On Friday, April 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 5th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Nairobi, Kenya group Just a Band: “Africa’s nerdiest hip-hop art collective.” Just a Band is known for Gorillaz-like immersive performances, creative sampling, video and wit.
The 2016 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland, beginning at 8 p.m.
This year’s BASH will be a circus-themed, sensory-overload event featuring performances by Haus Paradigm, a dance group that brings a unique flair to belly dancing in their own unique approach, the Band of Weirdos—an odd group of performing carnival creatures, and Simple Circus out of Portland, Maine. Live music for the 2016 BASH will be provided in the form of Just a Band, of Nairobi, Kenya, a group formed while their members were studying at the Kenyatta University.
Launched in 2008 with their debut album Scratch to Reveal, Just a Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco group whose music explores various directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica. Though their debut album was relatively successful, two years later they released their second single ‘Ha-He’ accompanied by a music video featuring a character known as Makmende.
The video was described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music videos, packaging and promotional items, referencing elements from virtual bands like Gorillaz and incorporating anime and animation, illustration and photography in their visual campaigns.
As in the first four [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by many local artists, including MidCoLab, Margaret Rizzio, Annie Bailey, Orlando Johnson, Alexis Iammarino, Scott Sell, Chris Gamage, Jared Cowan, Alexandra Gillian Martin, and multiple Youth Arts Participants.
A dance floor, carnival-game art installations and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.thecollectivebash.com.
The 2016 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in Dr. S. Keith Collins and Mary Baldwin Collins, EBS Building Supply, Ingrid Ellison, Jon and Briar Fishman, Lowes Home Improvement, Maine Beer Company. John K. Hanson Jr. and Mary R. Saltonstall, Samoset Resort, SequelCare of Maine, The Strand Theatre, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Viking Lumber, and Youth Arts of Camden. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.