Youngblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honor of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (of The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack b-boy?
Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD...ad infinitum. White-hot live shows secured the band's status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage. YBB's debut album Unlearn was released independently in 2000, featuring collaborations with Talib Kweli (the underground smash "Ya'll Stay Up"), Mike Ladd, DJ Skooly, and Frank Zappa vocalist Ike Willis. The attention garnered led to a signing with Ozone Music NYC, the revolutionary avant-hip-hop label that introduced the poetic talents of Saul Williams, Company Flow (El-P), Antipop Consortium, Mr. Lif, etc. Their acclaimed follow-up (and Ozone debut), 2003's center:level:roar (which also spawned their now-standard brass band anthem 'Brooklyn') saw the band globetrotting to sold out audiences.
Youngblood released two more albums on their own Layered Music imprint: Live. Places. (2005) and Is That a Riot? (2007), both of which accelerated their notoriety as the world's preeminent live brass band. YBB also continued engaging in frequent educational work, stopping at high schools and universities to offer workshops on New Orleans music history, jazz improvisation, hip-hop culture and the creative impulse. It is through this work that Youngblood acquired cult status among young musicians. Perhaps the world secretly desires a music that is intense, danceable, intelligent, and devoid of the self-consciously vain irony that prevails in most current entertainment. Perhaps there is also something to be said for just quality musicianship, over-delivering on stage, and sticking to one's guns regardless of what's currently fashionable.
Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful and unique contribution to sonic exploration. Often referred to as "The Master of Emotion" his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip-hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Listeners of all types of music can find something they can relate to in his sound. He has toured extensively across North America, including tours with Bassnectar, Shpongle, Emancipator, Beats Antique, and has headlined dozens of festivals across the U.S. and internationally.
There is no doubt that Rab understands a multitude of musical styles. He has been the front man of a heavy metal band, toured as a classical trumpet player, played bass in a country music band, was a scratch DJ for a jazz fusion project, was the singer for a rock band in Mexico and has collaborated with countless musicians of all styles. From acoustic performances in the Himalayas to rocking packed clubs in New York, Random Rab has found a way to connect with people of all kinds.
With a dedicated fanbase born from the San Francisco underground, Random Rab has become known world wide for his sunrise sets that have now become one of his most sought after performances. Having played before 3 solar eclipses and at the Pyramids of Giza, Random Rab has created a unique niche for his equally danceable, yet thought-provoking compositions. His current popularity can often be traced to his breakout album, The Elucidation of Sorrow and in particular his first hit, The Riddle and followed up by hits such as Release, Falling Tao, For My Corpse and Apparently. His critically acclaimed current and 10th album Formless Edge, catapulted him into the state of momentum that is now taking hold internationally.
It's a HIVE Halloween Dance Party!
Costume contests - cash and meet prizes! Mystery Judges!
Cash and meat prizes!
Sword swallower, Titano Odfellow
9p - close!
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, Portland
Fate was smiling upon Sub Pop the day Kyle Craft arrived at the Seattle offices. Fate was smiling upon Sub Pop, not Kyle Craft. Kyle Craft just happened to be there. Now at the age of 28, the Louisiana-originating troubadour is a little wiser to things, but back then he only knew Sub Pop for its links with Nirvana and as the home of Beach House and Fleet Foxes. He's really not sure that he ever thought of a so-called 'career in music'. "The whole music thing has been a really strange cinematic sort of journey for me," he laughs affably. "None of it really makes sense on paper."
On paper, he was the grandson of a bluegrass player who spent a childhood in Louisiana going to Baptist church and sneaking into the choir room to play with the piano. "The piano was this little weird magic box," he says. "It was a toy for me at the time." His mother bought him a guitar on the sworn oath by Craft that he'd get lessons. He soon broke his promise. One lesson in and he hated learning, but he made a pact with his mom that he would teach himself. So he did. He would learn all his inspirations' catalogues: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Beatles. He discovered Bowie by "pure luck" while watching 'Labyrinth' on TV and falling head over heels for the soundtrack. Getting to Dylan was when everything changed for him, though. "When I was 14 I was into Aerosmith. Steven Tyler was into John Lennon. So I heard Lennon before I heard The Beatles. I read that Lennon was into this Bob Dylan guy and when I heard him I thought: 'Oh that's my guy.'" And just like that, he started writing his own material.
On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New York-bred band TAUK offer an unsettling but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world. With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of mood, TAUK's all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz proves to be the perfect backdrop for such explorations, giving way to an album that's both powerfully hypnotic and intensely thought-provoking.
In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way-rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab's often "tongue-twisting", multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's "classic" beats.
Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music. Although Blackalicious wasn't formed until the early '90s, its members had known each other since the late '80s. Founding members Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School. Neither of them was originally from Sacramento; DJ/producer Xcel (who was going by DJ IceSki at the time) was a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, while rapper Gift of Gab was from Los Angeles' suburban San Fernando Valley.
The two went their separate ways after Gift of Gab (also known as Gabby T) graduated from Kennedy High in 1989, but they were reunited in Davis, CA, in 1992. By that time, Xcel had become a student at the University of California at Davis and the Gift of Gab had moved to Davis to form Blackalicious with him. UC Davis was where Xcel had started working with a hip-hop crew named SoleSides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. SoleSides Records was the name of the SoleSides Crew's Northern California record company and in 1994, that label released Blackalicious' debut single "Swan Lake." Although not a triple-platinum smash, the single was a small underground hit that fared well among alternative rap audiences. The following year, SoleSides Records released a Blackalicious EP titled Melodica. By late 1997, SoleSides Records had transformed into Quannum Records, and in 1999, Quannum put out another Blackalicious EP, A2G.
In 2000, Quannum released the group's full-length debut Nia (whose title is the Swahili word for purpose). After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA. In April 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances ranging from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) to the Roots' ?uestlove to veteran soul singerGil Scott-Heron. After the requisite tour, both Xcel and Gab began developing solo material; Quannum released both Maroons' Ambush (Chief Xcel with Latyrx's Lateef the Truth Speaker) as well as a Gift of Gab solo LP, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The pair returned in 2005 for their third album, The Craft, with a contract in hand from the Anti- label. By Alex Henderson - All Music Guide.
Daley is a British singer and songwriter, know for his unique brand of alternative-soul and stand-out voice. His career kicked into gear after a collaboration with the Gorillaz on the song 'Doncamatic' - the same year he was nominated with the likes of James Blake and Jamie Woon in the UK's prestigious 'Sound of' poll.
His first official single 'Alone Together' (featuring Marsha Ambrosius) became a runaway Top 5 R&B radio hit, prompting nods from the Grammys, Soul Train and MOBO awards, breaking Daley to an international audience. Top 20 UK singles 'Remember Me' feat. Jessie J and dynamic ballad 'Broken' followed.
Daley's debut LP 'Days & Nights' arrived 2014 to critical acclaim. Varied yet unified, it featured collabs with Pharrell, Illangelo and Andre Harris, and spawned Top 10 single 'Look Up'. An appearance on Fallon's Tonight Show and 2 sold-out world tours accompanied the album's release.
A renewed perspective on love, life and purpose are apparent on Daley's second album, 'The Spectrum'. A soul-baring set, embracing R&B while continuing to push sonic boundaries, his songwriting and vocal abilities. Jill Scott co-signs lead single 'Until the Pain Is Gone' - a song that sees Daley back Top 5 at R&B radio, and beginning his next musical chapter.
Welcome to the Erotic City Awards!
Coming to you Thursday, November 8th at Star Theater in Portland OR, this is the newest adult industry event to hit the northwest that has been curated and designed by women. At Erotic City Awards, we will celebrate the finest in our entertainment industry, watching ladies compete for multiple titles, and the crowning of our Erotic City Queen who will win a $1000 cash prize along with gift packages from our sponsors. We are here to restore the feminine roles that work in today's sex industry and are welcoming women of all flavors, and embracing our exotic natures.
This event will center around the dance competition where 10 ladies take the stage to show us their finest exposition. In addition, we will have various acknowledgements that honor our dancer legends of the past as we embrace the ever changing nature of the community and our work environments.
VIP TABLE INFORMATION
Description: These front row VIP tables are reserved for anyone interested in being a sponsor or donator for the event. The money from your table goes to cover expenses such as, trophies for the contestants, sashes, plaques for the stripper legends. If you have a local business you would like to promote, we are here to support your business! You will receive:
*Weekly business shoutouts on our FB event page.
*A time slot to speak on stage at EC Awards to promote your business/upcoming event.
*Exclusive reserved front row table seating at the event for the best views in the house!
*Admission for 5 guests and 5 seats at your table.
*Free Pizza.... No Really!
Description: These second row VIP tables are reserved for anyone interested in being a donor and supporter of Erotic City Awards. The money from your table helps offset costs for our highly ambitious new event.
If you have a local business you would like to promote, we are here to support your business! You will receive:
*Shoutouts on our FB event page, including your business logo and bio.
*Exclusive seating at Erotic City Awards
*Admission for 5 guests, including 5 seats at your table.
*The honor of supporting your local stripper community and the women who work it.
No description: Regular tables.
We have special seating for wheelchairs available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a wheelchair accessible seat. Cost is general admission.
Dirtwire sits on the back porch of Americana's future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world percussion, soundscapes, and electronic beats. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (The Dogon Lights; Bolo), and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), each performance brings us all to a mysterious crossroads of beats, blues, African, Asian, and South American sounds. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness.