Philly DJ and electronic producer King Britt will perform at the Hidden City Philly Festival tomorrow, putting on an original, live, experimental electronic show as part of the Heritage Electronics Concert.
Hidden City Philly is an organization created to discover, remember, and celebrate the forgotten historical gems of our city. Their six-week long festival is chock-full of events, and for Friday’s soundtrack, Hidden City paired with local electronic record label/events producer/journal/all around cool organization Data Garden to present this concert at the Frankford Historical Society in Northeast Philly. Heritage Electronics will be a visual installation mixing history, music, technology, and location.
King Britt will use sounds recorded on site at the Frankford Historical Society and sample them into his performance – anything from ambient noise to vintage instruments. His eclectic style and combination of sounds from different cultures and time periods is a perfect pairing to both the visions of Hidden City Philly and Data Garden. The museum, not only a venue for the show, is both a Hidden City exhibit and a integral part of the musical performance itself.
A Philly native whose performances and music projects have taken him all around the world, King Britt is best known for putting contemporary twists and compositions on older and historical pieces. He began DJing around Philadelphia in 1990, and later went on to tour with Digable Planets, produce music under the Sylk 130 Collective, and even score commercials for L’Oreal and Rolex. His work has been featured in TV shows like Miami Vice and True Blood, he’s played festivals such as Camp Bisco and Glastonbury, and will tour Electronic music mecca Ibiza this summer.
King Britt’s set at the Heritage Electronics show is part of a Data Garden concert series titled A/V Archaeology, that will be held through the month of June at the Frankford Historical Society.
Other performers that night include Charles Cohen and a collaboration between Laura Baird, Dino Lionetti, and Gretchen Lohse. Synthesizer and Nintendo visuals will be provided by No Carrier, while Daniel Rehn will create “curated video” with 140-character snippets of early internet text. Sounds cool, right?
It’s all live, experimental, and a unique medley of visual and auditory, both digital and antique. This past-meets-present performance is not something you want to miss.
King Britt @ Heritage Electronics
Friday, May 31 7-10 p.m.
Frankford Historical Society
1507 Orthodox St
Philadelphia, PA 19124