TVD Recommends: Celebrating 15 Years of the Boom Boom Room with a Grand Slam at the Howlin’ Wolf, 5/1

Boom Boom Room Presents, the San Francisco based promotion company, is celebrating its fifteenth year at Jazz Fest by adding a show like no other. Tonight, May 1st from 8:30 PM to the wee hours of the morning, the Howlin’ Wolf, will be bumping with the beats of Brand New Slang, a house band curated twenty four months ago specifically for the event, “Funkin’ Dat Hip Hop.”

Featuring Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), Brian J (The Pimps of Joytime), DJ Logic (Project Logic), Mike Olmos (The New Mastersounds), Simon Lott (Charlie Hunter), Victor Little (Booker T, Billie Preston), and Joe Cohen (Jazz Mafia), as well as many special guests, the stellar collaboration will perform live some of the most famous funk, soul, and jazz samples in hip hop history.

The show will take the form of a flow, with no breaks or pauses, and rappers will hand off the stage to one another after completing their set. Robert Walter’s Brand New Slang are not the only stars the event boasts, and such hip hop legends as Kevvy Kev, Camp Lo, Chali2na (Jurassic 5), Kool Keith, and New Orleans’s own Manny Fresh (pictured at top) will be spitting their rhymes over the live music. The event will culminate in an explosive fever pitch, as the band is joined by the rapper’s own DJs and the MCs duke it out in a freestyle battle.

We caught up with Zander from the Boom Boom Room, who created the concept for the event as well as put together Brand New Slang, to talk about the show.

“This is going to be one of the most unique shows of Jazz Fest 2014. Because so much hip-hop samples New Orleans music, we thought this would be a really special thing to do. Zigaboo Modeliste from the Meters for instance, he’s one of the most sampled drummers ever, at least in hip-hop. And that’s why we had to put Manny Fresh on the bill too, to keep the New Orleans factor prevalent.”

The funky, fun program does promise to be very different from anything else available that weekend. The cream of a new generation of groove masters and original “old school” legends will come together to lay down nasty, dance-charged beats that make partygoers shake it!

Tickets can be purchased at here.

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