HR (of Bad Brains) & Kingsound Vibration
Paul “HR” Hudson is best known as the front man of the iconic punk band Bad Brains, formed in 1979. With unprecedented speed and precision, Bad Brains took the Washington, DC music scene by storm, and quickly became the most influential band in American punk history, breaking down cultural barriers and creating emotionally charged music centered on the message of maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA). This concept of PMA continues to inspire fans.
Early in his career, HR became interested in reggae and the Rastafarian movement. These pursuits transformed him, and he began to focus more on the spiritual nature of reggae rather than the fast lifestyle of the punk scene. In 1984, HR formed his reggae band Human Rights, which has performed and recorded in various incarnations for more than three decades. In 2016, HR joined with Philadelphia reggae group Kingsound Vibration (Ezekiel Zagar, Josh Freshy, and Adam Williams) to form HR and Kingsound Vibration: The New Gospel. Each member brings experience in multiple genres to recreate and perform classic Human Rights songs, as well as new compositions.
— Shinobi Ninja
Shinobi Ninja catapulted to success with the release of its video game album app “Shinobi Ninja Attacks” in 2010. This first-of-its-kind app was downloaded an astonishing 60,000 times and introduced the world to the band’s category- defying sound. The next year the band released its critically acclaimed first album, “Rock Hood.” In 2012, Shinobi Ninja took its live show on a national tour, headlining sets at SXSW, Warped Tour and CMJ. The band has never let up, recording four albums in total and opening for bands such as Linkin Park and Fishbone. 2017 brings the release of Shinobi Ninja’s new album, “Bless Up.”
— Also appearing: Rocker-T and Selector Agent Jay (of the Slackers)