Immortal Technique raises the roof for a worthy cause

Poison Pen (left) and Immortal Technique share the Cedar Cultural Center stage. Photo by Chris Juhn

One of New York’s biggest underground hip-hop artists, Immortal Technique, recently took to the stage at Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis for a benefit fundraiser. “WATER: A Collaboration of Art & Music to Support the Movement Against Line 3” was hosted Dec. 21 as a “night of resistance” to raise funds to support the on-the-ground fight to stop a new pipeline from running through Minnesota.

The pipeline, Line 3, is a proposed Enbridge tar sands pipeline that activists fear will threaten the lakes, rivers, and wildlife of Northern Minnesota in Ojibwe/Dakota territory.

Immortal Technique performs at Cedar Cultural Center. Photo by Chris Juhn

Immortal Technique has been a supporter of pipeline resistance for more than three years. He performed a benefit show at Standing Rock on September 16, 2016, with Constant Flow, an artist from his own record label, Viper Records.

Fellow New York artists Poison Pen and DJ Static joined him for the benefit concert, along with local hip-hop heavyweights, including Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, Nataanii Means, TUFAWON and DJ Michel Be, who opened up the night.

A young boy plays the drums during Maria Isa’s performance at Cedar Cultural Center.   Photo by Chris Juhn

Nearly 350 fans came out to support the cause and take in the music, along with vendors selling merchandise, artwork and CBD (or cannabidiol, a chemical component of cannabis without the psychoactive effects of marijuana).

All proceeds raised will go to directly support the Line 3 resistance efforts.

To learn more about Line 3 resistance, visit MN350.org or to stopline3.org.