Black Spade, Suzi Analogue, Sëla, DJ Gianni Lee
435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
This event is 21 and over
In an industry where perception routinely trumps reality, it's easy to confuse instantaneous buzz with enduring success. Deriving their name from the block on the south side of Chicago where they were born and raised, The Paxtons strive to create timeless, genre-bending music that innovates without regard to the latest trends. Since officially forming as a group in 2008, childhood friends, Chris and Dave have expanded as producers and songwriters, to create visual, feel-good music that defies conventional rap templates.
Inspired by their move to NYC earlier that year; 2010's The Manhattan Project garnered more than 10,000 downloads in just over three months, a return to SXSW, and performances on each coast. Following what The Smoking Section called one of 2010's top 20 mixtapes of the year, The Paxtons began work on the Avenue series, releasing parts A and B just four months apart. The resulting fanfare spearheaded The Block Party; a series of self-produced monthly events showcasing the South Shore Social Club collective in their present home of Brooklyn. With the arrival of September's Avenue: C & D, The Paxtons show no signs of slowing down.
At his core, Black Spade is a producer who makes music because he loves to. His sounds are grounded in the past while still sounding futuristic, and most importantly come from the heart. Spade says, “To get my music out there to people… at the end of the day that’s what really counts.”
She's a laser unafraid to beam. All over beats, vocals, and much much more- the lady defies boundaries.
1/4 of Klipm0de Int'l.
1/2 of Analogue Monsta
1 whole Analogue Avenger.
In spring of 2005, a surge of creative energy sparked the atmosphere at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, as students across campus came together to express themselves in fresh and innovative ways. Among them, three musicians were inspired to come together and pool their collective talents and ideas. This was the inception of Sela, with David Martin (MC and bass), Josh Long (guitar), and Margel Overton (vocals and keyboard). A creative outfit from the beginning, they came away from these early sessions with the songs "Wanna Know Your Name" and "Can I Get Next To You." After finding a part time drummer, they began to give life to their songs on stage. While continuing to hone their skills, Sela added Josh's brother Tim Long to take over bass, allowing David to focus on rapping, their long time friend and emcee MJ Harris, and JP Dudas came on board as full time drummer. With its current, solid lineup, Sela has performed with artists such as Khari Ferrari, Kuf Knots, Pigeon John, DJ Phish, Dice Raw, Nikki Jean, and Ab-Liva. Trained musicians, the members of Sela incorporate their technical knowledge with their diverse sonic influences (N.E.R.D., The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gym Class Heroes, Gorillaz) producing an explosive sound that consistently delivers electrically charged live performances. Audience hits include "Tastykakes," "Pump Your Fist," and "Out There," which showcase the band's hypnotic infusion of rock, jazz, dance and hip hop. Weaving together charismatic rapping, aggressive beats, vigorous riffs, and high powered vocals, Sela can't help but ignite each audience in aural euphoria.