GRIZ, 21 Savage, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta at Phoenix Lights Festival

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GRIZ, 21 Savage, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta at Phoenix Lights Festival

Sun Apr 9

12:00 pm

Rawhide

Chandler, AZ

This event is 18 and over

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Vince Staples
West coast representer Vince Staples paints vivid picture with his words on a new track, titled "Guns N Roses." The young MC revisits some of life's more precarious situations, much of which stem from living in impoverished circumstances. Mac Miller, who has been displaying a lot of his production savvy as of late, created the cut.
GRiZ
GRiZ
Today at age 24, GRiZ (or Grant Kwiecinski, to his mom) is already being hailed as visionary. This spring, he'll release Say It Loud (via his All Good Records imprint), a follow-up to its more funk-step predecessors, Rebel Era and Mad Liberation. With assists from rapper Talib Kweli, Afrobeat-group Antibalas, the L.A.'s Children's Chorus, and others, his new full-length finds a golden mean between an abundance of brass instruments, liberal use of soulful vocals, and shimmering, synth beats.

Modern gadgets may bring his creations together, but GRiZ is, at heart, a time traveler. The name Say It Loud is an homage to James Brown's funk-soul spirit and pioneering messages of equality. The horns throughout the album shout-out to GRiZ's favorite albums, Miles Davis' masterpiece, Sketches of Spain. And GRiZ's outsize live shows at local DIY spots such as Scrummage University not only earned him his name and convinced him to drop out of college—it referenced a legacy of Detroit dance pioneers from the Belleville Three to the Detroit Techno Militia. ("They created the opinion and the space for me to be able to come and do my own thing," he says, respectfully.)

More than a year-and-a-half of his life went into writing and recording Say It Loud. GRiZ began, of course, in Detroit, then moved to a remote cabin upstate with Exmag to escape the trappings of city cacophony and cell-phone service. From there, he landed in Brooklyn at Daptone Records' studio, collaborating with Antibalas. And he hit Los Angeles just to work with the Children's Chorus on the album's opener, "The Anthem." The change of scenery is necessary, he insists, "Because seeing a different place, you catch the different vibes, feeling of that place."

Finally, late last year, he dropped the funk-fuzz single "A Fine Way to Die" (co-written with singer-songwriter Orlando Napier) to tease his newly evolved sound. "That song was the atypical GRiZ song. It was the heart and soul of the album and gave you a little of everything: the bass stuff, the rhythm stuff, the horns, the vocals, the guitar," he says, adding: "It is a wild, interesting song with movements to it."

"Stop Trippin," co-written with vocalist Jessie Arlen, advances that sonic dialogue with his fans. "That song is basically where I am right now," he says. "I want to write better songs. I want to write contemporary funk songs. I want to produce an album that kind of has the new James Brown singing on it. You know what I'm saying? Something that sounds like it was made at Muscle Shoals."

If GRiZ sounds wiser than his years to you, you're not the only one. "I remember first meeting Mike Avery who sang on 'The Anthem.' When I met him in person, he was like, 'Holy shit, man, I thought you were going to be a 40-year-old dude! How do you come up with these songs?" As ambitious as Say It Loud may seem, this is a natural next step for GRiZ, who thrives on bending genres. "I could've sampled everything. Most of my music is created for a live experience," he notes. "But now, I really want a body of work that is 100% my own."
21 Savage
In June 2016, 21 Savage was named as one of the "Freshman Class" of 2016 by XXL. On July 15, 2016, 21 Savage released his joint EP Savage Mode with Atlanta-based record producer Metro Boomin. The EP gained international success and peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200, becoming their highest charting EP to date. He was on the cover of Fader. His single "X" featuring Future on the EP was confirmed by Billboard as going platinum, being 21's 1st platinum record.
Cashmere Cat
Cashmere Cat is the production alias of young Norwegian producer Magnus August Høiberg – who has caught one to watch buzz early this year from the single 'With Me' premiered with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One & video premiere at Rolling Stone – not to mention 30+ international headline dates including a packed out SXSW, MMW & Music Hall of Williamsburg, In February Cat appeared feature on the Ludacris single "Party Girls" alongside Jeremih & Wiz Khalifa, which allowed him to star in his first Hype Williams directed video. What a crazy life; this unprecedented mention for a producer signals a sea change happening in popular music & the role of our 'underground' producers as acknowledged artists in their own right. A world in which Cashmere Cat effortlessly embodies his own underground influences of glittering RnB, French Electro & 00's club Hip . On Wedding Bells – his debut vinyl EP – he is truly free, non beholden to conventional pop arrangement we find Cat in abundant celebration with a range of highly syncopated pentatonic workouts. Four songs built in equal parts from glittering RnB, French Electro & 00's club Hip Hop – this is wide, cinematic and unabashedly bright new dance music. Rarely does a new artist emerge with such a unique voice across their work – Cashmere Cat is unconcerned with where he fits with DJs and his music is smarter for it.

The Wedding Bells EP represents the next stage for Cashmere Cat as recording artist and has commanded support so far from: Kode 9, Éclair Fifi, Nguzunguzu, Hud Mo, Rustie, Baauer, Diplo, Skrillex, A Trak, Brodinski – as well as BBC Radio One & Triple J.
Tokimonsta
Tokimonsta
Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is known for her unique take on electronic,hip hop, and dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic taste in music has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations. Since 2010, she has released 2 full albums, 2 EPs, 2 vinyl only singles through Ultra Records (US), Sony (Korea), Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune (US/UK), Art Union (Japan), Black Acre (UK), Ramp (UK), and All City (Ireland).
Her music has been recognized by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various worldwide radio programs such as: BBC Radio1 (UK), NPR (USA), BBC World Service (UK), J Wave (JP), Studio Brussels (BE), Radio Nova (FR), KCRW (LA) to name a few. Subsequently, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, The Guardian, XLR8R, Paper, LA Times, Dazed and Confused, SPIN, Wax Poetics, MTV, VIBE, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Sound and Recording and more have covered her. She has been ranked by LA weekly as LA's best female DJ (noting her versatility as a producer). Additionally, Resident Adviser featured her for their "Breaking Through" series, which focuses on the next break through artist. Not only has she caught ears of many as a different dimension of Los Angeles-based music, TOKiMONSTA is notably the first female to join Flying Lotus' crew/label BRAINFEEDER, which is on the forefront of LA music scene.
Recognition of her music has given her the opportunity to tour the world. In a never-ending effort to stay on top of technological and musical advances, she uses cutting edge technology with pieces of musical and multimedia gear. She participated in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in London in 2010. In the summer of 2012, she was apart of the Full Flex Express tour, the first electronic music themed train tour that traveled across Canada with Skrillex, Diplo, Pretty Lights, and Grimes. She performed on the very first SS Coachella–Golden Voices' first ocean cruise festival. Some notable past performances were at Coachella, Sonar Barcelona, DEMF, WMC, Electric Zoo, SXSW, Camp Bisco, Decibel Festival. 2014 will include festival plays at Sonar Barcelona (2nd time), Glastonbury, Roskilde, Sasquatch, with more to be announced.
Venue Information:
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5700 W North Loop Rd
Chandler, AZ, 85226