$8 in advance/$10 at the door
10:30pm doors/11pm showtime
The same day that Purple Rain was released by Prince, Jeremy Nutzman a.k.a. Velvet Negroni was born in Ramsey, Minnesota a rural area just outside the suburbs of Minneapolis. As an adopted child, Jeremy began taking piano lessons as early as the age of 5 and attended statewide recital championships as a child. After playing in several different bands in Minneapolis such as Go Nutz! The Clerb, and Bight Club, Velvet Negroni would be birthed as Jeremy’s most complete and true form of self expression. With a sound that is equally as
based in the future as it is in the present, Velvet Negroni has been recognized by and performed alongside artists such as Bon Iver, Francis and the Lights, Kool Keith, and numerous Minneapolis based artists. Most Recently, Velvet Negroni is in Minnesota recording at Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)’s April Base studios working on a full length project and gearing up festival dates both domestic and overseas. Presenting a notoriously captivating, authentic, and unpredictable live show, Velvet Negroni has graced stages with everything from a full band in fencing attire, to a minimal set up on stage by himself automating vocal effects as he performs his songs. Unpredictable, has even gotten him banned from the popular minneapolis based “1st Avenue” venue which he considers to be one of many career highlights thus far. 2017 is looking to be a promising year for Velvet Negroni with a summer starting off with a slot at the European Forbidden Fruit Festival in Dublin Ireland, and then shortly after Eaux Claires fest in Wisconsin.
Spank Rock never wanted to be a rapper. All of his heroes are badass guitar-fondling queers who sing songs about incest, aliens, faith and love, but rap was his fate. Naeem Juwan came of age in West Baltimore during the Enlightenment of hip hop, and his bizarre hometown deranged his perception of life for good. It was the summer of 1993, and he was only twelve when Naeem first saw local superhero drag queen MC Miss Tony perform at his best friend’s Bat Mitzvah. She performed two of her Baltimore club hits, “Pull Ya Gunz Out” and “Whassup Whassup,” and the preteens freaked out and sang along. How could he have known that the memory of this performance would come to dominate his subconscious and reveal itself a decade later as one of his most predominant influences?
After permanently relocating to sister slum Philadelphia, Spank Rock released his debut album, YoYoYoYoYo (2006), on U.K. label Big Dada, and it became a cult classic. Produced by XXXChange, YoYoYoYoYo deconstructed the genre and created a new world of possibilities for hip hop. The duo became known as international indie rap trailblazers with a fearless drive for creative exploration and a diverse list of influences.
Spank Rock’s music reeks of freedom. His concept EP Bangers & Cash (2008), produced by fledgling pop producer Benny Blanco, paid homage to freedom fighter Uncle Luther Campbell and 2 Live Crew. His self-released sophomore LP, Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar (2011), plays like Spank Rock’s initiation into superhero clan The Invisibles. Teleporting from Philly noise rock (“DTF DADT”), to German techno (“#1 Hit”), to New Orleans sissy bounce (“Nasty ft. Big Freedia”), swinging from the bawdy to the brazenly political, the album confirms Spank Rock’s commitment to creating music that is experimental, soulful and wild.
MIDTOWN MEASTRO, SOUTHSIDE SYMPHONIES