SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO Comes to COCA This Weekend

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SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO Comes to COCA This Weekend

COCA presents the first show in its new performance series, COCA Presents 2013-2014, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, today and tomorrow, October 19-20, 2013, in COCA's Founders' Theatre. Purveyor of family hip-hop at its finest, recording artist 23 Skidoo has captivated crowds internationally with his own funky brand of half-pint party music. Combining deft wordplay, great storytelling and pure positivity on top of thumping drums and sophisticated multi-instrumental pieces, 23 Skidoo speaks to kids and parents alike, without ever condescending. Recommended for ages 3 to 10.

After more than a decade of touring as a rapper/producer and sharing the stage with the likes of RUN DMC, Mos Def, TALIB KWELI and the P FUNK ALL STARS, 23 Skidoo dropped EASY (2008), his debut KID HOP album for and with his 5-year-old daughter, Saki. The idea caught on and spread like wildflowers, and between EASY and his sophomore release, UNDERGROUND PLAYGROUND, 23 Skidoo has scored four #1 hits on SiriusXM, garnered glowing reviews from TIME, USA TODAY and NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, and has rocked sets at LOLLAPALOOZA, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, THE WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL, THE IRVING PLAZA, LEGOLAND and THE SMITHSONIAN.

His efforts to promote reading led to him being the New York City Library Summer Reading Program Official Spokesman for 2010-2011, and his speaking out against bullying landed him a feature spot on the Grammy award-winning album, ALL ABOUT BULLIES...BIG AND SMALL.

After two albums on Los Angeles-based kids label HAPPINESS RECORDS, 23 Skidoo pulled off a successful Kickstarter campaign in order to record his third album and launch his own label. This May, MAKE BELIEVERS will be released as the first project on UNDERGROUND PLAYGROUND RECORDS. As a producer, 23 Skidoo drew from some of his favorite retro styles, combining golden age hip-hop with funk, soul, surf rock and even swing to give MAKE BELIEVERS a strangely timeless feel. 23 Skidoo is joined on all three albums by his wife Brooke, a.k.a. BOOTYSATTVA, and his daughter Saki, a.k.a. MC FIREWORKS.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is presented as part of the American Arts Experience St. Louis, October 4-20.

COCA Presents 2013-2014: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at the Founders' Theatre at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130 on Saturday, October 19, 2:00pm and 5:00pm Sunday, October 20, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets ($10-$14) are available for purchase online at www.cocastl.org, by phone at 314.561.4877 or in person at COCA during box office hours. Subscription packages comprised of at least six season shows (Kids, Tweens, Teens & Adults and Choose Your Own) are also available.

COCA Presents is COCA's new performance series. It includes the quality family theatre for which COCA is known, but now also includes offerings for older children, teens and adults. Comprised of shows created and produced by COCA, as well as the best touring productions from around the world, COCA Presents offers bold, cross-disciplinary performances for all ages.

COCA's The Turn of the Screw (October 25-26, 2013), John Cabrera: H+ (November 2, 2013), Thèâtre Tout à Trac's Pinocchio (November 16-17, 2013), COCA's Ballet Eclectica's The Little Dancer: Through a New Lens (December 14-15, 2013), Cleo Parker Robinson (January 11-12, 2014), COCA Theatre Company's Swallows & Amazons (January 25-26, 2014), Afriky Lolo's Samba (February 8, 2014), Nearly Lear (February 22, 2014), Tall Stories' The Snail and the Whale (March 22-23, 2014), Terrapin Puppet Theatre's Love (May 3-4, 2014), Sossy Mechanics' Trick Boxing (June 7 and 14, 2014), and the COCA Summer Musical Ragtime (July 25-26, 2014).

COCA-Center of Creative Arts is a non-profit community arts center with a mission to enrich lives and build community through the arts. COCA connects our community to the arts through programs that emphasize social and artistic diversity, economic and cultural accessibility, hands-on experience of the artistic process, and the highest quality in our faculty. Founded in 1986, COCA is a national leader in innovative community arts education. COCA annually serves more than 50,000 area residents of all ages through multidisciplinary, multi-cultural arts programs that include educational classes, camps and workshops, both on-site and in community venues; outreach; COCAbiz; COCA Presents; and exhibitions of contemporary art in the Millstone Gallery.

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