EDUTAINMENT 16 YEAR ANNIVERSARY W/ TANYA STEPHENS & FRIENDS

THE WBLK DANCEHALL MASSIVE PRESENTS from HopMonk Sebastopol

EDUTAINMENT 16 YEAR ANNIVERSARY W/ TANYA STEPHENS & FRIENDS

The Bay Areas longest running weekly dancehall

Monday, June 12, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Sebastopol, CA

$16 pre / $20 dos

This event is 21 and over

EDUTAINMENT 16 YEAR ANNIVERSARY W/ TANYA STEPHENS & FRIENDS
EDUTAINMENT 16 YEAR ANNIVERSARY W/ TANYA STEPHENS & FRIENDS
MONDAY JUNE 12th: MONDAY NIGHT EDUTAINMENT 16 YEAR ANNIVERSARY w/ TANYA STEPHENS
& Special Guests
@ the Hopmonk Tavern
230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol CA 95472
$3 Red Stripes & $5 Jameson Shots All Night
$16 presale / $20 dos / 21+








TANYA STEPHENS BIO:
Tanya Stephens, (born 2 July 1973, St. Mary, Jamaica, as Vivienne Tanya Stephenson) is an influential reggae artist who emerged in the late 1990s. Currently Tanya is putting finishing touches to her Guilty Album, set to be released digitally December 20th 2013. Stephens is most known for her hits "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet" — the single was later featured on the Reggae Gold 1997 compilation album — and "It's a Pity", which achieved Tanya international recognition. Stephens was born in 1973 and grew up in St. Mary and St. Ann, attending Zion Hill and Ocho Rios primary schools and St Mary High. She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters (1 sister deceased).

She began recording in the mid-1990s for producers such as Dave Kelly and Philip "Fatis" Burrell. Her 1996 single "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet", produced by Kelly, brought her to the attention of the Jamaican public, and she had further success with singles such as "Draw fi Mi Finger", "Freaky Type", and "Cry and Bawl". Her debut,Big Things a Gwaan, was released in 1994 (featuring Yami Bolo on a cover version of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" and Prezident Brown on a remix of the title track), and second album Too Hype followed in 1997.

She moved to Sweden, where she signed a record deal with Warner Music Sweden and recorded the 2001 pop album Sintoxicated. After returning to Jamaica she released the critically acclaimed Gangsta Blues album in 2004.

Her album Rebelution was released in August 2006, and the first single "These Streets" was a number one hit in the Caribbean staying on Tempo's Chart at number 1 for more than 4 weeks. The album was totally sold out in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean. The track "Come A Long Way" is a dedication to black leaders.

Her latest album Infallible, was released in 2010, initially given free with the Jamaican base German magazine Riddim then made available for free download for more than a year.

Stephens has a daughter, Kelly, born in 1994.

Her early material was lyrically typical of dancehall and drew comparisons with Lady Saw, along with whom she was proclaimed "the top female artists in Jamaica" in 1998 by the Washington Post, but later developed beyond what she called "the same old four topics" to 'reality' themes and even lyrics critical of homophobia. Social scientist Clinton Hutton said of her: "She is very intuitively intelligent and deftly tackles relevant social issues".

In a talk in 2011 at the University of the West Indies, she urged her fellow artists to be more socially responsible, and spoke out against the objectification of women in dancehall lyrics and the promotion of bigotry and violation of human rights, saying "The music that once spoke to and spread messages of peace and love, now merely judges, condemns and provokes."

Her song "Still Alive" deals with discrimination against people with HIV, and it was used in a television campaign dealing with the issue.



#MondayNightEdutainment #HopMonkTavern #Sebastopol
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Monday Night Edutainment is the longest running party in the North Bay.
Hosted by DJ Jacques of the WBLK Dancehall Massive.

Since the summer of 2001, WBLK and Monday Night Edutainment have hosted many of the West coasts most talented DJs, Selectas and singers. The "MNE Singers Series" has hosted such acts as Capleton, Kymani Marley, Gyptian, Warrior King, Sister Carol, KRS-ONE, Gappy Ranks and many, many more.

Every Monday the Edutainment crew play a combination of reggae,dancehall and hip hop but you can also expect to hear some soul, classic funk, wild dubstep or whatever else the resident WBLK DJ or special guest is feeling on that evening. Monday Night Edutainment is a free and welcoming celebration of life and music, where the movement is focused on keeping the dancefloor moving while serving up conscious and positive vibes. There's a reason the massive has been steadily dancing on Monday nights in Sebastopol for over a decade. Come find out why and join the family!

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Some press for Monday Night Edutainment:

Monday Milestone - Ten years of 'Edutainment
"In the 10 years since, MNE has moved across the street to the Hopmonk Tavern and cultivated more than a dance scene. Guest DJs bring their crates. Headliners like Gyptian, Capleton and Ky-Mani Marley drop in with a live band. The overall sense is open-mindedness and positivity. Some call it a vibe. Others call it family."
http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/06.08.11/music-1123.html

Bless up, Sebastopol!
"Even as they helped to expand the area's musical horizons, for the WBLK Dancehall Massive duo the mission continues- not only to play reggae's best new jams, but to bring freshness to the Sebastopol music scene."
http://www.sfbg.com/noise/2010/03/22/bless-sebastopol

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Every Monday @ the Hopmonk Tavern
$3 Red Stripes & $5 Jameson Shots All Night







Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
http://www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol/