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MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN 2016!

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

Enter the JUGGERNAUT! Founded by frontman Qaasim Middleton (American Idol, Naked Brothers Band and HBO’s Music In Me), Juggernaut War Party is quite a collective, consisting of Qaasim, (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Khalil (vocals, MPC), lead guitarists Jonah Hudson, Emmet Sher and Joseph Deadwiley, drummer Andres Valbuena, keyboardists Jack Gruber and Francisco Haye, with Ethan Cohn and Paul Johnson on bass.

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

You may remember Qaasim from his awesome run on American Idol Season 14, when he performed with Chris Brown and Pitbull and was lavished with praise from J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban. Since his amazing run on Idol, where he finished in the Top 8,  Qaasim has been quietly developing his material, working on his debut album with his Hip Hop/Funk/Rock fusion band Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party: Children of The Plague (“Juggernaut War Party” or “JWP” for short).

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

The Juggernaut War Party concept was birthed at AFROPUNK BATTLE OF THE BANDS BROOKLYN, on June 22nd, 2015, when Qaasim and his bandmates entered the contest to showcase their skills and original Rock/Rap/Funk fusion material. They did extremely well for a brand new group, making it to the very end, eliminated only in the Finals. It was debatable, but all of the groups rocked out that year, so the band chalked it up to an awesome debut experience.

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

Right after that, Qaasim did his last show on the American Idol Tour at the Beacon Theater August 5th, 2015, then become a free agent. Since then he has been in the studio with the band, recording and polishing their sound for their debut release. Juggernaut did their second show, October 10th, 2015, opening for Rakim and Corey Glover at the RESTORATION ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

This year, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party are back with a vengeance! They entered the AFROPUNK BROOKLYN BATTLE once again and performed such a striking, memorable set, that even though another band was eventually voted the winner, the judges gave JWP 2nd Place and decided that this year the top TWO bands were going to go through, to perform at Afropunk Brooklyn 2016! They couldn’t front on the War Party and wanted to bring their amazing sound (and fanbase) to the Afropunk festival. Juggernaut truly is the unstoppable force!

MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN

Come out to watch Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party tear down the stage August 27th on the Green Stage, from 1:45 – 2:15pm at the AFROPUNK BROOKLYN FESTIVAL 2016, sharing the stage with artists such as Jonelle Monae, Cee-lo Green, TV on the Radio, George Clinton, Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, Saul Williams, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, plus members of Bad Brains, Fishbone, and Living Colour, just to name a few! It is going to be lit!

JOIN THE PARTY! Link up with Qaasim & JWP on all social media.

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 MCMI REPORT: JUGGERNAUT WAR PARTY comes to AFROPUNK BROOKLYN
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MCMI REPORT: Juggernaut War Party #AfroPunk BOTB Finals! July 8th, Brooklyn

Juggernaut War Party #AfroPunk BOTB Finals

Juggernaut War Party #AfroPunk BOTB Finals

Enter the Juggernaut! Founded by frontman Qaasim Middleton (American Idol, Naked Brothers Band and HBO’s Music In Me), Juggernaut War Party is quite a collective, consisting of Qaasim, (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Khalil (vocals, MPC), lead guitarists Jonah Hudson, Emmet Sher and Joseph Deadwiley, drummer Andres Valbuena, keyboardists Jack Gruber and Francisco Haye, with Ethan Cohn and Paul Johnson on bass.

You may remember Qaasim from his awesome run on American Idol Season 14, when he performed with Chris Brown and Pitbull and was lavished with praise from J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban. The Juggernaut War Party concept was birthed at AFROPUNK BATTLE OF THE BANDS BROOKLYN, on June 22nd, 2015, when Qaasim and his bandmates entered the contest to showcase their skills and original Rock/Rap/Funk fusion material. They did extremely well for a brand new group, making it to the very end, eliminated in the Finals. It was debatable, but all of the groups rocked out that year, so the band chalked it up to an awesome debut experience.

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Right after that, Qaasim did his last show on the American Idol Tour at the Beacon Theater August 5th, 2015, then become a free agent. Since then he has been in the studio by himself and with the band, recording and polishing his sound for his debut release. JWP did their second show, October 10th, 2015, opening for Rakim and Corey Glover at the RESTORATION ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

This year, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party are back with a vengeance! They entered the AFROPUNK BROOKLYN BATTLE once again, and having won the online voting round and the preliminary round, they are back again at the finals, FRIDAY, JULY 8th, 2016! You can get tickets to the battle here. Let’s help them get this win!

Afropunk Battle 2016 flyer

The winners of the AFROPUNK Brooklyn Battle 2016 get a chance to play at this year’s AFROPUNK FEST BROOKLYN 2016 in Commodore Park, Saturday, August 27th & Sunday, August 28th. This years headliners include TV On The Radio, Cee-Lo Green, George Clinton, Saul Williams, Ice Cube, Jonelle Monae, Fishbone, Living Colour & Tyler the Creator, just to name a few, so whoever wins has the honor of rocking the same stage as those artists.

People have had questions about what Afropunk is, an organization? … a movement? … a genre? But one thing that is undisputed is that since the original Afropunk documentary in 2003, that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it has been a force to be reckoned with.

According to the organizer of AFROPUNK FEST BROOKLYN 2016,

“AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity.”

For new artists, be they Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, hard rock, punk, alternative or experimental, if they have a live band and they are people of color, this is a platform for them to be recognized.  AFROPUNK can be a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. Win or lose, it will definitely be the voice of the Juggernaut! Let the war party begin!!

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KYLE JEAN-BAPTISTE MEMORIAL CONCERT – June 24th 6pm #ripKyle #history

We made the news! Now come help us make history!!

KYLE JEAN-BAPTISTE MEMORIAL CONCERT

Tickets, Donations & Info: bit.ly/kylejean

Thank you Ayana Harry on CHANNEL 11 PIX NEWS for the wonderful story!

Kyle Jean-Baptiste Memorial Concert

If you were watching the TONY’s a week ago, you may have seen the dedication to fallen heroes in theater at the end, where they had the poster of Les Miz next to a picture of KYLE JEAN-BAPTISTE, the first African American Actor (and the youngest) to play the lead role, Jean Valjean, in Les Miserables on Broadway.

Wednesday night Ayana Harry from Channel 11 PIX News did a story on tonights Memorial Concert. It really brings light to what we are doing to promote Performing Arts education in schools and to use Kyle’s story of success to inspire young people everywhere, to go after their dreams and live a positive life.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste Memorial Concert

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! If you would like to join us as we make history with this Memorial Concert, you can pay at the door (if it isn’t sold out) or secure your tickets online at bit.ly/kylejean. Proceeds go to the PS 276 KYLE JEAN-BAPTISTE SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! You will find more info below.

– GMS aka “Mr. Sibirsky”
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MCMI REPORT: Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party – #AFROPUNK B.O.T.B #JWP

Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

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Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

Over the past year, since his amazing run on Season 15 of American Idol, where he finished in the Top 8, Qaasim Middleton has been quietly developing his material, working on his debut album with his Hip Hop/Funk/Rock fusion band Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party.

Tonight, that band will be put to the test, as they compete in the AFRO PUNK Battle of the Bands, a black rock contest where the winning band gets to open for the headliners at the AFRO PUNK FEST, in Brooklyn, NYC.

Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

As we saw on Idol, Qaasim has a huge range of styles that he can do. He can wild out on Rock classics like The Beatles ‘Come Together’, bring the ‘Uptown Funk’ , can also get quiet and soulful, with just his voice and an accoustic guitar, or give you barz and wordplay with a Hip Hop verse. But which is the true Qaasim?

Being that he sings, dances, raps and produces his own Hip Hop tracks, the question is, which one will we see tonight? The Entertainer, the Rocker, the MC, the Joker? Or all of the above? We will have to see for ourselves tonight at the Afro Punk Battle of the Bands, in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

Qaasim Joker come Together

Tickets & Info: Eventbrite

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QAASIM MIDDLETON on American Idol! (Video Playlist) #MCMI #TeamQaasim

*Update*
Here is Qaasim’s latest performance as a member of the top 9! The studio version of him singing “Addicted to love” is now available on iTunes!

* UPDATE: This week was a nail-biter as Qaasim was not voted through, but gave an amazing performance (Harry Connick Jr said the best performance of the night!) and the judges used their ONE & ONLY save. The audience was going crazy! Qaasim really spazzed out, blacked out on this one. Win or lose I think he knew he had given it his all and emotion took over as he dropped the mic, Rakim style at the end. On American Idol! Mic dropped! I’m done. Lol. Please tell your friends to vote for Qaasim all weekend until Tuesday, by going to AmericanIdol.com/vote, using the Fox Now app and google search American Idol Vote and vote through Google. You can vote all the ways, 20 votes each. You can also call 866 436 – 5708 20 times and text message 8 to 21523 20 times, but only for a couple of hours. The online voting goes until Tuesday.

Thank you for your support!  Here is his life saving performance!  #TeamQaasim #MCMI

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If you’ve been watching AMERICAN IDOL lately, you may have noticed that one of the contestants, Qaasim Middleton, looks a little like MCMI co-founder, Keith “Wildchild” Middleton (of STOMP, HYDRA, The PLAGUE, etc). They both have long dread locks, both play percussion, guitar and other instruments, both beatbox and both move with craziest energy and charisma onstage. Well, there’s a reason for that! Qaasim is Keith’s son!

Qaasim is a super talented musician, who sings, raps, dances, acts, writes his own songs and produces his own music. In between High School and College (he is enrolled in The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music) Qaasim decided to take a few months off to audition for and try to win American Idol and so far, he has been doing very well.

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Qaasim has been on an artists path since he first joined father’s group HYDRA onstage at a performance when he was just 2 years old, appeared on an episode of Sesame Street along with the cast of STOMP, at age 3, was chosen to be featured in the HBO documentary “Music In Me” at age 10, and became a cast member of the Nickelodeon hit tv show “Naked Brothers Band” from age 11 to 14. Since then Qaasim has been busy studying music at Laguardia High School, studying dance at Creative Outlet (an after school and summer arts institute in Brooklyn, NY) and honing his performing skills at weekly showcase events organized by his mother, Toni Seawright, a former pageant winner (the first black Miss Mississippi) and broadway actor/singer herself. So, you could say Qaasim has been preparing for this journey through American Idol all of his life.

>>>Click to watch Qasim’s performances so far on American Idol<<<

All of the judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and even one time guest judge, former Idol winner Adam Lambert, have been impressed with the  just turned 19 performer, since his audition. Each week they have lavished him with praise – J-Lo seems to be especially enthralled – as well as good advice, as they pass him through to the next round.

But now we are into the voting rounds, where America decides who goes home and who stays each week, by voting with text messages, phone calls and on the American Idol official website and voting app. This is where contestants really have to sing for their supper.

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And that’s where YOU come in. Help Qaasim get to the top! This kid has what it takes to be America’s favorite. He is the truth, homegrown, Brooklyn funk. He is extremely humble and supportive of all the other hopefuls, cheering them on and encouraging them as well. He puts 110% into every song, every week, but if people don’t vote he won’t make it to the next round.

Here’s how to vote: Watch the show. Onscreen you will what number contestant he is that episode (for example, last week he was #8). You can call in your vote 20 times, send 20 text message votes, go onto Americanidol.com/vote or the FoxNow app. You can vote in all of the above ways, giving 20 votes each way. Calling and texting can be done from multiple devices.

Need to catch up? Missed one? Just wanna watch again? Here is every Qaasim performance so far in one place. Make sure to vote every way possible (20X each way) and follow Qaasim on Twitter & Instagram @QaasimOfficial – Thanks fam!

Click to see the Qaasim on American Idol Playlist

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