Freddie Gibbs w/The Park (live band)

Freddie Gibbs w/The Park (live band) (11:15 PM)

Free The Robots (10:45 PM)

87 Stick Up Kids (10:10 PM)

DaVinci (9:45 PM)

Wed, February 23, 2011

9:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Freddie Gibbs w/The Park (live band) - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
Freddie Gibbs w/The Park (live band)
Freddie Tipton (born January 28, 1982), better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is a rapper from Gary, Indiana, now based in Southern California. He was signed by Interscope Records before being let go from his deal without a record being released. Subsequent to this, in 2009, he brought out The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs—a compilation of his work to that date, mixing mixtape tracks with unreleased studio material—and midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik—a collection of new music. Both were released for free to the internet. He has just recently teamed up with Bun B and Chuck Inglish to form the "super group" P.O.C. (Pulled Over by the Cops).

Gibbs has been compared to the legendary artist, Tupac Shakur as he not only "has a similar voice and delivery to revered hip hop martyr, the two also share a similar content to their music. Both use gangster rap as a tool to display the struggle, the beauty, and the emotion of lower socioeconomic life in modern America." His Southern-sounding cadences and easy drops into double-time rapping has also drawn parallels to UGK, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Z-Ro and Outkast (midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik's title being a play on that of Outkast's 1994 debut, southernplayalisticadillacmuzik).
Free The Robots - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Free The Robots
Chris Alfaro is Free the Robots. The genre-defying artist pulls together heavy doses of traditional jazz, psych, electronic and hip-hop, with progressive melodies and devastating drums into a rich pot of sound. His techniques create harmony between genres with the blending of obscure samples with analog and digital compositions.

Based out of Santa Ana, CA, Free The Robots started as a side project by Alfaro in 2003 while also playing with different bands, producing MCs and DJing. Having worked with so many different styles of music, Free the Robots brought everything together under one roof, allowing further exploration. With the use of samples, Controllers, and other live instruments, Alfaro creates a balance between the sounds of the past, present and future.

Free the Robots has reached a worldwide audience since its humble beginnings and found its place among the top artists in this genre. With the constant development of Alfaro's sound and live show, Free the Robots Has shared the stage with the likes of Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, the Glitch Mob, Afrika Bambaataa and more.
87 Stick Up Kids - (Set time: 10:10 PM)
87 Stick Up Kids
Searching for a home between punk rock purists and backpacking b-boys, electrodance hipsters and ghetto-rap thugs, hip hop is being redefined, and quite possibly,
steered back to it’s culture-clashing, New York City roots.
The ’87 Stick Up Kids are that place. A world where Blondie effortlessly co-mingles with Afrika Bambatta—where every DJ’s playlist runs the gamut of Ghostface Killah,
Daft Punk, Lil Jon and Morrissey.

Taking residence in the indie oasis of Los Angeles’ “east side”, the charismatic foursome, sometimes referred to as SK-87, are familiar faces in the underground nightlife scene. DJ Rockwell has been a key player in the rebirth of LA‘s nightclub culture, DJing and promoting tastemaker events and parties since 2002. “I’ve known Nash and Squish since we were kids… we were always involved with music in someway. When I met The Deacon I knew that we had to all do something together.”
Rockwell (James Outlaw), Squishy (James Orbison), Nashville (Nash Roussel) and Zile Ransome aka The Deacon (Gavin Decantillon) decided in Spring 2007 that it was time to
turn their individual talents into a collaborative effort. They immediately began working on original music, and soon thereafter found a common direction and sound. Although
not a charter member, MC Micah James is an important part of the SK-87 equation. Micah, who is often featured on their recordings and in their stage shows, is currently pursuing a solo effort, but plays a role balancing the group’s sound and style. “When we first started working we thought I would end up a part of the group, but we realized that it would be best for us to keep our identities separate while still working very closely.”

By the end of the summer, SK-87 had already created a local buzz thanks to, more than anything, their impeccably crafted stage shows. The performances are upbeat and
forcibly include the audience in the experience with strong, hook-driven songs, use of familiar instrumentals, and occasional comedic theatrics. “We try our best to create our
shows like a 30 minute mixtape,” says Rockwell. “I want people to constantly be surprised… it’s entertainment!”
This philosophy has worked for them quite well so far, sharing the bill with artists including The Cool Kids, Beck, LA rap revolutionaries Brother Reade, YoMajesty, Kid Sister, Diplo and tons more. Even Baltimore party conductor Spank Rock is a huge fan of their high-energy show. “I wouldn’t really consider myself even a rapper”, says Squish who has been on stage in one way or another since he was 10. “I leave that to
Nash and The Deacon. I’m just there to make sure the energy is high and the crowd is feeling it.”

In the coming year SK-87 are set to push their way into the public eye… and ear. “We’re confident that people want something new in hip hop”, says Nash. “Corporate commoditization of rap music has left this huge hole artistically--most people don’t have any common ground with the rap world. What we do is for everyone – rapper, listener,
DJ, dancer, schoolgirls, thugs… in the end we’re all the same.” The ’87 Stick Up Kids represent hip-hop unfiltered--revitalizing a creatively stagnant genre with a dose of it’s
own crossbred history.
DaVinci - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Born and raised in San Francisco's Fillmore District, DaVinci represents a neighborhood long recognized as the city’s center of Black culture. As a product of his environment, DaVinci’s words paint vivid portraits of inner-city themes, gentrification, and life as a young Black male in an ever-declining American landscape.

DaVinci's debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, has garnered him a great deal of buzz and praise locally and nationwide. Since the release of his album, he has been named HipHopDX's DX Next emcee, was the first SF artist to ever appear on Shade45 (Soul Assassin's The West Wing Radio) and has been on the national radar with features from premier outlets such as XLR8R, Wax Poetics, Fader, Pitchfork, URB, XXL, SF Weekly, The Smoking Section, 2dopeboyz, Nah Right, and AllHipHop, among many others.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change