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Ropeadope Records Launches Music and Arts Festival Online

The two-day event (June 4 and 5) will feature appearances by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Aaron Parks, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dekel Bor, Greg Spero, and more

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)

On Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5, Ropeadope Records and its sister media company 21Soul will present the Ropeadope Music and Arts Festival, a two-day online event. It will serve as a fundraiser for Renew Music, a Ropeadope initiative designed to support artists and help them “navigate the paradigm shift caused by…COVID-19.”

The festival will include live-streaming and prerecorded performances, artist conversations, panel discussions, and premieres of new audio and video from upcoming Ropeadope releases. In addition, Friday afternoon will feature a “Ropeadope Family Hang”—in which dozens of Ropeadope artists will answer fan questions and present “general positive representations of the world.”

Friday is also Fee Free Friday at Bandcamp, one of the music site’s regular buying days in which it waives its share of album-purchase revenue. The Ropeadope Music and Arts Festival will take advantage of that occasion with special offerings that include signed CDs, live music, limited vinyl releases (including Terrace Martin’s Velvet Portraits), and previously unreleased music and video.

The full schedule for the festival is as follows. All times are ET. Visit the Ropeadope Records website for further details, including how to access the festival.


Thursday, June 4

3:00 PM – Let Love Rule Remix Contest | Discussion with Dekel Bor & Steve Albini

4:00 PM – News from the Ropeadope Room, exclusive video and audio premieres from upcoming Ropeadope releases

4:30 PM – Greg Spero live solo set

5:00 PM – Piano Bar | Mark de Clive-Lowe and Aaron Parks co-host a discussion and Q&A about music, composition, performance, technique

6:00 PM – Darren Hoffman live solo set

7:00 PM – Ropeadope Mixer: Artists present positive messages, share what they have been working on, and answer questions from fans


8:00 PM – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in conversation with Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Friday, June 5

1:00 PM – News from the Ropeadope Room, exclusive video and audio premieres from upcoming Ropeadope releases

1:15 PM – Johanna Burnheart prerecorded video set

2:00 PM – Improvisation and spoken-word discussion with Heroes Are Gang Leaders and Bright Dog Red

3:00 PM – Dekel Bor Trio live set from Berlin

4:00 PM – Ropeadope Family Hang: Join dozens of Ropeadope artists as they bring their positive message to the family and the world


5:00 PM – Mike Larry Draw live set