Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.
Thu Feb 22 2018
9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)
$15 ADV / $20 DOS
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JEL (Anticon), Rosby
Tony Simon, a/k/a Blockhead, has been making and releasing utterly distinctive, funky and emotive music for the last two decades. Blockhead grew up in downtown New York City. As the son of an artist, surrounded by visual culture, he early on found that his passion was for music, for the sonic. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists, a quiet accumulation of knowledge and know-how. After a brief stint as a rapper, he realized his calling was behind the boards and not on the mic – and from there he began to produce beats. Since making that decision, he's kept pretty busy: carving a niche as a sought-after underground beatmaker that people call when they want something special. Blockhead produced nine tracks on Aesop Rock's critically acclaimed album “Labor Days.” Additionally he produced half the tracks on Aesop's follow up EP, “Daylight.” He has also worked with other indie giants Atmosphere, Murs, Mike Ladd and Illogic. In between, he found time to complete a break beat album entitled “Blockhead's Broke Beats,” with ten hard-hitting instrumental tracks, which was released on Mush Records, the US home of cLOUDDEAD.
To understand Blockhead’s Stateside presence and gravitas – look no further than the fact that he has also contributed three tracks (including the first single) for Cage’s “Hell’s Winter” on Def Jux. The other producers on the project are DJ Shadow, El-P and RJD2. All this occurred simultaneously to his debut album on Ninja Tune, “Music By Cavelight,” described as “one of the most fantastically good albums you’re going to hear this year” (Sunday Telegraph) and “a beautiful record” (Metro), with Blockhead himself tipped as “definitely one to watch” (Touch.) Blockhead returned in 2005 with “Downtime Science,” another set of deep, emotional instrumental hip hop tracks, this time dedicated to the downtown area of Manhattan where he grew up and has lived his entire life, encompassing all the attitude, anger and edginess of the neighborhood. This expansive album also features some melancholy reflections upon failed relationships and the promise of future loves.
"The Music Scene," was released in 2009 to both critical acclaim and commercial success – launching Blockhead on a global string of headlining dates ranging from Pittsburgh to Poland – where he participated in the world famous Zubroffka festival, providing a live score for some of Charlie Chaplin’s earliest films. Blockhead followed this album with “Interludes After Midnight,” further showcasing his development as a solo artist with a unique voice.
This brings us to 2014 and the release of “Bells and Whistles,” his last release and a bold artistic statement unlike his previous work. According to Blockhead – the naming of the album speaks to emerging trends in music he is seeking to address: “The whole idea behind the album is that music has gotten so far away from just being music. I think that whole way of thinking, relating to music and art in general, is bullshit. I don't want to use those tactics to distract people or create a buzz that's separate from my album. I want to be judged purely on the music itself – just well constructed songs with no frills...thus ‘Bells and Whistles.’”
2017 has been as busy as ever for Blockhead, with a trio of new projects. Behind the boards, he handled production duties on Billy Woods acclaimed new album, Known Unknowns. In addition, Simon teamed with with UK music publisher DeWolf Music to create The Art of Sampling. Capitalizing on Blockheads ability to twist unexpected material into new, modern music, DeWolf opened their vaults to Simon and let him go to town.
Finally, 2017 brought Blockhead’s latest solo album, Funeral Balloons. Filled with 12 new cuts of layered goodness, his new album brings the people what they have grown to expect from the seasoned beat maker in his prime!
Jel has been making hip hop beats since 1994. Helped start Anticon records.
Member of: THEMSELVES, 13 & GOD, SUBTLE, PRESAGE, EUROPE, BRUCE HORNSBY, PEEPING TOM, 1200 HOBOS, ZOB ROMBY,
ROSBY is a propulsive musical force—an imaginative and technique-driven percussionist who marries his skills on the drum kit with his deeply layered, cerebral, yet still danceable work as a downtempo producer/DJ.
ROSBY’s obsession with precise arrangement and thoughtful composition is informed by his 20 years of training as a serious jazz and Latin percussionist. At age 7, ROSBY began his first lessons in earnest with Andy Weis, a disciple of legendary big band drummer and bandleader Louis Bellson. Weis shepherded ROSBY into the Monterey Jazz Festival’s youth education program, a talent incubator that has produced stars of the rank of Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire and Joshua Redman. In the summers, he received guidance from SF “first call” drummer Vince Lateano (Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Stan Getz) and clinics with Berklee professor and vibraphonist Gary Burton, violin virtuoso Regina Carter, master saxophonist Wynton Marsalis, and pre-eminent vocalist Kurt Elling.
Named to the vaunted Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, ROSBY cut his touring teeth as the first drum chair of a 21-piece orchestra. Led by of famed educator, conductor, and saxophonist Paul Contos, ROSBY and his bandmates opened for then recently graduated Juilliard Jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci on a multi-city tour of Japan and had top billing at the Noto Jazz Festival abroad, returning home to headline Los Gatos’ Jazz on the Plazz, the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Known to Bay Area audiences for his wide-ranging work as a sideman in jazz, rock and hip-hop contexts, as a drummer, ROSBY has shared stages with Emmy-award winning pianist and violinist John Wineglass, hip-hop groups Souls of Mischief, Zion-I and Nappy Roots, Bay Area rapper Andre Nickatina, electronica stalwarts Beats Antique and RJD2, as well as reggae and roots luminaries Michael Franti and Spearhead and Ziggy Marley. Deeply inspired by downtempo pioneer Bonobo and the much loved “Mushroom Jazz Series” from acid jazz and SF house legend Mark Farina, ROSBY switched his focus from the drum kit to Ableton and embraced a lifestyle of crate digging, sample searching, and endless experimentation in studio production.
As a producer, ROSBY has distinguished himself on releases through San Francisco based label Teknical Funk (under the handle Rhythm-Fiend) and two more recent full-length albums-- Original Movements (2015) and Scattered Thoughts (2016), the latter first debuted in performance at the Big Surreal Music & Arts Festival in Carmel Valley, CA. A childhood friend of Tech House producer and Dirtybird affiliate GHOSTEA, the two worked together extensively as the production duo Hidden Library.
JEL (Anticon), Rosby
Thu Feb 22 2018 9:00 PM
(Doors 8:00 PM)
$15 ADV / $20 DOS Ages 18+
Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.