Live in the Atrium
Grieves, Locksmith, Ekoh, Don Cody
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
In the past 5 years, Chris Webby has released 10 full length projects, 8 of which were given away completely for free. All of his releases have been known to cause a big splash. He was the first artist to ever crash the server at the largest online mixtape site, Datpiff.com (he was also the second to do it). Webby's debut EP in 2012, "There Goes The Neighborhood," not only topped the iTunes Hip-Hop charts within 24 hours of its release, but also boasted the number one spot on the Billboard Heatseeker chart. His most recent release, the mixtape The Check Up, reached platinum download status within the first week of release on one site alone. The numbers speak for themselves. Webby's body of work has built him a large and notoriously loyal fan base. His online presence is massive. His widespread fan base not only continuously proves their ferocity online, but through their support of his live shows, resulting 5 of his own nationwide tours. He has had sold out shows at famous venues from Webster Hall in New York to The Troubadour in LA.
Since his birth in Chicago, IL, Benjamin Laub (bka Grieves) enjoyed a diverse musical upbringing, exposed at an early age to the city's local jazz and blues clubs by his father. After relocating to Fort Collins, CO and eventually Seattle at age 19, Grieves had broadened his array of musical influences to include punk rock and eventually became completely immersed in Hip Hop as an art form.
Following his debut album Irreversible in 2007, Grieves began collaborating with local Seattle-based producer Budo, a talented multi-instrumentalist that helped complete the organic-yet-intense sound of 15 melodic, sample-free tracks that became 88 Keys & Counting. Following rave reviews of the album's mainly digital release, Grieves and Budo hit the road once again to set up shop in New York City, where they are currently at work on the follow-up to 88 Keys, due for a Fall release this year on Rhymesayers. Untethered to common restraints of the hip-hop genre, the combination of Grieves' singing and rapping with the refreshing horn, guitar, and keyboard driven production by Budo presents Grieves strongest work to date.
Locksmith is a West Coast artist/producer who first gained notoriety in the underground hip hop scene through MTV's MC Freestyle Championship. Lock, along with his group The Frontline received commercial radio play and began building a regional buzz. But it wasn't until he began his solo career in 2011, he started to cultivate a loyal fan base. Locksmith has toured with Joe Budden, hip hop purists Murs, R.A. the Rugged Man, Jedi Mindtricks and collaborated with legendary producers 9th Wonder (Stand It) and Ski Beatz(Lock). Lock has been featured on MTV, BET, Sirius XM's Shade 45, Hot 97's "Who's Next?" concert series and all major hip hop blogs. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15th, 2014.