Classic BRC legends Living Colour usher in a new generation of African-American rock stars.
Living Colour last graced SummerStage in 2001, staging their first reunion concert to a packed house. Now Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun, Corey Glover and Doug Wimbish return to Central Park, to celebrate their own 25th anniversary- of the Black Rock Coalition, the not-for-profit artist collective co-founded by Vernon Reid. The band rose to stardom in 1988 with their breakout album Vivid, featuring the Grammy Award-winning smash hit and MTV staple, “Cult of Personality.” In 2009, the band released their fifth studio album, The Chair and the Doorway, to critical success, with Rolling Stone declaring it, “Living Colour’s most focused record since their 1988 debut.”
Ebony Bones! (a.k.a. Ebony Thomas) is a London-born, autodidact singer/songwriter/ producer/actress with a penchant for punk-meets-funk style and an extravagant eye for fashion. Ebony’s music has been described as reminiscent of “the aggressively proto-feminist dance music of Grace Jones and X-Ray Spex” by the Chicago Tribune. Bones’ self-released single, “We Know All About U” (recorded out of her apartment using bottles, woks and pans as percussive instruments) debuted as the “Hottest Record In the World Today” on BBC’s Radio 1, going on to become the most played single by an unsigned artist on that popular UK station.
Described by the Washington Post as “soul meets screamo,” Pillow Theory is a NYC-based quartet whose live shows are a roiling, genre-defying blend of metal, punk, free jazz and pop.
DJ CX KiDTRONiK has a reputation for putting on energetic, over-the-top shows featuring his signature live drum machine, freestyle synthesizer, and video game bleeps and blips. He has worked with a large range of co-conspirators including Antipop Consortium, Saul Williams, Trent Reznor, Kanye West and, more recently took his KraKSTRAVAGANZA Band on the road with Girl Talk, Zion I and The Grouch on The City of Dope Tour.
The Black Rock Coalition, founded in 1985 by Vernon Reid, Greg Tate and Konda Mason, is now launching into its 25th year of being the nation’s only nonprofit organization fully dedicated to finding, creating and cultivating opportunities for alternative musical artists of color. Member-driven, volunteer-run, and completely in it for the love, the BRC has and will continue to exert its influence in support and praise of the true innovators of rock and roll–past, present, and future.