Sat, Feb 10, 2018, 8:00 PM – Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 1:00 AM
If you put videogames, the '80s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit "puree," you'd have something close to The Mega Ran Experience. The Penn State graduate and self-proclaimed "Teacher/Rapper/Hero" made waves by by combining 8-bit videogame sounds and hard-hitting hip-hop tracks, and has become a trailblazer in the budding genres of chiptune and nerdcore hip-hop, while maintaining a career as a middle school teacher. Ran's first album "The Call" was a critical success, featuring tracks with some of the underground's most respected heads. Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.
Retro videogames were the catalyst. Random began the transformation into Mega Ran, his alter-ego, an ode to the classic video game character Mega Man. After creating a tribute album and receiving an unprecedented level of support and blessing from Capcom to continue, Ran was reborn and became a trailblazer in the budding "nerdcore" and chiptune subgenres, while coining his own term to describe what he had done, "Chip-Hop."
The Microphone Misfitz
The Microphone Misfitz are the epitome of the acronym HIPHOP – Healthy Independent People Helping Other People – their music focuses on the themes of living for a healthier state of mind, uplifting those who are trying to find their path in this world, and rejuvenating the fundamentals of what Hip-Hop truly is in a world that has forgotten the essence of the culture. The Misfitz front-man, D-Nick the Microphone Misfit himself – enjoys the fact that his crew can collectively provide an eclectic performance of all 5 Elements of Hip-Hop: Master-of-Ceremonies (MC), B-Boying (Break Dancing), Graphiti (Urban Street Art), DJ (Live Turntable Scratching), and finally the collective of Knowledge, Culture and over standing. Each member adds their own flavor to the overall Misfitz experience. Kin Solo is the choreographer & movement artist. Ray of Light is the hybrid between dancer & MC. Mel L. is the Graff artist, vocalist, & road DJ. DJ Mar & Mike Knobel (aemka) are the production team and D-Nick is the lead MC, lyricist & artistic director of the group. The Microphone Misfitz have toured overseas in Algeria, Comic Con, SXSW, & Navy Pier, The Fitz have also opened for great artist like KRS One, Jeru Tha Damaja, Saul Williams Professor Griff, Brother Ali & more. We are promoting our latest album/comic book Escape from Babylon Vol II a follow up to 2012's Escape From Babylon! Vol III is currently in the works.
Lyfstile - https://soundcloud.com/lyfestile7
LO KARI - https://soundcloud.com/lokari
Ticket link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3206556