If I had to pick a day I’d probably hit up Saturday, check out Grandmaster Caz and Lady Herowin. Word. 2 hour drive might not be that bad. Link

The Trinity International Hip Hop Festival announces the schedule for its third annual event taking place at Trinity College April 4th, 5th and 6th, 2008. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 4th, 20008

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration (Gallows Hill Lounge)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Class: Hip Hop History featuring Melissa Noel Green (Hartford High School)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Hip Hop Theater featuring Baba Israel (Washington Room)

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Opening Remarks: Trinity College President James F. Jones, Jr. and Dr. Xiangming Chen, Trinity College’s Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (Washington Room)

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Bakari Kitwana “Can Hip Hop Make the Transition from Cultural Movement to Political Power?” (Washington Room)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner (Mather Hall)

8:00 pm – 2:00 am Performances: Baba Israel (Australia/USA), Eternia (Canada), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana), La Bruja (Puerto Rico), Shokanti, Chachi, Tem Blessed, & DjeDje (Cape Verde), Abyssinian Creole (Seattle), Self-Suffice & Trinity Alumni Crew (Hartford), Koba (Phillipines), African Super Crew featuring Baye Musa and Azbac (Senegal) plus Krukid (Tanzania), music by DJ Boo of the Juggaknots (Vernon Social Center)

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

11:00 am – all day Workshop: Graffiti Mural Painting featuring Trust Your Struggle (The Cave patio)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Workshop: Beatmaking featuring Kemistree and Zaquan (Gallows Hill Lounge)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Panel Discussion: Born in The Bronx: A discussion on the Origins of Hip Hop featuring Grandmaster Caz, DJ Tony Tone, Grand Wizard Theodore and DJ Disco Wiz (Gallows Hill Lounge)

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm 2-on-2 B-Boy Battle preliminaries hosted by PopMaster Fabel, music by DJ Disco Wiz (Gallows Hill Lounge)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner (Mather Hall)

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm 2-on-2 B-Boy Battle Finals (Vernon Social Center)

8:00 pm – 2:00 am Performances: Old School Pioneers featuring Grandmaster Caz, DJ Tony Tone and Grand Wizard Theodore (USA), Zimbabwe Legit (Zimbabwe/USA), Sam the Kid (Portugal), Jewish emcee Y-Love (presented by Trinity College’s Hillel House), Rebel Diaz (Chile/Peurto Rico), Pri the Honey Dark and Invincible of the Anomolies (USA), Queen Herowin of the Juggaknots (USA), spoken word collective iLL-Literacy, music by DJ Boo (Vernon Social Center)

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Film: Remixed in Japan presented by the Hip Hop Association (McCook Auditorium)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Panel Discussion: Asians In Hip Hop featuring iLL-Literacy, Koba, DJ Boo (McCook Auditorium)

2:30pm – 3:30 pm Workshop: The Art Of Rhyme featuring Melissa Noel Green (Gallows Hill Lounge)