808 DAY CELEBRATES THE ICONIC ROLAND TR-808 DRUM MACHINE WITH
CAMP LO, FAT TONY, BOOMBAPTIST, & K DOT LA
Thursday, August 8, 2019
GA Doors at 7:00 PM / Show at 8:08 PM
808 The Movie screening at 6 PM in Warrior Room ($5)
Tickets on sale now: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/3A0056E2FA074925
It’s hard to believe that a drum machine launched in 1980 would be celebrated today by lovers of music, culture, and design. 808 DAY (aka August 8) is about the people who ‘got’ the original 808, the artists who took it to another level, and most importantly, everyone who loves the music the 808 inspired.
This year, celebrate at the Aztec Theatre with performances by Camp Lo (Bronx, NY), Fat Tony (HTX), Boombaptist (ATX), K Dot LA (SATX) & turntable master, DJ Chacho. Music will start at 8:08pm on the dot.
Want to learn the full history of the 808? Come early (6p) and pay $5 to catch an intimate screening of 808 The Movie, a documentary film about the inspiring story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. It’s the tale of the birth of electronic music, and how one small machine changed the musical landscape forever… by accident. It’s the story of a sound that has been embraced by the world’s top producers and performers, and has been name-checked on a whole host of hit records. Associated with numerous musical styles crossing both time and genre, its defining sounds are as relevant now as they ever has been. It defined hip hop and modern dance culture and its sound continues to deliver dance floor smashing beats today.
About Camp Lo
Legendary Bronx-bred hip-hop duo Camp Lo burst onto the scene in 1997, when their classic debut album Uptown Saturday Night (and it’s anthemic single “Luchini”) introduced fans to the Lo’s intricate flows and cutting-edge slang editorials. Nearly two decades later, Camp Lo emcees Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba are back with Ragtime Hightimes, a brand new album produced by longtime collaborator Ski Beatz. Although he’s worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Mos Def, Curren$y, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, and many more, Ski has always shared a special creative connection with Camp Lo. “Ski is the third member of the Lo,” explains Suede. “Ain’t no end to it..only new beginnings.” Ragtime Hightimes finds Camp Lo and Ski Beatz pushing past boundaries while staying true to their creative vision. “This piece is different ‘cause we were in a different space,” says Suede. “It’s always gonna be us, just different versions of ourselves. We’re exploring different dimensions in visual sound texture.” While much of their classic material was sample-based, the group is now experimenting with live instrumentation more than ever before. “The originality remains,” adds Cheeba. “There are differences in sound, mostly due to the live instruments.” Overall, the result is a singular piece of “time traveling art” that is sure to resonate for years to come. “This album just feels good,” explains Suede. “It’s our favorite way to feel.” Videos for ‘Bright Lights”, “Life I Love”, X-Seminar” and “You” are on rotation now from the new album Ragtime Hightimes, which is available now at most physical and digital outlets. The Black Connection EP featuring the Black Connection trilogy and two new songs “Make Me Dance” and TNT aka Dynamite Love is also available at all digital outlets and streaming service providers.
About Fat Tony
Hailing from Houston’s Third Ward, Fat Tony (born Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu) is a Nigerian-American artist who has played an integral role in shaping the Houston rap scene. Pitchfork has described him as “a reliably funny, incisive, trend-dodging alt-rapper.”
Heavily influenced by renowned Texas rappers like Devin The Dude and UGK, Fat Tony began making music and playing live shows at a time when there wasn’t much of a scene for young artists in Houston. Inspired by the independent spirits he looked up to—from Prince and E-40 to Bikini Kill and the Bad Brains—he began throwing shows at local venues and friends’ houses. He booked bands of all types from all over, hand-made flyers and mailed them to addresses nabbed from the student directory. Meanwhile, he has toured internationally and earned a rep as a fierce performer.
BoomBaptist has revised the classic 90’s Boom-Bap formula developed by golden era hip-hop greats. Blending the old with the new, the Texas beat-maker has found his sound. Over a short period of time, recent RBMA participant, BoomBaptist has become a lead figure in the Texas electronic bass/beat scene. His invitations to baptize the world-famous “Low End Theory”, Tokyo, and Bonnaroo Music Festival have cemented his position both locally and internationally as a front-runner in the new wave of forward-thinking electronic musicians. Peers consider BoomBaptist to be a sort of chameleon, shifting his music with the sound of today and paying homage to the foundation before him. His first vinyl was released recently on Fat Beats, a collaboration with the Detroit legend, Guilty Simpson. BoomBaptist has recently had music placements on Comedy Central’s “Broad City”, BBC radio, Soulection radio and NPR. BoomBaptist is busy preparing his debut LP with Feelin’ Music due out this year. The future is bright for this young producer, keep eyes and ears open for.
About K Dot La
Kayla Starks is a 21 year-old R&B/Hip-Hop, recording artist. She started her journey at the young age of 16, in Augusta, GA, after transferring from public school to homeschooling. Kayla spent her late teen years touring and traveling the United States. She has had the pleasure of working with noteworthy award-winning artists such as Canton Jones, Alic Walls of the Walls Group, KB from Reach Records, B. Slade (formally known as Toné) Brandon P (formally known as Black Night) and many more! Kayla has released 4 official albums. In July 2016, she moved from Augusta, GA and now resides in San Antonio, TX where she has been and continues to chase her dreams. In March and April 2017, Kayla went on tour to promote her latest album, “The Crown.” Currently, she is working on her 5th album.