"Bend the Bars with Beats" featuring Rebel Diaz, Baam Bada, SKATE and DJ Trumastr

Date(s) - Saturday 08/03/2013 - 08/04/2013
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Bend the Bar with Beats show poster

Several of the most exciting talents in hip hop music will stop in Troy NY for “Bend the Bars with Beats,” a free all-ages show in Freedom Square beginning at 5 PM on Saturday, August 3, 2013.  Freedom Square is located at 39 5th Avenue, where 101st Street meets 5th and 6th Avenues in North Troy.  Bring lawn blankets and chairs; the rain location is The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue (at 101st Street). 

Featured artists include Rebel Diaz, Baam Bada, S.K.A.T.E. and DJ Trumastr with DJ Cold Cut.

Rebel Diaz

“Fronted by MC’s Rodstarz, MC/Producer G1, and backed by Producer/DJ Illanoiz, Rebel Diaz shows us the true global power of Hip-Hop. After first performing at an immigrant rights march in New York City in 2006 in front of a half million people, the bilingual crew has taken the international community by storm with their explosive live shows. With influences ranging from Dirty South bounce to South American folk, Rebel Diaz combines classic boom bap tradition with Hip-Hop’s global impact. The group’s versatility has allowed for them to share the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, and Public Enemy, while feeling right at home with acts like Rage Against the Machine and Calle 13. Recent tours in Europe and Latin America have only solidified their international appeal. 

With roots in Chicago and now based in the South Bronx, NY, Rebel Diaz has also piqued the interest of the academic community with their poignant social commentary and energetic performances. They have spent the last 7 years visiting dozens of colleges and universities, facilitating workshops, speaking on panels, and performing at national conferences. Building on this growing network of positive young people in Hip Hop, the group opened a community arts center in the South Bronx in 2008, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective. 

On the heals of their critically acclaimed Otro Guerrillero mixtape series, and 2011’s #Occupy The Airwaves mixtape, Rebel Diaz will soon be releasing their debut album, The Radical Dilemma.”

Band website. Music video. Performance video.

Baam Bada

“Baam Bada is a band known for their experimental fusion of Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music. Although they originate in New York, Baam Bada has global appeal and features seasoned lyricists Decora and Freeflowin. The diverse imagination of their producer Nico Marchese, gives Baam Bada an eclectic meld of energized music. Nico Marchese’s French Electro influence combined with the Caribbean and Latin sounds of Baam Bada, delivers a refreshingly unorthodox listening experience.”

Band website.


“The Troy NY-based hip-hop ensemble S.K.A.T.E. (which stand for Stop Killing All The Entertainment) is dedicated to using their lyrics and music to create positive messages for hip hop lovers everywhere. They wowed the audience when they performed at Freedom Square in July 2011 for the Independents Day celebration!”

Band website.

DJ Trumastr and DJ Cold Cut

“DJ Trumastr is an international touring DJ based out of Albany, New York. Infused with a rich knowledge of music, this creative innovator spins infectious blends that transcend both cultural and generational boundaries. Although mostly inspired by the classic sounds of Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul, DJ Trumastr’s skill on the decks knows no limit. A master of versatility, this DJ/producer can rock any party from small private events to the big stage.”

Band website.

“Bend the Bars with Beats” is co-sponsored by the NYS Prisoner Justice Network.