OuterSpace Project Presents:

|| Big Bang Block Party || Emancipator Ensemble, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Lady Wray, Wave Racer

With Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack, MCBEEZY, Echo Maestro, Nychos, NasePop, Patch Whisky, Tommy Bronx, Wolfdog, Chris Veal, Sanithna, Michael Mauldin, Catlanta, Jert, Nick Benson

Saturday, June 24
4:00PM doors / 4:00PM show

Set Times:

Doors Open: 4:00
Stationside Opens: 5:00
-OUTDOOR STAGE-
4:00 McBeezy
5:45 Lady Wray
7:30 Cory Henry + The Funk Apostles
9:30 Emancipator Ensemble
-INDOOR STAGE-
4:45 Echo Maestro
6:15 Kebbi Williams + The Wolfpack
8:00 Secret Walls Illustration Battle
11:15 Wave Racer
12:15 Special Guest

16 and Over
  • Price$15.00 - $30.00
TICKETS

Emancipator Ensemble

A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling - more commonly known as Emancipator - has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling's organic approach to trip-hop and downtempo draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness. Originally performing as a solo act, Appling quickly recruited the immensely-talented Ilya Goldberg to perform alongside him during Emancipator's live sets. In 2015, Appling expanded the Emancipator live experience further with the addition of a drummer and a bassist, adding a completely new organic dimension to his live performances. Now known as the Emancipator Ensemble, the talented four-piece is pushing the limits of what it means to be electronic musicians through their compelling, sophisticated performances. Having released Live In Athens in June, and Dusk to Dawn Remixes - a remix album featuring massively-popular contributions from the likes of ODESZA, Little People, Eliot Lipp, and more - in July, 2015 sees Emancipator making an ambitious reappearance. This fall will mark his official return as he gears up to release his fourth full length LP, entitled Seven Seas, his first studio album in nearly three years. The culmination of over two years of work and countless collaborations, experiences, and live performances, Seven Seas will surely prove to be a defining chapter in the Emancipator legacy.

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis' One Lover's Trilogy album and released his first, "Leave you alone". Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman. At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, Betty Wright, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry's awe inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, "First Steps" was released in the Spring of 2014 and went to #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart.

Lady Wray

Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha’s, and a church upbringing that’s brought a pure, healing texture to her voice. But the struggle she’s been through has made her more than a singer. Nicole Wray is an artist. When talking about Queen Alone, her first solo album in some time, Nicole explains, “It’s a reflection of my soul. It’s who I am today.” And aptly so. Released on Brooklyn’s Big Crown Records, Nicole is writing and singing songs about her life. And yet to even start to know her soul, you have to go back to the beginning. Growing up in Portsmouth was tough at times for Nicole. Of course, there were aspects of teenage normalcy: the Sundays in church, hanging out with friends, her first real job as a temporary telemarketer. At the age of fifteen, life opened up quickly when Missy Elliot paid a visit to Nicole’s family home to audition her on the spot. Missy was there on the rumored strength and quality of her voice. Instantly blowing her away, she signed and left with Missy that night. Two years later, in 1998, she had a hit gold single off a solid debut album (Make It Hot). Suddenly she was part of a team that included late ‘90s R&B and rap royalty: Missy, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Playa, Timbaland and Magoo. She made it. And fast. However, the only hint of a second album was a single (“I’m Lookin’”). As rapidly as she achieved success, Nicole then found herself needing to re-make it. By late 2001, her time with Missy and company had run its course. They amicably parted ways and Nicole, once on top of the R&B world, was unsure of what was next. It was a very low, but important, point in her life. While her passion and talent propelled her forward–friends disappeared and her purpose seemed unclear. While neck-deep in this struggle, Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records called. They signed an album deal and by 2004 she had a new single that was getting healthy play (“If I Was Your Girlfriend”). In what was starting to be a pattern, just as things were looking up, Roc-A-Fella then (famously) split and despite the strong single, there wasn’t enough push to get her sophomore album out. Once again, industry factors beyond her control took charge. Like a recurring dream, Nicole found herself in a familiar situation. Having just been in the spotlight, and then again back living the “real life.” Besides the fickleness of the industry, life was also testing her. Nicole’s father and his drug addiction strained her parents’ marriage, family members had run-ins with the law, and friends passed away too early. Motivated by the pain, she pushed on, and through this duality of regular life and fame, Nicole came into her own. No longer that shy girl from Virginia, letting people write her lyrics and dictate how she sang songs–Nicole was more in control of what she wanted and was a smarter and sharper vocalist for it. Maintaining her connection with Damon Dash, she did a few guest spots. Nicole’s powerful voice had a huge presence on The Black Keys’ Blackroc project in 2009 which led her to recording background vocals on The Black Keys’ Grammy-winning LP, Brothers. In 2013, Nicole paired up with London vocalist Terri Walker and released the album Lady. On Truth & Soul Records, Nicole and Terri had a backdrop supplied by the same musicians that helped make Aloe Blacc a global smash and Lee Fields a household name. Pitchfork said of the LP: “The singers clearly relish the opportunity to indulge in a little comfort food soul, resulting in an infectiously fun set with broad, cross-generational appeal.” Once again, Nicole was tested. Terri parted ways with the group to pursue her own projects shortly after the album’s release–despite rave reviews and upcoming travel dates. Nicole could’ve stopped as well. Instead, she carried the Lady project herself, show to show, town to town. In the face of frustration and decisions beyond her control, Nicole stepped up and took charge. She knew that she could make this happen. The Lady project allowed Nicole to showcase her impeccably strong and unique voice as well as her succinct poetic prowess for song writing. She found herself renewed and in a realer place, a place where success and frustration honed her talent and drive. She wasn’t just a singer anymore—she was tapping into something altogether different. Fast forward to now–the transformation from singer-for-hire to pure artist is evident in this new full-length solo release, Queen Alone. Reunited with the top-class musicianship from the Lady project and with Big Crown’s own Leon Michels and Daptone / Dunham’s Tom Brenneck handling production, Nicole says she is “Singing out loud now–singing from the stomach.” Back in 1998 she was coached how to sing. Today, after stutter-stepping in and out of the industry, there is a new soul and substance to her songs–all of it from her life. Almost echoing her new record, Nicole says, “You have to go through something for it to be real.” She has been living with one foot in fame and the other in real life. The result is clear: she’s feeling something real in her music again. And it’s hard for us as listeners not to follow suit.

Wave Racer

Twenty One year old Tom Purcell is WAVE RACER – a 64 bit freak speeding into the Sydney horizon. Taking cues from cross-continental club sounds and gold-plated production standards, Purcell's blend of pixelated future-funk is fast taking Australia by storm. From mind-bending Jersey Club anthems to a sun-drenched take on modern Hip Hop instrumentals, his sound is often (and best) described as driving down Mario Kart's Rainbow Road to the club of your dreams. Having just released his double-A side single 'Stoopid/Rock U Tonite' and a bootleg remix for Ghost Town DJs 'My Boo' Wave Racer is now amongst one of the most played artists for 2013 on popular Australian national broadcaster Triple J whilst frequently appearing on BBC Radio 1 and topping the indicative Hype Machine charts at #2. With a slew of forthcoming remixes set to blow you out of the water, we strongly advise you to keep one eye on this turbo maniac at all times. Get ready to ride the .wav!

Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack

Kebbi Williams is a world class Saxophone player. Kebbi is the Saxophone player in the upcoming live music film Brass Tacks and for the Grammy Award winning band Outkast. Kebbi performed live with Outkast at the 2004 Grammy Awards. That evening he also performed live at the Grammys with two other legendary Grammy bands - George Clinton & P-Funk, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire. Kebbi was born in to a musical family (his uncle, Milan Williams, was an original member of The Commodores and composed their first hit “Machine Gun”; he also went on to write “Brickhouse” and “Easy Like Sunday Morning”). Williams studied saxophone throughout high school and college, earning an under graduate Degree in Jazz from Howard University. His command of the saxophone started to reach public acclaim when, at age 22, he won an award from Downbeat Magazine for his Musicianship. From there, he went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Howard University.

MCBEEZY

'Born and raised in Atlanta GA, Daniel McBeezy grew up surrounded by artists and performers of all kind. A musician of over 10 years, MCBEEZY has had an accolade filled history as a nationally touring drummer for a handful of live electronic acts. Since 2010, however, he found his home behind the decks as a DJ, as well as a budding electronic music producer. Quickly recognized as having a knack for mixing and performance, as well as a long love of electronic music, he fast earned a reputation for himself in Atlanta and throughout the southeast. He's held multiple monthly year long residencies at Atlanta clubs as a DJ and played multiple festivals. Most notable include both Counterpoint Music Festival as well as world renown, Tomorrow World. MCBEEZY's performed along side a long & diverse list of kindred acts, the likes of Borgore, Rusko, Gemini, Mayhem, DJ Green Lantern, and Big Gigantic, to name a few. He's also been a long member of early southeast bass crews Trillitary and Wobble House, standing in toe with some of Atlanta's best DJs. MCBEEZY is definitely a product of his surroundings. In 2012 he dropped the first installment of his Atlanta Forever mix series on Soundcloud. The mixes, the 5th of which dropped Dec 2015, have garnered much critical acclaim and support. Each mix showcases a strictly Atlanta cast of producers, rappers, and artists, that sculpt the city's powerhouse underground sound. It's a display of the versatility and talent of Atlanta's producers, while also reflecting MCBEEZY's skills as a DJ. The city's really been paying attention. He was recently featured in Atlanta's 2014 Creative Loafing Music Issue, alongside fellow locals artists Taste Tester and REKchampa, as one of their '3 DJs to know in Atlanta'. He also won 'Best Mixtape of the Year' in one of their 'Best Of' issues, for his Atlanta Forever mix series. Future plans include dropping much anticipated original material with fellow Atlanta DJ, Ployd, as well as a whole new project, and possibly getting behind the drums again for live electronic music ventures with other Atlanta musicians. You never know.'

Echo Maestro

Echo Maestro is bringing a fresh new approach to how live music is done in Atlanta, Georgia. This new live three-piece act is an ever-evolving collaboration, uniting in a unique yet complex mixture of livetronica, soul, jam-fusion, jazz-swing, R&B and rap with a down-and-dirty, live percussion, space funk twist. Featuring both live lyrical expression as well as real-time instrumentation, Echo Maestro delivers multi-genre grooves with much-needed positivity in their lyrics, culminating in a perpetual blend of cosmic harmony in hopes to unite all music scenes as one.

Nychos

NYCHOS THE WEIRD Blending themes of morbid corporeality with the colorful, hyper-loony aesthetic descended from comics and cartoons, Nychos has developed a unique style that performs with powerhouse effect whether on the street or in the gallery. Raised in a traditional Viennese hunting family, death and dissection were daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him psychologically and visually - he now explores the theme of dissection in his art, pushing it to playful extremes. In Nychos’ world, Spongebob has a skeleton, people live inside rabbits and there is always something wicked underneath. Pumped up on the visual adrenaline of comics, heavy metal and graffiti, Nychos’ work reflects the immense energy and technical focus necessary to produce work on the massive scale he has reached on the streets. Colliding style and subject matter, Nychos slices up animals and innocent childhood characters with unflinching graphic precision. His work confronts the viewer with wicked insistence, using the shock of cartoon violence as a vehicle for exploring subtler themes of mortality and temporality. Nychos pays homage to these deathless cartoon heroes by peeling them open and giving them human substance. His artwork reflects the psychology of an art scene in which creations are sometimes swept away as soon as created. Nychos also uses subtle imagery such as plastic in an orca’s belly, weaving political commentary seamlessly into his pieces. Using delicious color-scapes and wild, fuming lines to create his characters - whether with paintbrush or spray can - Nychos works with unmatched dynamism. His command over his tools indicates a work ethic that promises only more staggering output from this artist. Nychos’ paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including six solo exhibitions (Turino, Detroit, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Paris) in the past two years alone. These pieces serve as unique compliments to his massive public works that give character to cities all over the world. The artists' last solo show took place in Zurich and was opened in October 2015. A cooperation with Jonathan Levine is planned for 2016. Nychos currently lives and works out of Rabbit Eye Movement, his studio and art space located in Vienna. Rabbit Eye Movement (REM) originally started as a street art concept, created by the urban/graffiti artist and illustrator Nychos in 2005. It fueled and defined the artwork Nychos spread on the streets for the next seven years, and in 2012 he acquired a home for REM to live. Located in the heart of Vienna, the Rabbit Eye Movement Art Space is now a full time gallery and agency dedicated to pushing the same movement that created it. “I created the ‘Rabbit Eye Movement’ as an homage to all the “Rabbits” out there who are active in the Urban Art Movement. It doesn’t matter what kind of mission they are following.” - NYCHOS REM connects and promotes a network of artists, both national and international, and many with a background in illustration. The art space is a multi-purpose platform for these artists, acting as an illustration, gallery and shop full of unique artist-sourced gear. With the recent addition of a coffee shop, the REM art space is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix while amongst some of the leading contemporary artwork in Vienna.

NasePop

Patch Whisky

Tommy Bronx

Wolfdog

Chris Veal

Sanithna

Michael Mauldin

Catlanta

Jert

Nick Benson