The Revolution Vol. 43: Nickel & Dime OPS, Ziarra Washington, & Juwan Crawley
7:30pm doors • 8pm show
Much of the charm of a place like Brooklyn comes from discovering what secret events hide inside seemingly mundane brick buildings with colorful street art plastered on their walls. Wandering the streets of Brooklyn’s culturally booming neighborhoods you may ask yourself, “What exclusive functions could I attend if I were lucky enough to be in-the-know?” -Soundigest
The Revolution is a performance series highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists + musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture but who currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre.
This local musical movement empowers community, change, and activism through performance and unity amongst the arts. Once a month, three different artists showcasing three different genres have a chance to spread love, light, and awareness through their music and their stories. This series supports revolutionary artistry and how important music is to healing, in all aspects of life.
As a part of VOL. 43, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists Nickel & Dime OPS, Ziarra Washington, & Juwan Crawley.
When a conscious rapper and some of New York City’s most exciting young jazz musicians decided to unite their talents in 2010, the goal was to push the boundaries of creativity, both musically and lyrically. After eight years of weekly residency at SMOKE Jazz Club, and more than 400 performances, Nickel and Dime OPS continues to inspire spectators with their unique musical fusion and incomparable energy. Music lovers and hip hop purists have enjoyed watching the band bring down the house at such fabled venues such as Blue Note NYC, SOBs, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, and cities throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Ziarra is a singer/songwriter known for welding the genres of Pop, Electronic, Folk and Disco. Leaving listeners with a unique and eclectic mix of sounds.
Born and raised in the heart of Harlem, NY, her musical journey began in the whom. Coming from a heavily musical family, as well as being exposed to the thriving art and culture of Harlem, it wasn’t long before her creativity was expressed through voice and songwriting.
Ziarra is constantly inspired by the greatest of entertainers, from Sammy Davis Jr, Cher and Prince to James Brown, Lady Gaga and Earth Wind and Fire.
Understanding the importance of studying those who came before her, she has developed a unique sound and presence that is authentic. Blending the unconventional/experimental vision of her artistry,
the fundamentals of entertaining, powerhouse vocals and an exciting stage presence are just a few things that make her show one to catch.
Juwan Crawley is an American singer, actor, lyricist, composer, and writer. Though he has always worked in the arts in various forms, music has proved to be the conduit that best expresses the soul of Juwan’s voice and message. Juwan started writing music as a response to the killings of innocent black American citizens by police. His first single, Blood Red, talks about the ties of humanity and the responsibility we have to each other. As a black gay man, with a surprisingly high voice, Juwan has an intrinsic understanding of what it is to be other, and yet because of his peculiar talents an understanding of what it is to be wanted. Through this confusion and joy Juwan continued to write music, attempting to express that which tethers us together, and that which repels us away from each other, self love, spirituality, and fucking fun. Juwan has been seen on Broadway in Aladdin, and Off Broadway in the original cast of Spamilton. He co-starred on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Hudson.