Digable Planets w/ The Reminders,  Universal Language feat - Proximity, windchILL, Small Hands, 5Ve, Buddhakai & Shawn Keys

Jammin' 101.5 Presents

Digable Planets w/ The Reminders, Universal Language feat - Proximity, windchILL, Small Hands, 5Ve, Buddhakai & Shawn Keys

Sat, October 27, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$35 Day Of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

Digable Planets
Digable Planets
Digable Planets are an American alternative hip hop trio based in Brooklyn, New York, composed of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler (from Seattle), Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira (from Silver Spring, Maryland) and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving (from Philadelphia).

Butler and Irving met in Philadelphia in the late 1980s; Vieira and Irving had been a couple while attending Howard University. Originally from Seattle, Butler was interning at Sleeping Bag Records in New York and would visit his grandmother in Philadelphia where Irving was living and rapping with an outfit called the Dread Poets Society (later known as the 7 OD’s). The initial demos recorded under the name Digable Planets featured only Butler. After a brief stint with two other members, Butler began collaborating with Irving and Vieira in 1989.

1992–1993: Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)

The group signed to Pendulum Records in 1992 and all three band members moved to New York, where Butler and Irving became roommates. Their debut album Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) was released in 1993 and certified gold by the RIAA. The album’s lead single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” became a crossover hit, peaking at #15 on Billboard magazine’s singles chart, earning gold certification by the RIAA, and winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The track peaked at #67 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1995.

1994–1995 Blowout Comb and breakup

The group’s second album Blowout Comb was released in 1994. The album was noted by critics as a stark departure from the previous album, being darker, less hook-oriented and more overtly political in its references to Black Panther and Communist imagery. Writing for Spin in December 1994, Craig Marks declared it “… a beguiling, demanding, damn near revolutionary follow-up.”Blowout Comb features guest appearances from artists Jeru the Damaja, Sulaiman and Guru of Gang Starr.

In the same year the group appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as “Album of the Year” by Time magazine.

The band subsequently disbanded in early 1995 citing “creative differences”.

2005–2015: Reunions

In February 2005 the trio reunited and embarked on a reunion tour, which was followed by the release of a compilation album titled Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles on October 15, 2005 that combined previously released material with remixes and B-sides.

From 2009 to 2011, Butler and Irving toured across the U.S., Canada, and Europe with a live band, the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Support acts included Camp Lo and Butler’s Shabazz Palaces.

The group performed at Numbers, in Houston, Texas, on May 15, 2010, alongside the hip hop duo Camp Lo. During an interview with the Houston Chronicle near the time of this show, Doodlebug stated that a new single would be released, called “Fresh Out”, and that a new album was planned for digital release in summer of 2010. The group also performed alongside hip-hop group The Pharcyde at the North by Northeast music festival in Toronto, Ontario on June 19, 2011.

A reunion show scheduled for December 2012 in Seattle, Washington was cancelled days before the performance. When asked in a subsequent interview about the group’s status, Butler stated “I think it’s the end.”

Despite Butler’s previous statement, it was announced in October 2015 that the trio would again reunite for a concert at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on December 30 alongside Shabazz Palaces.

Butler released Bright Black under the moniker Cherrywine in 2003 before going on to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire as Shabazz Palaces. In 2009 the duo self-released two EPs, Shabazz Palaces and Of Light before becoming the first Hip-hop act to be signed to Sub Pop Records. Their debut LP Black Up was released in 2011 followed by Lese Majesty in 2014, both to wide critical acclaim. Butler has also been signed to Sub Pop’s A&R division and is helping the label build its repertoire of artists that are ‘imaginative’ and ‘daring’. Butler and Maraire later collaborated with Hussein Kalonji as Chimurenga Renaissance to release riZe vadZimu riZe in March 2014 on Brick Lane Records.

Irving, also known as Cee Knowledge, tours with Cee Knowledge & the Cosmic Funk Orchestra and has released two albums in limited edition on FarmHouse Records.

Vieira (now known as Lady Mecca) released Trip The Light Fantastic in 2005 and has collaborated regularly with other musicians, notably on Legacy/Sony’s Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined album (on the song “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around”), Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s Eleventh Hour (on the song “I Got You”), and with hip-hop supergroup eMC on the song “The Show”. Vieira also contributed the voice of Tracey Triceratops on the Dino-5 children’s CD through Ropeadope Records as well as continuing to perform as DJ Lady Mecca.
The Reminders
The Reminders
The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics and cool demeanor. This is beautifully complimented by Aja Black's confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry as they share more than lyrical abilities and stages; the couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for a decade.

Releasing their debut album 'Recollect' and their latest “Born Champions”, the Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, TV and radio appearances, and their incredible and dedicated fan base. Having shared the stage with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi, and touring with Ms. Lauryn Hill, the Reminders have established a firm place in today's ever-evolving music scene, garnering international acclaim while paving a path all their own. Beyond performances and appearances, the duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, and universities delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.

More than a shade of the same color that we see time and time again, The Reminders transcend the bounds of what is expected. Their stage presence and high energy shows leave crowds in awe the world over, allowing the duo to uplift and entertain all at once. Their unique mashup of razor sharp rhymes; raw, soulful vocals; and reggae-tinged hip hop beats form the perfect backdrop for their relevant and inspiring themes, leaving a lasting impression on listeners with audiences always wanting more. The Reminders take their hip hop foundation and move it beyond genre, time, and space to create a global musical experience that is classic and speaks to all those willing to participate.
Proximity, the hip-hop conglomerate from Denver Colorado is a group driven from life experiences and a strong passion for music. This Colorado based collaborative movement consists of two innovative MC’s and a classic hip-hop DJ. Provoke and Grafik craft positive yet conscious lyrics that everyone can relate with while J Steele applies the backbone to their live performance implemented with classic vinyl samples, and the cuts with hand speed that wink to the old school era.

In 2003 Provoke and Grafik pulled their talents together to create “Proximity Minds” an 18 track self-titled album that sold over 500 copies locally in its 2005 release. It wasn’t long before this trio was added as main support for national acts such as Jurassic 5, Swollen Members, and Nas. In 2006 Proximity took their show on the road performing throughout Colorado and the Midwest region. After creating a buzz on tour Proximity moved forward with their sophomore album “When Push Comes to Shove” in 2007.

Shortly after the group took a hiatus from the road and studio to restructure their personal lives and focus on the future planning of the next album. This ground-breaking project declared the arrival of a significant new force in Colorado hip-hop. In March of 2014 Lead by Example took their loyal fans by storm and raised flags from national media outlets such as LyricallyFit.com. Bursting out of their scene Proximity signed the dotted line and joined forces with Universal Language. An independent record label with similar sounding artists such as world renowned Windchill and Nieve. This was a perfect fit and a building block for the group’s future success.

A few months later under the new regime of Universal Language, Proximity released “The Shock Therapy EP.” Electronically infused beats with a classic hard core hip-hop vibe, this masterpiece caught the attention of a whole new group of listeners and broke them onto the world wide scale. With all these exceptional accolades, Proximity has not only risen to the top of Colorado hip-hop, but has cemented themselves a place at the very forefront of the music industry.
Hailing from Harrisburg, PA, the capital of Pennsylvania, Matthew Groce, aka windchILL, got his first earful of hip hop in the late 1980's. Heavily influenced by Boogie Down Productions, Eric B and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and many more, windchILL vows to remain loyal to the authentic hip hop sound of the Golden Era, while bringing a new school vibe revolving around beats and rhymes.
There came a time in 1996 where windchILL turned the corner from fan to artist. At first it was just a hobbie, and by the year 2000 windchILL was already known in Central PA as Lieutenant Freestyle. He got this name from rocking countless house parties with nothing but a mic and a freestyle.
He got serious and started song writing in about 2001, and by 2002 he had teamed up with some local like minded hip hop artists, and formed the group A.O.I. Better known as Artists Over Industry. Shortly there after in 2003 came the formation of Skies the Limit Productions or STLP, where chILL found himself as co-owner and head of promotions and marketing. After 2 big releases with A.O.I. chILL was ready to drop his first highly anticipated solo album entitled I HAVE ARRIVED. The album was released in 2007 and boasted the lead single PAY HOMAGE produced by JJ Brown and Dan Maier of 5G Productions out of Brooklyn, NY. This track is an infamous underground classic with a bunch of youtube threads as well as receiving heavy rotation on Pandora Radio! About 500 shows later, 9 releases, 2 tours, 3 videos and 7 years of pounding the pavement STLP unfortunately came to a close.
Like they say when one door closes 3 open. This was indeed the case for windchILL after the doors closed on STLP in 2010. Through hard work, perseverance and dedication windchILL was able to define a rock solid solo career. Literally a month after STLP closed its doors chILL was contacted by Diamond Music Group of Brooklyn, NY. They offered to take care of all future releases with a digital distribution deal, while chILL remained responsible for the hard copy distribution! Next came the meeting and relationship that was built with Crazeology Records from Italy! They are an up and coming production team that is taking over with production credits everywhere! In addition chILL started his own indie label called Fist Up Records to continue to carry the torch.
What the future holds is always a mystery. The whole time chILL has been penning his next chapter. His new album is titled THE HUMAN ANIMAL and is set to start recording in April of 2012 with a expected release date of fall/winter of 2014. For this project chILL called on none other then Anno Domini Records very own Vherbal! With recent production credits to Kool G Rap, Jedi Mind Tricks, Ras Kass, Canibus, Royce Da 5'9 it was very evident who chILL wanted to work with on the new album and that was indeed Anno Domini Records!
Small Hands
Small Hands
Small Hands [aka The Small Handed Bandit (Richie Wallace)], is a 34-year-old, independent rapper/producer from Boulder, Colorado. Regardless of what type of beat or who it was made by, Small Hands is best at using his words to reach beneath the surface of everyday life. His thoughts and ideas are conveyed in a comprehensive manner, with a sarcastic style that compliments the ever-maturing sound of spiritually conscious, underground hip-hop. Small Hands has played hundreds of shows over the years, from dive bars to elaborate concert venues and the live show is emotional, intense and introspective.

One afternoon in the summer of 2000, Richie Wallace and AmbiAnIcon were working at a local sandwich shop. When AmbianIcon couldn't reach a pen he had dropped between two counters, he called out, "Small hands, I need small hands!" Richie, possessing the tools required to obtain the out-of-reach writing utensil, came to the rescue. Thus spawned the alias, "Small Hands."

Although always independent, Small Hands has not always been a solo artist. In 2000 he was part of a 4-person group called, Subsurface, who released two LPs: No Response, and Something to Trip Too. By 2004, the group was down to three members who began calling themselves “Level Heads”. In 2004 and 2005, they released a series of underground EPs, (Wings, Head, Thorax, and Heart), and played shows in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. In 2005 and 2006 Small Hands released two solo albums called Made In America and Power of Words, both produced by AmbianIcon. Small Hands was also part of a hip-hop/indie rock band, Generalized Other, who, in 2007, toured Colorado and released White Dwarf, Red Giant. The band broke up due to creative differences at the end of 2007 just before they were set to release their second full length album. Small Hands released an album, A Week and 27 Records (iTunes, Amazon, etc), and several singles, including his most popular track, "This is Our Colorado," (iTunes, Amazon, etc) as a solo artist, in 2009 and 2010. He then teamed up with DJ Ayrex as SMAX for an EP called POW! the Remixes, and a video for their song "Gringo" in 2011. He is currently finishing up his latest project entitled Muscles to Frown, which is expected to be available for download this summer.

A quick learner with a good work ethic, Small Hands is "66 inches of ruthless persistence." He is dedicated to creating music that speaks truth to the listener, allowing them to connect to it based on their own life experiences. He has been pushing and developing his art for 15 years and doesn't show any signs of letting up. Small Hands will palm the planet.
Detroit born and Atlanta raised, Quinn '5Ve' Lynch' comes from a rich upbringing of composing & producing all original and organically made beats, singing, songwriting, rapping, recording engineering and performing hip hop since around 1997. He formed his first group, Audible Audities, in Boulder, CO at the turn of the century, and released his first studio record in 2007, Audible Audities-Last Call Poets. 5Ve later created his second group, Glitta Kings, in 2010, and have since released 2 studio albums with this project.
In 2014,, he made his first efforts at creating his still all original music outside of his comfort zone, pushing the envelope exploring the whole new genre of throwback soul and r&b, and released 5iVe-Radioland feat. Jessica Jones in 2015, showcasing his self taught singing and ability to adapt to any given environment.
5Ve signed to local label/movement Universal Language Entertainment in 2017, where he now lends his production, singing, songwriting and rapping, and will release his first solo hip hop album, ‘5Ve featuring GaDJet-Facetious’ in early 2018 under the label.
Shawn Keys
Shawn Keys
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205