Captured live at the Afro-Punk Festival: Spank Rock

After some much needed rest and relaxation in the Green stage field, I made my way over to the Red stage for Spank Rock. The crowd was all fired up from DJ Rufio so once Spank Rock hit the stage it was an instant party. He came out with a full red jump suit on and just about knee high boots, looking like the love child of Will I Am and Latoya Jackson. From what I hear he’s always styling on stage. If there was a roof to be torn down it definitely would of came down. The crowd was full of musicians partying with Spank fans. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe meshed in with all the chaos I saw the likes of Ninjasonik, Rufio, Flatbush Zombies, and Mr Star City(Yes I’m good at my job, I know everyone by face.). Here is a little footage I captured. The sun, the heat, restraining my head from bouncing, and this riot of a crowd made this very difficult to capture. Great set Spank! Enjoy!


This Weekend: Afro-punk Festival w/ TV on the Radio, Toro Y Moi, Das Racist, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock & more

Afro-Punk Festival

Afro-Punk Festival

Here’s the scoop.

8th Annual Festival August 25-26! Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 8h Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 25-26.

The 2012 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony Ppl, Body Language, and more to be added! In addition, the Nike Battle For the Streets Skate Competition, the largest street skate competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports.

Last year’s festival was unfortunately cancelled due to Hurricane Irene which almost put an end to the Afro-punk Festival but through the organization’s work and this year’s sponsors which include Nike, Vitamin Water, and media sponsors The Fader and WNYC, the festival is back and still free to the public!

Described by the New York Times as putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk’s stages.

Best of all, it’s free! More information at