Big news in the incoming-concert knowledge world! As part of their “The People’s Champions Tour,” Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique are bringing their duo act to The Met in Pawtucket on the night of April 17th. Does that date sound familiar? Why yes, that is the Friday of Spring Weekend 2015. Now, we don’t know what BCA has in store for that night (yet), but this is the first time in recent memory that Spring Weekend has had to go up against major nearby musical acts. Just Coachella. Fuck Coachella.
“The People’s Champions Tour,” which was only revealed a few days ago, brings together two impressive hip hop talents. Immortal Technique is a Peruvian-American artist and activist (and 9/11 conspiracy theorist) whose songs are permeated with political messages. In “Freedom of Speech,” he destroys Bill O’Reilly for promoting bigotry on his show. On “Industrial Revolution,” he excoriates major record labels and multinational corporations for their greed.
Immortal Technique’s work, however, transcends his musical production. He helped build an orphanage in Afghanistan and has supported novel techniques to treat heroin addiction there. In addition, he has made a very public stand against police brutality in the past few months, rallying in front of New York’s City Hall with Russell Simmons, Nas, and others seeking justice in the death of Eric Garner.
Meanwhile, Kweli—who first rose to fame as part of his Black Star collaboration with Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)—has been a vocal supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as well. He was the subject of a particularly preposterous Don Lemon interview in Ferguson last year in which Kweli delivered a scathing critique of CNN’s coverage of the protests there and reminded audiences to “keep the focus on Mike Brown.” This week, he appeared as a panelist on the inaugural episode of the Colbert replacement The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, which already has garnered some major critical praise.
Providence isn’t exactly Nashville or New York, so it’s not often that we’re graced with such musical talent on any weekend, let alone the one we’ve blocked off on our calendars since the beginning of the semester. With that in mind, some students—particularly big hip hop fans—might have a major decision to make about how to spend their Friday night.
Tickets for the show went on sale this morning and cost $25 each. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. If you want to catch this show and go to the concerts on the Main Green, consider going to Boston on April 15th to see the pair play at the Paradise Rock Club. Hopefully we can get a writer to the show to drop some concert knowledge on those who decide to go to Spring Weekend instead.