Quelle Chris

QUELLE CHRISWhen an artist consistently creates at the forward edge, there are no guardrails. Quelle Chris has been comfortable at the boundaries, leading Hip-Hop since he started.    Quelle’s vision extends beyond genre or format. He continued broadening his creative ambitions even beyond his own legendary four album run (BYIG, Everything’s Fine, Guns, Innocent Country 2) and worked with Chris Keys to compose part of the score for the Oscar-winning film “Judas and The Black Messiah” with director Shaka King.The new album, “DEATHFAME,” is a sonic treatment produced by Quelle himself, along with Chris Keys and Knxwledge. The record carries on like an incredible lost tape found at a flea market. It explores, unflinchingly, every moment of the trials the early 2020s has brought to all of us. Guests Navy Blue and Pink Siifu lend brilliance to the dynamic and unexpected new album coming May 13th on Mello Music Group.https://quellechris360.bandcamp.com/

Pink Navel ~ SB the Moor ~ Vastness

PINK NAVEL Pink Navel is a non binary rapper originally based out of the South Shore of MA, but has relocated to Maine to join Ruby Yacht at their headquarters. As a self proclaimed Nintendo and Disney collector, Navel’s music tends to blend the carefree cadence of cartoons with introspective lyrics on gender identity and mental health. https://pinknavel.bandcamp.com/SB the Moor SB the Moor AKA Christian McLaurin is a cali born and raised artist, weirdo, and psychonaut. Known for their enigmatic presence and inability to be pinned down, their art is a synthesis of personal experience and observation. Their projects are unbound by genre, skipping over boundaries and rules like a child does in hopscotch, and include records, zines, clothing, prose, and comics, all utilized to share thoughts, feelings and emotions. Currently a music educator for all ages, they reside in Sacramento, CA working on their Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Ruby Yacht forever!  https://sbthemoor.bandcamp.com/VASTNESShttps://www.vandalvast.com/

Spose & The Humans ~ Jarv

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*7 PM Doors7:30 PM ShowSPOSE & THE HUMANSSpose is a rapper/producer from Maine.https://www.sposemusic.com/JARVJarv is an MC / Producer from Windsor, VThttps://jarvmakesmusic.bandcamp.com/album/jarvage-vol-2  

mc chris ~ Crunk Witch

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*7 PM Doors7:30 PM Showmc chrismc chris (always intentionally spelled lowercase) is having a moment. You’ve probably already heard of him or heard him; you just don’t know it. His voice is playing most nights on Adult Swim. Thanks to streaming, his shows (Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and many more) are finding their way to new audiences and die-hards alike. Thanks to Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett, his lyrics have found their way into most articles about the show, into most YouTube reviews of the show, into most Fett oriented Twitch and TikTok videos. His lyrics are just part of language because he’s influenced a generation. Twitter personalities and huge companies are getting in on the act, even X-BOX was dropping some mc chris lines in recent tweets in response to Fortnite’s Boba Fett DLC. He has become an integral part of the zeitgeist. His fans call him legend, icon and king. He’s thought of as a game changer. His influence on comedy, animation and rap is unparalleled. It’s almost as if all red strings stem from the efforts of mc chris as he pioneered things like Adult Swim and Nerdcore. These days he’s a single dad coming out of Covid and divorce with a determination to do what’s best for his son who he cares for full time. For two long years he has not been able to tour, cutting short a successful and groundbreaking 15-year run, but now that Covid restrictions have eased, mc is going back out one more time. Join him and Maine based Crunk Witch as they make their way across the country for another go, bittersweet as it may be. He will be appearing in Adult Swim’s “Aquadonk Side Pieces,” later this year and his 19th release “King in Black” will be coming out in conjunction with his tour. Catch him while you can! Who knows when and if he will return.   https://mcchris.com/(Photo: https://www.mandeejohnson.com/)CRUNK WITCH The husband and wife electro-pop duo from Maine that make bangin’ beats and rad parties a reality!!https://crunkwitch.bandcamp.com/

Rav / Kill Bill / Scuare / Airospace at First Unitarian Church

EXOCIETY Presents: The Out of the Woods Tour Feat. Rav / Kill Bill / Scuare / Airospace What do an Asian kid born in the Soviet Union, a Brazilian kid born in Oklahoma, a Jamaican/Grenadian kid born in the DMV, and a kid from rural South Carolina have in common? Depression. exociety began in 2013 (with Airospace joining in 2018). They would go on to carve their own lane independent of labels and industry insiders, garnering an impressive, grassroots, rabid cult following through releasing several cult-classic mixtapes and albums online for free download. Combining over 200 million streams, and countless sold out merch runs, members of exociety have been featured on Leafly, Anthony Fantano’s TheNeedleDrop, Vibe, and Pigeons and Planes, as well as numerous other online publications, and have collaborated with the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Ant of Atmosphere fame, Potsu (producer of XXXTentacion’s megahit Jocelyn Flores), and MegaRan, to name a few. And now, Rav, Kill Bill: The Rapper, Scuare and Airospace are gearing up for a 27-city national tour in spring of 2022.

Juan Wauters + R.A.P. Ferreira at First Unitarian Church

R.A.P. FERREIRAR.A.P. Ferreira fka milo aka scallops hotel is an mc, producer and theorist working in the Black arts tradition commonly categorized as rap. Having founded the label ruby yacht in 2015 and since releasing all of his music through this channel, Ferreira has earned a sizable following within independent hip hop by rigorous, constant touring and an elevated, explorational style of performance. He is known for an uncompromised, utopic flow that speaks directly to the root of the listener.  By 2018, the young artist galvanized his presence in the American rap scene with the opening of Soulfolks Records & Tapes in Biddeford, Maine. Ferreira has a sprawling, limitless catalog ranging years, names, geographies, intentions, collaborations, and vocabularies.   In an era defined by keyword search, soundbyte, cosign, marketing and virality this artist’s work stands out by not cow tailing to the movements and trends of the digital sphere. https://afrolab9000.bandcamp.com/JUAN WAUTERS We think we know what we want. The digital age has made it easier than ever for us to get it – we can search, skip, and customize to our hearts’ content. But something is lost in this exchange – without an external perspective, how can we know what we’re missing? Juan Wauters understands this. It’s why he’s such a big fan of radio – it takes some of the power out of our hands, opening us up to new sounds, new possibilities. This is the effect he sought to reproduce on his fifth album, Real Life Situations, a multifaceted ode to surrendering control and taking life as it comes. References to radio abound on its 21 tracks, and with good reason – the album spans genres, narrators, languages, and perspectives with the ease of spinning a rotary knob. https://juanwauters.bandcamp.com/album/real-life-situationsSHA RAYSha Ray is a rapper and multi-instrumentalist from Indianapolis, IN currently based out of San Francisco, CA. Joining the rap collective, Ruby yacht, in 2019, Sha Ray gon’ stay reimagining independent black feminine rap. https://sharaygonstay.bandcamp.com/releases