April 19, 7pm
An Evening of Activism-Inspired Art
Experience a moving, inspired evening of spoken word, poetry, hip hop, beats, activism, and more with the talented Mic Crenshaw, who Billboard Magazine described as having “made his mark on culture. Now it’s time that he garners critical mass to spread his positivity to the world a large.”
Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Michael Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet who has emerged on the national – and international stage. As a teen in the late 80’s, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were enforcing their will at local parks and social scenes. After beating back the neo-nazis, the violence remained, both in the streets and from authorities. Crenshaw decided it was time to escape it all and moved west to Portland, OR. Crenshaw says, “I wanted something new. [At the time] my ties with the streets were still pretty strong, and my social life involved drinking and fighting. I was ready for a change.”
In Portland, he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest. Beginning in ’94, Crenshaw was the front man for the beloved Portland live Hip Hop band, Hungry Mob. In 2001, Crenshaw won The Portland Poetry Slam Championship and went on to finish as a national finalist. Mic’s community efforts expand from the local to the global.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/students/military. This event is generously sponsored by Oregon Humanities