Geo and Sabzi of Blue Scholars. Photo by Canh Solo.

On July 9, 2011 The Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and The Night Marchers will be hosting the Blue Scholars live in Hawai‘i, as they perform tracks from their new highly anticipated LP, Cinémetropolis.

This concert marks the third visit to the islands for the dynamic, Seattle-based, hip hop duo comprised of Geo, the MC, and Sabzi, the DJ/Producer. Their new album, Cinémetropolis, can only be described as a “visual soundtrack,” exemplifying their growth and maturity through its soulful beats and engaging lyrics.

Opening for Blue Scholars is LA-based artist, Bambu, who is coming off of his “Smugglers Tour.” In addition, a number of local hip hop acts will be joining Bambu to open up the concert.

A true testament to their belief in community empowerment, Geo, Sabzi and Bambu will be participating in a three-day talk story event at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, prior to the July 9th concert. Entitled “Rise Up! Represent!” the event will focus on student leadership and community organizing.

The Blue Scholars concert will take place at The Loft, 115 N. Hotel St, Honolulu HI, 96817. Doors will open at 9pm for those 18 and over. No shorts (for men) or slippers; the dress code is fully enforced!

Presale tickets are $10. Tickets at the door will be $15. To buy presale tickets, contact ESSA at ESSAHawaii@hotmail.com or visit any IN4MATION store.

ABOUT ESSA

ESSA is a student organization from multidisciplinary backgrounds that works in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies (ES) Department at the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa. ESSA also functions independently to bring enjoyable, social activities and events that allow students and the community to interact with and engage in a dialogue about culture, identity, and socio-political issues that are explored in ES courses and in everyday life.

ABOUT THE NIGHT MARCHERS

The Night Marchers is a collective of Hawaii rappers striving to master the art of the emcee. On a daily basis, the collective spends their time marching to various cyphers all over the island and making good music for Hawaii’s “hip-hop heads.”