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Voice of the people, and according to Chicago Sun Times celebrity columnist Bill Zwecker, “a local light;” these are just a couple of titles bestowed upon spoken word musician, Rubee BlackRiver. The multi-faceted artist is preparing to release his first solo record after years of sharing his words, stories and love of music, from the tour buses, planes, even a camel!

This genre bending talent is no stranger to the entertainment industry. His career as personal tour manager with Grammy award winning hip-hop group Digable Planets, and assistant to actor Keith David & Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Wood Harris, has given Rubee the knowledge and passion for the creative arts.

It was in Brooklyn that BlackRiver discovered his love for spoken word and spent many nights performing at the now-infamous Brooklyn Moon Café and Frank’s Place, with the likes of Lauryn Hill, and many other of hip-hop’s greats.

In 2000 BlackRiver composed music for a feature film, “At Face Value,” securing his standing as a professional composer and writer with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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.

“I see my music as a way to share my personal stories about my personal journeys and my views of the world,” says BlackRiver.

Born and raised outside of Chicago, IL of West African slave and Cherokee ancestry, BlackRiver had his first taste of music at an early age surrounded by a family of artists. Growing up he was known for his poetry and music, winning a number of prestigious performance artist awards and accolades. His first big leap into the music industry came when he moved to New York City in the early 90s and established a reputation amid the budding Brooklyn underground music scene.

His upcoming debut record, Cowboys, Slaves and Indians will blend spoken word poetry with acoustic folk, blues, and hip-hop sounds to create a soul stirring, unforgettable sound. His vocals and lyrical content speak of universal human struggle and the desire for peace, rooted in current and ancestral value.

For more information please call Warner Sills, Director of Public Relations at (847) 922-1997 or email at cwsills@gmail.com
For Bookings Call: Troy Milstead (773) 332-9991

- Blackriver Productions


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Cowboys, Slaves and Indians

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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.