Rubee BlackRiver

Rubee BlackRiver

BandFolkSpoken Word


Peace through music is the message of Rubee BlackRiver, a multi-media performance artist of West African slave and Cherokee Nation ancestry. In the BlackRiver experience, Rubee uses spoken word, song, and sound to engage with universal issues of modern life and struggle.
BlackRiver’s sound stems from multiple folk traditions and is influenced by the rhythms of hip hop, jazz and blues that he was immersed in during his tenure assisting and touring with the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets. It was in Brooklyn with Digable that Rubee began performing spoken word at Brooklyn Moon Café and Frank's Place with the likes of Lauryn Hill. His work has been featured in the film “At Face Value” (1999) and is published through the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Blackriver’s sound has been compared to the likes of Mutu Baraku, Tracy Chapman, Saul Williams and Bob Dylan, to name a few. His travels and performances in the U.S. and abroad have helped to merge his passion for sound and poetry with his desire of universal change and equality. Armed with his guitar, bass, drums and even a flute, Blackriver is ready to unleash his story and take listeners on a meaningful adventure.

BlackRiver believes that the best way to know art is to be a servant to it. His genre bending music and spoken word poetry channels BlackRiver’s brand of urban mysticism, seriousness, social unease, and desire for change, while his lyrical content takes listeners on a journey of great current and ancestral value. Through his music and stories BlackRiver is about planting seeds of wisdom in his audience’s ears so that they may bare the fruits of unity in their day-to-day lives. Chicago Sun Times celebrity columnist Bill Zwecker has titled BlackRiver a “local light.”

Rubee is a former member of the Red Herring Poets and the legendary Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music. He is currently preparing for the release of his debut solo album, Cowboys, Slaves and Indians. The Rubee BlackRiver experience is not to be missed and will be coming soon to a town near you.


Cowboys, Slaves and Indians