PROMETHEUS BROWN AND BAMBU ARE THE BAR
Looking forward to this year’s #HIERODAY2014! There’s a lot of work that goes into putting a FREE festival like this together and that work falls on the shoulders of only a few. I’ve heard a lot of the criticism regarding this year’s festival’s lack of women representation and I agree. I’ve spoken to one of the lead organizers in great detail about it and I promise you that the voices have been heard. As a festival put together for the community - that is only in its 3rd year - it’s important that we voice our concerns as a community and hold folks accountable in the direction of resolve (vs. dissolve). With that said, we should always be strategic in our push. Through a simple phone call, I found out things that happened on the back end that prevented certain artists from being able to perform that might’ve have balanced the bill a little better as well as the attempts made to book certain artists - without repeating the same bill as last year. I’m in no way excusing or justifying this exclusion, but I am drawing that the organizers are very open and willing to build. This issue of gender imbalance is something that I’m assured will be focused on in the continuation of this festival. I encourage the community of Oakland to support and help take ownership of this festival by not only criticizing but aiding the organizers through genuine dialog - as opposed to dismissing it and allowing it to die secondary to a fixable issue. As somebody from a place and time when free Hip Hop/music festivals were plentiful, I would hate for y’all to watch as I did as so many of them died prematurely or got swallowed and enslaved by corporate sponsorship… We have an opportunity to make Hiero Day a true celebration of the crew who helped put Oakland Hip Hop on the world map for years to come. Let’s not push potential allies away without opening a forum for real conversation. Speaking of which, as I am in NO way speaking FOR the sisters, I would love for y’all to chime in. S/O to the festival organizers for being willing to listen and take on the challenges of being inclusive and representative of such a diverse community. Sorry for the typo’s. #GENDERBALANCEDHIPHOP
Bambu is celebrating the working class struggle with his new project, Party Worker. “Welcome To The Party” is the first single from the album and the video was shot on a busy street in Manila. His Kickstarter campaign for the album is still open and has already met half of its goal.
MITS feat. La & Kixxie Siete (Official Video)
The Bar is for raising the minimum wage.
Cool things to note about this video:
- it was shot in one take
- Prometheus Brown, Bambu and DJ Nphared had just gotten back from a 24-hour trip to Manila
- Prometheus Brown was in the middle of preparing the kitchen for the pop-up restaurant (which is why he dashes off right after his verse)
- The woman in the beginning of the video is not Nphared’s Auntie
- The man with sticks uses MapQuest
- LA shot this on his actual lunch break
- Kixxie flew up to Seattle and mixed Flaming Hot Cheetos with Bangus Sisig
- DJ Nphared spent a portion of our video budget on walkie talkie’s to add authenticity to his role as a valet driver
- Bambu found a beer by the garbage and drank it
- DJ Nphared and Bambu did not coordinate the missed high-five
- Bambu got into a car accident a few hours before the shoot
- Prometheus Brown and his wife, Chera, do their “Food & Sh*t" pop-up restaurants regularly throughout Seattle and are looking to take it on the road soon
- DJ Nphared saw the movie Gravity twice
- Grynch did not know we were filming a video
- Our homeboy Nam made sure nobody walked through the ‘set.’
- Chel, who opens the door and calls us in at the end, is a family friend who loves this little girl: http://laylashlhfight.org/ - and so do we!
- Kizamu, The Bar’s manager, wore three different Seahawks tops throughout the day
- The Bar listened to Chip Fu the entire day
The In4mation X The Bar shirt is coming soon! Stay tuned tohttp://in4mants.com for release date!
Shot by Jerome Buenaventura during The Bar’s hosting of Food & Sh*t’s Pulutan Pop-Up Restaurant at Inay’s in Seattle.
Song Of The Day: Radio Sunday (4/6/14)
Song: Mits ft. La and Kixxie Siete
Artist: THE BAR
Shout out to Street Sounds for blasting this Barkada track last night. The only way I can really describe this song is bangin’…because it is. Pro Brown & Bambu kill it alongside La and Kixxie Siete. Go buy the album here.
There’s layers to this Filipino food shit. Level one: the Holy Trinity of Big Filipino Party food: adobo, pancit, lumpia. Level two: Filipino restaurant food. Level three: home cooking. And level four: Pulutan.
From the tagalog word meaning “to pick up,” pulutan is food eaten while drinking with your homies. Auntie and uncle kicking it hard when the kids aren’t around type food. Like Spanish tapas, but with more soul and less toothpicks and bourgieness.
The pulutan du jour, sizzling sisig, anchors this month’s menu (pork $8, bangus $7, tofu $6). Also featured: fried goodness with kamote fries $4 and bagnet $6 (crispy pork belly), two chicken items: pulled adobo chicken sliders $3 and inasal chicken wings $6, and mom’s & pop’s pinapaitan $4 (beef bile soup). For our dessert menu, we’re bringing back Chera’s hood-famous ube cheesecake $6 and pandan flan $5 from our previous menus, and adding a new dish: nutella turon & ice cream $6.
Also, this month my fellow Rapping Filipino Uncle, Bambu, will be joining us in the kitchen. This month marks the release of our new album Barkada under the group name The Bar—a name we chose while eating and drinking at a bar in Hawai’i. So come celebrate with us and get some bar food from The Bar, and be the first to watch our new music video “Barkada,” screening exclusively at Pulutan before launching online the next day.
The pop-up opens its doors at 6pm on Monday, and there is open seating with no reservations. First-come, first-served from our a la carte menu. Have one or two pulutan dishes or share them all with friends over some San Miguel.