Eight Gigs: Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Sat., July 18, 8 p.m., Sol Collective, $12
Time for some highbrow hip-hop: Oakland's Ensemble Mik Nawooj will celebrate its fifth anniversary with its first ever show outside the Bay Area. Composer and pianist JooWan Kim will lead his ensemble—a lineup including flute, clarinet, violin and cello, plus two emcees—through reimagined pieces by Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, J Dilla and Kendrick Lamar. Those deconstructed works were commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts—so yes, highbrow. Ensemble Mik Nawooj will perform some originals too, utilizing classical techniques—and jazz, indie rock and pop influences—in the hopes of summoning a new era of hip-hop. 2574 21st Street, www.ensemblemiknawooj.com.