Sam Johnson Presents
Midwest No Sleep Tour 2013 with Gypsy Collabo
Mario Canon, Agent Orange
107 W. Cook St., Ste G
Springfield, IL, 62704
Doors 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
A completely live group, they maintain an aesthetic that allows them to have a modern pop appeal while backing it with the knowledge and chops of an old school band. Their collective diversity creates a palette rich in depth, and allows them to seamlessly fuse elements that might not traditionally seem to mix into a catchy, cohesive brand of music all their own. The group formed in 2002 when through a mutual friend, aspiring rock band Tipsy Gypsys met the up and coming hip hop collective Collabo. The two groups instantly hit if off and in no time were making music together. Soon after, under their new moniker, they released their first full length album, "Live In Five."
Mario "Canon" Taylor, born October 22, 1986, is an upcoming music artist from Springfield, IL. Mario began working on music at the tender age of 11. He made many appearances in the local newspaper for his talents; he was recognized for his musical alongside with his sports talent. In 2010 Canon released an official underground mixtape titled "King of the Instrumentals Vol. 1" in his hometown which was an immediate success. Next he followed up with a second mixtape which he collaborated with a local dj named Dj Xklusive on “No Dayz Off” again gaining more recognition in his hometown. Mario has hosted several hundred events and parties and has become a local celebrity in his home area of Springfield, IL. Mario now is still pursuing his music dreams and has another mixtape titled "Star Power" he still has a growing buzz and is looking to expand his music with the help of TwoFifty Inc & Musical Asylum.
Straight out of the capitol city of Springfield Illinois comes the illest most unsuspecting emcee this side of the Mississippi. Zachary McCoy aka Agent Orange aka Agent O represents real Hip Hop to the fullest. Already a local celebrity in his hometown and a threat to the faint at flow, Agent O has taken his freestyle prowess to a nationwide level. After a few short years of honing his microphone skills and several freestyle battles later, Agent O has positioned himself to be the one to watch in 2009. Before any solo mixtapes or demo's were ever recorded, AO took a 3 hour trip to Chicago and wowed a panel of judges and BET executives to secure a coveted spot on BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Friday competition. As told by one Chicago police officer who was security for the audition; "Orange blew away more than 60 contestants and became the first to secure a position on the show" at the audition. Upon first listen it is evident that Agent Orange is a special individual with a special gift. Confident yet humble, passionate yet realistic and hungry yet patient is the best way to describe the duality of the emcee close friends refer to simply as AO. Blame it on his Midwest upbringing coupled with the strong support he receives from his Mom and Pops in regards to his dreams of becoming a superstar emcee because Agent O has a level of coolness and maturity not often found in a 23 year old aspiring rap superstar in his position. He has already stepped off the stage a winner 2 Fridays in a row on 106 & Park (4/17 & 4/24) and everyone including last seasons overall champion Kay M feels Orange is the next to be crowned (2 wins down 3 more to go). The future is looking bright for this star in the making and with his level of talent and execution, the skies are definitely the limit. Unlike the majority of freestyle artists of Hip Hop's past, Agent Orange will shock the world with his song writing abilities. For a taste of his song writing skills check out his debut Honest Management release: The Real McCoy Mixtape Vol.1. In the meantime, tune in to 106 & Park's Freestyle Friday and witness the rise of this young super talent. I guarantee you find yourself in the same position as the 106 & Park audience when they first witnessed Agent O's dexterity....pleasantly surprised. ..