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The Midnight Hour
November 17 • 9:00 pm• $18
On Saturday, November 17, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes The Midnight Hour to the WOW Hall.
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 (A Tribe Called Quest) 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.
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 Midnight Hour is a soul/jazz/hip-hop album which 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. The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip-hop that fans will enjoy, capturing their jazz rhythm section, and a full orchestra, to analog tape.
One of the seminal compositions, “Questions,” originally began as an unfinished Midnight Hour demo with CeeLo Green. However, Kendrick Lamar heard the track and wanted to sample portions of it for his GRAMMY-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly (the song ultimately made it to Kendrick’s 2016 compilation untitled unmastered. as “untitled 06 | 06.30.2014.”). The full, completed version of “Questions” is now the lead single on The Midnight Hour.
The live band is Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the bass, Adrian Younge on keys, a drummer, a guitar player, 2 strings, 2 horns and a couple of special guest vocalists.
The Midnight Hour released their full length album earlier this year, listen here.
See their Tiny Desk performance here.
Listen or watch their performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic here.
Grab your tickets HERE.