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    Upcoming Naptown Events: Slick Rick, Prodigy & Slum Village, Atmosphere & More


    There are a handful of events that you might quite possibly be interested in checking out here soon. Check some of them we suggest below, and also check out our powered page on Do317. Got an event coming up? We’ll showcase on our page if it makes sense. Read more about how to submit your event to be on our calendar here, and check our current event list here. We’ll have a widget for our site coming soon!

    Friday, November 14th – THE CYPHER, Part 3 @ Mouse Trap
    Saturday, November 15th – WHOISLOUIS Benefit @ Sabbatical
    Thursday, November 20th – ATMOSPHERE @ Vogue
    Tuesday, November 25th – SLICK RICK @ Jazz Kitchen
    Saturday, Decmeber 6th – CURREN$Y & ALEX WILEY @ Emerson
    Friday, December 19th – PRODIGY & SLUM VILLAGE @ Vogue

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    ORANJE x BDTB Contest for Free Hat & Producer Beat Box | @ORANJEINDY


    In approximately a week and change, next Saturday the 13th of September, ORANJE will be going down at the Indiana state fair grounds. With that, we’re celebrating this year with a new contest. The winner of this contest will get an exclusive ORANJE hat made by No Bad Ideas, as well as a Producer Beat Box from Drums Bang. What do you have to do to win this? It’s actually really simple. To enter this contest you must simply do the following two things:

    1) Follow @OranjeIndy, @ProducerBeatBox, @No_Bad_Ideas and @bdtb on Twitter.

    2) Tweet this: You will want to check out the @bdtb producer showcase at @OranjeIndy on Saturday September 13th! oranjeindy.com

    The winner will be able to pick up their prizes at ORANJE this year. Yes, you must be at the event to win. That’s fine though because you’ll be there anyway! The contest will run until next Friday night and we’ll announce the winner on the Saturday morning of ORANJE. Get your tickets now from this link.

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    Events This Weekend: JBBB6 & Good Company


    There are a couple events this weekend that I’d suggest hitting up if you’re in the Indianapolis area, and happen to be looking for something to do. Check out these two events below, that are sure to be enjoyable.

    On Friday, Cut Camp is hosting the second of their Good Company event series at the White Rabbit, which features Tony Styxx, Mass Love, and Party Lines. It’s a wide variety of genres that will be hosted by Scoot Dubbs with DJ Salazar, and word has it that there will be live break dancing going on. More Information.

    On Saturday, everybody in town should be at J. Brookinz’ 6th annual beat battle. It will be going down at none other than The Vogue. 16 producers will go head to head for a ton of prizes, and there will be performances by Pope Adrian Bless, Maxie, G Granite, Sirius Blvck, and DJ Topspeed (who just got a mural of him painted around Mass Ave. More Information.

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    #INDIANA: G. Granite “The Lost Seeds of Nibiru” Interview | @greygranite

    Last summer G. Granite began a mystical journey when he dropped the first of many to come albums, Rich in the Blood, Book 1: The Eye The Shield. He has created a culture phenomenon with his #SacredGameRap, which has become a rally cry for local hip hop artists in the area.

    Now, in 2014, he has jumped to book six in the Rich in the Blood series and has released The Lost Seeds of Nibiru earlier this summer. The album itself is a great stand alone, but when asked why he jumped to the sixth book in the saga Granite said that there were two reasons. “There is an order of importance and what you need to know about to be able to follow through the story. The second, to let people know that I am serious about this Book game.” The series will consist of nine different books all being let loose every June and then, if we are lucky, a second release will come in October.

    In fact, he already has recorded two more albums, but decided to let Nibiru loose before those other two. Granite records with Matt Riefler, who recently helped with the J. Brookinz project, The Gateway. The emcee also had to say that he felt more of a purpose with this album and that what the album conveys brought upon its release instead of other albums. “I felt like I may have been searching for a purpose with The Eye The Shield and with this one, it made itself aware and gave me purpose.”

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    The books themselves have a life of their own because of the emotions that each brings to the artist. There is also no set-in-stone order for the release of the books due to this fact. This doesn’t mean that he hasn’t thought about the order, just that it is something of a loose schedule and that even though he may have recorded the albums already, the script could change.

    Speaking to him about this project, you could sense a change in tone with the artist, especially with the flow. Granite has always been one to get people out of their seats with both beats and lyrics, but with Nibiru he brings a more subtle ebb and flow to the tracks. You can get lost in the beats that are a bit slower paced, but the emcee keeps you on the edge of your seat with his fast paced lyricism. This allows you to either jam on Sunday mornings or get live at the house party. “I feel like, for one of first times, it is finally okay to release some slow rap music.” But there are tracks that he feels can be flipped when performing live that may bring new life to a slower track. “Depending on which tracks the crowd is really feeling depends on how much energy I can put into when performing.”

    Bobby Brown was one of his (and mine as well) favorite singles from the project. Granite says that if he could ship one to the radio, this track would be it. Another track from the album would be ERYTHANG. This single features another native to the Naptown hip hop scene, Freddie Bunz. The two have often collaborated in years past and will be on the road again this summer for the Ghost Gun Summer, which kicks off tonight at the General Public Collective at 7:30pm.

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    Collaboration is also nothing new to the emcee. You know that whenever a release is coming, Granite is bringing a slew of featured artist and producers that join his fellowship to help complete his ethereal quest into hip-hop. We talked about the process he goes through when deciding who gets on the album and what affects those decisions. “I knew who was going to be on this album because of the way the beats sounded. The topic also helps decide who is on the track.” He mentioned bringing Grxzz on for Project Pegasus due to his real life experience and how that emcee could seriously immerse himself in the track due to those experiences. In turn, this helps breathe life into the track.

    I also talked to him about the almost eerie sample that he uses on the third track of Nibiru, which serves as the intro. This sample is provided by Lee Hazelwood, a country musician from the 60s and 70s. It’s definitely not something I would expect to hear on a hip hop album, but his music is actually one of Granite’s biggest influences. “You have got to open your eyes to all genres and Lee is a totally different side of country. He is my favorite artist. I love outlaw music, it is real men making real music, real men doing real shit.” He then explained how using these cross genre tracks can really help other artists grow and bring familiarity to something they never knew existed.

    As for which book he will release next? It’s a toss-up between Book 4: The Hollow Earth, which he took on tour this past winter and released online, but hasn’t pressed yet. The other option is Book 3: The Dark Matter Hand. The artist was more excited about the idea of the latter coming first, “Something is telling me to release this one, man!” I guess we will have to wait until October 31st to find out which one wins.

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    Upcoming Event: Cut Camp Presents HOOPLA w/ R-Juna, Bashiri Asad & Breakdown Kings


    My brethren over at Cut Camp are slowing getting into the event arena, and this Thursday at the White Rabbit in Fountain Square they are hosting an event with R-Juna, Bashiri Asad and the Breakdown Kings. DJ Spoolz will be on the wheels all evening. Be sure to check this event out if you get a chance; doors are at nine and it’s $5 to get in.

    Facebook event page is here.

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    NAPTOWN EVENTS: May 20 -25

    This weekend marks the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 and with this historic event there are way too many parties to only post a few!  For more festivities directly related to the 500 click here.  My suggestion is… if you can get off of work early on Friday, check out Carb Day it is always a great experience, and even if you can’t get there during the day the party continues into the night.

    So get out and enjoy the weather while you can and maybe I’ll see you this week at one of the events below.

    take that tuesdays

    Take That! Tuesdays

    Where: Coaches Tavern

    Date: Tuesday, May 20

    Time: 11:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Vow

    VOW- Vibe on Wednesday

    Where: Memories Bar & Grill

    Date: Wednesday, May 21

    Time: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

    Art Work

    Art after Work

    Where: Social

    Date: Thursday, May 22

    Time: 5:30 pm

     Localmotion

    Localmotion: Creativity in Motion

    Where: Fletcher Place Arts & Books

    Date: Sunday, May 25

    Times: 10pm-close

    Cost: $7

    dynamite

    Dynamite! w/ DJs Salazar & Topspeed

    Where: Mass Ave Pub

    Date: Sunday, May 25

    Times: 10pm-close

    Cost: Free

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    NAPTOWN EVENTS: May 13th-18th

    Old Soul Entertainment ICON events have been a huge hit!  If you haven’t made it to one of their DJ tribute parties be sure to check them out Saturday night at the Jazz Kitchen.

    To submit your event email Kisha@bringingdowntheband.com

     

    take that tuesdays

    Take That! Tuesdays

    Where: Coaches Tavern

    Date: Tuesday, May 13

    Time: 11:00 pm

    Cost: Free

     

    Art Work

    Art after Work

    Where: Social

    Date: Thursday, May 15

    Time: 5:30 pm

     

    IYWG

    Guild Album Launch Event

    (Indianapolis Young Songwriters’ Guild)

    Where: Harrison Center for the Arts

    Date: Friday, May 16

    Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    More Info

     

    FoodNotBombs

    Local Motion and iImpact Presents: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Where: Indianapolis Worker Justice Center

    Date: Friday, May 16

    Time: 8:00 pm

     

    ArtFair

    Broad Ripple Art Fair

    Where: Indianapolis Art Center

    Date: Saturday, May 17 & May 18

    Times: Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday 10:00 am -5:00 pm

     

    Upland

    Upland Brewing Co. Sour + Wild + Funk Fest

    Where: Indianapolis City Market

    Date: Saturday, May 17

    Times: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    More Info

     

    ICON NY

    ICONS: New York

    Where: The Jazz Kitchen

    Date: Saturday, May 17

    Times: 10:30 pm

     

    Localmotion

    Localmotion: Creativity in Motion

    Where: Fletcher Place Arts & Books

    Date: Sunday, May 18

    Times: 10pm-close

    Cost: $7

     

     dynamite

    Dynamite! w/ DJs Salazar & Topspeed

    Where: Mass Ave Pub

    Date: Sunday, May 18

    Times: 10pm-close

    Cost: Free

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    NAPTOWN EVENTS: May 6 – May 11

    This week Bringing Down the Band & DJ Metrognome presents: Writer’s Block Showcase:  May 2014 Edition w/ Slot-A from Chicago and El Carnicero.  Writer’s Block goes down the first Wednesday of each month at Sabbatical in Broad Ripple.  Come check us out and be sure to stop by some of the other events below.

     

    take that tuesdays

    Take That! Tuesdays

    Where: Coaches Tavern

    Date: Tuesday, May 6

    Time: 11:00 pm

    Cost: Free

     

    Izzy

    Izzy A’ more at The Jazz Kitchen

    Where: Jazz Kitchen

    Date: Wednesday, May 7

    Time: 7:30 pm

    Cost: $10

     

    writers block

    Writer’s Block Producer Showcase: w/ Slot-A (Chicago) & El Carnicero

    Where: Coaches Tavern

    Date: Wednesday, May 7

    Time: 9:00 pm

    Cost: $5

     

    Art Work

    Art after Work

    Where: Social

    Date: Thursday, May 8

    Time: 5:30 pm

     

    MidwestState

    Midwest State of Mind CD Release

    Where: The Vogue

    Date: Friday, May 9

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Cost: $10

     

    John

    John Legend

    Where: Old National Centre

    Date: Saturday, May 10

    Times: 8:00 pm

     

    Localmotion

    Localmotion: Creativity in Motion

    Where: Fletcher Place Arts & Books

    Date: Sunday, May 11

    Times: 10pm-close

    Cost: $7

     

    dynamite

    Dynamite! w/ DJs Salazar & Topspeed

    Where: Mass Ave Pub

    Date: Sunday, May 11

    Times: 10pm-close

    Cost: Free

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