The Emporium Presents
Watsky & Wax: Hug A Hater Tour
Mike Tokes, The Rooks
9 Railroad Avenue
Patchogue, NY, 11772
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
George Watsky is a rapper, writer and performer from San Francisco now living in Los Angeles. A versatile lyricist who switches between silly and serious, technically complex and simply heartfelt, George won the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals and the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam in 2006. Immediate after, George appeared on the final season of "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" on HBO in 2007 while himself a college Freshman and subsequently performed at over 150 universities across the country. Rapping all the while under the name 'Watsky,' George released a jazz-hip hop record with his band Invisible Inc in 2007 and the self-titled 'Watsky' in 2010, which peaked at #7 on the iTunes hip hop charts. In January 2011 George's fast rapping went viral and led to two appearances on the Ellen Show, a slot on Last Call with Carson Daly, and an exploding online profile. George has performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, the NAACP Image Awards on FOX, three times at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has been featured in XXL, Billboard Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. Watsky's social media presence made him one of only 23 artists dubbed by 'The Next Big Sound' as a 'Big Sound of 2011,' alongside Mac Miller, Kreayshawn and Skrillex.
"It's a lot of shit I done been through/But all that I can do is continue." – Wax, "Continue"
Continue… is more than just a name for the new album from L.A.-based emcee Wax. It's a declaration -- one that lets everybody know that after a few detours he is excited to move forward to the next phase of his career. Dropped by Def Jam Records after being discovered on You Tube and signed, Wax continued using the relationships he established there while making the album he wanted to make.
There's no question a great part of Wax's internet appeal is his ability to infuse humor into everything he does. But this is no novelty act. Wax isn't looking for a quick fix or to capitalize on a bit of momentum. As someone who's wanted to make music since he saw MTV at the age of three, he's looking at this as something he'll be doing all his life.
The Rooks are a New York City based R&B/IndieSoul sextet just funky enough to make your mother nervous. The group first came together at Wesleyan University, bonding over a mutual love of listening to Beyonce, playing at house parties, and performing Motown covers. They continue to do all three in excess.
Drawing on an eclectic catalogue of influences, from the melodic sensibilities of Stevie Wonder, to the staggered hip-hop backbeats of J Dilla, to the vocal intricacies of the Dirty Projectors, The Rooks dance their way along the line between the music that makes you think, and feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul.
The Rooks have spent the past two years steadily gaining notoriety around the northeast, notably sharing the stage with the likes of Grammy-nominated MC Talib Kweli and fast-rapping phenom George Watsky. Their set of studio singles (released in the spring of 2012) earned the attention of a number of online publications, and finally provided their parents with a tangible means of bragging about their children to their co-workers.
After releasing their debut EP, Something You Can Take (June 2013) to a sold out crowd at Pianos (NYC), they continue to make as much noise as they possibly can in and around the NYC region. They would love for you to join the party, because they're having an incredible time.