Friday, May 17
815 V St. NW
Bloody Beetroots is Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, the Italian producer/DJ born the same year as punk rock, a fact made clear by the“1977” tattooed across his chest.
In fact, that tattoo is the most identifying public feature of Rifo, whose preference for wearing masks (like other cultural provocateurs from techno militants Underground Resistance to “V is for Vendetta”) defers the spotlight to the various music projects and manifestos that emanate from his Bloody Beetroots production epicenter. There’s Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, or BLOODY BEETROOTS LIVE, his “electro-punk” band, whose live shows are as much political empowerment rallies as concerts. Then there’s 2011’s Church of Noise, Rifo’s “cultural-musical movement” side project with Dennis Lyxzén of Swedish hardcore punk-pioneers Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy, with its siren-call of strings, bass and lyrical manifesto: “…It only takes a sound to change the beaten path/It only takes love and courage to take it all back”…