RJD2, Badboxes & Chalk Dinosaur @ Mr. Smalls
Alongside Opus One Productions, we’re pleased to present an eclectic lineup of local flavor for your listening pleasures. Preview the acts below, and be sure to grab tickets before they sell out!
For nearly two decades, Ramble Jon Krohn–aka RJD2–has grown and expanded upon his multidimensional music career. In 1993, the Ohio native picked up a pair of turntables from a friend, and from there, he began his journey as a performer.
The now Philly-based artist began DJing for hip hop group MHz, eventually signing to Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ‘Em label, and releasing his self-proclaimed mix CD, “Your Face Or Your Kneecaps.” His solo debut album, “Deadringer,” soon followed suit. RJD2 has since served as both a catalyst and counterpart in multiple collaborations and projects–including those within his own label–RJ’s Electrical Connections–and even composing theme music for the popular TV series, “Mad Men.”
Northern pop artists Badboxes come equipped with smooth synths and hypnotic grooves to grace us with their innovative sound. Frontman Harrison Wargo is the mastermind behind their debut EP, having written, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered the entire “JSMN” album in just one year’s time.
With a name derived from the literal and metaphorical box where “bad things” are kept, their sounds parallel the ethereal themes of dark innocence intertwined within their compositions. Preview some recently released music from the Badboxes collective below:
Chalk Dinosaur (aka John O’Hallaron) brings forth a versatile blend of experimental sounds–from psychedelic jams to surf rock–stating his musical influences as “anything that makes me feel something.” Upon listening to his works, no two tracks sound quite the same, and listeners can derive genres ranging from surreal synth-pop tracks, to groovy, new-era disco beats.
Take a listen to tracks from the versatile artist below, and get psyched for his live performance this weekend: