Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
$17 ADV / $20 DOS / ALL AGES / BALLROOM
When a pair of intelligent, visionary emcees joins forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section, and a classically trained violist the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop. Progressive in both style and message, the band’s ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down string-laden breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity.
Armed with musicianship, intelligence, and an ingrained sense of rebellion, Flobots are looking to engage a new musical culture, one mind at a time.
If you are thinking, you are winning.
— Uptowne Buddha
Uptowne Buddha has been playing in Cleveland and around Ohio for 7 years, creating an original blend of hip-hop with live instruments, soul music, jam ideologies, and a diverse array of backgrounds and personalities. Originally established by Sam Terkel and Vance Coles, the band has welcomed extremely talented and creative personnel that has allowed it to grow into something special, with a unique gestalt that turns heads and shakes booties all over the land. Members of UptB have studied at Youngstown State University, the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio University, and more and have individually played with the Ohio Players, SoundDoctrine, Tropidelic, Sophistafunk, and many more. The band is collectively driven to push creative musical boundaries while making sounds that feel good to a natural human rhythm; it prides itself on the love of music, its original sound, and forward-thinking interests.