Tonight Grieves show is Cancelled (due to vehicle issues) - Please contact Ticketfly for refunds
Skyblew, Gentleman Contender
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Having spent nearly two years on the road touring in support of 88 Keys and Counting, Grieves found himself returning home to a fractured reality. Reeling from turbulence in his career and heartbreak in his personal life mixed with coming down from the high of the support he received on the road Grieves conceptualized Together/Apart, an album that would address the bond music creates between each of us as individuals and as a whole despite the many distances we experience be they geographical or emotional.
The end of 2008 saw Grieves enlisting the help of friend and collaborator Budo to co-produce Together/Apart bringing his signature swiss-army knife, multi-instrumental backdrop to Grieves' hauntingly poignant narrative. The album began taking shape inNew Yorkas the two built off the success 88 Keys and Counting had generated and paired it with the intensity they developed from their live performances. The recording process began to shadow the theme of the album as it saw tracks recorded inColoradoandWashingtonin addition toNew York, infusing it with a mixture of regional influences while still maintaining a cohesive sound. As the album neared completion the title took on a double meaning for Grieves as he explored new subject matter in the absence of trust, refuge in addiction, acceptance and honesty in self-reflection, and trying to find his place in the world without forgetting his roots.
Together/Apart concludes three years of self-discovery that has ultimately lead to Grieves' most emotionally charged and daring album to date.
Mario "SkyBlew" Farrow grew up in Alabama. Most of his neighborhoods were polluted with drugs, gangs, and violence. Surrounded by negativity and transitioning into various foster homes, he could have easily chosen the wrong path. Rather than succumbing to his environment and dire circumstances, Mario chose to rise above them and use music to soothe his soul and escape. He would freestyle and rhyme to himself, eventually penning his lyrics under the name, "Young Millionaire," in 2004.
In 2008 Mario relocated and acclimated to Chapel Hill, NC. During this transitional period, he delved deeply into his craft, linking up with local emcees and producers like ACee, Shoton, and KdotMills. Taking his lyricism to the next level, Mario decided to change his handle to "SkyBlew." His music is proving to be unique with an uplifting, powerful, and positive message in Hip-Hop. SkyBlew uses his sincere, substantive lyrics & soulful sound to breathe life into a genre saturated with lies, darkness and gimmicks. Most say, SkyBlew is a breath of fresh air! He pushes the boundaries with his music and brings a new/unique flavor to the music world. In addition to his solo career, SkyBlew is also half of the dynamic duo known as Blaze the Sky, with fellow emcee, Azon Blaze.
SkyBlew, doesn't want to put himself in a box, so he strays away from putting certain labels on his style. He simply titles it - Painting The Sky,Blew!!! The young artist, also creatively incorporates video game and anime references/themes into his repertoire in a very unique way. It's all about having fun, spreading LOVE, being yourself & enjoying life! SkyBlew, accompanied by his live band - The Digi Destined, made headlines after their memorable performance at the MAJOR, Hopscotch Music Festival 2015, opening for Pusha T! He has performed at countless anime and video game conventions including: XCON, The Carolina Gaming Summit, Hoshicon, The Triad Anime Con, T-Mode & more! He also got the chance to tour with his musical mentor, Random aka Mega Ran!! His distinctive sound is attributed to the diversity of his idols. His musical influences include: Common, Lupe Fiasco, Nujabes, 2Pac, Scapegoat Wax, Blue Scholars, Common Market, Amy Winehouse and a host of other artists from all genres. His studies have taken him full circle in the history of Hip-Hop.
SkyBlew is featured on some of the most notable websites in cyberspace such as: 2DopeBoyz, Afropunk, MTV, Earmilk, HotNewHipHop, DJ Booth, Rapzilla, HYPEFRESH Magazine, and countless others! He also, received MAJOR recognition from ReverbNation as a "Break Out Artist" in their "ReverbNation Artists Shine in 2013" video! Sky has shared the stage with some of the finest artists in the business, including: Kendrick Lamar, Slick Rick, Lupe Fiasco, Curren$y, Flobots, Del The Funky Homosapien, Slum Village, The Cool Kids, Jedi Mind Tricks, Watsky, Chris Webby, Kirko Bangz, Grieves, Jean Grae, J-Live, Aer, Wax, Yonas, Camp Lo, David Dallas and the list goes on! He has also worked with clothing companies through sponsorship such as: Tilteed (www.tilteed.com), Acropolis (www.acropolisapparel.com) and Team Thesis (www.theteamthesis.com). He is currently working with: Bitmap'd Video Game Tees (http://bitmapd.com/) and Fresh Toast Clothing (http://www.freshtoastclothing.com/).
SkyBlew is destined for great things. His exposure is growing exponentially on the regional, national, and international levels. With over 1M (million) views on MySpace and a rapidly growing Facebook page, he is painting the sky an elevated shade of BLEW! His albums: 'SkyBlew's UNmodern Life & Race For Your Life, SkyBlew!' which were released under Mega Ran's imprint - RandomBeats Music, both debuted on the Bandcamp front page as the second best sellers in the Hip-Hop category! SkyBlew was also nominated for the NCUMAS (North Carolina Underground Music Awards) 2012 Lyricist Award! His powerful music video/short film "Running in Place" won Best Music Video at the Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival and 3rd Best Video at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival! SkyBlew also released 2 exclusive Jazz Hop albums in South Korea, that made major headlines and also their top 10 charts!! The nominations continue to soar! Legendary performances are in the making... Appointed times appear, and with the state of Hip-Hop today, we need more from SkyBlew. This ColorfulDreamer lives by the slogan, "I DON'T Rap, I Paint The Sky,Blew!!!"
Gentleman Contender is a genre-bending electronic artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While attending school at UNC, he experiments with ambient electronic sounds with hip-hop and spoken word poetry influences. His first album Evoke and new EP Dreamscapes are available for download at gentlemancontender.bandcamp.com. All music available for stream at www.soundcloud.com/gentleman-contender. Also, be sure to like Gentleman Contender on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gentlemancontendermusic.