Brother Ali, Open Mike Eagle, DJ Last Word

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$20 Advance, $25 Day of Show

On Saturday, February 15, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Brother Ali's Secrets & Escapes Tour 2020 to the WOW Hall with special guests Open Mike Eagle and DJ Last Word.

Attention all hip-hop heads! Brother Ali (aka Jason Newman) makes his return to the historic WOW Hall on February 15. He has earned widespread critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Newman brought underground rap into the forefront of national media by voicing his American struggle. 

As a political activist, Brother Ali uses his platform to entice conversation. In “Uncle Sam Goddamn”, which garnered five million views on YouTube, Ali references “Bloodshed, genocide, rape and fraud written to the pages of the law, good lord.” 

Since 2007, Brother Ali has released four albums and one EP that have charted on The Billboard 200. His chart-topping success prompted global tours. Ali made national television appearances on The Late Late Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alongside The Roots.

As a traditional emcee, Brother Ali is a beloved member of the hip-hop community. In times of viral fame and an expedited ladder to the top, Brother Ali took no shortcuts. He has been performing since the 90s alongside acts like Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Killer Mike, Chuck D and 9th Wonder. 

Whereas modern rap focuses on complex production, Ali uses hip-hop percussion complimented by uplifting samples and world instruments. Brother Ali earned his spot on the stage, sustained success and became a global rap icon.

Brother Ali’s unique perspective derives from his religion, skin condition and race. Through intricate storytelling, Brother Ali continues to illicit deep emotion and question American ideals. His latest project, Secrets & Escapes, concentrates on his growth as a husband and father. 




A member of California's Project Blowed collective with a whip-smart sense of humor, rapper Open Mike Eagle was born Michael Eagle II in Chicago. It was at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale that the aspiring MC became an RA, and after he met Hannibal Buress.  The resident advisor and student became fast friends.  Grad school brought him to the West Coast, where he joined the Project Blowed collective along with the group Thirsty Fish.

In 2010 he went solo on Mush Records with Unapologetic Art Rap, an album that featured college bud Buress along with left-field MCs like Busdriver and Serengeti.  Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes followed a year later on the Hellfyre label; then he collaborated with producer Awkward and issued 4NML HSPTL on Fake Four in 2012.

The Mello Music group released the aptly titled Dark Comedy in 2014, the same year that Eagle submitted a track to The Ron and Fez Show, which the satellite radio talk show duo soon picked up as their theme song. He stuck with Mello for 2016’s Hella Personal Film Festival, an album recorded with U.K. producer Paul White.

Come support Brother Ali and Open Mike Eagle at the historic WOW Hall.

Doors open at 8:00pm and showtime is 8:30.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show

Brother Ali Links

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Open Mike Eagle Links

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