Black Stax was formed in 2009 with a mission to honor the legacy of Black Arts & Culture by ‘stacking’ all forms of Black music & art. A performance group with two celebrated veteran artists at its core, Black Stax blends the forces of cultural expression with community building and activism, a commitment which recently earned them a Community 4Culture grant to advance their work.
MC, Jace ECAj and vocalist/actress Felicia Loud each bring over 25 Years of professional history in the field of arts performance and community work.
Felicia Loud has worked extensively in Theater. Her work includes, ‘Pullman Porter Blues’ at Seattle Repertory Theater, ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ at Strawberry Theater and ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ at Theater Off Jackson to name a few. She also has worked as a youth director for students, ages 6-12 years old at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.
Jace is a veteran Seattle MC who has helped define the scene. He has helped put on panel discussions that range from the accountability and responsibility of artists, developing panels such as the ‘Hip Hop Summit’ in conjunction with Festival Sundiata. He was also the Co-Founder of the Seattle based Festival, Dope Emporium in 2005, a Creative Writing Instructor for Richard Hugo House, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center and, most recently, an instructor to for the Hip Hop Artists Residency at MoPoP.
Inspiring, relevant and controversial. Black Stax is smart music; every word carefully chosen and every song carries a message of societal challenges, common justice and community uplift. Fans appreciate the eclectic, urban sound laced with jazz and 70s-era soul, which provides life’s soundtrack to the sophisticated connoisseur. A collaboration that works, Black Stax successfully blends musical genres and attracts a varied and supportive following.
The group, Black Stax, has released several projects with wonderful local, national and global response. Their first album “Talking Buildings” (2010) and video for single “I Love My Life,” played in Foot Locker and Foot Action stores nationwide, followed by “Spell on You” which reached the video charts in Nigeria. In 2013, the group released ‘LIVE at the Triple Door’ album in collaboration with TAF Academy and the celebration of S.T.E.M. Their latest projects include Fiyastorm single and video and The Narrative stage play.
Besides their unparalleled sound, what sets Black Stax apart is their ability to put on a memorable live show. Individually they are seasoned performers and collectively they are masters of setting a vibe and drawing in an audience. No two shows are ever the same; some notable appearances include Floetry Reunion Tour, Upstream Music Festival and Divinity Roxx.
Black Stax adds to their live performance and sound by adding other elements of music. The spiritual and gospel elements Erika ‘eBellz’ Bell and talents of other guests can be found enriching background vocals; DJ Amon, African drums (the root of Music), primarily Djembe with Baba Ade’, and live drums, round out the Staxin Players.