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Label: 808 Music
Manager: Gabriel McDowell, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 808 BAND
In the storied tradition of the great reggae, funk and soul backing bands, The 808 Band features drummer/producer, Gabriel “Big G” McDowell, keyboardist Daniel Savio, and bassist Toho Saunders. Most recently, the group launched a collaboration with positive rapper/beatbox... See Full BioMore Info
Friday, June 22, 2012, Hip Hop legend Lyrics Born kicks off the Sonoma County Summer with a magical night of music and fun at The Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa. Not only will Lyric Born bring up his full arsenal of music, but he will also be towing along his newly released book “Yes, Bay Area” which will be out on June 12th, 2012. Opening the show will be the incredible duo, Skins and Needles, plus Activ808 (Radio Active + The 808 Band). Since his days growing up at UC Davis, Tom Shimura aka Lyrics Born has been a steady force in the hip-0hop scene. Lyrics Born had been a music obsessive since his youth, and in 1993 freestyles among a group of UC Davis classmates that occupied the same cramped radio quarters began to find their way onto paper, and suddenly LB had written “Send Them”. It became the first single on the newly minted Solesides Records, a collaborative venture between himself and his accomplices who would later go on to be known internationally as Blackalicious (comprised of MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel), DJ Shadow and Lateef The Truthspeaker, an East Oakland rapper with whom he found a shared affinity for the rapid-fire lyrical volleys that would define the next step. As Latyrx (a combination of their working names) the two MCs released The Album, in 1997. The LP would go on to become a certified classic, selling 100,000 copies, yet would prove to be the tip of an even larger iceberg. With his 11th album and now a book to his credit, there is no sign of this one- man force ever slowing down. He brings along a great cast of characters, including Skins and Needles, and his wife and fellow soul singer Joyo Velarde. Also on the bill will be Activ808, which includes former Spearhead positive rapper/beatboxer Radio Active, and Sonoma County’s #1 hip-hop band, The 808 Band.
http://www.thephoenixtheater.com/event/90359/ Sideshow Entertainment and The Phoenix Theater Present 'Love Life & Skate Benefit' featuring Chris Rene, of television's 'X Factor' program, plus a supporting cast of incredible independent hip-hop and rock talent! A benefit for The Phoenix Theater Teen Center. The event takes place on Friday, February 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. All ages! $25 door, $20 advance. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma, CA 94952. www.thephoenixtheater.com. 'Love Life & Skate Benefit' features live performances by Chris Rene, ACTIV808 (RadioActive + 808 Band), Mac Jar & Monikape, Ghambit & Sincere, Infamous Band, special guests Giant & Rich Tycoon, plus DJ Myke-1 (Almighty DJs). Pre-sale tickets available online at www.thephoenixtheater.com, or at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, World of Stereo in Petaluma, and Phoenix Theater Teen Center. A portion of the proceeds will be benefit The Phoenix Theater. The event features up and coming soul, hip-hop and rock artist, Chris Rene, who recently signed to Sony/Epic recordings. He was signed by legendary producer/label head, L.A. Reid, who was also a judge on the X-Factor, and was enthralled with Rene's power, charisma and positive, uplifting message. Though Rene is best known for his smash appearance on The X-Factor, he has been a long time fixture in the Santa Cruz indie music community. Following his television exposure, Rene is riding a wave of success, making his last stop before hitting the ‘fast lane’ as a major international recording artist! Joining him is a lineup of solid talent from Rene's hometown of Santa Cruz, along with Sonoma County's legendary live hip-hop unit, The 808 Band, appearing with positive rapper/beatbox master, Radio Active (formerly of Spearhead) in their combined group Activ808. The 808 Band was awarded a 2011 Norbay music award for ‘Best Hip Hop Group,’ by The North Bay Bohemian. ABOUT CHRIS RENE Chris Rene will tell you that things haven’t been easy for him in the past. The ‘X Factor‘ rising star is 28, fresh out of rehab, where he battled his addiction to hard drugs. Now, he’s ready to turn things around and put his inarguable music talent to good use, which he hopes not only will put his name in lights, but help him put food on the table for his toddler. Before hitting the ‘X Factor’ stage, the Santa Cruz, California native was a trash collector, just trying to make it by for his son, but struggling immensely with his addiction to cocaine and methamphetamine. Chris has been clean for a over eight months now, and it’s clear that his new high will be his success — he got through his ‘X’ audition with four yeses after performing an inspirational original song called ‘Young Homie.’ Music is in his blood, in fact, as his grandfather, Leon Rene, is a famous song writer and record label owner, and his father played piano, which gave a very young Chris a very early music education. Despite the serious R&B pedigree from his family, which he so respected, Chris chose a different musical path. It was punk rock, the skate scene, and later rap that made him want to pursue a life in music. But soon Chris' rebellious ways grew beyond punk music and into the drug world, which derailed his band and nearly killed him. Chris, a father of two sons, got clean in 2006 and with a newfound sense of clarity started finding inspiration in music other than punk. He'd always liked Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and even the ultimate piano man, Billy Joel and soon found a love for hip-hop and rap music. Blending his favorite musical styles into one, he released his first solo record, ‘Soul'd Out,’ in 2009. He soon fell off the wagon, only to find recovery again, as of April 20, 2011, and today works his program daily to stay clean, and has been clean for over nine months! Through his own personal struggle, and sharing this with millions of viewers by his heart-felt performance on X-Factor, Chris Rene has changed lives world-wide, and hopes to continue this message with his new found fame and good fortune! ABOUT ACTIV808 ACTIV808 is the combined group of positive rapper/beatbox master, Radio Active (formerly of Spearhead), and Northern California’s legendary live hip-hop unit, The 808 Band. It features The 808 Band’s signature ‘808’ bump, provided by drummer/producer Gabriel “G-FUNK” McDowell and the group's west coast underground slump, reggae pedigree and fundamental hip-hop sound. Combined with Radio Active’s amazing vocal ability and diverse musical influences, ACTIV808 takes listeners on a journey through the worlds of hip hop, reggae, funk, soul, salsa and jazz, creating a fresh, powerful sound rooted in the long respected elements of the past, yet always looking toward the future. ACTIV808 is about power, simplicity, delivering a positive message, and giving the people what they want! Radio Active’s message is ‘positive party.’ All the lyrics are positive and uplifting, displaying a sense of responsibility to the community, and dedication to the youth. No cussing or glorifying negative messages, only moving forward and having a good time doing it! ABOUT GHAMBIT & SINCERE From Watsonville, CA, music has helped Eric David Muñoz aka Ghambit cope with the darkest of times. From Watsonville, CA where the gang infested streets take many lives each year but he has still remained loyal to the passion and beyond, as an emcee, producer, engineer, photographer, graphic designer, writer, and promoter. Most notably seen battling on Grind Time Now and Assault & Battling, Ghambit has several mixtapes available for download on www.ghambit.com, including the “Putitinthaair” series, an upcoming album with producerIQ titled “Illustrators” and an upcoming solo album called “Legend In The Making.” Check out Ghambit’s battles on Grind Time Now (GrindTimeNow.com) and his music video titled “See The Light”, which is the lead single off of "Legend in the Making" & the theme song for a movie called “Trophy” staring Michael Madsen, Tiny "Deeboe" Lister, and Eric Roberts. For more information, check out www.ghambit.com. Of Italian Samoan decent, Sincere grew up in the streets of infamous Watsonville, California, home of Martinelli’s apple cider, Strawberries, low riders and severe gang violence. Showcasing a versatile flow with poetic lyricism he posses the unique ability to evoke raw emotion. Powered by one of the most original voices in the game Sincere has successfully completed a mix tape with DJ Vlad the Butcher, as well as an all original production self titled, solo project. Seamlessly blending artist responsibilities and business savvy Sincere decided to take control of his career and co-founded the Ineffable Music Group. With an emphasis on the live experience Sincere is a regular on the live performance circuit representing the new generation of independent spirit. Sincere was also on the cover of Murder Dog Magazine in 2011 and featured in the movie "The Trophy" directed by Daniel Gillan feat. Eric Roberts and Micheal Madsen. His latest release comes as a highly anticipated collaboration album with producer Nima Fadavi entitled "The Calm Before the Storm". Released late summer of 2011 featuring a sound best described as a catalog of Carnage, with guest appearances by Chris Rene, Pep Love of Hieroglyphics, R-Mean, Ghambit and more. For more information, upcoming shows, exclusive interviews and new music visit www.therealsincere.com. ABOUT MONIKAPE & MAC JAR Both from Santa Cruz, CA, Monikape and Mac Jar have been rapping and making music for over eight year. Being two of the best producers from Santa Cruz County. they have a combined 14 or years of experience. They are also key members Chris Rene’s ‘Love Life Music,’ and Jar has been pushing his Landslide Entertainment promotion company for the past three years. ###