DJ Abilities comes to Buffalo!
DJ Abilities is perhaps best known for his work with his emcee partner, the late Eyedea. He and Eyedea were noted, above all, for their unique ability to interact in live on stage performances. Having lost his other half in 2010, Abilities has had to re-define his live show. Anybody can play a song as a DJ, but DJ Abilities makes them his: incorporating tomorrows technology with the skill of the “Old School” to create a dynamic and engaging performance. Expect to see live looping, live finger drumming, some of the best scratching in the world, and song selection that has pleased crowds of all types; young, old, rock, rap, EDM and 80′s… he blends it all. Check out his most recent independent release, “The Blends” and catch him on tour at the dates and venues below.
eMC performs in Buffalo!!
Friday August 29, eMC takes the stage in Buffalo at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar!
Though not officially formed as a group until 2005, the crew came together in 2001 while touring together on Masta Ace‘s Disposable Arts tour. Ace described the group’s formation in an interview:
“It came about back in 2001, I went on tour to promote my album Disposable Arts and on that tour I travel with Strick. Strick was from Milwaukee, where we found Tommy Boy at the time. And I also travel with Punchline. We ride on the road for about a month or so, we really just got to liking each other and over the course of the last 5 years we collaborated together on a lot of different records. You know, whether it be me and Strick or me and Words. Or Words and Strick. Or Punch and me. We just done so many different collaborations. I mean probably some in the area of 20 different records. That one, or two, or three of us had been on together. That one of us has been on a record that they done with me on my album and it just seems like the right thing to do. Also like some of the fan-sites it was kinda being spoken about before it was actually a reality. It became like a rumor. People was just like “Yo” and started putting it in the chatrooms that we was forming a group and at the time it wasn’t even true and then we started talking about “yo, maybe this is a good idea, let’s think about it.” That’s how it came about.”
In 2006, the group’s first collaborative track was released online, titled “Four Brothers”. eMC’s first group effort, The Show was released on iTunes on February 26th, and the CD release was on March 25th. A single from the album, “What It Stand For”, was released in July 2007, and is available for free download on the group’s MySpace page. It features production from Nicolay.
Advance tickets are available for only $10!
PremRock on A Clean, Well-Lighted Tour
PremRock’s latest album A Clean, Well-Lighted Place is worth a listen if you haven’t checked it out yet – and after banging through Europe with Mad Dukez and Fresh Kils this Spring, he’s hitting the USA in support of the record. A Clean, Well-Lighted Tour finds him bringing his energetic show and charming stage charisma to fine fans in the three of the four time zones – and alongside the amazing talents of fellow rap champions like Open Mike Eagle, Jake Spike, DJ Halo and DJ Abilities. Lots of Midwest availability coming up in October (contact Tony Caferro for details), but for now check him out at the dates below for some good old hip hop homage to Hemingway.
A Clean, Well-Lighted Tour
8/16 Brooklyn NY @ Palisades (w/ Open Mike Eagle & The Karma Kids)
8/18 Boston MA @ The Middle East (w/ DJ Abilities & Jake Spike)
8/20 Portland ME @ The Asylum (w/ DJ Abilities & Jake Spike)
8/21 Burlington VT @ Zen Lounge (w/ DJ Abilities & Jake Spike)
8/22 Machester NH @ The Shaskeen (w/ DJ Abilities & Jake Spike)
8/26 Salt Lake City UT @ Uprok Records (w/ DJ Halo)
8/27 Moab UT @ Club Rio (w/ DJ Halo)
8/28 Ketchum ID @ Whiskey Jacques (w/ DJ Halo)
8/29 Bozeman MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge (w/ DJ Halo)
8/31 Boise ID @ The Bouquet (w/ DJ Halo)
9/2 Portland OR @ Hawthorne Lounge (w/ DJ Halo)
9/3 Eugene OR @ Luckey’s (w/ DJ Halo)
9/5 Oakland CA @ Legionnaire Saloon (w/ DJ Halo)
9/6 Berkley CA @ Honey Hive Gallery (w/ DJ Halo)