Beat the Rush: Riders Against the Storm
Thu October 18 @ 5:30 pm | 6:30 pm| Free
Join us for an energetic performance of original music by Austin-based hip hop duo Riders Against the Storm (RAS).
Beat the Rush is a performance series that features live music inspired by visual art on view.
Museum admission is always free on Thursdays. On the third Thursday of each month, the museum remains open until 9 pm.
The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Paid parking is available in the Blanton/Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the front desk of the museum.
ABOUT RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM
(RAS) Riders Against the Storm is a musical movement in Austin, TX that can only be described as ‘historic.’ As recent recipients of ‘Band of the Year’ honors at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Austin Music Awards, Chaka and Qi Dada (husband and wife) represent a significant first in the ‘Live Music Capital.’ Over the past 32 years, hip hop has never received the top honor at the annual awards show. Winning the title twice in a row is an accomplishment shared by only a handful of bands, including: Spoon, and Los Lonely Boys.
As comfortable in small intimate venues as they are on large festival stages, RAS transforms every audience they reach with a refreshing magic and flair that few possess today. In everything they touch, ceremony scrapes the floor and atmosphere – hopping through, from seam to seam, cloaked in their own ideas of regalia and change, Riders Against the Storm cast out invitations to world – come and party. From beginning to end, audiences need to get ready for what Deborah Senguptah Stith (Austin American Statesman music writer) calls a ‘post-milennial second-coming of George Clinton’s mothership.’
Aside from headlining many shows throughout the country, RAS has opened for national recording acts, including: K’Naan, KRS-ONE, Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Slick Rick, Pharoahe Monch, PJ Morton, Dam Funk, Nas, Nitty Scott, Rakim, Damian Marley, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Antibalas, Sun Ra Arkestra, Devin the Dude, The Coup, Michael Franti, Dead Prez, The Geto Boys, George Clinton, Jean Grae, and Saul Williams.