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Thursday, March 31

Talib Kweli

Fashawn

Animal Farm

T&E

8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

All ages welcome

$18 advance, $20 day of show

Presented By: AEG LIVE presents

Talib Kweli

On Reflection Eternal's 2000 album Train of Thought, Talib Kweli challenged fans, and himself, to "do what comes naturally." After years of recording on mainstream labels, he now has the chance to produce exactly what he wants-and feels he needs-to produce: an album straight from his mouth to the ears of his fans. Invoking the true meaning of MC, Master of Ceremonies, Kweli brings incredible power to his live shows and feeds off the spontaneous energy of his audiences. Being able to interact directly with his audience and the musicians he most respects, he has created an album and a sound that best reproduces that ceremony for his fans. Finally, after serious urgency in the studio, Kweli presents Gutter Rainbows, an album that takes a trip back to childhood while marking the newest stage in his long and dynamic career. This newest release, recorded on his time and with his talent as the driving force, proves Kweli is a complete and formidable musician-it presents the depth and breadth of his experience and ability, and sets a new bar for the cutting edge of MC'ed music.

Through Kweli's various collaborations, he has been able to grow as an artist and expand his fan base. For over 15 years, Kweli has been a king of the New York scene  who has an expansive international audience. Kweli's work with Mos Def on Black Star (1998) still stands as one of the urban music's premiere expressions of truth. On "Train of Thought," Kweli teamed up with Hi Tek to form Reflection Eternal, a virtuoso duo that continues to wow audiences and critics alike. In 2007, Kweli and DJ/Producer/MC Madlib gave their fans "Liberation"-originally released free on the internet-an album that was filled with their joint love of the music they make and the respect their fans give them. Performing all over the world with unique style and an unequaled dedication to his music, Kweli has worked with artists as diverse as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, MF Doom, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Common, Nelly, The Roots, Quincy Jones, Gucci Mane, Norah Jones, KRS-One and many more. With a career filled with success and innovation, it comes as no surprise that both Jay-Z and 50 Cent, at the height of their stardom, both counted Kweli among their favorite talents. On his "solo" albums, there is no question that his lyrical talent and unique musical drive rank up there with the best in the business. Recording with other world famous musicians or alone on the mic, Kweli gives both the long-time fan and the uninitiated an unforgettable experience.

Gutter Rainbows was recorded with the help of incredibly talented musicians from across the country. Eric Krasno, Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Iron Solomon, Outasight, Kendra Ross, Sean Price, 88-Keys, Marco Polo, Ski Beatz, M-Phazes, S-1, E. Jones, Oh No and others make appearances. With this record, Kweli is able to make the music he knows and loves, play with the best musicians around, and bring it straight to his fans.

As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Kweli saw gutters that ran with dirt, oil and water, revealing a shimmering rainbow to his child's eyes. Drawing its title from this memory, this album puts at the raw center what his music has been doing for years: finding and preserving the beautiful in the hideous; the rainbows in the gutter. Weaving the lyrical and the gritty, the autobiographical with an honest, no-holds- barred spirit; Kweli sticks fiercely to what feels true to him in creating the sound of this album. Without being tied to any particular label's conception of what his sound should be or when his work should hit his fans, Kweli is free to build his most personal album yet in both content and motivation. Kweli's true solo career has only just begun, and although the future holds more collaboration, Gutter Rainbows marks a new stage in the long and ever-evolving career of Talib Kweli.

MySpace :
http://www.myspace.com/talibkweli

Twitter :
http://twitter.com/#!/RealTalibKweli

Fashawn

The early '90s is considered by some to be a golden era--a time when De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Public Enemy, and NWA produced music robust with messages of political unrest, a hunger for knowledge, and self appreciation that represented a culture and generation of young people. It was a period where the '90s babies learned what they could from the best and began harvesting their own skills, making them some of today's most promising emcees.

World, meet Fashawn--a '90s baby hailing from Central California whose music will leave you believing that maybe emceeing's golden era has yet to arrive. Full of raw talent, charisma, and an undying hunger, the 21 year old emcee is the breath of fresh air the genre has been waiting for.

Born in 1988, Fashawn grew up in a virtually parentless home. His father was incarcerated, while his mom was focused on feeding her drug addiction--a combination that caused a boy to become a man quicker than most. Placed in a group home by child services at the age of 12, Fashawn found solace in music, and began writing rhymes to escape the less than desirable hand he had been dealt so early in life. Eventually taken in by his uncle, Fashawn spent his teenage years calling First & Shields Ave. in Fresno, California his home. Here is where he would find skating, the distractions of the streets, and the pursuance of his music career to be more rewarding than school. Yet, he had a constant thirst for knowledge that extended beyond the streets, so he became an avid reader with an affinity towards non-fiction and motivational books.

In 2006, Fashawn released his first mixtape, "Grizzly City." Catching the attention of fellow Fresno emcee Planet Asia, Fashawn was invited to go on the road with him. Knowing this was a chance of a lifetime; the then-17-year-old emcee dropped out of school to follow his dreams and has never looked back. Since then he's had the honor of working with premier DJs Mick Boogie and Terry Urban on the Orisue clothing sponsored "One Shot One Kill" mixtape, and with internet heavyweights OnSmash.com and NahRight.com on his "Higher Learning" mixtape. Both efforts garnered him nationwide recognition. Two months prior to releasing his debut album, he released an 11-song collaboration with multi-platinum producer The Alchemist titled "The Antidote." The release has been considered one of the top mixtapes released in 2009. The road and the studio is no mystery to Fashawn, as he's been fortunate enough to work with and/or tour with some of the industry's top artists. Working with Ghostface Killah (Def Jam), Talib Kweli, DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), DJ Khalil, Evidence, J Cole, Blu, Mistah Fab, The Alchemist, Aloe Blacc, The Grouch, UNI, and Planet Asia, as well as The Roots (Late Show with Jimmy Fallon).

Recognized as a leader in Central California's scene, steering a vibrant pack of young artists with his innovative style and originality in his music, Fashawn is more than ready to take on the world with his debut album Boy Meets World. Produced entirely by Los Angeles native Exile, Boy Meets World "is just a story about a kid growing up," explains Fashawn. "It's my story, it's very honest, it's very in depth. So whatever you thought you knew about me, listen to this and you'll really get a good look at who I am."

Website:
http://www.fashawn.net/

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/fashawn