Zion I & Lyrics Born w/ Kruza Kid, J.O.B., Thin Air Crew

Zion I & Lyrics Born w/ Kruza Kid, J.O.B., Thin Air Crew

Fri, October 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20 Day Of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

Zion I
Zion I
Since the release of the debut album, Mind Over Matter in 2000, Zion I has risen up the ranks of independent hip-hop to solidify their standing as one of the most prolific conscious rap groups of the past 2 decades. Boasting a catalog that consists of over two-dozen albums, EPs, mixtapes and collaborations, Zion I (currently consisting solely of MC/producer Zumbi) continues to create inspired music influenced by social & political woes, personal challenges & triumphs as well as family, spirituality and a raw perspective on the world at large.

Cited by A.V. Club as “remarkable”, Zumbi continues to showcase his talents as a unique, diverse and skilled MC while maintaining his place as one of the most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop.
The latest release, The Labyrinth was cited by PopMatters as “a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop”. Fueled by his own personal losses as well as the current political and social climate of the world-at-large, Zumbi has created a record that, as the Huffington Post put it; “is as heartfelt as it is badass”.

Being one of the most energetic and engaging live acts out there, Zion I continues to bring the music to the masses at festivals, events and venues across the planet. With a sound and style that bends musical genres, Zion I is able to perform alongside a diverse range of artists ranging from rap, rock and reggae to jam band and EDM.

With an 11th studio album on the horizon, Zion I continues to make music that while left-of-center is still relevant, fresh and exciting as ever. As Okayplayer put it; “At the end of the day, Zion I’s strength lies in the same areas where many artists falter – evolving without abandoning tried and tested methods.”
Lyrics Born
Lyrics Born
The first words of Lyrics Born's eighth album speak volumes about where the legendary MC stands these days: "Real people do real things. Yes we do." The Bay Area resident born Tom Shimura has stood at the peak of high-minded underground rap, explored the far reaches of interstellar synth-hop, and blazed trails galore both solo and as half of Latyrx. But as clap-along live funk of Real People's titular song fires up and that familiar, molasses-rich voice enters the fray, it's clear LB's feet are squarely on the ground with the rest of ours, scuffing up the concrete as they kick, stomp, shuffle, and dance to the unpredictable rhythms of grown-ass living.
Twenty-two years after he was introduced to the world with "Send Them" — the landmark left-field 12- inch that launched the Solesides label b/w DJ Shadow's "Entropy" — Lyrics Born has made some of the most organic, original, and adventurous music of his entire career. While touring with Latyrx last, he made time for an extended stay in a place that he's long admired: America's first and last real-deal music town, New Orleans. LB stocked up on pads and pens, rented a cozy house three blocks from the famous Maple Leaf Bar, and booked two weeks' worth of sessions with Galactic guys Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman at their Uptown studio. Then they let it rip.
Funk has always been a part of what Lyrics Born does — his unique vocal swagger dishes out melody and rhyme with equal aplomb. But never has he evoked the idiom so directly or made an album that feels so alive. He turned the production over entirely (also a first) to his NOLA colleagues, giving them space to do what they do best, and him the freedom to write. Mercurio and Ellman wrangled a host of talent to execute the vision: Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Corey Henry (Treme Brass Band), David Shaw (The Revivalists), and Billy Martin. Amidst all that quirk, soul, and raw talent, LB was reborn.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the phrase "second act" comes up more than once on Real People. Married 10 years to his longtime partner-in-song Joyo Velarde, and a father to a 5-year-old son, our host embraces adulthood without reservation. He sounds happier, wiser, and looser than ever, whether revisiting his days as a child of divorce ("Real People"), dedicating a smooth cut to lifelong romance ("Around the Bend"), penning a kiss-off to the music industry ("Good Riddance"), examining the Great Recession in depth ("WTF"), or bragging to the beat on "$ir Racha." LB's liquid delivery morphs appropriately for every occasion.
That too is to be expected though. The Tokyo-born, Berkeley-based artist has owned his career each step of the way, ever since a radio gig at UC Davis' KDVS put him in the same room as Shadow, the mighty Blackalicious, and his Latyrx partner Lateef the Truthspeaker. As co-founder of the Solesides and Quannum Projects labels, LB was vital in pushing independent hip-hop music into the limelight, dropping a minted classic (The Album) with his duo in 1997, and another one on his own with Later That Day in 2003. The Same !@#$ Different Day set followed in 2005, rounding up the likes of KRS-One, Dan the
Automator, Cut Chemist, E-40, and Morcheeba for a series of radical remixes. A year later, Overnite Encore captured LB's renowned live set (complete with backing band) in Australia.
He expanded his palette again with 2008's Everywhere at Once on historic punk label Epitaph Records. The instrument-heavy LP spawned a Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance with "I Like It, I Love It," which was actually the man's second visit to the show. (He teamed with Galactic the year before to do their first song together, "What U Need.") Now, after dropping 2010's synth-powered As U Were via Decon, Lyrics Born is proud to officially launch his very own Mobile Home Records with Real People. The new album's strong focus is a compliment to the wild range of Latyrx's 2013 return, The Second Album, which featured collaborations with folks from tUnE-yArDs, Decemberists, and Anticon, among others. As always, LB remains committed to delivering the unexpected and outdoing himself with ease.
Kruza Kid
Kruza Kid
Staying true to the mile high state of mind, Kruza Kid delivers a fresh new flavor to the burgeoning hip-hop movement that is taking over the country. Seamlessly integrating his personal beats with his gritty, tell-it-like-it-is vocals, producer/emcee Kruza Kid, known by those close to him as Zach Karuzas, has rewritten the equation for merging several musical genres into one thumping package. Kruza Kid's energy is the culmination of influences in rap, reggae, dub, jazz, and a dusting of EDM, giving his performance an eclectic flavor in a world full of bland generics. Once the microphone is picked up, prepare yourself for a raw and intimate experience that offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of someone who truly appreciates music in all forms, and wants nothing more than to share that lifestyle with you. Inspired by so many, my boundaries are limitless.
J.O.B. (Just Ova Broke)
J.O.B. (Just Ova Broke)
A Tribe Called Quest tale foretold that in the fall of 10', four music legends would join together and fulfill a musical prophecy.. The four swore that together they could change the musical perception of hip hop forever.. Diggin' in the crates for a little touch of that old school kick, Just Ova Broke is a cross-bridge between a live band set and a straight mc/dj set. Using samples to compliment their live band feel makes them a unique alternative to hip hop in any area. "A little bit of west coast flavor mixed with an east coast mentality demonstrates the different styles J.O.B. possesses, and gives a little foresight into the homage J.O.B. hopes to pay to it's many influences." -UNC Connection Magazine- They are always Just Ova Broke and J.O.B. is a concoction of everything that has ever influenced hip hop in a positive way.. The jams that make you wanna say "Fu-la-la-la" or "I'm cool like that" or "Can I kick it?". J.O.B. has had several opportunities to take their act out of Colorado (New York, Los Angeles, Houston, now Chicago) but have refused to leave until everyone here understands how important changing the scene in Colorado is to J.O.B. They love the C.O. and plan to represent Colorado's relevant, and intelligent hip hop for a long time. After opening for artists like: Redman, Murs, Devin The Dude, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Big Daddy Kane, Del Tha Funky Homospaien, Souls of Mischief, People Under The Stairs, Brother Ali, J-LIVE and many others.. Colorado's finest is beginning to make a name for itself with their phenomenal live performances and intricate style of presenting versions of both past and present hip hop. J.O.B: COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU!!
Thin Air Crew
Thin Air Crew
Coming out of Fort Collins, the Thin Air Crew is composed of MC's Dan Colson, Conrad Biegal, and beatslayer/producer L.A. Rose. Dan and Conrad fell into hip-hop at early ages while studying percussion and bumping to the likes of J-5 and Nas, and started writing their own rhymes to go with the beat. Now they are spitting fire to both old school and original beats, with the goal to get Colorado Hip-Hop on the map while progressing with their own lyrics and sound. Thanks for visiting, check out our Facebook page and remember... "The air's a lot thinner when you touch above the rest"
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/