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SPACE

Gangstagrass

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 7:30 PM CDT (6:30 PM Doors)
SPACE, Evanston, IL

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GA Limited Seating

$15.00
 - Limit is 10 tickets for this section
Limited seating. Seats not guaranteed.

Table 11

$25.00
 - Limit is 5 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.

Table 13

$25.00
 - Limit is 5 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.

Table 21

$25.00
 - Limit is 4 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.

Table 22

$25.00
 - Limit is 4 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.

Table 24

$25.00
 - Limit is 4 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.

Table 33

$25.00
 - Limit is 4 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.

Table 43

$25.00
 - Limit is 4 tickets for this section
Reserved table seat.
Total limit is 10 tickets for all sections combined

Delivery Type:

UPS 2nd Day $14.50 -  No P.O. Boxes, U.S. addresses only.
Please allow 2-3 business days for UPS 2nd Day delivery.
Mail $2.50 -  Please allow 10 days for Mail delivery.
Will Call Check in electronically at venue box office.

Terms and Conditions:

**Please note fees include Evanston and Cook County amusement tax.** We want to make sure that all patrons know what to expect when attending events at SPACE. Please note that not all tickets guarantee seats. Seating varies show by show, so please pay attention to the description of the seating level that you select. A "Reserved Table Seat" guarantees one seat at a cabaret table. Every individual in your party needs a ticket in that section in order to sit at your table. Table seats are held until one hour after the start time of the show. Reserved Table Seats and any will-call tickets are non transferable - the name of the person ordering must match the name of the person picking up the tickets. A “GA Limited Seating” ticket guarantees access to the concert, but does not guarantee a seat. Seating is available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. If seating is absolutely necessary to you, please purchase a Reserved Table Seat. For certain shows, we will have a "GA Seated" section, which guarantees a chair, but no table. Seats for this section are guaranteed until showtime. A “GA Dance Floor” or “Standing Room” ticket is just that. There is absolutely no seating in either of these sections. Please do not purchase a ticket in these sections if you will be unable to stand for the duration of the show. Doors for concerts open one hour before the start time of the show. SPACE reserves the right to change the start time, or to add performers to a lineup. Ticket buyers will be emailed with any major changes. No outside food or drinks are permitted. Pizzas from Union Pizzeria can be brought into the concert. SPACE has a full bar and cocktail service during shows. Flash photography is not permitted in SPACE. This is a listening room, and it is important to us that performers are able to be heard. Patrons talking during quiet shows may be asked to step outside so others can enjoy the show. SPACE is an all-ages venue, but patrons must be 21 to drink alcoholic beverages. No refunds will be given under any circumstances. By continuing with this purchase, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the terms and conditions stated above.

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Bluegrass/Hip-Hop may sound like an odd combination, but don’t tell that to Producer Rench, who conceived the sound of Gangstagrass in 2006.  Though it began as an isolated experiment, Gangstagrass has since grown into a critically acclaimed success celebrated by The Washington Post,  The Boston Globe, TVGuide, Elmore Leonard, NPR.org,  and more than 50,000 fans who have been entranced by one of the band’s hundreds of performances and have purchased the band’s four official LP’s.

“There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think.” says Rench, who had previously made a name for himself as an in-demand Brooklyn country and hip-hop producer, and solo artist.

When he shared his first bluegrass/hip-hop experiment, Rench Presents: Gangstagrass for free on the internet, the buzz occurred instantly and unexpectedly.  Rench’s unique vision combined hip-hop MCs and beats in sync with banjos, fiddles, and dobros, and made the combination feel seamless, natural, and authentic.  As a consequence, Rench Presents: Gangstagrass received hundreds of thousands of downloads and blog features including BoingBoing.net.

But it was one phone call that would convince the young mastermind to continue his experiments with a more fervent focus and passion.  It came from the FX network— who upon listening to Gangstagrass, commissioned Rench to write the theme song to a new show, Justified.

Enlisting the assistance of a new team of expert bluegrass players, Rench brought along T.O.N.E-z, the younger brother of early hip-hop legends Special K and T-LaRoc. to record “Long Hard Times To Come” and it was immediately embraced by the network. In 2010 Justified became a hit with viewers, and Rench and T.O.N.E-z received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.”

To satisfy an exploding following’s demand for more material like the Justified theme song, Rench immediately produced the band’s first official, physical release, Lightning On the Strings Thunder On The Mic.  Its second track “I’m Gonna Put You Down” became a beloved fan-favorite and would be broadcast by the History Channel to promote the show “Appalachian Outlaws.”

For the 2012 album Rappalchia, Rench brought along an impressive cast of MCs to the table.  Those MCs included Kool Keith, Dead Prez, R-SON The Voice of Reason, and Dolio The Sleuth — the latter two would make names for themselves as the two MCs of the Gangstagrass touring lineup.  Like Lightning, Rappalachia would receive nearly unanimous critical acclaim, and included tracks that appeared on Justified, Buckwild, and Bones.

Broken Hearts and Stolen Money, released in 2014 contained 12 tracks, including “Hand Me The Money,” featuring the legendary rap team Smif-N-Wesson, “O Death,” featuring the Juno Award-winning rapper Liquid, and “Two Yards,” which The Boston Globe called “Essential.”

Released in 2015, American Music debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and features the radio staples, “Barnburning” and “Ran Dry.” “Speak A Lil Louder” was featured on ESPN’s First Take.  American Music also celebrates the end of Justified’s six season run with a remake of the Emmy-nominated “Long Hard Times To Come.”

Gangstagrass has been touring nationally and earning rave reviews of their incendiary live performances at everything from major festivals to highway rest stops.  Expect the influence and stature of these pioneers of a new American sound to continue growing.

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