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API Arts Network Presents: The Slants

  • Pao Art Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)

API Arts Network will be presenting The Slants for an interactive discussion and concert at the Pao Arts Center.

Simon Tam is founder and bassist of The Slants, often credited as the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band but he's probably best known for winning a landmark case at the US Supreme Court.

Now debuting a new memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, he'll be joined by Slants guitarist Joe X. Jiang for an evening of storytelling and music. Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, the event will prove that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer –as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n’ roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American...Asian American!

All ages welcome.

About the Artists:
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. He approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with others we normally don’t get along with. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times.

The Slants have been featured on Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Rolling Stone, and 3,000+ media features across 150 countries. The band has performed at some of the largest festivals in North America and Asia, including DragonCon, San Diego Comic-Con, SXSW, TED talks, and more. In 2017, they joined President Barack Obama, George Takei, and Jeremy Lin to launch an anti-bullying program. In 2018, they started The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentorships to artists looking to incorporate activism into their work.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080