by Todd Hamm
on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM
Full details have emerged regarding Shabazz Palaces' upcoming show at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. As previously reported, the headlining local titans will share the stage with left-field rap-duo-to-watch Ricky and Mark (aka Ricky Pharoe and Gajamagic). The finalized bill also promises a set from producer-to-the-gods/singer-songwiter extraordinaire, Erik Blood, as well as DJing and hosting by electronic busyman Vox Mod.
The show is another great lineup put together by the Red Bull Sound Select group, which notably consists of Sasquatch! festival's Adam Zacks, Sub Pop, and the Capitol Hill Block Party organizers (press release after the jump). If interested in attending this uncommonly radical musical event, you can RSVP here, and pay the ridiculously affordable price of $3, OR, you can wait and pay $10 at the door, so long as spots are still available when you show up. I'd jump on that répondez link if I were you, and even if I were me. This'll be a good one.
RED BULL SOUND SELECT PRESENTS: SEATTLE ANNOUNCES SHOWCASE FEATURING SHABAZZ PALACES, RICKY & MARK, AND ERIK BLOOD Monthly Live Music Series Highlighting Local Artists on the Rise to Take Place at Tractor Tavern on March 18
[Seattle, March 3, 2014] – Red Bull Sound Select, an ongoing program to support local music scenes and the people who push them forward, will present the latest installment of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Seattle on March 18. The event series, curated in partnership with Sub Pop, Adam Zacks and Capitol Hill Block Party, features one headliner and two local artists on the rise. Throughout the year, the showcase visits different career-launching Seattle venues and introduces an exciting line-up of artists local to the Pacific Northwest.
The upcoming Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Seattle showcase will feature headliner Shabazz Palaces and local artists Ricky and Mark and Erik Blood, and will take place at Tractor Tavern. Seattle's own "organic chemist" Vox Mod will host the event and spin tunes throughout the night. The show was curated by Sasquatch! founder Adam Zacks. Tickets are just $3 for those who RSVP at http://bit.ly/MpqPut and $10 at the door without an RSVP, with all proceeds going back to support the opening local bands.
LOCALS ONLY Rapper and creative mastermind Ricky Pharoe and producer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Gajadhar – a.k.a. DJ Gajamagic – are the up-tempo hip-hop duo Ricky and Mark. Pharoe counts an asymmetrical cadence, sarcastic wit and a humbly arrogant flow among his many talents. He teamed up with DJ Gajamagic, a founding member of defunct Seattle post-hardcore institution The Blood Brothers, Champagne Champagne, Neon Blonde, and Past Lives. Together they create a unique brand of hip-hop that eschews samples for the warm analog sounds of drums, bass guitar, keys and tambourines.
Seattle-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Erik Blood became obsessed with '60s and '70s soul as a young teenager, and started making beats on a 4-track in his bedroom. He later bought a guitar after hearing Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine when he was 16 – the same year he came out of the closet. Since then he's gone on to produce albums by Shabazz Palaces and THEE Satisfaction. He released his solo debut album, The Way We Live, in 2009 to great critical acclaim, and is now hard at work on the follow-up and an independent film score.
Seattle's own hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces is known for their space-age grooves and abstract beats, and for being the first hip-hop group signed to renowned record label Sub Pop. Led by Ishmael Butler, a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro, formerly of Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces made a name for itself with its critically acclaimed full-length album, Black Up – a challenging, ground-breaking hip-hop masterpiece that offers up dreamlike, disorienting tunes.
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Seattle is curated by three of the city's most influential tastemakers in the industry, who serve as the A&R, ambassadors, promoters and eyes and ears behind the series – Adam Zacks, Sub Pop and Capitol Hill Block Party.
Chief Sasquatch! boss Adam Zacks is responsible for the inception, production and continued curatorial growth of the famed Sasquatch! Music Festival, held each year at Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre. In his "downtime" between festivals, he serves as Senior Director of Programming for the Seattle Theatre Group. Founded in 1988, iconic Seattle-based independent record label Sub Pop is credited with popularizing the grunge movement, having released albums by Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden in its early days. Recent releases include such notable artists as The Shins, The Postal Service, Beach House, Flight of the Conchords and Fleet Foxes. The team behind the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood has curated such notable talents as Sonic Youth, MGMT and The Hold Steady for the annual three-day event, now in its 16th year. Showcasing more than 100 of the best Northwest and national bands over six stages, it keeps ticket prices low and donates proceeds to several local charities.
THE BACKLINE Red Bull Sound Select Presents events are only the beginning. Red Bull Sound Select artists will have the opportunity to perform at more than 100 shows across the U.S. this year, including marquee festivals like Lollapalooza, Voodoo Festival, Riot Fest, Pitchfork Music Festival and many more. As part of the program, artists have access to Red Bull’s global network of recording studios, performance opportunities at festivals, bookings through Red Bull partners, and valuable support on content production and distribution from Red Bull Media House. The Red Bull Sound Select digital platform will roll out new product features and strategic partnerships allowing artists and fans to experience and support new music, and better connect online and offline while giving fans a true voice in the success of the Red Bull Sound Select artists.
In past months, Red Bull Sound Selects Presents: Seattle has curated shows featuring rising local bands Pony Time, Pollens, Tacocat, Pure Bathing Culture, Eighteen Individual Eyes, Katie Kate, Shelby Earl, Dude York, Wishbeard, The Grizzled Mighty, Porter Ray, Iska Dhaaf, Vox Mod, OCnotes, The Flavr Blue, Tangerine, Manatee Commune, Acapulco Lips and Wimps with headliners including Dirty Projectors, Atlas Sound, Marnie Stern, Dessa, Killer Mike, Jagwar Ma, YACHT and Mikal Cronin.