Hip Hop Legends
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
In the early 90’s, when gangsta’ rap consumed the airwaves, and the majority of West Coast rappers strapped on their Locs, Chuck Taylor’s & Ben Davis’, The Pharcyde decidedly maintained a willfully weird vision. Opting to stay true to themselves with their left field but still South-Central sensibility, rap had seen few groups so self-deprecating and so smart, a group of visionary rappers adroitly able to split the difference between helium-voiced and hard-core.
Listening to “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” two full decades after its release, its sense of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché. With classics like “Oh Shit,” “Otha Fish”, “Ya’ Mama,” and hit single, “Passing Me By,” it is not surprising that it shipped over a million units, garnered comparisons to De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest, and everyone from Pitchfork Media to The Source has hailed it as one of the greatest albums ever made.
Speaking on the passage of time, their second release “LabCabInCalifornia” has revealed exactly how far-reaching The Pharcyde’s vision was. From enlisting a young and then unknown James Yancey aka J DILLA to produce beats, the classic “Runnin” to collaborating with director Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich” “Adaptation”) on the video for “Drop,” it has consistently reinforced their steadfast refusal to tread familiar artistic grounds.
Today, The Pharcyde is still performing and touring the globe. They continue to hone their individual abilities yet carry on the name & legacy in its original fashion. They still seduce their audience with the same boyish charm that founded them at the beginning. Now, it’s combined with the knowledge that has been bestowed upon them as men who have taken on, and rose to the challenge of the rap game. The end result of all this hard work is a band that’s still influencing the hip hop artists and sounds crowding our radio waves today and will continue to for many years to come.
We are no longer affiliated with our former label. For inquiries: contact[at]ThePharcyde.com
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Band Leader of the Other Black and trumpet player from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats,
A trumpet player of 20 years, Wes Watkins is a former student of Denver School of the Arts. However, it is not the time that he spent in arts school that he credits for his musical career but the time he spent homeless that taught him how to identify the power of individuality.
From the beginning, Wes has proven that if you're in the position where you must fight for everything that you have, you can achieve anything that you want. From his humble start living as a homeless street performer, most notably as a trumpeter, Wes has pulled himself up, dusted himself off and solidified himself as one of Colorado's most renowned performers. Appearing in bands such as; Other Black, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Air Dubai, Izcalli and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Wes had developed an ability to adapt to many musical styles while keeping true to his own unique flare. Watkins goal is to encourage people to experience themselves, because if we can be comfortable in our own skin, we can be comfortable with others.
“I strive to use my music to encourage people to experience the individual. I believe if you can acknowledge and accept the entirety of yourself you will find perspective in your perception of others. No matter housing status, economic status, race, gender, political association, etc. In our quickly changing world I make music to create inclusive neighborhood, because the best change supports connection to community.”
$33 - $43