The Urban Sophisticates

The Urban Sophisticates

Toon & the Real Laww, WIll Wildfire

Sat, February 23, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$10 online / $12 at the door

Off Sale

The Urban Sophisticates
The Urban Sophisticates
For The Urban Sophisticates, it’s all about innovative hip-hop. This Southeast based band began in 2002 and has since acquired a surging national following due to powerful, high-energy live performances. The group combines a mix of influences ranging from smooth soul to smoky jazz to alternative hip-hop. The Urban Sophisticates’ unique sound starts with the Philadelphian vocal duo of brothers Aaro
n and Benton James. Aaron’s range covers melodic harmonies to powerful crescendos, while Benton has built a reputation as a charismatic front-man MC with clever lyrics and a steady flow. The horns section of the band boasts trombonist Sal Mascali and Jeremy Denman on trumpet.This pair adds a unique punctuation to the innovative lyricism of the James brothers by weaving both subtle accompaniment and innovative, robust jazz solos into the Urban act. Drummer Romondo Jessup keeps the rhythm intact with just the right combination of steadiness and flair, accented by trademark nonchalance.

All this innovation comes in a package of men of character who take their faith seriously enough to keep their lyrics clean and their shows classy, while maintaining a down to earth feel that attracts fans from all sources. The Urban Sophisticates have shared the stage with such notable acts as Lela James, Arrested Development, Talib Kweli, KRS-1, and the band’s current producer, Nicolay from Holland. The Urban Sophisticates’ crew is stacked throughout, with each player shining every night.
Toon & the Real Laww
Toon & the Real Laww
Marine, Singer, Rapper, Song Writer and Producer, “The Real Laww was born to entertain…”. Winner of the 2012 Carolina Music Awards for Video of Year with “International Laww” and 2012 CMA nominee for Best Male Hip Hop Artist The Real Laww has been a force to be reckon with in the NC hip hop scene. He has graced the cover of Tribes Magazine, hosted benefit concerts for The Wounded Warriors Project and for the victims of domestic violence for The Durham Rescue mission. This was as of August 2011 after returning from another successful toward in Afghanistan as a US Marine. No matter the type of show and genre performed, The Real Laww manages to make a heavenly blend and transition, performing alongside punk rock bands, to jazz and spoken word artists. From opening to headlining, The Real Laww cannot be denied and the energy he gives to the fans is shown when everyone is drenched in sweat after one of his performances.

Durham rapper Toon combines intricate detail in lyricism with a sharp delivery. Playing shows anywhere from downtown city bars to Duke University theaters, he’s sidled up alongside several young hip-hop ascendants. In an area and a time where the pickings are slim for inventive new local rap, Toon has risen to the challenge to bring you what you need alongside Kooley High, King Mez, Lazarus and a promising new crop.

Originally born in Baltimore, Md., Toon had a rough start, was the witness to his mother’s abusive relationship and subsequent divorce. He soon moved to North Carolina with her, but the history he has accumulated seems to be the driving forces behind his relentless show schedule and forceful writing.

While attending the Durham School of the Arts, Toon met his current collaborator, The Real Laww. As with 2011’s The King’s Khrysis, which paired Raleigh rapper King Mez with producer Khrysis, the two have created a balance for one another, making them a duo worth beholding. On the single “Hulk Smash,” Toon picks out exactly what is wrong with the rap game today, spitting lines like, “Just because we can’t understand you doesn’t make you creative” and “There’s role models down the street but they’re scared to teach.” Galvanized by the past but driven toward the future, Toon unites a bold performance with a meaningful backstory. —James Hatfield
WIll Wildfire
WIll Wildfire
Guitarist, singer, writer, rapper, and producer for Team Wildfire/5503, Will WildFire has a genuine love for music that began at an early age. Inspired by a range of singers, such as, Michael Jackson, Pretty Ricky, and All Time Low he began discovering who he wanted to be as an artist in high school. In high school he became part of a band and started performing in local venues. Gaining a larger fan base he continued performing in college where he is known for playing his guitar in the pit at UNC - CH. His dedication to creating a new style of music and his supportive fan base on YouTube and Twitter is what drives him to continue pursuing music as a career.
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/