Passing along a heads up from gentleman and scholar Bill Meyer, a regular contributor to the List.
On Friday Link’s Hall, in association with Minneapolis-based performance collective D Underbelly, will kick off the monthlong interdisciplinary festival Studies N Black with a rare three-night stand by multimedia artist Daniel Marcellus Givens. When Givens lived here in the 90s (since 2000 he’s been based in New York), he spun records with the Deadly Dragon Sound System, whose Sunday nights at the Empty Bottle introduced a lot of indie rockers to electronic and Jamaican beats, and led the Age Ensemble, a spoken-word/jazz/groove project that also involved Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Glenda Baker.
Egress (Aesthetics), Givens’s latest album, locates rhymes about being out and black in a nation at war in settings that juxtapose vintage Krautrock synth sonorities, dub textures, and stark electronic beats. Members of the Age Ensemble will join him each night, and at 3 PM on Saturday he and Mitchell will join D Underbelly’s Baraka de Soleil in a discussion of Chicago’s tradition of black underground music.