When you have the mayor making hip hop declarations, you know things are getting serious. Saturday’s 2010 Dope Emporium is a free, all-ages showcase of the finest in Seattle’s hip hop, spoken word and b-boy (and b-girl!) culture. It’s the fifth year for the event that has grown into a major celebration of Seattle and, especially, Central District culture and talent. More info from organizers below. You can also check out Hollow Earth Radio Wednesday night for a preview of Saturday’s talent.
The Northwest, and specifically Seattle, is full of potential, brimming with talented emcees, producers, breakers and artists who are poised to share their gifts. A fact already known by many and acknowledged by the City of Seattle this week when Mayor McGinn declared November as Hip Hop History Month.
Dope Emporium, which was founded in 2006 to promote local hip hop artists, returns this year and will feature over 50 local artists, including: Candidt, XP, Steelo, Laura “Piece” Kelley, Lady Tasz, Suntonio Bandanaz and P Washington; spoken word from Chelsea Richardson, Aaron Reader and Wayman Earls; DJ sets from DJ Neebor and DJ Luvva J; visual art installation by Coolout Network and a marketplace, which includes products and information from over 20 area companies.
Dope Emporium will take place Saturday, November 13th, 4:00 p.m. to 12 midnight at Washington Hall, which is located at:
153 14th Avenue
Seattle , WA 98122
This is a free, all ages and family-friendly event.
About Dope Emporium
Founded in 2006 by Jace Ecaj, an educator, activist, and celebrated artist (Silent Lambs Project & Black Stax), Dope Emporium honors the individual actions of members of the local Hip Hop community and provides a vehicle to bring the diverse talent of the Northwest together. Dope Emporium organizes a collective of artists, educators activists and independent media to produce a variety of free, all ages, family-friendly events that showcase local talent and build strong, positive links within the community.
The committee has included contributions from hundreds of artists and crews from Seattle and the greater NW and such organizations as: 4BC Musick, The Town Entertainment, The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Hidmo, Youth Speaks, 206ZULU, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, KBCS Community Radio, Capital Hill Arts Center, Umojafest, Hip Hop Congress, Artopia and more.