Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:07:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hopsin Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:26:07 +0000 aaron Friday, October 21st
w/ Problem, Joyner Lucas
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 26th @ 10 a.m.


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"The whole thing that got me here was controversy," admits Hopsin. In 2010, the Panorama City, California native's back was against the wall. He was unhappily signed to Eazy-E's former label with a debut album ('Gazing At The Moonlight') failing to meet his artistic and commercial expectations after years of acting on a major network and a feature film. Hardly a "kiddie rapper," the emcee took to the Internet and released "Sag My Pants," an instant rewind. "I lashed out against Ruthless Records. I knew that would have some shock value. But at the time, I had to do whatever I could do." Hopsin's survival mechanisms have guided him through life. As a youth placed in Special Education classes, Hop overcame the obstacles to become a video editor and music producer in addition to rapper. He is also co-founder of the independent powerhouse Funk Volume. This 2012 XXL Freshman is at the top of his class.

In an era defined by cosigns and flashiness, Hopsin and his Funk Volume cohorts took to the rapper's basement. Raised on the music of Eminem and 50 Cent, Hopsin studied how to engage fans, both with sharp lyricism and careful branding. Also having a passion for video production, Hopsin succeeded in going viral without big budgets. "I want people to know it's a Hopsin video. A lot of things matter: Colors, cuts, wardrobe, and acting. Some rappers come out and look so fake instantly. You just gotta learn how to make yourself into something that there's not a lot of things about you that people can knock." On his self-released sophomore album, 'Raw,' Hopsin embodied a confidence in the vein of Hip Hop legends. "I realized we had something. I made $4,000 in one day off that album. It's still a lot to me today, but back then, I was living off just a few dollars a week." Following, Hop was performing for hundreds nightly on the I Am Raw Tour. The mastermind recalls, "I knew things were taking off a lot bigger and faster than we expected."

Each year on Hopsin's birthday, he releases a video from a series of "Ill Mind". In 2012, he shook the Internet with his controversial "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5," where he took a much darker route, addressing issues society is currently facing such as drugs, gangs, and religion. The risk to take a stand against the use of drugs and alcohol, and the deglamorization of the party scene, paid off, and with over 1,000,000 views in the first 24 hours, this catapulted him into his third LP, 'Knock Madness.' "It's gonna be hard to top -- I'm calling it right now," he boasts, claiming it's just "an enhancement" of his work. His humble beginnings continued to drive him, as he again self produced, mixed, and mastered this album, proving to the industry that you do not need a glamorous studio in order to top the charts. 'Knock Madness' peaked at #2 on iTunes and its success led to a five-month world tour.

Although Hopsin made many references about quitting music upon the completion of the 'Knock Madness' tour, his love for the artistry could not keep him out of the studio. Sticking to his controversial "internet trolling" ways, he publicly quit the rap game, only to announce a week later that his newest project, 'Pound Syndrome,' would be released in 2015. With his fanbase having grown to 2,500,000 Facebook fans and 1,100,000 YouTube subscribers, Hopsin is back and ready to shake things up and continue to prove that even a special ed kid rapping in his momma's basement can make it.

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Motion Trap Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:41:40 +0000 aaron Sunday, September 4th
w/ Extra Fresh, Powerful Science
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$6: 21 and up || $8: 18 and up

Motion Trap

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Motion Trap makes sonic exploration music. An escalating interplay between electronic-tinged riffs and rhythmic muscle leads to a state of wonder. Dreamy, but not hazy, more like the feeling of being in the moment and letting it all wash over you. All while the beat forever propels you forward.

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YG Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:30:55 +0000 aaron Friday, November 11th
w/ RJ, Kamaiyah, & Sadboy
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $31: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 19th @ 10 a.m.


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On the heels of releasing the music video for "Why You Always Hatin?" featuring Drake and Kamaiyah yesterday, Bompton-based rapper YG is back today to announce the FDT (F*ck Donald Trump) Tour. To coincide with the tour announce, YG is also sharing the music video for "FDT (Remix)" featuring G-Eazy and Macklemore directed by Vital Films. The FDT Tour will include RJ, Kamaiyah, and SadBoy. Kamaiyah exploded onto the music scene this year with her critically acclaimed A Good Night In The Ghetto, which was hailed as one the 2016 best projects by The FADER and Pitchfork. RJ has been making noise on the West Coast with his Ommio Mixtape series. He has been a frequent collaborator with YG and mega producer DJ Mustard.

The FDT Tour will hit 52 different cities in North America starting in September all the way through December. There will be opportunities to register to vote at the merchandise booth with discounts available for those who register that night or are already registered to vote. A portion of merchandise sales will go to families affected by police brutality. In select cities, there will be a guest lecture to discuss the 2016 presidential election prior to the show, as well as opportunities for fans to discuss issues they see in their cities on stage.

Earlier this summer YG released the wildly successful second album STILL BRAZY and went out on The Endless Summer tour alongside G-Eazy, Logic, and Yo Gotti. STILL BRAZY is available everywhere via Def Jam Recordings

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Timmy Williams from The Whitest Kids U Know Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:08:20 +0000 aaron Saturday, September 24th
Featuring Timmy Williams (Whitest Kids U Know)
w/ Alice Galloway, Will Dougherty
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
18 and up || $7: Advance || $10: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door

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Faded Black / Hope For The Fallen / Leighton Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:39:30 +0000 aaron Saturday, September 3rd
Featuring: Faded Black, Hope For The Fallen, Leighton
Rye Room
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Quality Time with Jordan Kleine (Early) Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:09:34 +0000 aaron Thursday, September 1st
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Jelly Roll Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:03:14 +0000 aaron Thursday, September 1st
w/ Struggle, Doobie featuring illskillz & Bro
Doors: 9:30 p.m. || Show 10 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance || $20: Day of Show || $25: Meet & Greet

Jelly Roll

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Checking in at six feet one inches and over 350 pounds, not to mention covered in tattoos, it’s impossible to ignore Jason “Jelly Roll” DeFord in a room. And that’s before his booming country-twanged voice enters the conversation. “I’m just a regular fat piece of white trash with some real people that relate,” he loudly explains with a wide grin, sending everyone else within earshot into riotous laughter. For the 27-year-old Jelly, a nickname he picked up from his mother and kept to honor an incarcerated friend, humor has always been a way to cope with the struggle he would go through in life. Growing up in the rougher areas of Nashville, TN, particularly the Southside city known as Antioch, Jelly got an early taste for street life and fast cash. “I’ve always joked that Antioch is the cultural melting pot the government uses to test how different ethnicities live together in a lower and middle class area,” He laughs referring to the city’s racially diverse, albeit economically bleak make up.Captivated by the gritty rhymes of local legends such as Pistol, Quanie Cash, Haystak, and Kool Daddy Fresh, it wasn’t long before the music would mirror Jelly Roll’s personal life. Catching his first case at age 14, Jelly would endure an ongoing cycle of incarceration until 2009 which would include intent to distribute cocaine charges and multiple probation violations.Continuing to soak up the sounds from southern artists such as UGK, 8ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionare and Paul Wall, it was during these particularly dark times that Jelly would turn to crafting his own rhymes as a therapeutic means to deal with his trials and tribulations: “My music is all based on emotions and stories from my life as well as people around me. I want to convey to people the power of faith and perseverance and I hope that it helps them to find a light in whatever darkness they may be going through in there life.” In the summer of 2010, Jelly Roll’s “Pop Another Pill” collaboration with Memphis luminary Lil Wyte would go on to garner over 1 million YouTube views. This viral sensation lead to the SNO group album Year-Round released on Hypnotized Minds in April 2011, a project executive-produced by Oscar winners DJ Paul and Juicy J. Jelly continued his successful 2011 campaign by releasing Gambling On A Whiteboy 4 during the summer and combining his talents with Haystak for the successful Strictly Business joint-album in November. His unique combination of introspection, melody, and punchlines has struck a chord with an ever-growing nationwide fan base and continues to impress. In between new projects, Jelly still finds time to volunteer at and provide financial backing for the local SuCO Boxing & MMA gym to help provide disadvantaged youth with a place to take part in positive activities. “My ultimate goal is to touch and reach people and have a voice of influence with the youth of today, he reveals. “I know that sounds like the opposite of what I’m aiming for by the content of some of my bigger songs, but the real purpose will shine through in the end. Helping people and life in general is a marathon, not a 40-yard-dash.” Spoken like someone who has truly been through the fire, its evident Jelly Roll is on a path to even greater acclaim- and that means a greater change for the world.

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Dizzy Wright: Still Moving Tour Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:00:29 +0000 aaron Thursday, October 13th
w/ Audio Push, Mark Battles
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || 25: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 19th @ 10 a.m.

Dizzy Wright

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Coming off as a Devin the Dude for the Tech N9ne generation, stoned ranger and weed rapper Dizzy Wright released his debut effort in 2010 on the stoner holiday of 4/20. Born La'Reonte Wright in Flint, Michigan but raised in Las Vegas by a mother in the music business, Dizzy saw the life of a major-label artist firsthand while growing up, an experience that influenced him later in life to remain entirely indie. After a series of mixtapes filled with his smooth, Bone Thugs-influenced flow, Dizzy made it to the indies in 2012, specifically Hopsin's Funk Volume imprint, which released his debut album, SmokeOut Conversations, on April 20th (4/20). The First Agreement EP followed on the label that same year, then 2013 saw the release of The Golden Age, a street-level mixtape that made the Billboard charts when it was officially released later in the year. In 2015 he dropped the single "I Can Tell You Need It" as a preview to that year's LP The Growing Process. The album featured guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The Wisdom and Good Vibes EP followed in 2016.

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RITTZ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:41:46 +0000 aaron Sunday, October 30th
w/ Jarren Benton, DJ: DJ Green
Hosted by Big Dawg
Doors & Show: 7:30 p.m. || VIP Early Entry: 7 p.m.
18 and up || $32: GA Advance || $42: GA Day of Show
$52: VIP Balcony Advance || $62: VIP Balcony Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Monday, August 15th @ 10 a.m.

VIP Balcony includes:
-7pm Early Entry
-"Skip the line" throughout the performance
-VIP Lanyard
-Tour Mix-Tape


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The Atlanta metropolitan area stretches on for at least 30 miles beyond the Georgia Dome and the World of Coke. Peachtree Street (conspicuously void of actual peach trees) stretches up through several counties, changing its name a number of times, confusing the tourists and the transplants. Furthest to the north of the metro area, sits Gwinnett County; sprawling and well-populated by a mix of out-of-towners hoping to indulge in a slice of that oft-mentioned American Pie: a house in a subdivision with a yard for the kids. After closer observation though, it’s apparent that the suburbs of Gwinnett are the digs to many who don’t fit the cookie cutter, Stepford lifestyle. The county, more frequently being referred to as the Northside, boasts both million dollar homes on golf courses as well as drug hubs in neighborhoods riddled with gang activity. The Northside, essentially, is in stark contradiction to itself. Rapper Rittz is the Northside.

Raised in Gwinnett County, Rittz embodies the same level of irony and self-conflict as his hometown. Born into a musical family, he, his twin sister and their brother had always been exposed to the inner workings of music. The fact that their parents were heavily into rock and roll ensured that the kids were always around instruments or in studios. The family moved from small-town Pennsylvania (Waynesburg) to the Atlanta outskirts when he was eight years old, and once Rittz got to junior high, his musical tastes evolved. Atlanta’s booming bass and rap movement had traveled north on I-85 to get the entire metro area jumping.

”When I moved here, I was introduced to rap music. When I started rapping, I was listening to any early Rap-A-Lot records, like Willie D, Geto Boys… Kilo [Ali] was like the first. So when I started at 12 years old, my early raps, I tried to rap like them,” he explains, “But the early Outkast, and Goodie Mob was really the beginning of me wanting to rap and imitate them in finding my own style. Me and another guy were actually in a group called Ralo and Rittz [1995-2003], we were like the white Outkast, or we tried to be like that. I had a studio in my basement, and we put out a bunch of tapes in Gwinnett. I felt like we were one of the first, if not the first... There were only maybe one or two other people rapping in Gwinnett at the time, from ’95 to 2000.”

During the earlier part of the millennium though, around 2003, Rittz had hit a wall. After eight years, he and Ralo had matured in different directions. His promising buzz had led to countless disappointments. “I won Battlegrounds on Hot 107.9, got retired and shit and felt like I was ‘bout to make it. But, so many industry up and downs, with managers, contracts…” He was dead broke, feeling dejected, and living with friends- ready to resign from the rap game before even taking his rightful place in it. It wasn’t until 2009 when he’d randomly received a call from another flamespitter who was repping an area as under-the-radar as Gwinnett was. “I had some money behind me.” Rittz says, “Everything was going good and then everything fell out, at the same time, I’m getting older, thinking it’s time to hang it up. This isn’t gonna happen and that’s when Yelawolf put me on ‘Box Chevy.’ [on Yelawolf’s Trunk Muzik].”

Nowadays, the rap career of Gwinnett-raised Rittz is rapidly on the rise. From his affliation with one of the hottest new rappers coming out of the South to his first mixtape, Rittz White Jesus (hilariously inspired by a friend’s term of endearment), everything is coming together now, two years after he nearly lost everything. These days he’s booking late night studio sessions, and still clocking in to work early the next day. “I see both sides: the regular, working class type shit and then I’ve also seen a lot of the street shit that goes on here, some people that are blind to that here, may never have seen it.” Rittz says he’s “just a normal guy who raps”- a contradiction if there ever was one- but he makes you believe, with the humility of the everyman and the talent of a superstar.

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Sherry Drive / Meadow Rave / Naked Sunday Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:15:56 +0000 aaron Friday, August 19th
Late Show
w/ Sherry Drive, Meadow Rave, Naked Sunday
Doors: 9:30 p.m. || Show: 10:30 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Leopold & His Fiction Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:33:12 +0000 aaron Tuesday, September 13th
w/ Verse and the Vices, Herbert's Rainbow
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $6: Advance || $8: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 12th @ 10 a.m.

Leopold & His Fiction

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Naked, stripped down and aching with adrenaline is the rawness of Leopold and his Fiction. Originally formed as an outlet for Daniel James Leopold to exercise his lessons from his formative years in Detroit, the seminal force of Leopold and his Fiction is the catalyst for soul-drenched, bare-bones rock ‘n’ roll that shakes with the power of ’73-era Stooges while seducing with the rhythm and blues of Motown. “The band elicits a power when it’s time to perform that is unable to be harnessed in any other medium short of a fist fight,” says Leopold. “Whether that’s on stage or in a recording studio it’s almost hard to contain it. It’s more life than I’ve ever felt before.”

Leopold and his Fiction have been working with GRAMMY®--nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Datsuns, Slayer, Jet, The Dandy Warhols, etc.) in recording and capturing a captivating musical journey that is as relentless as it is inspiring. “Frenchie saw our show and listened to our records,” says James. “He was very blunt and said, ‘I’m confidant I can make you guys shine!’ He brought a lot out of me and the band. The energy was very positive and the songs are confident, edgy and packed with emotion.” Amidst the band’s hook-filled party rock, Leopold is also able to refine his more melodic Neil Young / Jackson Browne side.

The next Leopold and his Fiction album promises a full pallet of artistry from America’s deep, dark underbelly and rootsy fabric to a revival of an R&B, backwoods charm. It goes back to the days when Motown and Stax loaded singles with a shaking groove on the A-side with B-side ballads clearly as comfortable in the same skin.

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Young Dinosaurs Tour (Comedy) Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:30:17 +0000 aaron Friday, August 19th
Early Show
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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¡Mayday! Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:48:27 +0000 aaron Wednesday, September 21st
w/ Jaysay, Jonasty, Scru Face Jean
Doors: 8 pm. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance || $18: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door

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They’ve performed with Lil Wayne, collaborated with Cee Lo Green and toured extensively with labelmate Tech N9ne. No matter whom they work with or who hears their music, ¡Mayday! quickly impresses whoever hears its diverse music and sees its riveting live show. So when it came time for Wrekonize (rapper), Bernz (rapper) and company to name its second Strange Music album, the group felt Believers best represented its progression for two reasons.

“When it comes to our sound, we have a lot of different things in it so a lot of times it’s hard to define, but the one common thread is that as soon as people hear it, they become Believers and it’s something that resonates with them,” Bernz says. “On a more esoteric level, we chose the title because we believe and the people we roll with believe that you ask the universe for things and you get them in return. You have to believe in what you want and believe it to achieve it.”

To this end, the Miami-based crew jumpstarts Believers with the energetic tag-team raps of Bernz and Wrekonize on the driving title track before delivering a rousing reggae-tinged declaration of their potency on “Shots Fired.” “We try to start our albums with a bang,” Bernz says. “It’s our time to become the group that everybody wants us to be. ‘Shots Fired’ is us claiming our spot. We feel like we put out great music and that our sound could appeal to a lot of people.”

¡Mayday! takes a more introspective stance on “Unplug.” On this collaboration with Kardinal Offishall, Bernz and Wrekonize examine the ways our lives are affected by how we connect to people and to technology. “On our last couple albums, we’ve touched on social media and the way it’s affecting us on a personal level,” Bernz says. “This is another swing of the bat at that. We all sit at restaurants with our friends and look at our phones. They say we’re all becoming more connected, but the question arises if we really are.”
People enter and exit our lives at a remarkable rate. This isn’t lost on ¡Mayday!, who uses the apocalyptic “Last One Standing” to send a note to their friends -- and to people in general -- who abandon pursuing their dreams. “I think that the bottom line is that people don’t believe in themselves as much as they should,” Bernz says. “What I see in artists like ourselves and Tech N9ne is that we believe in the world that we’ve created for ourselves. I believe that some of that blind faith needs to be there if you want to achieve anything in the music industry or any kind of artistic field.”
Part of believing in yourself includes the ability to and willingness to evolve. ¡Mayday!, for instance, changed its creative process while working on Believers. The group decided it wanted to make something that sounded like a summertime BBQ and sat with producer Infamous (Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes) before making the music for the cut. The result, “HighRide,” marked a new way ¡Mayday! could create music. “Since we were always kids with beat machines, we would just make something, vibe it out and then it would tell you what it is,” Bernz says. “This was the first time we really got to sit down with a producer and think about things, talk about things before we actually made the song. It was a new process for writing.”

Another writing wrinkle came from Tech N9ne. “One thing I learned from hanging out with Tech is that he definitely thinks about his show a lot when he’s making his albums and that is something we wanted to do with this album,” Bernz says. “A song like ‘Tear Shit Down’ is definitely something we wanted to play live and have fun to. We made this album coming off a 106-show tour, so our minds were literally still in the shows.”

At the hundreds of shows ¡Mayday! has performed throughout the years, they’ve crossed paths with hundreds of girls, ones who have seen it all and who served as the inspiration for the somber “Mortuary Mary.” While those girls may have become cynical about life, ¡Mayday! remains excited about its work. “We’re just sharpening the knife,” Bernz says. “In terms of the shows, we’re at a really high place in terms of how good they are and how we’re able to communicate with each other. On the music side, I feel like we’re getting better all the time.”

Before joining Strange Music, ¡Mayday! became a draw in Southern Florida and the Southeast because of its energetic shows and anthemic music, earning such A-list fans as Lil Wayne, who featured the group in his “Get A Life” and “Da Da Da” videos, and Cee Lo Green, with whom they collaborated on the Internet hit “Groundhog Day.” Upon joining Strange Music, the sextet released its debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, in March 2012. The group’s stellar instrumentation and its captivating blend of singing and rapping on such selections as the ominous “Badlands” with Tech N9ne, the stirring “Tango In Tunisia,” the edgy “Death March” and the eerie “Don’t Make Me Live” introduced ¡Mayday! on a national stage as a versatile, noteworthy group with thematic diversity and impressive musicianship.

Touring, recording and working with independent music powerhouses Tech N9ne and Strange Music also gave ¡Mayday! the keys to success. “Hard work, perseverance, consistency and quality -- that’s what I’ve learned the most from Tech,” Bernz says. “Strange has given us the blueprint for success. If you put all those things together and you can survive the other pitfalls of life, you’re probably going to come out the other end OK.”

¡Mayday! also released its Thrift Store Halos EP in August 2012 and Wrekonize released his The War Within LP in June 2013, all while touring virtually non-stop and collaborating with a bevy of artists. With Believers, ¡Mayday! plans to graduate to the next stage of its career. “This is the album where it’s time for us to move on from being that underground thing and into becoming something bigger,” Bernz says. “We’re going for the brass ring. I definitely think ¡Mayday! makes the kind of music that can be played everywhere. That’s our goal, to move past the underground status and go on to the next level, whatever that may be for us.”

One thing’s for sure. ¡Mayday!’s next level will include legions of new Believers

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Major League Triathlon presents Russell Dickerson Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:40:50 +0000 aaron Saturday, August 27th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance || $20: Day of Show

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Sincere, endearing, energetic, and always smiling: All words that have been used to describe emerging country music star, Russell Dickerson, by his fans and peers alike. His infectious personality radiates in everything he does, whether he’s writing a song, singing in the studio, or meeting fans. He’s constantly making people laugh, and makes new friends everywhere he goes. He asserts, “I just love life. Every day is a great day!”

And lately there’s been plenty to smile about. The Nashville native and Belmont University alumnus had quite the surprising summer with the incredible grassroots reaction to his current single, “Yours.” The power ballad was selected for Sirius XM’s The Highway Find program, which showcases new, and often times unsigned, artists to country music fans across the country. And with his song competing with artists such as Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan on the satellite radio station’s weekly Hot 45 countdown, and successfully reaching #15, listeners have spent the entire summer discovering Dickerson.

In just a few short weeks, Dickerson’s fans have solidified him unanimously as the next big thing. Hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, massive sales numbers, and skyrocketing social media numbers from the fans have come pouring in. He happily keeps up with the messages daily across all his social outlets and reciprocates their dedication by responding to his fans personally.

“Since day one, all I’ve ever known is music. I love touring, I love playing the shows…I love connecting with every single person.” The multi-instrumentalist, and successful songwriter, is busy recording his next project, and is characteristically optimistic that his fans will embrace the album just as much as they have him. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the fans. I want them to leave my shows feeling changed. I live to make them smile.”

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FREAKABOUT / Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:14:06 +0000 aaron Thursday, August 25th
Featuring: FREAKABOUT, Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes
w/ Walk By Sea
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE SHOW || 18 and up

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Danielle Ate the Sandwich / All Young Girls Are Machine Guns / Andrea Von Kampen @ 1867 Bar Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:29:21 +0000 aaron Saturday, September 10th
Featuring: Danielle Ate the Sandwich, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Andrea Von Kampen
1867 Bar
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $8: Advance || $10: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door

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Montana of 300 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:58:27 +0000 aaron Thursday, September 22nd
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$20: Advance || $25: Day of Show || $50: VIP Meet & Greet
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 5th @ 10 a.m.

Montana of 300

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Montana of 300 (no relation with Chief Keef) is an independent rapper from the South side of Chicago. Wearing a bandana underneath his rope like/twisted dreads and covered in tattoos, his image is starting to trend. Often referred to as "Rap God", his latest project/album is available on all the major music retail sites and is entitled "Cursed with A Blessing", which has been doing great numbers. Montana of 300 brings real lyricism, crazy creativity and substance while keeping you hype. Known for his back to back flurries of mind-blowing metaphors, unforgettable quotes, inspirational stories of struggle and his aggression, Montana's music is spreading fast, keeping the people talking and running to tell the next. Having gained over 100 Million YouTube views, he has proven time after time, that he can/will deliver and be effective every time. Being versatile and dropping hits like "HolyGhost", "Ice Cream Truck" and "All I Ever Wanted", shows us that he's way more than "another Chicago rapper". Even while working on his original music, Montana likes to stay in tune with his fans as well. So every once in a while, he let's them have some control by picking what industry song he will remix next. He never fails to crush all the other versions. Montana of 300 is currently working on two albums, "Gunz & Roses" w/ Talley of 300 (12-2-15) and his solo "Fire In the Church" (5-6-16), and has fans from all over the world anticipating their releases.

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Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:00:34 +0000 aaron Monday, November 14th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $30: Advance || $35: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 5th @ 10 a.m.

Machine Gun Kelly (MGK)

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Delivering lyrics with the speed of a bullet train, Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly (aka MGK) experienced a meteoric rise in late 2011. Born Richard Colson Baker in Texas but raised in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, MGK began making news in 2009 when he became the first rapper to win at amateur night at Harlem's Apollo Theater. A series of mixtapes, including 100 Words and Running, Lace Up, and Rage Pack came next; a 2011 performance at SXSW was followed immediately by a meeting with Sean Combs. Kelly signed with Comb's Bad Boy imprint that night and released the single "Wild Boy" on the label that same year. The track featured special guest Waka Flocka Flame, and MGK's debut album, Lace Up, landed in 2012. During this time, he also signed a deal with Young & Restless to work on a clothing line. In 2015, he released General Admission, a dark, autobiographical album released under the full name of Machine Gun Kelly.

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Gorilla Zoe: Red Cup Single Release Party Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:57:15 +0000 aaron Sunday, August 14th
w/ UB Star, EZ, Huey & Heath Cake
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $20: GA Advance || $25: GA Day of Show
$25: Balcony VIP Advance || $30: Balcony VIP Day of Show
$50: VIP Meet & Greet Advance || $50: VIP Meet & Greet Day of Show

Gorilla Zoe

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Gorilla Zoe is an Atlanta rapper in the mold of Young Jeezy, whom he replaced in the Bad Boy group Boyz n da Hood. Both Atlantans have raspy voices, slow flows, simple rhymes, and a shameless obsession with the illegal drug trade, in particular, cocaine. Gorilla Zoe's first taste of commercial success came with "Coffee Shop," a 2007 hit by Bad Boy labelmate Yung Joc. His debut single as a solo artist, "Hood Nigga," followed shortly thereafter, along with the accompanying debut album Welcome to the Zoo. Gorilla Zoe's first album as Jeezy's replacement in Boyz n da Hood, Back Up n da Chevy, was released next, also in 2007. The album spawned a series of singles, including "Everybody Know Me" and "We Ready." A collaborative single with Lil Wayne called "Lost" landed in late 2008, while the full-length Don't Feed da Animals followed in March 2009, debuting atop the rap charts and cracking the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. In 2010, he released 28 different mixtapes, one per day for all of February, along with the single "Just Like My Chevy." His club-oriented effort King Kong was released in 2011. Mixtapes such as Recovery and Raised in the Jungle followed in 2015.

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Johnny Bliss CD Release Show Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:50:44 +0000 aaron Friday, July 29th
w/ Oshea
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Universe Contest / Mad Dog & the 20/20s Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:58:49 +0000 aaron Friday, August 26th
Featuring: Universe Contest, Mad Dog and the 20/20s
w/ Bogusman, Better Friend
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE SHOW || 18 and up

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The Chicago Breakfast Exchange Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:32:09 +0000 aaron Saturday, August 6th
Rye Room
w/ Chack
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Jana Kramer Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:46:07 +0000 aaron Sunday, October 23rd
w/ Belles & Whistles
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance || $29: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 29th @ 10 a.m.

Jana Kramer

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Just ask Jana Kramer and she'll tell you she’s: “Just getting started.”

And it’s that drive and love for music that has been the driving force behind her career. After all, in just a little over three years, she has become one of country music's brightest new stars. Her platinum debut single, "Why Ya Wanna," rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012 making her the most played new artist of that year. Her self-titled debut album hit No. 5. In 2013, the Academy of Country Music honored her with its Top New Female Artist Award, and this year she’s up for her first Female Vocalist of the Year award. That's a lot to have accomplished in just a little time. And Kramer is grateful for the success that has come her way. ”I still have a lot to prove,” she insists. "I'm better at what I'm doing than I ever was before. And I'm not going anywhere."

Kramer, you see, was already a star when she broke into country music, with a massive fan base she had built as an actress in numerous films and TV shows.

What few knew was that long before reciting her first scripted line, Kramer was a passionate lover of country music. In fact, she ended her high-profile, two-year run on The CW's "One Tree Hill" to focus on her singing, songwriting and onstage performance.

Her bona fides were confirmed on Jana Kramer. "But that first album was an introduction," she explains. "This new one, is my baby album. Not that I don't love the first one, but the second album really represents who I am and where I've been throughout all of my life."

That's clear from top to bottom, from the pulsing beat and affirmative message of the opener, "Boomerang," to the aptly titled "Last Song," a wistful but resolute farewell to a lost love.

Strength, sass and sensitivity, romance, regret and maybe a bit of revenge -- a rainbow of emotions illuminates thirty one. Whether she's playfully laying out her boundaries to a prospective boyfriend on "Don't Touch My Radio" or savoring the innocence of romance on "Love," it's tempting to ascribe Kramer's insightful way with a lyric to her history of inhabiting roles as an actress. But once again, she is quick to point out, it's the music that came first and continues to define who she is. In October of 2015, thirty one debuted with career-best sales numbers, landing in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and at No. 3 on the Country Albums chart.

"The only way that acting helps me with music is in my videos," she says. "Because these songs are so real to me, that's why I feel them so deeply. Acting is as real as it can be, but music is so personal. It's my life."

That's especially true on thirty one, where Kramer shows she can craft a narrative and a compelling melody as well as anyone in her genre. "When I first got to Nashville, I was so shy and timid, knowing that I was writing songs with people who had written a million Number Ones," she admits. "But then I realized I have stories to tell too. So I came into the new album knowing exactly what I wanted to write -- and it had to be 100 percent about my life."

If anything, Kramer admits, this means being even more country than much of what defines that genre these days. "I didn't want to follow what other people are doing," she says. "Of course, I love a lot of what I hear on country radio. But I definitely feel that Scott and I did a great job of bringing in elements of today's sound while keeping that country element I identify with too."

Producer Scott Hendricks and Kramer had worked together on her first album. Each harbors respect for the other; both also have clear ideas of what they feel works best in the studio. That meant that as they regrouped for thirty one a bit of constructive head-butting would be inevitable.

I wanted to make sure there were banjos and steel on the album because that's the stuff I grew up on. So we argued a little bit on a few songs. I really fought him on certain songs. I wanted us to challenge each other, because I know that Scott is such an amazing producer. And in the end, it was magic."

The results testify to Kramer's authenticity as a singer with sturdy country roots and a rare gift for communicating through song. On “Bullet” she asserts her personality and drives the song home, delivering the title with an innovative stuttering enunciation and attitude-drenched drawl. ("It's a very empowering song for women, a way of saying 'I dodged a bullet' without calling the guy a jerk," she reveals, with a deep-throated laugh.)

And, yes, thirty one is a monument to her determination not to back down when it comes to being true to herself -- and to her growing legion of true believers.

"I've been through a lot in my life, and I feel like country music saved me in a lot of ways," she states. "I think about Martina McBride's 'A Broken Wing,' which helped me get through a rough time. And I grew up listening to old-school country music. My grandma's favorite was Patsy Cline; she still has the same cassette tape and cassette player in her kitchen, where we liked to make cookies together.

"Do you want to know why I do this?" she sums up. "I'm giving back. That's what I love most about being on this platform that I have. I want to give that back to people. This was never just a hobby for me. I've always wanted to share my story and help change people's lives. That's how much this music means to me."

Although by her own account she may be “just getting started”, Jana Kramer’s new album is proof she’s here to stay.

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Alter Bridge Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:00:31 +0000 aaron Thursday, September 29th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $33: Advance || $38.50: Day Of Show
$165: Meet & Greet Package - Sold Through VIP Nation (Does not include Ticket)
*$2 minor fee at the door

Special offer! A digital download of Alter Bridge’s forthcoming album, The Last Hero, is included with every ticket you order for this show. To take advantage of this offer, please email

Meet & Greet Includes:
-VIP early entry into the venue
-Exclusive pre-show meet & greet with Alter Bridge
-Personal photograph with Alter Bridge
-Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
-Autographed tour poster (limited print, numbered)
-Collectible Alter Bridge guitar pick set (with custom case)
-Exclusive Alter Bridge VIP merchandise item
-Official meet & greet laminate
-Crowd-free merchandise shopping
-On-site VIP host

Alter Bridge

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Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips formed Alter Bridge in 2004 after a cooling of their relationship with the Creed singer (Creed has since reconciled and reunited). The new band hooked up with then ex-Creed bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four front man Myles Kennedy (who recently performed and co-wrote 2 songs on Slash’s solo record and fronts his touring band).

In 2004, the band recorded their debut album, One Day Remains. It went gold in the United States and spawned three singles as well as the track “Metalingus,” which was adopted by the WWE’s Superstar Edge as his theme song later that year. In 2007 the band released the critically acclaimed second album, Blackbird, which included the hit singles “Rise Today” and “Watch Over You.” The latter became a top 10 video as well as the featured song on VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. The band took to the road to promote their sophomore release, gaining more fans across the globe with their intense and powerful live show.

Lyrically, the first two albums are based on themes immersed in hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. On AB III, however, the theme has shifted. Kennedy states, “This record is definitely a departure from the last two albums in terms of its subject matter. It touches on the thoughts and emotions of someone who has come to question everything that was once regarded as an absolute truth. It’s the realization that everything you once believed in might not exist.”

This journey is set into motion by the album’s opening track, “Slip to the Void.” The song’s sparse and moody intro sets up the narrative as Kennedy’s vocal and lyrics emerge. Tremonti adds, “’Slip To The Void,’ has one of my favorite vocal performances ever by Myles, the song is really creepy and lets the listener know the vibe of the record. It’s pretty dark, the intro really sucks you in.”

The album then shifts gears into the metallic first single, “Isolation,” showcasing Alter Bridge’s ability to play and write aggressively while maintaining their signature melodic component. Tremonti states, “Melody is still the most important thing for us. There’s no point in being heavy just for the sake of being heavy.”

From the bombastic riffs of “Still Remains” to the brooding band favorite “Show Me A Sign,” the album plays like a concept record whose main character is someone desperately struggling to find their place in a world steeped in doubt and emptiness. The track, “Words Darker Than Their Wings,” is the final chapter of this tale. Kennedy says, “The lyric was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend a while ago. It was the catalyst for the idea of having both Mark and I trade off on the lead vocal. I thought it would be a good way of making the differing points of view in the ‘conversation’ more effective. More importantly, I thought Mark sounded great singing it!”

While AB III is a record with a consistent theme, there are songs both musically and thematically that break away and touch on different human emotions. One of those moments is found in “Wonderful Life,” a song that Kennedy claims was “An extremely emotional song to put together, it took a long time.” He then adds, “The lyric was inspired by the idea that there will come a day when we all must say goodbye to the ones we love and hold dear in our hearts. Basically, I asked myself what would I want to say in that final moment, that last goodbye?”

The band enlisted Producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Iggy Pop, Incubus), to capture the vision the band had for AB III. Baskette, described by Tremonti as “like a fifth band-member,” was also at the helm for the recording of Blackbird. Kennedy says,” Over the years we have definitely established a bond with Elvis. We trust his instincts, he knows how to bring out the best in us sonically and creatively.”

AB III is an incredibly intense and dynamic album proving Alter Bridge continues to grow and evolve with each recording. “We went into the process of putting the record together with a lot of confidence,” Tremonti reveals, “but we didn’t go into it looking to be commercial, or to have radio singles. We just wanted this to be an album that pleased us artistically, through and through.”

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TroyBoi Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:07:40 +0000 aaron Sunday, September 11th
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance


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One of South East London's most closely guarded secrets has recently emerged from the shadows and is set to take the music industry by storm. Known only as TroyBoi, this multi-talented musician specialises in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical tracks that fuses various textures from multiple genres and brands it as 'My Style'. TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it's quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He has already produced tracks with some very high profile artists and his collaboration with Flosstradamus 'Soundclash' is arguably one of the biggest anthems in the scene today. His style is undeniably his own, infectious to the ears and beyond stimulating to the mind. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream and together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you'll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will NEVER want to get out.

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