Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Romaro Franceswa

Perry Porter

7 PM doors, 8 PM show

$5 advance, $8 day of show, free for hotel guests

All ages welcome

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About Perry Porter

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Perry Porter

Seattle, WA –  Seattle hip-hop artist and accomplished painter Perry Porter released his debut album “Bobby Ro$$” on May 17th. The album features different Seattle-Tacoma production on each track including Chong The Nomad, Jamie Blake, Khris P & more. The album features rappers Blake Anthony, Romaro Franceswa and Jarv Dee.

The record is based around color theory, Perry as a painter and his alter ego “Bobby Ro$$” and is produced by all Seattle & Tacoma area producers. The album was mixed/mastered by Sendai Mike.

A product of Seattle, WA – by way of Spanaway, WA, Porter started his musical journey with the duo Sleep Steady – that saw big local success including placing a song on EA Sports UFC 2 video game. They recently were featured in the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 which has amassed over 10 million views. Under his management company DAY ONE ENT, Porter also recently signed a licensing deal with SoStereo.  His solo career has brought the release of the mixtape Channel Surfing , which was included on many Northwest Best of 2018 lists. He followed the project with the 2019 EP “Pretty Perry”. This is his first official solo album. 

To date he’s opened for national touring artists such as Joey Badass, SuperDuperKyle, The Flavr Blue and more. He recently sold out his album release party at Barboza in Seattle, WA. He performed to a sold out crowd on the Neumos stage on at this years Capitol Hill Block Party.


“With one of the releases we’ve been most eagerly awaiting this year, rising Tacoma talent Perry Porter shows there’s no limit to what he can do with a canvas. The Bob Ross-referencing LP emerged as colorful as the rapper/painter’s palette, with variegated beats and an accompanying color-theory guide matching each track’s moods and themes. Porter’s “dropping heaters for nonbelievers” (though it’s hard to imagine there are many) on the club-ready “Surf — Extended Mix” and flashing his trademark voice-cracking sprints on murky trap banger “Sink or Swim.” – Michael Reitmulder, Seattle Times

“A multimedia threat, Perry Porter initially came up in the scene for his gorgeous watercolor paintings, which primarily depicted women of color. Self-described as "Basquiat Meets Hov," Porter is an expert at displaying depth and emotion in a flicker of a smile or a saucy stare. You know a Perry Porter original when you see one. As of late, Porter has been making his mark as a muralist, using the walls of warehouses, cafes and hotels as his canvases. But this is only one side of Porter, who's well-known in the Seattle scene as a skilled rapper who came onto the scene as one-half of the trap duo Sleep Steady and now releases music on his own. His solo work continually incorporates painting and his relation to visual art as a thematic motif. —Jasmine Albertson, NPR

 “…between the three of them they devised the most striking piece of music-video art to come out of the Northwest this year. In its sinister, psychedelic tone and smoky color palette, its miles away from the jewel tones and pastels of Porter’s visual art and the weeded lunacy of his music. Porter spans disciplines, textures, feelings—and all of it is approaching next-level.” Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts

“Porter’s charisma serves as a splash of additional color over the prismatic beats he has chosen for the project. The eerie, dusky bounce of “Surf” is made playful by the amount of fun Porter’s having before the melody changes and he ruminates on the hidden trauma buried in survival. Both of the movements that make up “Cruise Control” evoke riding down MLK (Seattle or Tacoma, take your pick) in a money green Coupe de Ville with a little forest green extinguished in the ashtray. “Paraglide to heaven like we both fools,” Porter sings in the song’s chorus.

Bobby Ro$$ relies a great deal on its impressionistic, sensation-heavy aesthetic, very much an aural extension of Porter’s luminous, sometimes dreamlike paintings. That’s not to say he can’t rap or he’s a vaguely defined wordsmith coasting off a vibe; Porter is a formally and structurally talented MC, his verses rife with clever quips and sure-handed wordplay. He doesn’t present his words as boringly straightforward nor overly literary; he presents these words as florid, a means to support to the worldview of the music as a whole. Porter’s work is emblematic of the fact great artists focus on their work. If you’re out here whining on Twitter about how your greatness is unappreciated, you’re not working on your art hard enough.” – Martin Douglas, KEXP






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