Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

The Coup's Shadowbox

When: Sat., Aug. 16, 5 & 9 p.m. 2014

Whether he’s at the mic, megaphone, or podium, Boots Riley is a skilled orator. The Oakland-based artist has made seven albums with Marxist hip-hop group The Coup, maintains a rigorous schedule of international speaking engagements, and regularly issues incisive political commentary on a swiftly changing Bay Area. Now, he’s adding a new dimension to his creative endeavors. Riley dizzyingly describes his upcoming theater piece, Shadowbox, as a “multi-stage concert / dance party / theater / installation / haunted-funhouse.” It will feature retooled music by The Coup, video projections by David Szlasa, and visual elements by Jon-Paul Bail. Ahead of its world premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St., San Francisco), Shadowbox looms as an enigmatic and enticing interdisciplinary spectacle. Certainly, though, it wouldn’t be a production of Riley’s without making a persuasive case for insurrection.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $10, $35

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