B. Dolan is an explosive, confrontational hip-hop lyricist and performer from Providence, RI who first came on the scene in 2008. Starting with a lo-fi, apocalyptic concept record titled “The Failure” Dolan floored listeners with tracks that were at turns personal, poetic, sweeping and strange. Years ahead of its time stylistically, it was released by Sage Francis’ Strange Famous imprint, where fans began slowly gravitating to the album and to Dolan’s intense live performances. One of those fans, producer Alias of Anticon Records, would become the sole collaborator on Dolan’s 2010 follow-up “Fallen House, Sunken City”, an underground rap opus that was praised by critics and fans alike, cementing Dolan’s place in the landscape.
Turning to hip-hop’s favourite unofficial format to explore different styles and experiment, Dolan then released a three-part mixtape series titled “House of Bees vols. 1-3” Political mixtape tracks like “Film the Police,” “Which Side Are You On?” and “The Devil is Alive” would become some of the rapper’s biggest anthems, while an exhaustive worldwide tour schedule won an army of fans for the unlikely bearded emcee from the Northeast.
in 2015, Dolan upped the ante yet again by self-producing an entire LP with a cast of over 30 musicians, vocalists and beatmakers. “Kill The Wolf” featured contributions from a diverse group of peers that included Kathleen Stubelek of the hardcore act Circle Takes the Square, Dave Lamb from Brown Bird,Buck 65 and Aesop Rock.
Since his signing to SFR, Dolan has toured exhaustively and internationally to win himself a devoted cult following. So far his continually shapeshifting presentation, outsider perspective, and masterful execution have kept them coming back.
Billy Freekin Dee. In the beginning… there were turntables on a hardwood floor. DJ'ing for the first six months was done on the ground with a case of beer. Eventually he got a table a mpc and better. With this betterness he was able to release 2 mixtapes, produce 4 full length albums, win 2 DMC's and play hundreds of shows. He is now combining all of these experiences together to create one performance that you can dance to or sit back and enjoy. or hate. Dj Abilities for 2011.
Cas One vs. Figure
Known individually throughout the independent music world for their ferocious talents in front of the mic and behind the boards, long-time collaborators Cas One (raps) and Figure (beats) have made their artistic union official and signed with Strange Famous Records for their first full-length group album, set to drop late in 2016.
These monsters of the Midwest hail from the miniature metropolis of Evansville, Indiana, USA – not the first place on the map that leaps to mind when considering incubators for cutting-edge compositions in the indie rap and EDM worlds. Despite lacking the benefit of big-city support systems, both Cas and Figure have managed to build cult-like followings and gain national notice for their individual endeavors over the years.
Never hiding their fangs, they strive to distill the aggressive nature found in their acclaimed stage shows into their SFR debut, a record that maintains that same energy in your headphones.
FLOATER'S ROBERT WYNIA CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF HIS SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH, BRAVE THE STRANGE, WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHRIS TSEFALAS ON APRIL 13TH AT STAR THEATER
On Thursday, April 13th at Star Theater, Floater's Robert Wynia will celebrate the release of his sophomore full-length, Brave The Strange, at Star Theater with special guest Chris Tsefalas supporting him. Doors are at 8pm, show at 9pm. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.
With an acclaimed history as the front-man and creative force behind Floater, Robert Wynia will release his second full length solo album, titled Brave the Strange, on April 21, 2017. The new album explores change, loss, and new beginnings, all with a luscious backdrop of warm strings, vintage keyboards, and rich, melodious vocals. Featuring some of the Pacific Northwest's best and most loved musicians, Brave the Strange delivers a unique and cinematic musical landscape. Songs ranging from roadhouse blues-style Americana to hypnotic ambient soundscapes to classic album rock flow seamlessly together and leave the listener wanting more. Fans of Roger Waters, Ray LaMontagne, The Doors, and Fleetwood Mac will fall in love with Brave the Strange.
Robert Wynia is based in Portland, Oregon, producing and performing acclaimed rock and pop music, and has influenced the Northwest music scene for over 20 years. Brave the Strange was recorded at Wynia's own Curiouser studios, and Mazinga Studios in Portland and will be released on Cavity Search Records (Elliott Smith, Hazel, Heatmiser, and The Helio Sequence).
Able to juggle the profound and the profane along with the mainstream and the underground, rapper Ab-Soul is a member of the Black Hippy crew as well as a solo artist. Born Herbert Stevens in Los Angeles, Ab-Soul contracted Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a child, a hypersensitivity complex that left him light sensitive and wearing sunglasses most of the time. He rapped throughout high school but didn't take it seriously until after graduation, forming the group Area 51 with rapper Snake Hollywood and signing a deal with Street Beat Entertainment in 2005. The two-year deal ran out without much to show for it, but in 2007 Ab-Soul joined the Top Dawg label, with his A Day in the Life mixtape following a year later. In 2009 he formed the Black Hippy crew with fellow Top Dawg artists ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Rock, then in 2011 he made his solo debut with the album Longterm Mentality. His sophomore and breakthrough effort, Control System, followed a year later, featuring guest spots from the whole Black Hippy crew along with other artists like Jhené Aiko and Danny Brown. The album climbed to number 83 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, while his 2014 effort, These Days..., featured names like Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross, and debuted at number 11. Two years later, Do What Thou Wilt. was released, hitting the Top 40 of the Billboard 200.
VIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
One general admission ticket
VIP early entry into the venue
Exclusive preshow meet & greet with Ab-Soul
Personal photograph with Ab-Soul
Specially design Ab-Soul tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
The Chase Brothers have been well known members of the greater music community for many years. Collectively, Adam Chase and Matthew Chase have performed and collaborated with a variety of world renowned artists and are the center of tribute bands such as JAZZ IS PHSH and The James Brown Dance Party.
Adam and Matthew have recorded, collaborated and/or performed with Santana, Aerosmith, Kiss, Crosby Stills and Nash, Derek Trucks, Dicky Betts, Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge as well as members of The James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins Band, Galactic, Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band, Victor Wooten Band, Snarky Puppy, Trombone Shorty, Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band, Aretha Franklin Band, Saturday Day Night Live Band, Cage The Elephant, The Word, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead and many more.
If the Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy, was a heart, drummer Robert Sput Searight and percussionist Nate Werth serve as its explosive pulse. World renown for their artistic communication through rhythm, this dynamic duo debuts their own project, expanding their percussive voice into a night of melody through innovative grooves and captivating artistry.
Robert Sput Searight is one of the most influential drummers and producers in modern music. Hailing from a family of musicians in Dallas, Texas, Searight came up alongside artists like Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, and Roy Hargrove at the world-famous Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts. He won a Grammy Award at age 18 with his own group, God's Property, who changed the face of Gospel music with their debut album. Since then, he proven to be unparalleled in versatility as a drummer, keyboardist, and producer. Artists like Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Timbaland, Myron Butler, and Kirk Franklin employ Searight's talents regularly.
As the undeniable secret weapon of Snarky Puppy, Nate Werth is both rooted in tradition and constantly innovating in the percussion world. His creative approach to sonic possibilities and rhythmic interplay has been integral to the sound of the group, and has earned the respect and support of percussion big-wigs like LP founder Martin Cohen. Performing and recording credits include Screaming Headless Torsos, David Crosby, Q-Tip, Lalah Hathaway, Susana Baca, The Lee Boys, Turkuaz, Myron Butler and Levi, Jamison Ross, and The Metropole Orchestra, and many more. Having studied Indian, African, and Latin American traditions extensively abroad, Nate brings a unique sound palette to every musical environment, his deep sense of groove, passion and eclectic style, result in a distinct musical voice that propels him across musical borders.
Revitalizing Funk & Soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection has been stirring up a ton of noise on the NW music scene. Led by Trumpeter Farnell Newton, who currently tours with Jill Scott & Bootsy Collins, the Othership Connection brings a sound that blends the old with the new. They are gaining a reputation of funkin' up stages all night long.
Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians & educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, funk, Latin music, soul, hip hop, and more. In the last year, Newton toured with 3-time Grammy Winner & award winning Actress Jill Scott. Farnell has also performed with a who's who of world class artists including, Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Cee-Lo Green, Karl Denson, Lettuce, George Duke, Brian Blade, Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Najee, Will Downing, Earth, Wind and Fire and more!
Drummer extraordinaire Tyrone Hendrix is one of the more sought after drummers in the industry. He has appeared on national television with singer and Prince's New Power Generation band-mate Liv Warfield, on The Jimmy Fallon, and Arsenio Hall shows. Bassist Marquay Seamster is an in-demand bassist and well rounded musical director. He currently performs with Mike Phillips, Liv Warfield, Tim Snider and many other artists in the NW. For over a decade, Tony Ozier has been raising his finger to his nose and flinging the funk to his audiences. A commanding figure, standing at 6'6", he has pioneered a new generation of funk with his psychedelic alter-ego and uber-funky band, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, hailing from the fictional planet Dookion. Kyle Molitor began playing trombone at the age of 12. Currently Kyle is performing with the legendary Bootsy Collins, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, and with the Rose City Horns. The Youngest member of the band, guitaristAgyel Ptah - Hotep Marshall brings a funkadelic rock edge to complete the band as a whole. You never know what he is going to do next while on the stage.
Soul'd Out Festival & Endustry Entertainment bring you this very special cultural celebration...PDX 'Nesian Party w/ Roast Pig & Fai Kava
Anapogi B. Fau was only one week old when the Fau family moved to Independence, MO. As a young boy, Anapogi grew up listening to his father make music, whether rehearsing in the garage or on stage at performances. Music was just as much an influence to Anapogi as his father was to him. So much in fact that young Anapogi learned to play drums at 4 years old and piano at 5 years old.
Curious and excited about his life's involvement with music that he entered into talent shows and joined the church band. At 16 years of age he learned to play the guitar and eventually acquired skills of a bassist at 17. Anapogi soon realized that at a young age, music was not only a talent but a passion that now became his life. At 17, Anapogi dropped out of high school and made a commitment to his love and talent to pursue a career of music.
With the combinations of island music, roots reggae, and hip-hop, Spawnbreezie has crafted a new kind of sound. Combining the percussions of hip-hop, the skank of reggae and the vocals of the Island music, he calls it, "Island Hip Hop". Spawnbreezie has performed for numerous venues: night clubs, parties, weddings, release parties and has done numerous shows to give back to the community.
In 2002, Spawnbreezie and his family, formed a family band called, �Le Atalua Breeze Band'. Being a part of the Breeze Band, he thought it was only fair to represent it wherever his music took him. At that time he was going by the stage name of "Spawn" and was in the making of his solo debut album. In 2005, Spawn began his solo career and pursued it with great leaps of faith. In transition of leaving "Le Atalua Breeze Band" into becoming a solo artist, he took the wo
The sound of Island hip-hop began to grow, gaining recognition from both local radio and fans throughout the city of Independence. With awesome reviews in the local area and great feedback from MySpace listeners, Spawnbreezie is ready to take the world by storm. Having become a YouTube sensation, Spawnbreezie is now considered a main attraction of the international reggae scene and is hugely popular in New Zealand, Australia, and across the South Pacific Islands.rd "Breeze" with him in this new journey and introduced himself as Spawnbreezie.
*Each VIP ticket purchased gets you early entrance to the event (4pm doors), as well as Roast Pig dinner and a Fai Kava serving, plus general admission to the concert.
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group's onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California's own acoustic music.
HBR's years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, people like Peter Rowan, Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band. Each guided HBR towards the next step in its evolution. It's a sound that is tough to describe and easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning's Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and many more.
The next step in Butter's evolution involves recording three 5-song EPs, each focusing on a part of music that Hot Buttered Rum loves and is inspired by, and each with a different producer. The first EP was recently recorded with Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and will be released this fall. The second will be a collection of Ralph Stanley old school bluegrass standards, to be recorded in September with producer Sally Van Meter. The third will be Hot Buttered Rum's latenight throwdown music, to be recorded in November with SCI's Kyle Hollingsworth. Together, the three collections of songs will explore Butter's roots and express Butter's present passions.
At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.
GIFT OF GAB made his name as the technically adept MC in the vaunted underground rap duo BLACKALICIOUS, in partnership with producer DJ CHIEF XCEL. Born Tim Parker, he grew up mostly in Pacoima, part of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley region, but attended high school in Sacramento. There he first met CHIEF XCEL (born Xavier Mosley) in 1987. Parker, then calling himself TINY T or GABBY T was already developing keen skills as a battle MC, and he and Mosely teamed up the following year. After graduating, Parker returned to Los Angeles, but he and Mosley kept up their partnership by phone. While attending UC-Davis, Mosley fell in with a group of hip-hop eccentrics who became the SoleSides collective, and Parker moved up to the Bay Area to join him in 1991, now having settled on Gift of Gab as his hip-hop alter ego. Blackalicious issued their debut single, "Swan Lake," on SoleSides in 1994, and several more followed, establishing their underground reputation and leading to a tour of Europe. They began work on a full-length album, during which time SoleSides shut down and reconfigured itself as Quannum; however, the process was long and laborious, as Gift of Gab struggled with an alcohol problem that took several years to overcome. Finally, in 1999, Blackalicious re-emerged with the A2G EP, whose "Alphabet Aerobics" electrified the underground and marked Gift of Gab as a prodigious new talent. That talent was confirmed Blackalicious’ first two full-lengths, 2000's NIA and 2002's Blazing Arrow which elevated him to the status of perhaps the most underappreciated elite MC in hip-hop.
In the wake of BLAZING ARROW’s critical hosannas, GIFT OF GAB branched out with a number of guest appearances, recording with the likes of DJ VADIM, British hip-hoppers NEW FLESH and MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD. In early 2003, he underwent emergency eye surgery necessitated by complications from diabetes, but fortunately made a full recovery. Seeking outside collaborators to keep himself fresh for the third album, GIFT OF GAB embarked on a solo project for Quannum with two Seattle-based producers, VITAMIN D and JAKE ONE Advance single "The Writz" appeared in late 2003, and the album itself, 4th DIMENSIONAL ROCKETSHIPS GOING UP! arrived in the spring of 2004. Reviews of the production work varied widely, but overall the record -- a smooth, mellow affair – solidified GIFT OF GAB’s position as one of the top MCs of his time, underground or otherwise.
Brooklyn-based Norwegian singer/songwriter/composer/guitarist. His eclectic and richly melodic debut, 'Faces Down,' written and recorded at 16, was named among the best albums of the year, and listed as one of the most remarkable debuts of 2002 by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Follow-up 'Two Way Monologue' was an Album Of The Year in Uncut Magazine and solidified Lerche's global momentum. He toured extensively across the world both solo, with his band, and opening for artists such as Air, Stereolab and Elvis Costello, appearing on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall.
In 2006 Lerche released the jazz-inflected Billboard Jazz Top 5 album, 'Duper Sessions,' followed by 'Phantom Punch' -- his first album not recorded in Norway -- as well as his acclaimed Original Soundtrack for the 2007 Steve Carell/Juliette Binoche hit movie 'Dan In Real Life,' where Lerche also appeared in a cameo as himself.
Having relocated to Brooklyn, Lerche's countless dynamic live performances, often completely alone on stage, continued to reach new listeners, while his music continuously explored new themes and styles.
2009's 'Heartbeat Radio' won US critical acclaim, including from the LA Times: "No matter what genre he's working in -- fuzzy garage rock, breezy vocal jazz, acoustic folk-pop -- this young Norwegian singer-songwriter crafts catchier choruses than many musicians who've been working twice as long as he has. His refrains always pay off."
In 2010, Lerche co-wrote the song "Dear Laughing Doubters" for another Carell hit comedy, 'Dinner For Schmucks.'
In 2011 he appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show" for the second time, performing a song from his self-titled (and first self-released) album, of which Rolling Stone Magazine said, "The man has grown since his early-2000s days as an indie-pop prodigy: Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks."
In 2012 Lerche was honored to appear on an official postage stamp in Norway.
2014 saw the release of his celebrated dissonant and mostly ambient score for the Sundance indie-hit movie 'The Sleepwalker,' and a new career peak, the album 'Please,' which Popmatters called "a pop masterpiece," while naming it one of the best albums of the year. 2017 sees Lerche embarking on a new world tour, starting in Norway in January.