YBCA Presents the World Premiere of "The Coup's Shadowbox"

Event has passed (Sat Aug 16, 2014 - Sat Aug 16, 2014)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
5 PM, 9 PM
$20 - $35
Arts, Music, Dance, Theater, Concert Hall, Hip Hop


The Coup's Shadowbox
World Premiere

A multi-stage concert / dance party / theater / installation / haunted-funhouse.

The BAN7 performance series continues with Oakland-based, revolutionary music collective, The Coup. With The Coup’s Shadowbox, a collaboration with visual artist Jon-Paul Bail and production designer David Szlasa, Boots Riley takes his creative vision to an entirely new level: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Forum. Riley calls the production a “multi-stage concert / dance party / theater / installation / haunted-funhouse." Visual art, performance art elements and expanded musical segments come together to bring The Coup’s music and Riley’s lyrics — which unflinchingly advocate for revolutionary politics and people-powered movements — to life like never before.

Inspired by a surrealist Theater Artaud production Riley saw as a child, The Coup’s Shadowbox promises to be a unique aural and visual experience. Songs drawn from The Coup’s entire catalog will be reinterpreted and redefined, with guest musicians, dancers, actors, and puppets on multiple stages happening simultaneously, while Szlasa’s video projections and Bail’s cityscapes provide a visual feast for the eyes. “There are drones involved in this, there are Guantanamo Bay go-go dancers involved in this,” Riley says cryptically. Special guests include longtime Riley co-collaborators and fellow revolutionary hip-hop torchbearers dead prez, up-and-coming Oakland experimental soul act Mortar & Pestle, new wave folksters Snow Angel, alternative puppet troupe Eat the Fish Presents, NOLA-style second line outfit Extra Action Marching Band, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and neo-chamber orchestra Classical Revolution.

Sat Matinee: $25 Advance/$30 Door; Student, Senior, Teacher: $20 Advance/$25 Door; 12 & under: $10
Sat Eve: $30 Advance/$35 Door; Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 Advance/$30 Door
YBCA Member $20 (All Performances)
YBCA:You FREE (All Performances)


  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
    701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA