LKWD Music Fest w/ Talib Kweli

LKWD Music Fest w/ Talib Kweli

The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap's most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world's best rappers with something significant to say.

"My music has been associated with those types of causes, with positivity, spirituality, intelligence and being thought-provoking and such," he says. "I think sometimes people get caught up in that part of me as an artist and don't necessarily understand the musicality or fully appreciate the music and the entertainment value behind what I do. I tried to stretch my wings a little bit and bring something that was less beholden to the world of hip-hop and more existing in the world in general."

The result of this artistic growth and exploration arrives with Kweli's dynamic Prisoner Of Conscious AKA P.O.C., an artistic tour de force that signals the start of the next chapter of Kweli's remarkable career. The BK MC spent more time working on Prisoner Of Conscious than any of his other albums, a three-year journey that found him exploring new vibes, joining in some unlikely collaborations and taking him to foreign lands.

Produced by Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Ghostface), the title track's alternatively rap and rock-based beat provides a distinctive platform for Kweli to deliver rhymes that detail his artistic awakening, while producers Sean C & LV (Jay-Z, Raekwon) created a Marvin Gaye-esque vibe for "Come," a cut featuring Miguel that showcases Kweli trying to convince a series of women to do things his way.

Then there's the dramatic, piano-driven "Before He Walked," which showcases passionate vocals from singer Abby Dobson and includes a verse from possibly the most noteworthy guest on Prisoner Of Conscious: Nelly. Both Kweli and The St. Louis rapper recount the importance music has had in their lives on the stirring song, which was an outgrowth of conversations about music and life Kweli and Nelly had at Kweli's Los Angeles residence.

"Nelly is somebody I've known and have been friendly with throughout the years in this business," Kweli says. "Nelly has always been an example for me because a rising tide raises all boats. Nelly is an artist who is polarizing at times because of the 'Tip Drill' video to the boycotts he's endured at colleges, but I know him as a person, and he's a great person."

Elsewhere, the driving "Ready Set Go" with singer Melanie Fiona features Kweli's ever-impressive clever verbal gymnastics, which are also on display on the stark Busta Rhymes-guested and RZA-produced "Rocketships."

Kweli shifts gears on "Favela Love." Inspired by and created during a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, the breezy song features crooning from Brazilian singer and actor Seu George (City Of God, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). Kweli and George met in the studio, leading Kweli to deviate from his original concept for the song.

"The song went from being about a woman to be being about Brazil, about the favela, about loving to come there," he reveals. "The woman is really a metaphor for the place. That's why it's called 'Favela Love.' When I was telling Seu George about that, he started singing about how much he loves Brazil and where Brazil fits in the world."
After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world's most talented and most accomplished rappers.

Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of beat.

In particular, Kweli showed his artistic reach in Idle Warship. Teaming with longtime collaborator and acclaimed singer Res, Kweli began getting out of his sonic and creative comfort zone on the group's 2009 mixtape Party Robot and its debut album, 2011's Habits Of The Heart.

Idle Warship's music challenged Kweli and led him to a new artistic space. "I like the position I'm in," he says. "I feel like I'm a connector, a leader. I feel like I've led by example and I want to continue to do that. I like the fact that I'm in a position where cats who are coming out and making music that I enjoy are interested in my music and are interested in my influence. It's a great feeling."

Kweli also has the high-powered Attack The Block mixtape with DJ Z-Trip set to arrive and will be focusing on making his Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.

But for now, Prisoner Of Conscious arrives as an artistic triumph, a collection that embodies Talib Kweli's robust creative vision. "I wanted to put out an album that really can support the artist that I've become," he says. "I'm a touring artist. I'm an artist that's internationally known. I'm not just a local artist at this point in my career. I'm cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I'm trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I've done before."

Phony Ppl are a collective. They are a rap crew, a songwriting/production team, a live band, and a group of friends who live to make music. They leap across genres and destroy stages across the country, counting Plain Pat, Nick Catchdubs, Peanut Butter Wolf, Giles Peterson and Q-Tip as cosigners. The crew boasts a infectious style throughout their many projects, built on inescapable melodies, feel good hooks and advanced instrumentation. Blending hip-hop attitude with pop sensibilities, Phony Ppl speaks directly to a new, untapped generation of music lovers whose iPods are filled with music of all genres and eras. Rapper Dyme-A-Duzin recently inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records and is in the studio with Plain Pat and Emile. Producers Elijah Rawk and Bari Bass have been touring with Theophilus London and are slated to produce for his next album. A PHONY PPL PARTY DON'T STOP.

Muamin Collective

Muamin Collective started with a concept - rapid fire critical thought over beats. Simple? Not actually as easy as it is said, but over the last 8 years what started as a concept, has become praxis. Aaron "aLIVE" Snorton, and Josiah "ZiON" Quarles have made a master work. What began with their critically acclaimed Industry Standard, continued with wHereMYpeoples@ and has culminated in WORLD B. FREE, the perfect summer spin, a drive thru nostalgia and future. It is Astro Black, relevant, smart, brash, and funky. The mix is sublime, thanks to their partner in crime Ereact - who brings us their vision clear and bumping.

The two were childhood friends growing up on Cleveland’s east side banging on tables and free-styling late into the night. The two lost touch, but fate would reconnect them years later at a party held by mutual friend and Muamin Co-founder R.A Washington’s studio space. The two confided that they were now totally consumed by music, and within a month found themselves camped out with an SU 700, a pen and a pad. The rest is history . . . or at least discography.

A Muamin live show is all about energy, chemistry, and catalogue. With over 50 songs to pull from, and endless supply of beats to remix and rejuvenate older songs, each show is fresh and unique; connecting to audiences in an organic way that cannot be digitized. After opening for the likes of Pete rock, Kool Keith, Little Brother, Ratatat, J-Live, De La Soul, and headlining many more, the trio are veterans of the stage; giving you all they’ve got, for all they’ve got.

Jamaican Queens

THIS IS DETROIT TRAP POP. Ryan Spencer pens songs with provocative lyrical imagery. These are accounts of intense violence, hopelessness, and drug use— juxtaposed with honest tales of love, a lack thereof, and the pursuit of a reason to live.

Jamaican Queens have a unique way of making the uncomfortable tolerable, and the sexually explicit accessible. Whether you are looking for infectious earworms with which to sing along, or MDMA-induced club bangers to provide the soundtrack for an evening of popper huffing— Jamaican Queens have got your back. This is post-everything pop for people terrified of reality.

Heavily influenced by the southern rap beats of Three 6 Mafia, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy, as well as the experimentation of Brian Eno and Lee Scratch Perry— the outcome is an urgent canvas overlaid with pop hooks that would make David Bowie blush.

This is new. This is different. From a city left behind by the failures of a once great country, this is Jamaican Queens. Welcome.

Filmstrip

Filmstrip is a three- piece rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. Brothers Dave Taha (guitar, vocals) and Matt Taha (bass, vocals) met Nick Riley (drums) in elementary school. They began playing in bands together in junior high and continued through high school. The group reunited in 2009 under the name filmstrip, and have continued to work together ever since.

Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites

Wesley Bright & The Hi­‐Lites began as a joint collaboration between Bob Basone and Nick Fritsch. The two came to know each other after touring together in other projects, and both shared a passion for the soul sounds of the 1960's, mainly the sweet northern Detroit soul of the Motown label. Wesley was working in sales when Fritsch discovered his raw talent and passion for true soul music, and the
two became close friends and musical partners. After years of playing in various projects, Basone, Fritsch and Wesley decided to finally put together a happening group of talented musicians that could produce the raw soul sounds of the 1960's. Wesley Bright & The Hi‐Lites formed in the heart of Akron, Ohio with the interest of being a part of the timeless sound of soul music. Specifically, the band identifies with the "Northern Soul" genre, drawing from the 1960’s era of soul from Motown, Tamla, and many smaller record companies.

Wesley Bright & The Hi­‐Lites seeks to recreate the Northern Soul dance craze from earlier decades of the U.K. and elsewhere.

The band released its first 45­‐rpm vinyl record in the late summer of 2012, soon to be available on iTunes as well. The record was recorded and mixed by Jason Tarulli (live sound engineer for The Black Keys), mastered by Clint Holley/Well Made Music as well as Cauliflower Audio, and pressed by Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, OH.

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Smoke Screen

Since 2007, the group has released 5 full-length projects. 2010's greatly-received "Imagination Beyond Illustration" LP was followed by the adventurous remix project "Re:Imagined".

Chemist and Mooke, the two MCs that make up Smoke Screen have influences in disparate realms of music - alternative, Top 40, underground etc... but when the two Cleveland MCs combine, they have an explosive and party-starting chemistry that's rocked audiences all over the genre barrier.

Smoke Screen has done countless shows throughout the East Coast and Midwest promoting their releases. They have rocked the stage with the likes of Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Girl Talk, Das Racist, Wale, Big Sean, Mr. Lif, Evidence, Brother Ali, Clipse, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and more.

After a Spring 2011 East Coast Tour, performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary Cleveland Public Hall and rocking the stage at The House of Blues in Cleveland, Smoke Screen remains consistent and innovative and they are continuously evolving and highly ambitious.

2012 saw the release of the Ice Cold Water EP which was followed by the Smoke & Lasers Remix EP, along with nominations for Best Group and Album Of The Year for Ice Cold Water at The Ohio Hip Hop Awards.

With multiple projects planned for 2013, Smoke Screen is sure to keep you hydrated.

R.A. Washington

The Commonwealth

Welshly Arms

Blisse

blisse like fleece.

roxanne starnick

Seafair

Voice + Cello + Violin + Keys + Guitar + Bass + Drums = Seafair

Pinch & Squeal

PINCH & SQUEAL is an eclectic vaudeville collection of awesomeness and hilarity all the way from Cleveland, OH! They play a trunk fulla instruments, sing wacky songs that suggest on the filthy, tell extraordinary bad jokes that you hate to laugh at, illusion and comedic magic, juggle and manipulate 5 hats and bring forth insanity from our suitcase and if you are lucky The GREAT MIZMAR may show up and instantly... give Squeal a lateral lisp. They play tricks on you in your sleep. They are at the forefront of the Ohio variety scene, producing and hosting shows with some of the nation's top burlesque acts.

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LKWD Music Fest w/ Talib Kweli with Phony Ppl, Muamin Collective, Jamaican Queens, Filmstrip, Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites, Obnox, Smoke...

Saturday, August 24 · Doors 2:00 PM / Show 3:00 PM at Mahall's