Afro House Disruptive. Music. Culture New Mixolo host, Afro House, is a music-driven performance art house, founded and launched in 2011 by Scott and Alisha Patterson. Since introducing their Afro House Concert Series in 2017 showcasing Baltimore’s dynamic makers, from musicians to local food and beverage entrepreneurs, to tech innovators, they have garnered acclaim, recently recognized as a noteworthy concert series by Baltimore magazine. Afro House is launching their most ambitious project to date and we are going to join them on their journey to their premiere of Afro Punk Ballet. Join us at Le MONDO art space and performance venue on Saturday, July 14, 2018, for “Two Suns and a Bunch of Punks,” their fundraiser and preview of the futuristic opera-ballet premiering in October 2018. The Astronaut Symphony an ensemble of contemporary symphonic performance artists, will treat us to an arc-bending, extended warm up to full production in October. Co-produced with Annex Theater, the “go-to for experimental theater and interdisciplinary performance in Baltimore,” Afro Punk Ballet is a beautifully and literally orchestrated collision of 18th century French Baroque lyric theater that combines elements of opera and ballet, southern gospel music and sounds and experiences from punk rock music and the Afro-punk movement. The otherworldly story by Eric T. Styles, Preston Andrew Patterson and Scott Patterson, is an epic tale with an apocalyptic backdrop in a world with a man-made second sun. Scott Patterson is the composer and librettist, Preston Andrew Patterson is the choreographer and Evan Mortiz, Artistic Director of Annex Theater, will direct the opera-ballet. About Afro House: Afro House, where “collaboration is key and music is the thread,” is dedicated to elevating makers and creating a safe, collaborative space for expression and creativity. This fundraiser will help raise funds for their October production of Afro Punk Ballet. Small arts organizations like Afro House contribute to Baltimore’s creative and cultural economy while elevating our collective consciousness. The Afro Punk movement has its origins in the African American community among alternative music fans who were challenged with alienation in the alternative punk rock music scene as well as the African American community. Their DIY mindset sparked a renaissance of music makers less interested in conforming to what “sells” and more in expressing themselves as individual artists. First the preview, but stay tuned for more on tickets for the full production of Afro Punk Ballet, also at Le Mondo in October 2018. Not able to attend and/or interested in supporting this production? You can find out more about Afro House and opportunities for supporting this impactful group through their fiscal sponsor: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=12059 Note: Mixolo is not an official affiliate of either organization and does not benefit financially from any donations.