playing to sold-out shows. The album garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, XXL, All Music Guide, HipHopDX, and was named one of the "40 Best Rap Albums of 2014" by Rolling Stone. Dilated Peoples returned with their highly anticipated new album "Directors of Photography" on the Rhymesayers and cracked the Billboard Top 200 at #41 and debuted in the Top 10 on both the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Independent Albums chart
Venue Information:
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://www.aggietheatre.com/