Upcoming Tour Dates 2017

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April 13, 2017

Earth Eve – Earthday Parade 

Market St. Behind Free Public Library

New Bedford, MA

5 pm

 

April 17, 2017

Rally to Stop the War and Cut the Military Budget,  “pat-RIOT’s day rally Performance

Meet up – 11am at the Bridge St. School
March together to the rally site at Pulaski Park (still under construction) or Town Hall,

Northampton, MA

12 pm

 

April 29, 2017

Peoples Climate March – Performance

“Sister March and Rally”

Springfield, MA

3 pm

 

May 13, 2017

Music For Changing Times

The Rubicon Theater

Ventura, CA

7 pm

 

June 26, 2017

West Virginia Student Climate and Conservation Congress

Shepherdstown, WV

8:30 pm

 

New – Tem Blessed Video – Yung Amerikans

 

We are the Americans we’ve been waiting for! One movement, In solidarity. When we unite, we win. Fighting differently with Love at our core. Resist, Persist and Uplift! – Young Amerikans. Written by Tem Blessed. Produced by Justin Ramos. Nadia -background vocals. DJ Anghelli – scratches. Edited and Directed by Tem Blessed and Cita-Light. #YungAmerikans #BlestEnergy

Tem Blessed Yung Amerikans

Tem Blessed Upcoming Performances

2016 Fall and Winter Performances

Anna M. Maynard

 

September 22, 2016

“Artist With Conscience”

Tem Blessed w/ JD Samson and Hearing Youth Voices

The Powerhouse

10 East Dr.,

Amherst, MA

7:30 pm

 

October 5, 2016

“We Run This – Music Video Festival”

Samantha Johnson Video Premiere

Hosted by Tem Blessed

Zeiterion Theater

684 Purchase St.,

New Bedford, MA

6:30 pm

 

October 12-14, 2016

“Latino EcoFestival”

Tem Blessed

144 West Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO

Time- TBA

 

November 3-4, 2016

“Youth Climate Summit”

Tem Blessed

45 Museum Drive

Tupper Lake, NY

9am

 

December 31, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

New Year’s Eve Party!

The Bar

266 Dartmouth St.,

New Bedford, MA

10 pm

⚡⚡2016 Tour Dates⚡⚡

 

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May 11, 2016

BLM All School Assembly 

Amherst Regional Middle School

Amherst, MA

9:30m

 

May 13, 2016

Earth Day Celebration

Alternative High School

Boston, MA

2 pm

 

May 14, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light and Nadia

YouthCAN Climate Summit at M.I.T.

34-101 50 Vassar Street

Cambridge, MA

10 am

 

May 19, 2016

30th Annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

Guest Performer

Tribeca Performing Arts Center

New York City, NY

1:30 pm

 

May 20-23, 2016

YAP! BioBlitz  Biodiversity Festival

YAP! Perfomance and Video Shoot

Constitution Gardens, National Mall
17th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC

TBD

 

June 8, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

Western MA Green Consortium

Performance and Dance Party

Northampton, MA

8 pm

 

June 27, 2016

West Virginia Student Climate and Conservation Congress

Shepherdstown, WV

8:30pm

 

July 2, 2016

Badja Ku Sol Festival

Praia, Santiago

Cape Verde Islands, West Africa

 

July 18, 2016

Powerfully Peaceful

Guided Meditation

Somerville, MA

1 pm

 

July 28, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

Julius Ford/ Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Conference

252 Plainfield, MA

5 pm

 

August 2, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

Norton Glenn National Night Out

4 Norton Glen Rd

Norton, MA

5 pm

 

August 6, 2016

Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival

Heshima and Ofrecimiento 
With special guests Tem Blessed and D.E. Moss.

Court Square (ear City Hall)

Springfield, MA

2 pm

 

August 20, 2016

GreenFest

Government Center

Boston, MA,

1pm

 

September 10, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

The Bar

266 Dartmouth St.,

New Bedford, MA

9 pm

 

September 22, 2016

“Artist With Conscience”

Tem Blessed w/ JD Samson and Hearing Youth Voices

The Powerhouse

10 East Dr.,

Amherst, MA

7:30 pm

 

 

December 31, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

New Year’s Eve Party!

The Bar

266 Dartmouth St.,

New Bedford, MA

10 pm

⚡2016 Tour Dates⚡

 

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April 14, 2016

Earth Eve Parade

613 Pleasant St., New Bedford MA

(Stage is on Market St. side of Library)

5 pm

 

April 15, 2016

Green Awareness Day

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School

Bridgewater, MA

12 pm

 

April 16, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

SUNY Postdam

SUNY Potsdam Dunn Theatre

44 Pierrepont Ave. Potsdam, NY

Potsdam, New York

6:30 pm

 

April 27, 2016

Climate Action Day at Phillips Exeter

Build a Better World Through Music and Artvism Workshop

Exeter, New Hampshire

9 am

 

May 11, 2016

BLM All School Assembly 

Amherst Regional Middle School

Amherst, MA

9:30m

 

May 13, 2016

Earth Day Celebration

Alternative High School

Boston, MA

2 pm

 

May 14, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light and Nadia

YouthCAN Climate Summit at M.I.T.

34-101 50 Vassar Street

Cambridge, MA

10 am

 

May 19, 2016

30th Annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

Guest Performer

Tribeca Performing Arts Center

New York City, NY

1:30 pm

 

May 20-23, 2016

YAP! BioBlitz  Biodiversity Festival

YAP! Perfomance and Video Shoot

Constitution Gardens, National Mall
17th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC

TBD

 

June 8, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

Western MA Green Consortium

Performance and Dance Party

Northampton, MA

8 pm

 

June 27, 2016

West Virginia Student Climate and Conservation Congress

Shepherdstown, WV

8:30pm

 

July 2, 2016

Badja Ku Sol Festival

Praia, Santiago

Cape Verde Islands, West Africa

 

July 18, 2016

Powerfully Peaceful

Guided Meditation

Somerville, MA

1 pm

 

July 28, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

Julius Ford/ Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Conference

252 Plainfield, MA

5 pm

 

August 2, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

Norton Glenn National Night Out

4 Norton Glen Rd

Norton, MA

5 pm

 

September 10, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli?

The Bar

266 Dartmouth St.,

New Bedford, MA

9 pm

 

December 31, 2016

Tem Blessed w/ Cita-Light, Blest Energy Band and DJ Anghelli

New Year’s Eve Party!

The Bar

266 Dartmouth St.,

New Bedford, MA

10 pm

Tem Blessed and Blest Energy at The Arts Block – Feb. 27, 2016

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Saturday February 27th 2016

The ARTS BLOCK

289 Main St. Greenfield, MA

$8 adv/ $10 Door
Doors open at 7PM
Music at 8pm

Lyrical Hip-hOp. UndergrouNd HiP-hoP. cOnscious Hip-Hop. gOOd HIP-Hop. Tem & Blest Energy will be Blasting your faces off with KilleR Rhymes and InsPired LinEs as The Arts Block kiCk-Off Hip-Hop Act. Constructive and intelliGent Words that still shake that bAss, their beats and smooth, kinetic energy instantly recall the GreAt acts like A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Prez, The Fugees, Common, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh. tHEY HaVe a mesSagE, and that MEssaGe will bE hEarD.

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Black History Month – Greensboro 4

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On February 1, 1960, Joseph McNeil, Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair), Franklin McCain and David Richond, four African-American students of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, conducted a Sit-In at a white-only lunch counter inside a Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s store. The Greensboro sit-in catalyzed a wave of nonviolent protest against private-sector segregation in the United States.

The sit-ins were successful in forcing partial integration and in increasing national awareness of the indignities suffered by African-Americans in the southern United States.

On July 26, 1960, five and a half months after the sit-in began local businesses agreed to serve African Americans alongside their white patrons. The Greensboro 4 lead the way for desegregation in North Carolina.

I personally had the honor of being taught by Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair) throughout 6 grade at Sgt. William H. Carney Academy, New Bedford, MA and mentored throughout my life.

Read more about Mr. Jibreel Jhazan, or as he liked to be called “Easy”, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezell_Blair_Jr.

Greensboro 4… with a Unity Fist in the Air…We salute you!

Greensboro 4 Now

In Feb. 1, 1990  Joseph McNeil, Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair), Franklin McCain and David Richond repeated the original sit-in of 30 years prior, by having breakfast at the Greensboro Woolworth store.

Greensborough statue

As a tribute, a monument of the Greensboro 4 has been erected at North Carolina A&T State University. 

February 1st is FREEDOM DAY!

Tem Blessed and Blest Energy band performing LIVE on January 23, 2016

Tem Blessed @ The Bar

Announcing! Tem Blessed and Blest Energy band performing LIVE on January 23, 2016 @ The Bar (Formally Black Watch Pub).

@ 9pm. 266 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA. It’s gonna be dope!
Come rock with us!

Public Radio International story on Tem Blessed

Arts, Culture & Media

Hip hop artist Tem Blessed brings a green message to a new generation

‘Green Energy Artist’ Tem Blessed rapping at the annual Connecting for Change conference in New Bedford, MA.

Credit: Connecting for Change, the Marion Institute

Hip hop might not be the sound that music fans associate with environmental action, but “green energy” hip hop artist Tem Blessed is using his music to speak directly to young people about sustainability.

This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

“Hip hop is the voice of the youth,” Blessed says. “It’s what really touches them — and we look to bring some of these messages through the music, using hip hop as a tool to educate, to inspire, to have the youth get out there and create some of their own hip-hop in a way that’s constructive, energizing and has a positive focus on the future.”

Blessed says he has always been into “socially conscious hip hop.” “I came up during the time 1992 through 1996 — what I call the ‘golden era’ of hip hop,’ where you had KRS1, Public Enemy, Eric B and Rakim — all these greats, who were always teaching us something, teaching us about the world and other cultures,” he explains.

When he attended a conference called Connecting for Change, his mind “got blown” by all the information he learned about the state of the natural environment and about the need for sustainability. “It was just a natural evolution to go from social justice topics to sustainable topics, which always has equity involved in that,” he says.

One of Blessed’s raps, ”I Am the Bee,” has to do with colony collapse disorder, a topic seldom addressed in modern music of any kind, but which Blessed takes on with a passionate urgency.

I am the bee.
Pollinate the truth, if you choose to see.
Pollinate the youth to truly be free.
Pollinate love, let’s all agree
I am the bee.
Keystone species, we need these bees, honey.
They pollinate most things you eat.
Funny, they do this for free, without a fee.
Billions of produce produced nationally.
Now, millions of bees have abandoned their hives.
If they disappear, in four years the human race will die.
That’s a quote from the famous scientist Einstein.
It’s logical to anyone with half a mind, man.
It’s horrible.
Where you think where you going to run and hide?…

“As Einstein said, ‘If the bees die, we die,’” Blessed says. “We have only four years left [once they die], because they pollinate most of the things we eat. So when I heard about this information I said, ‘My family needs to know about this. My community needs to know about this. The world, the planet needs to know about this.’”

Blessed is originally from Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, but he grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. His name combines two aspects of himself.

“My first name is Temistocles,” Blessed explains. “It’s Greek, although I’m Cape Verdean. But I always knew I was blessed to have talents. I could draw, I could write, I could sing … and a great family that led me to where I’m at today.”

He tells a story about his childhood which, he says, illustrates how the people of the world must respond to the planet’s present climate crisis.

“When we used to go out anywhere, my father kind of trained us to get back together when he needed, so there was this whistle he used,” Blessed explains. “If you heard that whistle you had to come running. And if you didn’t come running you were in trouble.”

Humanity definitely needs to hear that whistle, Blessed says. “We have a climate crisis going on right now, and if we don’t do something right now, we will not have a future,” he says. “So now is the time for us to do something. Listen to the whistle. The scientists are ringing it and blowing it loud and clear. Let’s do something, people.”

This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s Living on Earth with Steve Curwood

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Hip hop artist Tem Blessed brings a green message to a new generation

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