BOP STOP Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Musical Exploration of Racial Injustice

Chris Coles

Fri 10/18 @ 8pm

It’s the fifth anniversary of the BOP STOP’s transition to being part of The Music Settlement, after the jazz club was donated to TMS by its original owners.

“For this occasion,” they say, “we want to showcase how music has the power to culturally, morally, and emotionally influence our society in a positive way. Therefore, we are thrilled to present Chris Coles’ Nine Lives Project.”

No, it has nothing to do with cats. Rather, the performance piece, created by sax player and Kent State music faculty member Chris Coles over the past two years, refers to the nine black parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killed in 2015 by a white supremacist who had come to the church during a Wednesday night Bible study, been invited in and began shooting the participants. Coles hopes to raise awareness of racial animosity in the U.S., as if most of us needed reminding in these fraught times.

Learn more about the project here.

The evening also features two opening bands and a special guest appearance by trumpet player Dominick Farinacci. Admission is $20.

Then stick around and let loose during the BOP STOP’s monthly jazz jam @ 11PM-2AM. Bring your instrument and join in this celebration of music, with the house rhythm section led by drummer Anthony Taddeo. It’s free.

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