Silent Knight & The Band Called FUSE (Record Release Party)

The Band Called FUSE

Pack one part rock, one part soul, one part hip hop... then light the fuse!"

The Band Called FUSE and lead MC Silent Knight burst onto the national scene at South By South West 2012 with a total of 3 showcases and 9 performances, following a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign to finance their first national tour.

Rising stars of the New York underground, the band has played over 200 shows in the Tri-State area, delivering an explosive live sound of hip hop beats, rock riffs, soul hooks and versatile street rhymes dubbed “soul rock”.

Pros of the live scene, The Band Called FUSE has hosted the buzz-generating "Line Up" showcase in New York city since 2010, sharing the stage with over 100 exciting up-n-coming performers like Homeboy Sandman and hip hop legends such as John Forte (The Fugees). In 2013 the band expanded the showcase, adding monthly shows in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

The band’s singles “Pretty Poison”, “Texas North, 5AM” and “Love & War in the City” spent weeks on the Top 40 hip hop college charts. Lead MC Silent Knight’s solo single “Stayin’ Busy” scored into the Top 10 hip hop college charts and racked up over 60,000 views on YouTube. His latest solo album (Busy Is My Best Friend) featured on several hip hop album of the year lists for 2012. He was listed as one of the Top 50 up-n-coming MCs by Rawkus Records.

The Band Called FUSE opened for Talib Kweli, MURS, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Vonnegutt, Can-I-Bus and Jean Grae and regularly features on main stages throughout the Tri-State area (Knitting Factory, Southpaw, Public Assembly, World Café Live, The Blockley).

The band released two full-length albums: Soul Rebels Vol. I (2009), and Sucker Punch Gospel (2011) which featured legendary P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The Band Called FUSE and MC Silent Knight are currently in the studio working on their next album due out in 2013.

“Fuse is moving with a new authority and spark… The new album ‘Sucker Punch Gospel’ [is] a potent combination of soul, rock and hip-hop. The band’s songs on ‘Sucker Punch’ recall the hot concrete soul of Sly and the Family Stone. Add to that the rhymes of frontmen Silent Knight and Soul Qloc, and the package gets a boost of pertinence and power… [Lead MC Silent Knight] has been a constant force on the city's live music scene. The rapper — a bit more conscious rap than street — spits his insightful and intelligent rhymes with expert phrasing, intonation and cadence. He's recorded with notables like Sean Price and Pumpkinhead and has shared stages with Grandmaster Caz, Talib Kweli, Masta Ace and Jeru the Damaja.”

–Chris Jordan, The Home News Tribune

“Live performances are FUSE’s specialty and whether they are headlining shows at established venues or performing at a cornucopia of underground concerts, they never disappoint. The band excels at creating music that gives a voice to raw emotion.”

-Gregorious Winter, Editorial, Ourstage.com

Rabbi Darkside

RABBI DARKSIDE is a Buffalo-born Brooklyn-based Hip Hop Artist/Educator, rocking the world as MC, DJ and Beatboxer. With a discography spanning a decade and tours across the U.S., Europe and South America, Rabbi D has built a global reputation and fanbase. The release of his internationally acclaimed debut LP, "Building the Better Bomb," and starring role as Head Coach on MTVs "Made" bolstered his rep, while touring consistently has allowed him to connect with the Global Hip Hop community. He has performed at major venues and festivals around the world, and is responsible for bringing the Hip Hop Subway Series to Europe.

A renowned freestyle artist, Rabbi Darkside has won a number of prestigious MC battles and been repeatedly called upon as host for high-profile events. As DJ, he has spun from New York's most esteemed clubs to multi-million dollar lofts to middle school proms. His beatboxing is featu¬red on MTV.com in instructional tutorials, and in countless live performances online. In addition to his artistry, he has worked for 10+ years in the New York City Public Schools, evolving from History Teacher to Teaching Artist to curriculum specialist, most recently developing the groundbreaking rap-based test prep program "Fresh Prep" (as seen in the New York Times and CBS Early Show), featuring guest vocalists Talib Kweli, Sadat X and Dres performing his lyrics. He was honored this year by being selected as one of the first Hip Hop Education Fellows by the H2ED Center at NYU Steinhardt School.

On his global journey he has appeared alongside Afrika Bambaataa, Antibalas, Blue Man Group, Common, DMC, Fishbone, J-Live, Kanye West, The Last Poets, Rahzel, Rob Swift, The Roots, Slick Rick, Talib Kweli, and Weldon Irvine, among many others. He has been featured in publications such as URB, TV Guide, Village Voice and New York Times, while appearing on CBS, MTV, MTV2, BET, NBC and Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." He is an ordained secular officiant and recently performed his first wedding, and is an official brand representative for BluBlocker sunglasses.

Undeniable

Queens’ Sinnagi & O7 were two independent solo artists on the verge of releasing their first full length albums. With a history that went back for more than ten years, the two decided to collaborate on a project that turned into seventeen songs and the concept album “A Picture is worth..” was born. The two performed have performed in a number of shows throughout NYC, and have released a series of mixtape/EP “5 Finger Discount."

Sinnagi & O7 make honest music that takes a hard look at their lives and the world around them. The creative soundscape provided by these artists is sure to inspire and satisfy Hip-Hop heads and music lovers alike for years to come.

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Friday, October 25 · Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM at Littlefield