Jonathan Moore Benefit Show

Neumos Presents

Sold Out: Jonathan Moore Benefit Show

Macklemore, The Physics, Nacho Picasso, Sam Lachow, Koga Shabazz, Sol, Gifted Gab, Dave B, Jarv Dee, Romaro Franceswa, DJ U Moore, DJ Nostalgia B, DJ Nphared

Friday 4/7

8:00 pm

This event is all ages

All proceeds will be donated to Jonathan Moore's family.

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Macklemore
Earlier this year, Grammy-Award winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis self-released 'This Unruly Mess I've Made,' the follow up to their multi-PLATINUM, award winning 2012 album 'The Heist.' The thirteen track LP includes PLATINUM selling single "Downtown" (featuring Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Eric Nally), as well as previously unavailable "Growing Up" (featuring Ed Sheeran) and "Kevin" (featuring Leon Bridges). In the past year the duo completed a 84* date world tour spanning 3 continents, they performed multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Today Show, Late Night with Stephen Colbert and have Macklemore has been interviewed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and have been profiled on NPR All Things Considered and in the New York Times. Rolling Stone called the album "heartfelt… at [the duo's] best balancing introspection and teacherly realism," NME called the album "easy to love".
The Physics
Few groups in Seattle's music landscape are capable of having a classic sound while constantly pushing the boundaries of what's next like The Physics. The group has spent the better part of the last 10 years as a mainstay in Seattle's hip-hop sphere.

Comprised of three rap raconteurs from the city's South End, The Physics are regarded by many of their contemporaries—Blue Scholars, Macklemore, Sol and Jake One, as perhaps the group that embodies Seattle hip-hop the most.

Blood Brothers Gathigi and Njuguna Gishuru (Thig Natural & Monk Wordsmith) are the groups lead MC's and are veterans at owning the stage. Justin Hare (Justo) lays the texture for all of the music as the band's producer and he's equally capable of offering up solid rhymes on top of his own production making him a double threat. As a trio they've played sold-out shows in major markets like LA, NY, Chicago and beyond while thoroughly repping Seattle everywhere they go.

The Physics first gained recognition with Future Talk (2007), a 15-track LP packed with hooks and candid raps. 2009's High Society EP marked the arrival of what has become The Physics' signature musical sensibility of making hip-hop with a constant groove.

In 2011, they dropped the acclaimed Love is a Business EP that featured the highly catchy tune "Coronas on Madrona" and saw the group's sound evolving even further. By the time band's the third full-length album Tomorrow People dropped in 2012, The Physics solidified their status in the upper echelon of Seattle hip-hop. Getting back to straight raps, beats, and hooks, the LP featured some of Seattle's best like Jake One, Sol, Grynch, Vitamin D., J. Pinder, and more. The album's eponymous lead single spent four weeks straight at no. 1 on KEXP's hip hop charts, and, was featured on the front page of NPR.org.

Never satisfied with the status quo, 2014's Digital Wildlife album took the group in a markedly different direction. Considering Thig, Monk and Justo are all musicians by night, business professionals by day, Digital Wildlife serves as a perfect anthem for creative 30 somethings who have a 9 to 5 and 5 to 9. Sonically, boom-bap is replaced by actual singing from Thig Nat and lyrics that make nodes to love, lust and high fashion.

Anyone paying attention can hear The Physics growing up and maturing throughout their deep catalog yet still managing to attract younger fans along the journey. 2015 is poised to be another big year for the group. With the latest single "About You" featuring vocalist Camila Recchio gaining a buzz, the band is prepping for their fifth album later this year. Now more than ever is the perfect time to stay tuned to what The Physics are serving up next.
Nacho Picasso
Jesse Robinson, better known by his stage name Nacho Picasso, is an American rapper born in San Francisco, California and raised in Seattle, Washington. He is a member of Moor Gang rap collective. He has notably released several collaborative albums with Blue Sky Black Death. The Seattle Times has described him as "our new anti-hero: a party-hardy street-boss misogynist, whose songs are full of dark humor."
Sam Lachow
Sam Lachow is a producer, songwriter, rapper, videographer, director, and editor of video and music. He is currently promoting the release of his latest collab EP with Raz Simone titled "5 Good Reasons". Lachow and his creative partner Maggie Brown produced the entire EP utilizing many live instruments from musicians based in Seattle and New York. The project, as well as his previous releases - debut album "Brand New Bike" and EP "Avenue Music" are available for free stream/download on samlachow.com, and feature many guest appearances from some of the most talented artists coming up in the Seattle music scene.
Sol
Sol has always been one to take the road less traveled — whether that's declining to adopt an alter ego through a rapper alias or hitting pause on a burgeoning music career to travel the globe for 10 months. On The Headspace Traveler (out March 4th on his own label) he continues to chart his own course, mining his experience in all its complexity for an album that is both personal and universal.

After returning home to Seattle from his travels, he experienced fits and starts attempting to write the follow-up to his 2012 breakthrough, Yours Truly. But trying to replicate the same creative process after a transformative experience didn't work. It wasn't until he allowed himself to sit and process what he had been through — and was continuing to go through — that the album took form.

"The Headspace Traveler is the result of me diving deep into my mind in order to write what I needed to write on the most personal, fundamental level," he explains. "As individuals and especially as artists many of the obstacles we face are inside our own head, and for me the battle carries out on record.

"There is something divine about making art, so naturally as artists we have look to a higher power, but with that higher power we also have to confront all of our flaws and darkest thoughts in the process," he continues. "This dichotomy is what sent me so deep into my head. This album is the result of that journey."

Sol first captured an audience in 2012 with his Dear Friends EP trilogy. Following shortly after, he independently released the full-length album, Yours Truly, which quickly hit #1 in the U.S. and #4 worldwide on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. Then, at what seemed to be a decisive moment in his career, Sol did the unexpected; he left.

As a cum laude graduate of the University of Washington, Sol was offered the prestigious Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship as he simultaneously was receiving offers from record labels. Ultimately, he chose to keep blazing his own trail and embarked on the 10-month journey across the globe. While traveling, his music continued to flow as his new experiences only added to his already global perspective. Sol's journey and his new inspiration deeply influenced his next project, the Eyes Open EP, which debuted in the Top 10 on the global iTunes Hip-Hop charts.

Just as Sol's influences have expanded beyond music so have his aspirations. Whether it be through performing at major festivals such as Sasquatch!, Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party; touring with artists including G-Eazy, Iamsu!, the Blue Scholars, Zion-I and Grieves; public speaking; or organizing and playing benefit concerts he naturally to find ways to connect with people.

With the release of The Headspace Traveler, he continues on that path. A national headlining tour is booked for Spring 2016 — the next step in an exciting and ever-evolving journey.
Gifted Gab
Gifted Gab is Seattle's Queen MC gracing the streets with unmatched levels of style and grace. She embodies the nostalgic culture of 90s Hip Hop through her distinctive flow and lyrical finesse.

Since the moment she was born, "Gabby" Kadushin has spent every moment of her life immersed in music. Growing up in the church and singing along side her Mother in the choir, Gab would spend her extra time studying the radio and memorizing songs after only a couple listens. Outside of church, Michael Jackson and Tupac were her prophetic icons. By the time Gab was nine, she was writing raps about growing up in Seattle's Central District and pursuing a sound all of her own. She continued to soak up the power and influence of East Coast female MCs like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Bahamadia while also riding around in cars bumping Bay Area legends like Mac Dre and E-40.

In 2012, Gab released her first EP Queen La'Chiefah under the name Gifted Gab (formerly Gift uh Gab). Emerged was a project showcasing the sophisticated relationships between her wall-to-wall classicist flow and combative, unrestrained love-of-self, codeine-dipped blunts kind of tone. Throughout the composition, Gab provides an unflinching acknowledgement to fallen loved ones and the social ills affecting her surrounding communities. Her influences form her style, but they don't stunt her scope. No matter the circumstances, Gab will take the stage and rock the crowd either by herself or alongside her peers.

She's a self-possessed female and first lady among the many men in her crew, Moor Gang, Seattle's rendition of the Wu-Tang Clan. In March of 2014, Gab dropped her first full-length project titled "Girl Rap" and it quickly gained national success. She's opened for legends such as Dj Quik, Rakim, Cam'ron, and Slick Rick at the cities hottest venues. Furthermore, Gab has been recognized by industry leading media outlets such as, XXL, VH1 and TIME to name a few. You won't meet another one like her; Gifted Gab has the grind, talent and influence of a Queen ready to take a seat on her throne
Dave B
Seattle MC Dave B is a multi-talented hip-hop artist who raps, sings, writes, produces while bringing to the table lyrical content reflective of the golden age of hip-hop. His depth and versatility is partially attributable to his vast musical inspirations: gospel icons Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin; hip-hop luminaries Andre 3000, Missy Elliott, and Kanye West; R&B songstresses Aaliyah and Erykah Badu; jazz legend Theolonious Monk; and rock god Jimi Hendrix.

Dave blends elements of hip-hop, R&B, jazz and funk over conscious-driven lyrics with soulful melodies and harmonies. Check out his debut Punch Drunk EP released on Seattle based independent Goodrich & Gold.
Jarv Dee
You can't miss Jarv Dee in a lineup—he's a bulldog, the tatted­ up, gold­ slugged young general of Seattle's MOOR GANG crew, which he co-­chairs along with the rising drug­ rap slugger Nacho Picasso. Jarv's own unique sound is somewhere between the high­ pitched hype of Meek Mill and classic catfish & grits Pimp C blues. Jarv's distinctive voice, effortless hooks, and electric stage show have made him a room­ packing favorite in Seattle's high­ performing best­ kept­ secret rap scene.

Whether with his Gang or as part of the slapping space­ funk art­ rap collective Kingdom Crumbs, Jarv is a standout that demands attention. Currently creeping on a solo come up via his next release and a string of crisp visuals, Jarv Dee is set to make a splash nationally.And what better time than now with the release of his second full length "Sattelites SWISHERS, and Spaceships", in which Jarv expresses his eclectic influences and avenues in contemporary Hip Hop In Seattle and beyond. Such soulful sampled R&B flavor as "Mary Im In Love" and all the way to 808 trap hits like "High Expectations" Jarv embodies what you want in a performer and musician.
Romaro Franceswa
Romaro Franceswa is a musician who uses hip-hop to deliver street Gospels. Raised in between church and trap houses, Franceswa's style of rapping is brash and aggressive one minute but also humble and rooted in reality.

A product of Federal Way, WA and blessed with the gift of gab from a young age, he started his musical journey around 9-years-old. Growing up as the younger cousin of Seattle rapper Fatal Lucciauno, Franceswa was routinely exposed to live shows and he earned a strong reputation freestyling backstage amongst many of the city's elite artists. A chance encounter rapping in front of Fierce Vill of Dyme Def led to an introduction and deep bond forming with the powerhouse Seattle hip-hop producer Bean One (Yuk The World) who's solely produced all of Franceswa's music projects to date.

In 2015 Franceswa participated in Seattle Theatre Group's More Music @ The Moore program and was mentored directly by legendary drummer Sheila E. To date he's opened for national touring artists such as Rakim, Vince Staples, Jacquees, Vic Mensa and toured nationally with Grieves of Rhymesayers. Franceswa's 2015 debut album Balance, helped thrust the young MC in front of bigger audiences and landed him on the cover of City Arts Magazine in 2016. Balance is laced in songs that reek of authenticity. Eschewing cliché raps, Franceswa can spit verses about all aspects of the streets while steadily encouraging listeners to find a better way to live. Balance isn't just an album title it's a way of life.

In 2016, Franceswa is prepping for a new project to be released under the Black Umbrella imprint. A collection of 9 songs entitled "Mirrors" featuring production by BeanOne, Warm Gun, Red Nephew, Nima Skeems, Antwon Vinson and Elan Wright with appearances by Ariana DeBoo, Ryan Caraveo and Paris Williams.
Venue Information:
Neumos
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.neumos.com/