Determined to help revive authentic, soulful rock music, KINGSBOROUGH has become one of the North Bay’s most entertaining and fastest rising acts. The band’s influences range from The Allman Brothers and Bill Withers to Rage Against the Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, resulting in a beautiful hurricane of widely diverse original material. Armed with heart pounding rhythms, dazzling guitar solos and powerful vocal harmonies, this powerhouse 5 piece is living proof that rock n’ roll is still alive and well.
Dysphunctional Species is a potent hip hop and soul cocktail with contagious chemistry. Like a full moon night in their isolated, coastal hometown of Point Arena, California, their relentless groove voodoo draws you in to the present moment.
The group’s three front men possess interlocking talents forged over two decades of friendship, mischief and music. As boys, they honed freestyles in the echo of an old water tower and wooed ladies with their harmonies. They found their voices together and musically raised one another.
Jameson “Jamo” Hodder brings a honeyed voice and explosive presence to center stage. Performing is in his blood—his father, Jimmy Hodder was the founding drummer of Steely Dan. Losing his father as a young teen lit a fire under Jamo to become a roots reggae and hardcore hip hop prodigy. In the spotlight, he radiates confidence and love of his craft.
Beside Jamo the showman is Ian Gleason, the band’s shaman. His imaginative, ever-clever rhymes bring an other-worldly element to the table. He is balanced by Andrew Johnston, the big man with the big voice and classic style who delivers rich R&B tone with conviction.
The band’s veteran musicians form a similar bond. Percussionist Prometheus Glover is the time keeper and funk master both on and off the stage. Ever a student, Pro’s latest acquisition is Cuban folkloric rhythms, which complements guitarist and longtime best friend George Abrams experience in West African bands. With Keith Abrams, George’s jazz-trained brother, on bass and classical guitar, this tight unit often trades instruments on the fly and stays in synch through anything.
After self-releasing their debut in 2001, Future Primitive, DPS rose to notoriety in the expansive Northern California funk and reggae scene. Eleven years and eleven children later, the band is reunited with greater wisdom and purpose.
“Being a father informs your music,” says Keith. “We want to play music that is going to uplift people, putting out a vibration that’s good for the planet. We make medicine.”
DPS also straight up makes people dance. Their set is a nonstop ride on the music continuum, flowing seamlessly from hard-hitting jams, to improvised freestyles and soulful moments of truth. For the entranced crowd, it’s a mating ritual, at once physical and mystical. This year, DPS has shared the stage with Bay Area heavy-weights Lyrics Born and Shotgun Wedding and left audiences with sore feet and full hearts at NorCal’s premier events such the Humboldt Arts and Music Festival, the Unity Festival on the Russian River, and the Bask Festival in Sonoma County.
Northern California made Dyphunctional Species and their brand of rebel music, but it can’t hold it much longer. The band is writing multiple new songs at each rehearsal and the first few tracks to surface from their forthcoming sophomore release (due out in the next year) are complicated, layered and beautiful, just like the human race the band is named for.
My name is Marv Ellis and I hail from the city of Eugene, in the green state of
Oregon, which lies in the heart of the great Northwest, USA.
A long time ago I was taught how to rap by a Swiss Emcee named Dimitri. And I never stopped learning after he left.
I’ve developed my style of rap by bending my homemade poetry over a variety of genres.
I want the world to hear my music at least one time, cause I got something to say that’s relevant and reflects my people.
I know that my hard work and dedication to my message will someday prevail. Being an independent musician has helped me develop a multitude of skills that range from song writing and production, to album consultation and graphic design.
I’ve put out over a dozen albums, performed and recorded my music all over the world, and still the journey continues on.
I hope to advance the fresh, real, and authentic sound of NW hip-hop.
I write, produce, and record all my own music in my studio. I also throw shows for other artists who want to come to Oregon and have a crowd.
I’m connected throughout the Northwest to a variety of talented artists of all genres.
I’m open to creation of all types.
This is my purpose so I will continue.
Thank you for your support.
Flowerbox is the convergence of two musicians from very different worlds: Radio Active (beatboxer extraordinaire, lyrically gifted emcee, and looping wizard formerly of Michael Franti and Spearhead and Winner of the 2012 Bohemian Music Award for best Hip-Hop), and Jessi-Rose (singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and board-certified music therapist). They met on a stage one night in October 2011 when Jessi-Rose began freestyling with his band while Radio was on a break between sets. When he returned, they began making music together, and haven’t quit since. Jessi-Rose recently relocated to the Bay Area, much closer to Radio, and thus Flowerbox was born.
Sat June 15th 2013
doors at 830pm
$10 at the door with ID 21+
Raffles and Prizes (Radioactive Art work and more TBA)
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 415-625-FLBX