Light It Up Tour
Light It Up Tour with Collie Buddz
Cris Cab, New Kingston
54 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL, 32801
This event is 18 and over
Collie Buddz (born Colin Harper, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a reggae/dancehall artist who grew up in Bermuda.
Collie Buddz openly represents “Bermy” in his music and has an innovative style that has been compared to Gentleman and Sean Paul. Singles include “Come Around”, “Mamacita”, “Ring The Alarm Remix” with Beyoncé, “Tell Me” with Lil’ Flip, and “Come Around Remix” featuring Busta Rhymes.
In 2006 Collie Buddz signed with Sony BMG. He is also a part of Harper Digital. He declined a contract from Interscope. His first album will be released in late May 2007.
Collie Buddz employs a style that is strongly rooted in 1990’s era conscious and dancehall style reggae, using beats and vocal techniques reminiscent of the iconic stars of that day - including Sizzla, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. The singer has attributed the defining influences on his music to lyrical clashes (such as those between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer) and dubplates, particularly those of Kilimanjaro, that were core to the sound clash culture of the 90’s.
Buddz is an avid fan of Buju Banton and cites that artist’s “Mr. Mention” has one of his favorite albums.
Cris Cab leaps off a couch, playfully taunting a friend during a game of FIFA. It‟s a familiar scene for many his age, though not for the 19-year-old whose resume reads like this: mentored by Pharrell Williams; recording partner of Wyclef Jean; support act to O.A.R., Matisyahu, T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes; and proud owner of over 7 million YouTube views. He doesn‟t take much time off.
Still, Cris‟ success is not defined by his age. These accolades would be impressive for any artist. Cris Cab‟s musical promise is framed by the sponge-like enthusiasm with which he approaches recording, the texture of his voice echoing through concert halls and headsets, and his fresh fusion of pop, reggae, and soul.
Cris Cab was born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida. By the age of five he begged his parents for a guitar, wanting both to best a friend at the school talent show, and learn the James Bond theme song. As he practiced and grew older, he dug through old records: The Police, Beatles, and Stones. He spent summers in the Bahamas with his family. His musical palate widened: Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Gregory Isaacs.
At 14, Cris‟ father bought him his first studio sessions. He became a musician with his feet in multiple words: old and new, the States and the Caribbean. By chance meeting, Cris played his early demos for Pharrell Williams. Pharrell was impressed, but Cris„ talents were raw and unpolished. Heeding the super-producer‟s advice, Cris practiced relentlessly, focused on songwriting, and played any gig he was allowed into. Three years later, Cris and Pharrell met again. This time, Pharrell was sold, citing “He‟s just getting warmed up, but this kid is the future.”
In 2011, Cris signed a management deal. He released a series of videos, soon becoming popular on blogs from PerezHilton to Billboard. The most successful of these was a cover of Wiz Khalifa‟s “Black and Yellow,” amassing 100,000 views in its first week. The dialogue between Cris and his fans grew exponentially, resulting in the well-received EP, Foreword, and its original single, “Good Girls.”
“Good Girls” brought Cris a broader audience, including Wyclef Jean. The two met while Cris was on tour in New York supporting his release. Wyclef quickly became a second mentor, saying, “Playing with Cris is like drinking water. It just flows.”
2012 saw the release of Cris Cab‟s full-length mixtape, Echo Boom (currently downloaded over 300,000 times). Named for the multi-cultural, wired generation born between 1982 and 1995, Echo Boom featured production from Cris, longtime collaborator PJ McGinnis, Wyclef, Pharrell, Supa Dupes, and 88 Keys.
With this continued momentum, Cris signed with Mercury Records. He released his debut single, “Good Girls (Don‟t Grow On Trees).” The track, a re-imagined version of his earlier release, was written by Pharrell, produced by Wyclef, and features Big Sean.
On a day like today, Cris Cab‟s friends are in school, and as are his fans. These days the line between the two is increasingly blurred. His generation only knows a world where the relationship between artist and fan is one of transparency and celebrated, mutual interest. Fine by Cris. He was born to be approachable. “My music,” he says, “is about shared experience.”
$20.00 - $25.00
Tickets Available at the Door
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Ticket Limit - 4 ticket limit for this event per household, customer, credit card number and email address. Patrons who exceed the ticket limit will have their order cancelled automatically and without notice.
As a special thank you to fans purchasing advance tickets to the Light it Up Tour on May, 14 with Collie Buddz, Cris Cab and New Kingston, Collie is sending you his brand new single, "Payback's a B**ch"! The song is only available for free if you have tickets to the upcoming tour, so pick up your tickets now and check your email for a special download link from Collie Buddz!
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