MEGA RAN + FRONTALOT - The Octoberpus Tour

Sun Oct 16 2022

8:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Middle East - Corner/Bakery

480 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139

$15.00

Ages 21+

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Rock On! Concerts and LeaguePodcast present
Mega Ran, MC Frontalot at Middle East Corner - 21+, $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show, 8:00 pm doors

NO VAPING OR SMOKING IN THE BUILDING


MEGA RAN

When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.

Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.

Video games, comic books and pop culture, all such huge factors in Ran’s upbringing, would begin to seep their way into his musical output, and the results were stunning.
 
Ran’s music and story have been shared on stages across the world, on television (ABC/NBC News, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, WWE Wrestling) and on Billboard, where four of his albums have placed on the Top 200 list, including 2021's "Live 95" debuting at #6 on the Hip-Hop Charts. His musical resume boasts collaborations with legends like Del The Funky Homosapien, MURS, Kool Keith, and Young RJ of the group Slum Village.

Today, Mega Ran is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme. 

MC FRONTALOT

MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.

 

The Middle East presents:
MEGA RAN + FRONTALOT - The Octoberpus Tour

  • Mega Ran

    Mega Ran

    Alternative Rap

    When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.

    Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.

    Video games, comic books and pop culture, all such huge factors in Ran’s upbringing, would begin to seep their way into his musical output, and the results were stunning.
     
    Ran’s music and story have been shared on stages across the world, on television (ABC/NBC News, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, WWE Wrestling) and on Billboard, where four of his albums have placed on the Top 200 list, including 2021's "Live 95" debuting at #6 on the Hip-Hop Charts. His musical resume boasts collaborations with legends like Del The Funky Homosapien, MURS, Kool Keith, and Young RJ of the group Slum Village.

    Today, Mega Ran is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme.
  • MC Frontalot

    MC Frontalot

    Urban

    MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.

    Front was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley. He was tall and scrawny, had trouble breathing, and could not see well. A special teacher was called in to help him attain basic competence on the monkey bars, another to give him standardized tests meant for older children. Thusly, he was the most popular kid in his elementary school. Just kidding! He got pushed down a lot and called “nerd.” Did he maybe even deserve it? I mean, really – who strikes out at kickball?

    He spent the next twenty years or so trying to get over it. And kind of succeeded! Flash forward to 1999: the dotcom bubble is maximally inflated; nerds everywhere imagine themselves to be popular and/or hip. Damian is getting overpaid to code web pages, which leaves him free in the evenings to play with audio software. A longtime idolizer of rappers, he has been committing his own esoteric hip-hop compositions to four-track tape since high school, revealing them to nobody. But, suddenly! Multi-track desktop studios, cheap pro-grade recording hardware, skyrocketing bandwidth, semi-anonymous web publishing: these factors converge on Damian’s rap hobby like a flock of winged monkeys. He posts an MC Frontalot web page, dubbing his output “Nerdcore Hip-Hop” because his audience is composed of several Star Wars figurines who live on his desk (and also random internet people who click on his MP3s by mistake).

    Now it is 2022. Nerdcore has metastasized into an internet phenomenon and underground touring powerhouse, with dozens of well established live acts and hundreds of home-studio rhymers self-identifying within the subgenre. MC Frontalot, called alternately the movement’s godfather or grandfather (thanks, kids), leads the charge, performing for thousands around the country and at prominent geek gatherings such as Comic-ConDEF CON, the Penny Arcade Expo and BlizzCon. He’s been featured in The New York Times, Spin, Wired, XXL, Newsweek, CNN, Blender, XLR8R, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The London Daily Telegraph, NPR, G4TV, Esquire, Playboy, CMJ, The Guardian (UK), The Wall Street Journal, and scores of city papers nationally and internationally. He has released seven studio albums, Nerdcore Rising (Sept 2005), Secrets From The Future (Apr 2007), Final Boss (Nov 2008), Zero Day (Apr 2010), Solved (Aug 2011), Question Bedtime (Aug 2014), and Net Split, or the Fathomless Heartbreak of Online Itself (March 2019). The documentary feature, Nerdcore Rising: The Movie, which focuses on Front’s live band and exposes the the Nerdcore phenomenon in general, debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2008.

    Front lives in Berkeley, CA, and still spends most of his time rapping into a computer.

     

  • Battlemode

    Battlemode

    Electronic Pop

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The Middle East presents:

MEGA RAN + FRONTALOT - The Octoberpus Tour

Sun Oct 16 2022 8:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Middle East - Corner/Bakery Cambridge MA
MEGA RAN + FRONTALOT - The Octoberpus Tour

$15.00 Ages 21+

Rock On! Concerts and LeaguePodcast present
Mega Ran, MC Frontalot at Middle East Corner - 21+, $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show, 8:00 pm doors

NO VAPING OR SMOKING IN THE BUILDING


MEGA RAN

When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.

Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.

Video games, comic books and pop culture, all such huge factors in Ran’s upbringing, would begin to seep their way into his musical output, and the results were stunning.
 
Ran’s music and story have been shared on stages across the world, on television (ABC/NBC News, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, WWE Wrestling) and on Billboard, where four of his albums have placed on the Top 200 list, including 2021's "Live 95" debuting at #6 on the Hip-Hop Charts. His musical resume boasts collaborations with legends like Del The Funky Homosapien, MURS, Kool Keith, and Young RJ of the group Slum Village.

Today, Mega Ran is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme. 

MC FRONTALOT

MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.

 

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. FAQ:

*WILL CALL CUSTOMERS* - Will Call pick up is located at the Door when doors open, night of show (*NOTE: Will Call never closes), you'll just need to show your I.D.

**PLEASE NOTE: The time listed on the ticket is the time when doors open, not when the performance starts. For up to date set times, check www.twitter.com/MidEastClub or call our Box Office Hotline at 1-617-864-3278 and enter *100 at the prompt.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

NO VAPING OR SMOKING IN THE BUILDING

I understand that my email address will be added to the venue and/or promoter's email update list and I know that I am welcome to unsubscribe at any time.

I understand that VALID I.D. is required for entry for events that are 18+ or 21+ and that if I do not provide a VALID I.D. I will be denied admission.

I understand that for All Ages events VALID I.D. is only required by anyone over 21 who wishes to purchase or consume alcohol, regardless of apparent age - NO EXCEPTIONS.

I understand that if I am over 21 and do not provide valid I.D., I will not be served alcohol.

I understand that anyone who consumes alcohol without having provided proper I.D. or is under 21 will be ejected from the venue without refund.

I understand that, per order of the City of Cambridge, only the following forms of I.D. are considered valid:
* a current US- or Canada-issued driver's license,
* a current Massachusetts liquor I.D.,
* a current US Military I.D., or
* a current Passport.

I understand that student I.D.'s and foreign driver's licenses are NOT considered valid. I understand that if I try to use a student I.D. or foreign driver's license, I will be denied admission.

I realize that this I.D. policy is required by law and not subject to staff discretion.