Label: 808 Music
Manager: Gabriel McDowell, email@example.com
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.