Getting Less and Less Safe Out Here: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka by Heroes Are Gang Leaders

Heroes Are Gang Leaders
Getting Less & Less Safe Out Here: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Bradley Hall Theatre, 3rd Floor

In the tradition of a signifying protest groove comes Heroes are Gang Leaders, a group of poets and musicians formed by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, and his frequent collaborator Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. This is in honor of Amiri Baraka--to resurrect the matrimony of Black Literary Art and Music as medicine, battle cry, dirge, and the struggle for pleasure.

Their style has many mothers, many fathers, and none––combining Jazz, groove, Black hollerin’ and extensions of paged and oral literary text by Gwendolyn Brooks, Bob Kaufman and Amiri Baraka featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis, James Brandon Lewis, Larkin Grimm, Randall Horton, Janice Lowe, Luke Stewart, Margaret Morris, Ryan Frazier, Ailish Hopper, Brandon Moses, Devin Brahja Waldman and Warren "Trae" Crudup.

For a sampling of their sound visit,

This event is a part of the ongoing Rutgers 250th Anniversary celebration.

2016 is the 350th Anniversary of Newark’s founding. Join us as we celebrate! For more information and event listings visit

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