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Ali Shaheed Muhammed & Adrian Younge’s The Midnight Hour
November 17 • 8:00 pm• $18 – $20
On Saturday, November 17, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes The Midnight Hour to the WOW Hall.
When two of hip-hop’s most accomplished composers get together to make an album you know the results are going to be special. Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge began their work together in 2013 on the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief album There Is Only Now and their partnership cemented on their score work for Marvel’s Luke Cage. They are touring in support of their carefully constructed and masterful The Midnight Hour. It is the duo’s long awaited debut album and it showcases their songwriting ability like never before. The 20-track, full-length double album, released on Linear Labs and distributed digitally by INgrooves, saw worldwide release June 8. The Midnight Hour is black excellence: an ode to the cultural sophistication that the Harlem Renaissance established for its people. The Midnight Hour is comprised of Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, alongside a tight rhythm section and a full orchestra. The album has features from some of the most celebrated names in contemporary hip-hop and R&B including CeeLo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane, Karolina, Questlove and more. The Midnight Hour is a soul/jazz/hip-hop album that continues the conversations started by yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers: those that created the bedrock of samples for hip-hop producers in the 80s/90s. “Questions” featuring CeeLo Green is the lead single on The Midnight Hour and perfectly captures the album’s underlying roots in hip-hop’s origins. “So Amazing” is a reimagining of Luther Vandross’ 1986 single. This transcendental recording is something that really makes The Midnight Hour special. Adrian and Ali began working on this album back in 2013, but put the project aside as they would score the hit Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage. The June 8 drop for the album couldn’t have come at a better time. Luke Cage’s Season 2 began on June 22 on Netflix and The Midnight Hour created a lot of the original music for the show.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.