Furious Styles Crew Announces 20th Anniversary Events in November
Edson "House" Magana is probably going to rack up a lot of miles on his ride next month. A lot. That's because the local b-boy and co-founder of the Furious Styles Crew will be taking many trips to Sky Harbor Airport to pick up the various graf-heads, DJs, and other members of the worldwide urban arts and hip-hop cultural collective that will travel to the Valley for the group's 20th anniversary in early November.
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Magana says the crew has more than 80 different members, including dancers, grafitti writers, turntablists, and emcees. Many are scattered across the globe and will be Arizona-bound for what he promises will be a big celebration in honor of an important milestone for Furious Styles, which was founded in 1993.
"We have people coming from all across the country, all across the world. There are members of the crew from Japan, from Australia, and Germany that are like family and they're all coming for it," Magana says.
And they'll all be participating in a five-day mix of b-boys, graf art, DJs, and hip-hop culture kings that will go down from Tuesday, November 5, to Sunday, November 10, at venues in Phoenix and Tempe.
Magana, who co-owns Cyphers: The Center for Urban Arts in North Phoenix, is also planning to have Furious Styles' local and visiting artists sling paint onto walls across the Valley throughout the week as he's setting up locations where they will create several outdoor murals.
"They'll paint at Cyphers for sure, but then we're going to schedule walls around the city so they can paint all week long," he says.
Furious Styles, which is Phoenix's longest-running b-boy and urban arts crews, will also hold plenty of activities taking place indoors during its anniversary week, including dance competitions, DJ gigs, and art battles.
Although the anniversary week is one of the grandest events every year in the local hip-hop scene, Magana admits that its organizers have had some financial shortfalls over the past year. As such, the crew has set up a Kickstarter to help fund all the different events that they have planned.
And believe us, they've planned a lot.