Hailing from Durham, The Beast is now in its eleventh year of bringing hip hop and jazz together to create their distinguished, genre-bending sound. The innovators behind the experience are Pierce Freelon as emcee, Eric Hirsh on keyboard, synth, and programming, Stephene Coffman on drums, and Pete Kimosh on bass. Originally meeting at and graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, they have released their second full-length album together called “Woke.” Released last summer, this album focuses on the new future that comes from black and queer empowerment. This album and others can be listened to on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and their website.
Listen to their performance of “Believe in Me” from their September 27, 2018 performance for Music on the Porch via our Youtube channel.