Saturday, July 1 2017
Bus Driver, Ceschi, Zeroh, Johnny Polygon
Doors: 7:30 PM
/ $10.00 ADV
Busdriver – Los Angeles, CA
Born in Los Angeles, Regan Farquhar was introduced to hip hop at an early age, his father Ralph Farquhar being the screenwriter for the 1985 film Krush Groove. He began rapping at age 9. By 13, he was part of the group 4/29, which was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
By the late 90s, Busdriver had solidified his position as an LA progressive rap hero & a key member of the influential Project Blowed collective.
In 2001, the album Temporary Forever catapulted his career into new territory meshing hyper-technical rap sounds with the unbridled energy of free jazz improv.
After being signed to Epitaph records for 3 albums, Busdriver’s sound shifted into even more experimental melodic territory.
Genre bursting records on the Fake Four & Ninja Tune labels followed.
Today he maintains his position as a wildly unique voice in Hip Hop & has worked with artists as diverse as Anderson Paak, Danny Brown, Aesop Rock, Deerhoof, Clipping, Del the Funkee Homosapien & beyond.
Zeroh – Los Angeles, CA
The Long Beach/Compton raised Los Angeles hip-hop shaman Zeroh. Widely known for his frequent collaborations with artists such as Jonwayne, Zeroh stems from the same groundbreaking pool of Los Angeles hip hop built around the world famous Low End Theory weekly that brought us artists such as Flying Lotus & Thundercat.
Johnny Polygon – Brooklyn, NY / Oklahoma
Johnny Polygon has been described as “a musical artist who combines classic melodies with unconventional song structure for an alternative blend of hip hop, soul and R&B. His lyrical content skews dark and cynical with love stories laced with wit.” In March 2014, Melissa Pandika of OZY Media wrote Polygon is “Not quite R&B, not quite hip-hop, his style is hard to categorize, often labeled ‘quirky’ and ‘out there’ by critics.” Pandika continued to write Polygon’s album, The Nothing, is “a kaleidoscope of psychedelic soundscapes laden with darkly personal rhymes, a laid-back flow — and an unexpectedly soulful, haunting falsetto.” Johnny Polygon has worked with high-profile artists such as Nas and Kid Cudi. In 2012, MSN.com named Polygon one of their “Top 5 Up-And-Comers You Should Know.” Since 2001, Polygon has released seven albums, with his latest being I Love You, Goodnight.(2015).
Ceschi – New Haven, CT –
Ceschi Ramos is a rapper and singer from Connecticut who has been hopping genres and spilling guts for the better part of two decades. He has been seen outside venues at 3am in Germany playing an acoustic guitar and singing to people that didn’t want the show to end. He has written poems to fans from behind bars whilst locked up on bogus marijuana charges. He has suffered a spiral fracture of the humerus while arm wrestling a marine in Hawaii. He has recorded with and toured alongside some of independent rap music’s most influential figures, including Sage Francis, Busdriver and Astronautalis. He has been in bands described as hardcore, crunk rap, lo-fi synth pop, Latin progressive and psych-jazz-rap. He has crafted abstracted and personal narratives mining the depths of depression and heights of hope. He has slept on countless floors when hotels weren’t in the touring budget and lost girlfriends and jobs all for the love of creating and performing.
Ceschi was born with four fingers on his right hand, which served as partial inspiration for the name of his DIY record label, Fake Four, Inc. Those who have worked with him describe Ceschi as one of the most artist-friendly labelheads out there, a rare breed who values art over profit almost to a fault. Since 2008, he has curated a roster of wildly original and critically praised talent and put out albums from the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Buck 65, Sister Crayon and Dark Time Sunshine in addition to his solo records The One Man Band Broke Up and Broken Bone Ballads.
An engaging, theatrical live performer, Ceschi Ramos has treated entire venues like a stage, viewing the middle of the audience or an empty barstool as good a place as any to perform a soul-baring folk song or tongue-twisting rap track. Ceschi once described himself in song as “a martyr at most… a failure at least” and said that, “In the eyes of history I’ll be no more than a leaf on a tree.” He knows what it is to suffer for his art and is aware that music exploring the ugliness and sorrow of the human condition will always exist on the fringes of a game dominated by disposable escapism and expensive publicists. Yet he still pours everything he has into his craft, and on any given night you can find him tracking vocals at his cousin’s New Haven studio, warmly greeting fans and friends at a dive bar merch booth or rapping double-time in Japan or Europe for audiences that often don’t speak his language, but are able to see the giant heart at the core of it all.