Friday, June 14th we will host the 2nd annual "Rock the Mic Hip-Hop Showcase" featuring Gift of Gab (from Blackalicious) and Pigeon John live in concert. Gift of Gab is often praised by critics for his rapping skills – Allmusic says he is “one of the very finest MCs to ever pick up a microphone”, “one of the best underground rappers in the business”, “his raps are jam-packed with internal rhymes, allusions, metaphors, ten-cent words, and amazing tongue-twisting feats of skill” , and he has been able to “redefine the art of lyrical technique”. Peter Shapiro describes him as “a walking encyclopedia of MCing styles” and Stylus Magazine calls him “one of the top MCs in the game”.
Pigeon John hails from sunny Southern California, Inglewood to be exact. It's easy to assume his signature blend of wit, charisma and undeniable stage presence is a fortunate gift. Touring the nation 8 times over, Pigeon John has earned his veteran status, using a clever balance of self-deprecating humor and confidence to rock any crowd, any stage. His boundless energy seduces crowds making ladies swoon and fellas embrace their geek appeal.
Friday, June 21st we will host the "Long Beach Invasion" featuring Long Beach Rehab plus special guests, Weapon, S.O.Dubs and Squarefield Massive. Q-Ball (bass): The poster child for Long Beach, California, Q-Ball created and played bass for the world's largest tribute band, "Sublime LBC." He has toured with the band for over ten years, playing nearly two thousand concerts in thirty countries to crowds reaching 90,000 attendees. Dubbed "one of the hottest shows in the tribute industry", Sublime LBC continues giving audiences a chance to hear Sublime's music up close and personal, the way it should be.
Since 2002 they have sold out over 350 shows and continue to do so every chance they get. The one constant responsible for this is Q-Ball, a long time friend of Bradley Nowell and the rest of the Sublime family. He found singer/guitarist Matt Myers and drummer Paget (from HR / Bad Brains) and so far this has been the best package to recreate the sound that made Sublime one of the best bands of our time. In the past, the band has had a revolving cast of all-star members including Greg Camp (of Smashmouth), Ivan de Prume (of White Zombie) and Isreal Joseph (of Bad Brains).
Sunday, June 23rd we will host the second installment of our Electrik Blu Full Moon EDM Series featuring FreQ Nasty and 6blocc. Born in Fiji, raised in New Zealand and forged in the dance music revolution of London in late 90′s London, FreQ Nasty started his career in 1998 on the seminal UK label Botchit & Scarper where he helped pioneer the global ‘Nu School Breaks’ movement. After becoming one of a select few artists to appear on the front cover of UK dj bible ‘DJ Magazine’ he moved to the legendary SKINT Records in 2003 he went on to release a slew of cutting-edge records, collaborating with and remixing a diverse range of artists including Fatboy Slim, Kelis, KRS One, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Bassnectar, and Reggae legend Junior Delgado. In ‘04 and ‘05 FreQ toured the world with his ‘Video Nasty Experience’, an eye-melting DJ/VJ/ live MC fusion, with animation perpetrated by a hit squad of crack artists including the ‘Brother’s Mogg’ (Lord of the Rings animators), and ‘Gorrillaz’ artist Jamie Hewlett’s company Zombie Flesh Eaters. He also presents a series of talks given with yoga teacher Claire Thompson called ‘The Yoga of Bass’, both of which seek to open up the Yoga tradition to underground dance music club audiences focussing on the ecstatic dancefloor experience.
Other shows confirmed at this time include "Red White & BOOM" featuring Donald Glaude (Fri. July 5th). "Lake Tahoe's Players Ball" featuring Too Short (live in concert) and hosted by Erica Lynne (Bad Girls Club) and a $500 cash "Pimp N Ho Costume Contest" with celebrity judge Dennis Hof (HBO's Cathouse) and the Bunnranch Girls (Fri. July 12th). "The Official Afterparty for the Kicking Up Dust Tour at the Montbleu Outdoor Ampitheater" with MURS from Living Legends / Felt (Thur. July 18th) and a lot more to come. Check out www.LateNiteProductions.com for more info! Big thanks to 775HipHop.com, Tahoe Blue Vodka and Montbleu Resort for their continued support!
Until next time Lake Tahoe - Keep the Vibe Alive! ~LateNiteBilly