The Crocodile Presents:
Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps, Kublakai, Symmetry
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is all ages
The Chicharones, formed at South by Southwest in 2001, are composed of songwriters Sleep and Josh Martinez. Since releasing their 2006 opus When Pigs Fly (Camobear Records/Bella Union), they have toured the world, collaborated with the who's who of underground pop, released critically and commercially successful solo albums and become international celebrities. Much has happened in the
four years since their last release "When Pigs Fly".
"Chicharones - The Best Bar Band in America"
The Chicharones have toured the world together, solo and with live bands, and learned countless new tricks along the road. From Sleep's magic tricks and quick change routines, to Martinez's beer balancing and hi-kicking Elvis dance moves, they are buzzing everywhere with their insanely energetic live shows. Since adding live drums and bass to their live show, they can literally play with any other act and hold their own. Spin called the Chicharones "The best bar band in America" after seeing a 2.5 hour set at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. It's easy to see why. Expect 5-part harmonies, a razor tight band, costume changes, syncopated dance moves, stage magic, standup comedy and the joyful interplay of 10 year veteran performers Sleep and Josh Martinez. And there's also rap.
'Josh Martinez, aka The People's Champ'
Josh Martinez is one of the most diverse artists in the music game, surpassing the limitations of indie hip hop, inspiring countless copycats who admire his soulful singing and offbeat cultural references. He has written 7 solo albums and collobarated with everyone. In 2008, Martinez produced a musical masterpiece called The World Famous Sex Buffet (Camobear Records), starring Devin The Dude, Classified, Mother Mother, Moka Only and Pigeon John. With 10 videos, countless licensed songs, constant touring and a #1 record in Canada for three months straight, the People's Champ is thriving.
'Sleep, aka the Littlest Homie '
Sleep has carved himself a special place in the minds of Hip-Hoppers who want their music with heart. Sleep's album Christopher (Up Above Records 2007) garnered universal praise and was voted "The best hip hop album of 2007" (LA WEEKLY). His new album, Hesitation Wounds, is a masterful opus, written with his characteristically brilliant cadences, sweetheart rhymes and every man observations over blazing future music soundscapes. Featuring Del The Funkee Homosapien, Masta Ace, Abstract Rude and others, and released by Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records in spring 2009, it has already sold 5,000 copies and brought him the worldwide exposure and respect he so deserves.
'The Chicharones are Back!'
Back in the studio, the Chicharones created the 2009 return-to-form 'Swine Country' (Camobear), and was a definitive statement of explosive growth for a duo at the absolute peak of their creative powers. These are songs inspired by James Dean, heist movies, broken hearts and sweet, sweet revenge. Swine Country is host to doo-wop harmonies, adult-rated Dr. Seuss rhymes and the incredible interplay between two of rap's finest, most accomplished artists. Swine Country is Pharcyde meets Dick Dale, Kurt Kobain meets Frankie Lymon. It's fedora wearing hip hop music with the swagger of rebellion, and all the tenderness of a mother's touch. Get down and dirty. You'll thank us for it later.
'Swine Flew…Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
THE NEW ALBUM: Swine Flew…Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is the culmination of years of musical experimentation uniting the content driven hardcore poetics of the Boss Hog EP, the epic joy and sorrow of When Pigs Fly, with the Doo-Wop musicality of Swine Country to create an album for all seasons. Taking their trademark humor and harmony to a new level, the Chicharones are looking to infect the whole world with their particular brand of greasy hip hop magic. While laying themselves bare, they take both their lyrical content and musicality, to new heights. This is an adult album that speaks to children who suddenly have children, and rockstars who suddenly have mortgages. This is arguably one of the best records that has ever been made. But you will know that soon enough.
Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps
So I could hire someone to write a biography that would captivate readers and convince them I'm some cool rapper that's different than everyone else. But in reality, I'm not. I'm a regular kid that goes through the same things as everyone else. The only thing that makes me different than the person reading this right now is that I use music to express how I feel. I don't make music for the individual, I make music for the masses. Sure I want the songs that I write to be fun and catchy, but above all I want the audience to listen past the kicks and snares and really hear what I'm trying to say. I originally started making music for fun. So to be able to say that after less than 2 years of doing it that I've already opened for a number of national touring artists, headlined my own shows, and have even been featured in a XXL Magazine article about Seattle Hip-Hop is insane to me. However I can't take all of the credit. Tyler Dopps, who I'm now working exclusively with is the mastermind behind the majority of my biggest releases. Without his influence and talents as a producer I could easily say I wouldn't be where I am right now.
We're young, we're ambitious, and nothing is going to get in the way of what we have planned for the future.
Rapper about having fun, thinking deeply and never giving up..... Be your best self.
Relentless. It’s the word that best describes Symmetry, a progressive pop/rock band based out of Los Angeles. Striving to touch one’s heart and soul through their music, this innovative band consists of Michael Campbell (vocals), Jared Hara (guitar), Will Weiner (bass) and Max D’Anda (drums). These four accomplished and determined musicians fatefully met each other in California and aim to inspire hope through their powerful music.
Jared Hara, guitarist for Symmetry, exemplifies the value of hope. Jared grew up in Central Florida always on the lakes tubing, wake boarding and skiing. Later taking his love of sports indoors to play ice hockey. When he was twelve, Jared lost his eyesight and picked up his first guitar, which became a newfound passion. “Sometimes in darkness, we find ourselves,” says Jared. Music provided him the hope and strength to continue on. Now a guitar virtuoso, composer and producer, Jared is living proof that tragedy can reveal hidden potential.
Mike was born in Washington State where he grew up in a town called Gig
Harbor. He discovered his passion for music/performing when he attended his
first ever rock concert while attending high school and immediately began
playing locally in several bands. Mike later moved to Los Angeles, California
where he graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood studying audio
engineering. While attending MI he met Jared (guitar) who was in search of a
vocalist for his current band. Mike agreed and was excited about the music they
were creating. It wasn’t long until the two of them discovered Will (bass) and
Max (drums) where they decided to start something new and fresh, Symmetry.
Will, the youngest in the band is from San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.
With an Opera Singer for a Mother and a Father singing in a World renowned choir, it seemed impossible for Will to choose a path other than music. After playing in bands for a few years, Will moved to Los Angeles to study bass at Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he met Jared and Mike.
Max will, however always be a mystery.
Symmetry formed in early 2013 with what they refer to as “the dream team.” Their similar mindsets quickly led to writing and recording their debut full-length album, Frozen in Time, with producer James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Paramore, Underoath).
Frozen in Time was praised overseas by the U.K. music and culture website, Louder Than War, who called lead single “Frozen In Time” “fresh, powerful and absolutely radio-ready.” Their song “When Will It End” won “Best Rock Song” at the Hollywood Music and Media Awards (HMMA’s), and Symmetry’s playful rock cover of Katy Perry’s Roar quickly gained steam with fans on YouTube.
Symmetry’s album, along with their infectious chemistry, caught the attention of many during the winter of 2014. While touring the U.K. with Room 94 on the Live Nation No Strings Attached tour, Symmetry gained worldwide fans (who quickly hopped on Twitter to create an international fan feed). The band’s performance at NACA’s West Coast Convention (National Association of Campus Activities) kicked off a domestic tour. Symmetry is currently wrapping up 2014 with a new Album, also produced by James Paul Wisner called “The Cure”. “The Cure” says Rythm and Booze “blends a big bold combination of rock and alternative pop, added some fizz, a little bit of bounce and then shake until frothing.”
In Feb/March 2015 Symmetry headed back to the U.K.,Ireland and Scotland with Room 94 as part of the Dirty Dancing Tour. March/April 2015 Symmetry joined McBusted for the Most Excellent Adventure Tour. In April Symmetry headlined there own “Up Close and Personal Tour” in the UK . May will bought them back out on the road with UK’s very own James Arthur.
After several months of writing back in Los Angeles, Symmetry had yet another opportunity to leap over the pond and open for Third Eye Blind in the UK, Amsterdam and Germany starting 05 November 2015 as well as a full UK tour with Don Broco and Coasts.
2016 is finally here and Symmetry is looking to fuel the fire by embarking on a 28 show, full North American tour supporting UK indie/rock/pop band Coasts. You don't want to miss this one! Tickets are available now!