Yonas

Los Angeles, California – December 14, 2011 - Yonas Michael, formerly of U-N-I, is back with a genre-defying new album titled Lost in Hollywood, that draws on everything from hip hop to doo-wop, disco to punk-rock and everything in between. The project features 14 original tracks including the highly rated Big Body Benz, House Full of Women and PUNKS. He collaborated with famed German artist Jessika Cardinahl for the album cover artwork.

Yonas Michael built a fan base with U-N-I and won accolades such as "Best Breakout LA Artist" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Magazine's "Acts to Watch," and BET's "Rookies of the Year 2009". Now Yonas is proving his musical originality and talent as a solo artist. Yonas Michael, who is of Eritrean heritage, drew from all genres, sounds and worked with a variety of artists and producers to create his project
Lost In Hollywood.

Specktators

Originally from Lansing, Michigan, this unsigned brother duo headed out West to chase a dream in Los Angeles, and that's exactly what they are doing.

After releasing four free mixtapes and a compilation project, The Specktators put out their debut album "The Parlay," at the end of 2013. The album hit #6 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and landed them on the Billboard Charts for the second time in their career. The album showcased not only their creative talents (Moe-T the producer; Packi the lyricist), but their vision for what the future of music should be.

The Specktators have shared the stage with many artists, including Snoop Dogg, Kid Ink, Machine Gun Kelly, Chiddy Bang, Rockie Fresh, and Timeflies; to name only a few.

Born in New Orleans, Pell was uprooted to Starkville, Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at the age of 15. Like many others in NOLA, Katrina decimated the neighborhood where Pell and his family lived, and as a result they were forced to relocate. "All I was able to take with me from New Orleans was the musical culture I grew up in, not my possessions, only memories and life lessons."

"Creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience," adds Pell. And he's used his determination to pursue a music career. In high school, Pell created beats for his friends using a beat box that his dad gave him. Pell used those skills to help produce tracks on his first 2010 mixtape, "That Feel Good." It was that year that he also formed the collective That Feel Good (TFG), with some friends.

In 2012, Pell released his first collection of songs digitally as a free album titled The Wild. Shortly after, Pell released a single titled "The Actress" featuring TFG-affiliate Sir Flywalker. The song, an ode to college party life, amassed over 25,000 SoundCloud plays, leading to coverage in the Jackson Free Press, and music outlets such as YouHeardThatNew and NME. In addition, Pell started to open shows for artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Joey Badass, Waka Flocka, and Casey Veggies.

Also last year, Pell released Calphonic, a free album hosted by DJ Wally Sparks that introduced the world to his laid-back attitude, ambient instrumentals, and nodding melodies. Riding the Calphonic wave into 2013, Pell is currently on the road on the Calphonic Tour featuring other members of TFG. In March of 2013, electro-pop duo Cherub released their highly anticipated 100 Bottles EP featuring Pell on the single 'Drowzzzy.' The momentum continued as Pell launched a video release for 'The Wild,' a track featured on Calphonic, marking his first single available via iTunes. The video premiered via RESPECT. Magazine and was also featured by Vibe and YouHeardThatNew.

Mario 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. 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 also dabbles in Nerdcore. He creatively incorporates video game and anime references/themes into his repertoire in a very unique way. It's all about having fun, being yourself & enjoying life! His Nerdcore performances includes: The Carolina Gaming Summit, Hoshicon & more! His distinctive sound is attributed to the diversity of his idols. His musical influences include: Lupe Fiasco, Nujabes, 2Pac, Blu & Exile, Scapegoat Wax, Common, 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 blogs in cyberspace such as: 2DopeBoyz, DJBooth, MTV, KevinNottingham, and more. He has shared the stage with some of the finest artists in the business, including: Kendrick Lamar, Slick Rick, Lupe Fiasco, Flobots, 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 more. 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/ ), Fresh Toast Clothing (http://www.freshtoastclothing.com/ ), & Bluu Dreams Clothing (http://bluudreams.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! He has over 600,000 downloads of his free LP's & Mixtapes. SkyBlew was also nominated for The NCUMAS (North Carolina Underground Music Awards) 2012 Lyricist Award! He recently, released his DEBUT ALBUM (Window Seat On That Midnight Train) which proved to be his BEST work up to date! 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!!!"

Thornbro is an emcee hip hop artist based out of Chapel Hill, NC where he is a student at UNC. He's been rapping since he graduated high school and he's been doing shows around Chapel Hill and North Carolina since September 2012. Since then he's opened up for Ras Kass, Copywrite, and The Dean's List (now known as The Kings Dead) and has performed at prestigious venues around the NC Triangle area such as Cat's Cradle Backroom, The Local 506, and The Pinhook. Currently he is working on his next project, Plastic Lenses, which is scheduled to drop around the middle of 2014 as a part of his The Year of the Believer (TYOTB) movement.

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Monday, March 31 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Local 506

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