The Disco Biscuits capped off 3 straight sold out shows at the Electric Factory, Saturday night [2/21], by fittingly playing 3 extended sets for an enthralled crowd of avid supporters. Braving first snow, then drizzling rain and slushy streets [add to that Uber 4x price surges and occupied cab wars — “I’m gonna run down the street through freezing puddles to hopefully snag a cab ahead of the other group waiting”], the enthusiastic many who found themselves inside the especially cozy mainstay venue were thoroughly entertained — and expressing their joy to be there.
Such expressive methods included bliss-fully, and spin-fully, jam-dancing, showing off quirky style accessories and goofy hats, all the while taking in the high-tech light and laser show beaming out from the stage.
In fact, I learned a new holiday exists as I overheard when many a delighted friends [old and new] found each other in the crowd exclaiming “Happy Biscuits…. maaaaaaan!!”
All these ‘Biscuits’ needed were some wavy gravy, and that was no doubt supplied as the Philadelphia natives, who originally formed their band at UPenn — Allen Aucoin (drums), Marc Brownstein (bass), Jon Gutwillig (guitar), and Aron Magner (keyboards, synths) — served up the lubricant soundtrack for an all out groove-fest… and just a really good time.
Hope you had a blast with Peedi Crakk! We’re mixing it up a bit in June and we’d love you to join us as New York comes to Philly with the Big Apple’s ‘it’ girl, Vashtie and best-known secret, DJ Spinna.
Vashtie Kola — resident NYC DJ and dubbed Curator of Cool will join forces with underground legend DJ Spinna — a heavyweight known for combining dance music with hip hop, funk, and soul. Only Heineken Green Room can bring you this type of one-of-a-kind party right to the dance floor of Silk City. This event is not be missed!
Event is open ONLY to Heineken Green Room members. Insiders must RSVP for themselves +1 friend by June 8th at 5pm.
RSVP does not guarantee admittance, so arrive early, as entry will be first come first serve. You must be 21 or over to attend.
Author: Franceska Rouzard | Photographer: Molly Rose
Music, particularly rap, is a fiercely competitive industry. In Hip Hop, every rapper is “the greatest to ever do it” and there is very little room at the top. However, in recent years there has been a subtle yet significant shift. Alongside records about lavish lifestyles and beautiful women are the equally popular songs that preach about spreading love and self worth. Along with the change of subject matter in Hip Hop comes a surge of good sportsmanship – artists wanting to help other artists. And while I’ve seen a distinctive growth in this amongst creatives, none have exemplified the desire to see fellow artists prosper as much as Verbatum Jones, East Coast rapper and curator of the vibrant artist showcase, Vibezz. Jones is also well known for Everbody Eats, an intimate potluck performance.
I met Jones in college in 2010. His presence was commanding yet warm, like the leader of revolutionary movement – he was ambitious and passionate. When he speaks about music, it moves those around him into action. For this reason, no one was surprised when he announced that he would be curating Vibezz, a show featuring a plethora of local and brilliant but somewhat underrated artists.
With Vibezz, held on Saturday, February 7th, Jones expanded the spotlight to his musical extended family. Not to be confused with your typical showcase, the event’s energy was just as welcoming as its host. Jones was inspired by his Haitian background, remembering attending parties filled with home-cooked food and libations so guests were treated to homemade pizza muffins and goodie bags in addition to dope giveaways like Power Beats 2 Wireless headphones. However what set Vibezz apart is due entirely to the unmatched amount of audience participation. “Vibezz!” was shouted from every corner, some in reverence of the performers, others in excitement for music played by DJ Tank Top, cousin of Jones and New York native.
The evening began with soul singer Andrea Valle, the youngest of the artist collective. Contrasting her sweet appearance, her music was raw and soulful.
The tone of the event quickly changed with rapper Gabriel Wolf. His high energy and passion infected the crowd into unparalleled participation.
Jamir Milligan, accompanied by Andrew Aulenbach of Halfro on the piano, brought the audience back to a familiar place with a beautiful gospel rendition and covers of John Legend and Kanye West.
The night was closed out by The Bul Bey, accompanied by his live band Hazie Blu. I would definitely award him “Most Moving Performance” for his cover of Verbatum Jones’ single “Nappy”, a symbolic song of the theme for the event – share love and positive “vibezz.”
At the end of the night, I spoke with attendees over cigarettes outside of the venue. As we floated and recounted the best parts of the evening, each of us were left with a single question: “When/where will Vibezz land next?”
Saturday [12/13] was a special #HeinekenGreenRoom at UBIQ on Walnut St. Not only was the illvibe Crew in the place spinning, but Brooklyn’s hottest electro-soul duo denitia and sene. [yes all lower case with period please – and keep an eye out for the upcoming 215 exclusive interview with them] performed for all the party people at UBIQ’s Holiday Party. Drinks were flowing and the dance floor was busy, even if they were only showing off their two-step. C’mon Philly!
Given the location, guess it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that even the Xmas [or Chanukah, or Kwanza, or….] cookies looked like some fresh kicks. #sweetkicks
THANK YOU to EVERYONE for making 2014 such a special year. Have a safe and fun holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2015 when #HeinekenGreenRoom kicks off in style. Enjoy and share the holiday cheer!
For many, only waiting until you are 24 years old to achieve success, let alone begin a career, is not too long at all. But for an artist long since tapped to emerge beneath the bright lights of the music industry it can feel much longer. All is relative in the end, and for Miami’s bright young music star – or blooming flower if you will – Kat Dahlia can tell you her story indeed includes a patient and at times trying chapter.
Whether canceling multiple tours due to a pseudo-cyst on her vocal chord, or overcoming personal hardships and a “toxic relationship” that have challenged her these past few years, Kat has dealt with the weeds and has gained an understanding that this is all part of “My Garden.”
Live on stage [see photos below], Kat shares her story and the many sides of her personality and musical flavor that she describes as “honest and diverse.” This provides the audience with a full and engaging show while displaying sharp vocal talents and a soaring voice alongside a talented group of young musicians representing Queens, NY, Toronto, Canada, and Cali, Colombia.
I sat down with Kat in the afternoon before her show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia [Nov 24]. We chatted about what this long awaited ‘beginning’ means to her and the thought behind the title of her album and tour. I also learned a little bit more about who this talented, exciting storyteller is.
Chances are she’ll have a few more stories to tell after her tour…
KAT DAHLIA2014 U.S. tour dates preceding the release of MY GARDEN, in stores January 13, 2015 and now available for preorder at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Amazon. Anyone who preorders the album will receive four instant gratis tracks, including “Crazy,” “Gangsta,” “Mirror” and the Salaam Remi-produced “Clocks.” Fans who Shazam Kat’s “Crazy” can enter to win a pair of tickets for to catch her#MyGarden tour in the city of their choice. Spotify users can also enter to win tickets to see Kat live in concert by creating a #CRAZY playlist on @Spotify and sharing it with the tag #CRAZY4KAT.
Vested in Culture/Epic Records artist KAT DAHLIA has announced 2014 U.S. tour dates preceding the release of her hotly awaited upcoming debut album, MY GARDEN, in stores January 13, 2015 and now available for preorder at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/MyGrdn), Amazon MP3 (http://smarturl.it/MyGdn) and Amazon (http://smarturl.it/MyGrden). Anyone who preorders the album will receive four instant gratis tracks, including “Crazy,” “Gangsta,” “Mirror” and the Salaam Remi-produced “Clocks.” Fans who Shazam Kat’s “Crazy” can enter to win a pair of tickets for to catch her #MyGarden tour in the city of their choice. Spotify users can also enter to win tickets to see Kat live in concert by creating a #CRAZY playlist on @Spotify and sharing it with the tag #CRAZY4KAT.
The singer-songwriter’s 17-city headlining #MyGarden Tour will be making a stop at World Cafe Live — before continuing on to intimate venues throughout North America. Fans can look forward to KAT DAHLIA performing popular favorites such as her current single “Crazy,” holding steady at No. 5 on iTunes’ Latin chart, and breakout record “Gangsta,” along with unreleased songs from MY GARDEN. Indeed, each night promises to be an electrifying experience not to be missed. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit katdahlia.com.
Everything just keeps getting crazier for KATDAHLIA as the release of MY GARDEN approaches. To celebrate the launch of her album preorder and #MyGarden Tour, People en Español exclusively revealed the cover art for MY GARDEN and premiered the new video remix for “Crazy” on Monday, November 10. KAT DAHLIA is also Latina.com’s celebrity guest blogger for the month of November, allowing readers a chance to get to know her beyond the music by penning candid, insightful and honest entries. Check out her latest entry here.
Presented by Bonfire: Tuesday October 28th featured Freddie Gibbs live on stage at Underground Arts in front of a hyped crowd. Fresh off stops north of the border in Canada and continuing all across the USA into November, Gibbs brought his talents to Philly with opening acts Remy Banks, GrandeMarshall and Voss.
Voss was the opening act, afterwards was Grande Marshall who hyped up the crowd with his entourage. Remy banks from Worlds Fair was backed up with fellow member Nigel. Remy Banks also brought out Chynna who performed her latest songcalled “Glen Coco“. Once Freddie Gibbs came out, the crowd showed him much of his welcoming in Philadelphia with smoke in the air.
Freddie Gibbs is a direct product of Gary, Indiana’s East Side. Born into a vacuum of poverty, Gibbs is an uncut distillation of his surroundings.
Freddie’s keen survivalist mentality and work ethic won him a scholarship to Ball State University for football, but he was dismissed over questionable allegations. Gibbs was cast back into the sink-or-swim realities of his upbringing, and he resorted to pimping and manufacturing freebase to keep the lights on. A humble critic, Freddie never meant to be a part of the problem, and explored means of supporting himself without partaking in the cyclical plague of drugs and prostitution. A gifted writer who stood out amongst his peers with his reserved wit and command of language, Freddie began to rap about the things he saw.
As word of his skills spread to the coasts, he aligned himself with notable producers like The Alchemist, Red Spyda, Just Blaze, and Buckwild to create a discography that illustrates his experiences as a struggling denizen of a blighted community. In 2010, XXL Magazine caught wind of Freddie’s unique approach and nominated Gibbs to their Freshman Top 10. Subsequently, Freddie Gibbs’ previous mixtapes, which capture the forsaken instrumental aesthetic of 90’s boom-bap and juxtapose it with his distinctly Midwestern double-time flow, began to garner widespread critical acclaim and industry attention.
The rapper also endeavored to expand his musical horizons by teaming up with UK dubsteb producer Joker on a remix of the track “The Vision” and with New York indie-noise-pop duo Cults on a reworking of their track “Bad Things.” His willingness to both function in the world of gangster rap and to step outside the strict confines of hip hop to form unexpected collaborations with artists from a broad musical spectrum highlights a truly versatile musician.
It’s that Holiday time of the year and #HeinekenGreenRoom is going all out with an extraordinary night of music and celebration at UBIQ. Please join us for a special night with Brooklyn based electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene. This rapidly ascending pair has made a major splash with their getupanddance soulful R & B sound along with their highly anticipated EP “side fx”.
Philly’s own illvibe Collective will be rounding out the night with their classic mix of all that’s soulful.
This event is open ONLY to Heineken Green Room members.