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The Hill Street Country Club presents: Sound and Liberation, featuring Def Sound
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June 20, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Jacobs Hall

6 PM – 8 PM


This event is wheelchair accessible via our main entrance and an accessible seating area is available inside Jacobs Hall.


Sound and Liberation is a live performance series created by The Hill Street Country Club that encourages a more involved and intimate experience with an intentional transfer of energy between the artist and their audience. Through this collaboration, HSCC and MCASD are proud to host Afro-Caribbean conceptual word artist Def Sound and invite guests to experience an intentional, intimate gathering offering, “music as medicine.” Def will be joined by special guests including Arty Johnson on drums, Jace Holmes on keyboard, Ghalani Crenshaw on bass, Chris Lightfoot on guitar and more.


6PM: Doors Open

6:30PM: Def Sound performs

Early arrival is recommended as capacity in Jacobs Hall is limited. There will be a standby line for walk-ins, subject to ticket availability.

Refreshments will be available for purchase by The Kitchen. We recommend arriving early to grab your refreshments before entering the museum.

About Def Sound

Def Sound (they/them) is a post-binary contemporary hip-hop artist, producer, poet, and award-winning academic born and based in South Central LA. Def synthesizes Hip Hop, poetry, Black critical theory, and storytelling into healing mechanisms decorating time and space. Def is a word worker whose favorite medium is memory.

Def is Grammy nominiated for their work as a producer on aja monet’s debut album ‘when the poems do what they do.’ Def’s work as a poet has been included in Saul Williams' Anthology CHORUS, while their music has been featured in Season 4 of ABC’s Grownish, LA WEEKLY, LA Record, The L.A. Times, The Frieze Art Fair, LACMA’s Poetry series POETRY In Color, the art exhibition The Black Index curated by Bridget Cooks, the Emmy Nominated Television series Music Diaries, and the Emmy winning Artbound on KCET. Def is currently teaching Hip Hop/Black Critical Theory at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

About Hill Street Country Club

The Hill Street Country Club (HSCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to shaping the growing arts and culture scene in Oceanside and the surrounding North Country region. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse atmosphere that reflects the socioeconomic landscape of our community. To complement the traditional gallery space, we organize pop-up art shops, cultural events and art workshops around our community. Local artists, business and residents all benefit from the interaction that The Hill Street Country Club facilitates.

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