King of Kid Hop, internationally known Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, will return to Grass Valley to entertain families Sunday during The Center for the Arts’ Homegrown Series dance concert.
“Come and get Fonky with the crew! With Magician Nick Fedoroff, this will be a spectacular event to boogie down and get Magical! This is a Center for the Arts Homegrown Series. Hope to see y’all there!,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Combining deft wordplay, great storytelling and a positive message on top of thumping drums and sophisticated multi-instrumental pieces, 23 Skidoo. aka “Cactus,” speaks to kids and parents, without condescending.
North Carolina musician 23 Skidoo toured for a decade as a rapper and producer across America, sharing the stage with Run D.M.C., Mos Def, Talib Kweli and the P-Funk All Stars.
When 23 Skidoo dropped “Easy,” his debut kid hop album for and with his daughter, Saki, aka MC Fireworks, then age 5, the idea struck a nerve with listeners and cemented a path.
“I’ve always been rapping in a positive way; I have a vivid imagination — lots of pictures, lots of stories — and to be completely honest, sometimes the grown-up hip-hop world expects a lot more grit, expects you to fit into a certain mold.
“I was always struggling against the walls of that mold. What I’m doing now is nice because there’s no image of hip-hop in the kids’ world; not many people are doing it. So I can create and do whatever I want. There’s a lot of freedom in it.”
Between that first Kid Hop album and his sophomore release, “Underground Playground,” 23 Skidoo has scored four number one hits on SiriusXm satellite radio, and he has garnered glowing reviews from Time Magazine, USA TODAY and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
The popularity of 23 Skidoo has led him to rock sets at Lollapalooza, on “Austin City Limits,” at The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Irving Plaza, Legoland and The Smithsonian.
His efforts to promote reading led him to the post of official spokesman for the New York City Library Summer Reading Program during 2010/ 2011.
He called for cooperation, spoke out against bullying and landed a feature spot on the Grammy award-winning album, “All About Bullies … Big and Small.”
As a writer and vocalist, 23 Skidoo draws inspiration from his daughter’s own trials and challenges of growing up, along with life lessons that everyone can relate to. He always remembers to add plenty of fun to the mix.
His wife, Brooke, aka BootySattva, is featured on all three albums, along with 23 Skiddo’s daughter, now 10-year-old Saki.
Each album grows more complex, and the newest recording, “Make Believers,” has a depth and sophistication rarely found in the family music genre.
For more about the concert, go to http://www.secretagent23skidoo.com.
Also set to perform is magician Nick Fedoroff.
His passion for magic and performance was ignited on his 5th birthday, when he received a box containing an assortment of magic tricks for kids. He quickly mastered the illusions and was well on his way to amazing his friends and family.
The young magician was soon spending his entire allowance at the local magic shop, gradually improving his skills and building his repertoire.
Shortly after his 8th birthday, he was hired for his first true performance — entertaining county government employees to boost morale.
He has been a professional magician ever since, taking his classic, close-up, elegant style and playful sense of humor to weddings, private parties and corporate events.
His dedication to magic has taken him to Mexico, Spain and Belgium.
A master of sleight of hand, Fedoroff has refined his style to include elements of psychological misdirection. Even when he is on stage, he continues to interact directly with his audience.
Learn more about Fedoroff at http://www.themagicianisin.com.
Sunday’s performance begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids 2 and under.
They can be purchased at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14 or online at http://thecenterforthearts.org/tickets/. Tickets are also available at BriarPatch Co-op.
“What I’m doing now is nice because there’s no image of hip-hop in the kids’ world; not many people are doing it. So I can create and do whatever I want. There’s a lot of freedom in it.”
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo