Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
Powerglove, Richie Branson
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is all ages
mc chris (Christopher Ward) was born and raised in the north shore suburbs of Chicago. Upper middle class, chris grew up on a steady diet of G.I Joe, Star Wars and rented betamax tapes. In high school, chris was a big fan of counter culture hip hop after hearing public enemy for the first time. That was followed by alternative hip hop acts, the Pharcyde, De la Soul, Tribe Called Quest, and Black Sheep. chris memorized it all. At eighteen, he was accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied life drawing, video production and screenwriting. Leaning towards film, chris transferred to New York University in New York City. There he interned on “The Adventures for Pete and Pete,” wrote giant screenplays and made music on his suitemate’s 8 track. Like Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, mc chris recordings began in an NYU dormroom.
After school, mc took on a series of production assistant jobs including the final year of Michael Moore’s series, “The Awful Truth.” He served as production assistant on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” as well as “The Brak Show.” He voiced MC Pee Pants four times, five including the movie (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters”) six including the video game just recorded in LA. His voice also appears in “The Brak Show” where he wrote two episodes, including a rap opera which guest starred cee-lo (after his first solo album, pre gnarls.)
During his entire stint with Adult Swim, mc was writing rhymes, recording music and self releasing albums. Albums were followed by tshirts. And the money rolled in. Adult Swim never had a problem with mc moonlighting as a rapper, they in fact continue to make commercials for his albums and drop his website every once in a while in their black and white cards. They encouraged chris to give the music a chance full time and he did. After one month of touring, mc had made twice his annual salary. All shows had sold out. Lines wrapped around the venues. mc was in no way expecting a slam dunk but that’s what it was. After a year of doing pretty much nothing but touring, mc took off half a year to make his fourth album, dungeon master of ceremonies. It premiered at number 13 on itunes hip hop the day it was released, it peak at number nine after mc asked his fans to bump him into the top ten and onto the homepage. The album was followed by a record breaking tour and articles in Newsweek, High Times, and Playboy.
Powerglove is an instrumental power metal band from Arlington, Massachusetts. They refer to their music as "video game metal", as all of their music is based on one video game or a series of video games. The band is named for the Power Glove, a NES controller accessory. To date, they have released one album, Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man, and one EP, Total Pwnage. Powerglove has also performed at various video game shows. The band is not signed to any record label, and does not record in a professional studio. Instead, they record their music in various locations and mix them in a home studio. The band has also expressed interest in writing a third record.[
Sometimes the best way to get the job done is to do it yourself. Those words inspired music producer Richie Branson (born Marcus Brown) to come into his own and make the decision to take his music career to the next level. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas; the 25 year old artist & producer took his first initial step into the music industry in 2009. Branson joined forces with music producer Jeremy "J.Forbes" Brown to start the production company Red Prodigy. Within months, Red Prodigy's signature sound was co-signed by top executives in the music industry. Def Jam's President, L.A. Reid, personally offered a record deal to one of Red Prodigy's signees, Demarcus "Bone" Hamilton.