Strangers Helping Strangers 20th Anniversary Feat. The Alchemystics
Sat · October 28, 2017
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
$10 advance - $15 at the door
Strangers Helping Strangers is a nonprofit which organizes and hosts food drives at concerts and festivals, then delivers the donations to local food banks nearest to the venues that they were collected.
The Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The Alchemystics focus their energy on creating positive dance music and are excited to share their message with the world.https://hawksandreed.ticketfly.com/event/1565791/
Formed by producers, and rhythmic earth shakers Demse Zullo - drums/percussion & Garrett Sawyer - bass in early 2003, the Alchemystics under their musical direction have grown into an eclectic lineup of talented musicians combining the inspired, masterful vocals of Ras Jahn and Ian-I, the smooth and socially conscious lyricism of Force, the Afro-Caribbean infused percussion of Matthew King, and the cosmic keyboards of Jay Metcalf. Together, the Alchemystics have catalyzed into an original, unstoppable musical force. Their high-energy, fiercely danceable live shows, have gained the band a passionately loyal multi-cultural, multi-generational following throughout New England, and beyond.
The Alchemystics have shared stages with a global array of music luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Clipse, Damian Marley, The Abyssinians, Sister Carol, The Coup, Inner circle, Busta Rhymes, Yellow Man, Burning Spear, Gil Scott Heron, Culture, Steel Pulse, Angelique Kidjo, Mighty Sparrow, The Brazilian Girls, Israel Vibrations, The English Beat, Midnite, King Sunny Ade, and Taj Mahal among many others.
The Alchemystics firmly embrace the philosophy that music and art are tools for propelling social change in our communities, and that the future of music and the planet necessitates bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to create conscious community. Individually and collectively, the members of the Alchemystics prioritize giving back to their local community, working closely with local youth groups and lending their musical talents when called upon. Individually and as a group, Alchemystics members regularly guest lecture, teach, and perform at schools and colleges throughout the Northeast.
In 2011 the group released their 4th album Spread Hope, which was hailed by critics and fans alike as their most polished and creative artistic statement yet, creating a national buzz and gaining them widespread acclaim. 2012 finds The Alchemystics having released a video for the first single off Spread Hope - Dance Upon the Corner - and writing and recording several new and exciting tracks. All while doing what they do best: bringing their uplifting blend of thunderous beats and positive lyrics to audiences across the Nation, headlining and playing Festivals and clubs from WV to Ohio, NY to Maine & back to their home in Western Mass. The Alchemystics continue to focus their energy on creating positive dance music and are excited to share their message with the world.
Together we make a difference
Feeding the Hungry One Concert at a Time
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301