When: Wed., Dec. 31 2014
jazzy hip-hop, 8 p.m.
Ill Doots create jazzy hip-hop with a meaningful message. With anywhere from six to 12 performers in action at all times — a drummer, bassist, two guitarists, a percussionist, two emcees, and sometimes horns, other emcees, and vocalists — the music created always comes from a genuine place. “We just try to make the music as honest as possible without being trapped by other people’s conventions,” says bassist Scott “Sly” Ziegler. “We all went to an arts college for music mostly, our emcees for theater — and we try to treat our music like high-art for the everyman.” Based in Philadelphia, most of the Doots reside in a place called Tasker House, which doubles as their studio and performance space. “None of us are from Philly, and none of us plan on staying forever,” Ziegler says. “But we definitely have love for the city that brought us all together.” The last song the band made at Tasker is “Black Matter,” which they released on Nov. 27 after hearing some troubling news from Ferguson, Mo. “This song was written pretty shortly after Michael Brown was murdered,” Ziegler says. “We were planning to release it on Black Friday, however, when we heard that Darren Wilson would not be indicted, we felt it was important to release the song as soon as possible.” With lyrics like “Don’t fear the worst of us, ’cause you don’t know the best of us,” the track was made to create art from nonsense but also raise awareness. “Police are just the tip of a much larger beast,” Ziegler says. “There will only be more police like those who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner unless we fight back. People know that but feel powerless.” —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY