Shadow Lounge Block Party
Have you been to one of Shadow Lounge’s block parties yet this summer? If not, what are you waiting for!? Summer’s-a-wastin, and what used to be a one weekend only affair has given us the pleasure of extending itself throughout the summer. As a thanks for providing us with quality outdoor events to attend during the warmer months, won’t you support their next hap? There’s a lot on the agenda for the evening, which features a combination of out-of-towners and locals. The event will be hosted by none other than Gene Stovall, who is no stranger to the Shadow Lounge stage, with back up musical interludes provided by DJ Buscrates.
The event runs from 5pm until 2am, with music starting at 6. They’ll need all that time to get through all the artists they have on the lineup! Headliners include Detroit native Elzhi, who is playing with a live band and NYC-based Skyzoo. Out of town support includes Louis Logic, Sonny Boy, Big Mean Sound Machine and Lifted Crew. Local support includes Sicky Brett, Divine Seven, Van Allen Belt and APEX.
We’d like to give some extra love to Lifted Crew and Sicky Brett. Lifted Crew is a 10 piece NYC-based hip hop soul band that consists of two MCs, three vocalists and a hard-hitting horn and percussion section. Together, the crew combines soul, funk and R&B to produce an innovative sound that is a product of their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. They intelligently bridge the gap between music lovers, hip-hop heads and the everyday listener. They recently ended a tour with hip hop legend Slick Rick and have shared the stage with Just Blaze, Kid Cudi, Eddie Vedder, Asia, Cyril Neville, Brand Nubian, Brother Ali, Trombone Shorty and Vast Air among others. The horn section has also recently collaborated with Shaggy, Ryan Leslie, India.Arie, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek. Hop on over here to peep a ton of videos from one of their recent performances. “All in all, it felt like a reminder for the New York music scene; we all might love staring at our shoes, but a truly great show should have those feet moving. That is where the Lifted Crew comes in.” -Joe Puglisi, Baeble Music
Pittsburgh-based Sicky Brett has been moving all over the country spreading his hip-hop infused message. With roots in Niagara Falls, NY, Sicky Brett has lived everywhere from Detroit to Buffalo, to Chicago back to Pittsburgh and now has plans to move to Brooklyn in October. While we’re not sure if he considers this his farewell show in Pittsburgh, he will certainly be missed in the local scene. He has worked with everyone from Mayer Hawthorne to DJ Houseshoes, to Apollo Brown, Zak Ward, and JR Blac. He’s also one of the founding members of Pgh-based hip-hop collective L.A.B.R.A.T.S..
To refresh the mem, this event is at Shadow Lounge on Friday, August 26 with doors at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased here.