9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall.
Wheelchair Sports Camp, Higher Education
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is all ages
Wheelchair Sports Camp
"If there were ever a moment for a queer, disabled rapper with a love for pot, jokes, and revolution to be a star, the moment is now" - Village Voice
Wheelchair Sports Camp, the Denver based pseudo hip-hop band is Kalyn as MC/producer, Abi McGaha Miller as vocalist/saxophone, and brother Isaac as live rhythm. The band unknowingly started in the summer of 1997 when Kalyn moved back from Burbank, CA to her Denver hometown and was invited to attend and corrupt the 14th annual week-long Wheelchair Sports Camp. After meeting Abi and later brother Isaac in college, Kalyn combined talents to create a more live, jazzy, funky, combination to the traditional hip-hop group. The unconventional setup of live instruments and Kalyn's produced beats, presents a polished sound unique to the hip hop game with old-school lyrics that maintain a sarcastic yet independent and heavy consciousness. After playing for a few years around the Denver metro area, the group has been fortunate enough to share the stage with headliners and mentors like Salt-n-Pepa, Raekwon, Rahzel, Sage Francis and plenty more. The band has played outside home in places including New York, Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, New Mexico and continues to expand their fanbase in further markets.
Wheelchair Sports Camp persists to stay passionate about many causes, playing shows to raise money and awareness to support Occupy Wall Street (most especially Occupy Denver), prevent domestic violence, support LGBT youth and gay rights, support Haiti relief efforts, advocate an end to war, aid the homeless, promote global equality, and any other fight they can foster. Taking a nod from one of their favorite artists Radiohead, Wheelchair Sports Camp always has free or pay what you can CDs available at shows for fans. "If you can't afford music or food, steal it!" has been their motto since inception. Their goal is to spread their music like wildfire, and they encourage their fans to share and borrow creativity with hopes to conserve a free culture. To them, it's the only way to keep their music headed in the right direction without allowing money and greed to interfere with the creative process.
Danny and Peter Devaney started Higher Education in their parents basement with Bradley Wilson in 2010. As true students of music, they are inspired by artists such as Sublime, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Nirvana and Bob Marley. They create a unique sound, compose masterful lyrics, and have an arsenal of melodies that make it hard for you to sit still. Their debut album, Chasing Highs, is a mixture of 90s rock, psychedelic chords, and heavy beats, and are currently working on their second album.