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120 Morris St. Downtown Durham
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Beautifully rebellious and refreshingly original, The Beast is one of the most imaginative bands to emerge from North Carolina’s burgeoning music scene. The Durham-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip-hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live show. The Beast is dedicated to education and cultural outreach. The group has developed workshops on the history of African-American music, based on a curriculum founded by emcee Pierce Freelon, a professor of African-American. ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION:  (MUSIC) (HISTORY) (LANGUAGE ARTS) (CULTURAL ARTS)

Performance Sankofa: History of African-American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop

GRADES: Pre-K – 12

The Beast will weave the story of African-American music into an interactive performance. Performing original songs, as well as standards from the spiritual, jazz and Hip-Hop canon. Students will participate by engaging in call-and-response, improvisation and more.

Max Participants: 1500

Duration: 45 minutes

Special Requirements: At least a 12×12 stage or performance area with access to electricity. Artist brings own sound equipment.


  • Single Performance Fee: $1,562.50
  • Two Performances Fee: $2,250