THE STAKES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW

THE STAKES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW

MEGA RAN, THE COLOR 8, HOUSE OF STAIRS

Fri, May 26, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

THE STAKES
THE STAKES
The Stakes have brought soul to Arizona's hip-hop scene. Their eclectic sound takes root in the precedent of live hip-hop set by The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, and Robert Glasper while building on the social consciousness of backpack rap. With a blend all their own of influences spanning jazz, funk and R&B, The Stakes provide an infectious groove sure to keep your head nodding and feet moving as it resonates through your body and soul. The Stakes have shared the stage with The Internet and Biz Markie and performed at the Viva Phoenix and Apache Lake music festivals.

"The Stakes could write songs about calculus and people would dance to it. Live and on record, the band has a powerful chemistry, creating a potent combination of rap, jazz, funk, and pop touches that sounds totally modern while also harkening back to the golden age of Native Tongues-style hip-hop.

One of the reasons the band is able to expertly weave together so many disparate styles is because of their different backgrounds. While many of The Stakes knew each other before the band came together like Voltron, they couldn’t be more different as individuals. There’s a drummer with no formal training, two rappers, and band members with formal jazz training. Which means their differences are staggering in terms of technique, musical approach, and experience level. But that’s what makes them such a versatile and flexible musical outfit. They can move seamlessly through various genres and switch up their style because they aren’t all drinking from the same well.

After releasing a tight six-song album in 2015, The Stakes are set to release a new album on May 26 at the Rebel Lounge."

- Phoenix New Times
MEGA RAN
MEGA RAN
Random, aka Mega Ran, Big Ran or Random Beats. Teacher, Rapper, Hero.

Random, aka Mega Ran. Teacher, Rapper, Hero. A 14-year music veteran, middle school teacher and videogame aficionado, Random's songs are filled with all of the heartache, pain, triumph, tragedy and fun that come with everyday living. A Philadelphia native and Phoenix transplant, graduate of Penn State University and former middle school instructor, Random speaks to the everyman, transcending race or class barriers."I never want anyone to predict my next move," he says. You can, however, expect the unexpected from Random, hence the name.

Random made waves by going way left of his backpack roots when he released "Mega Ran" in 2007. It was an album completely comprised of sampled 8-bit beats from the hit video game series "Mega Man." The album (and its follow up, Mega Ran 9) virtually exploded after video game corporation CAPCOM offered Random a special licensing agreement, and calling on Ran to perform at Comic-Con and other special events.

Random's unique combination of fantasy and true to life music has garnered him respect and admiration from the genre's toughest critics; Not many independent artists can boast having music utilized in television (TNA Wrestling, Portlandia), videogames (Rock Band, among others), movies, and university courses in several colleges in the US (Temple, Virginia Tech, Miami among others). Now that's Random.

Random's critically acclaimed projects as Mega Ran include FOREVER FAMICOM, a tribute to NES classics, and BLACK MATERIA, an album based on the music of hit Final Fantasy VII. Ran continues to reach new heights after video game corporation CAPCOM offered Random an exclusive licensing agreement, leading to movie, TV and game soundtrack placements and tours of the US, UK and Japan and more. Catch Ran on the front of leading hip-hop and gaming publications and sites, or at a show near you.

Today, Random is no longer a teacher by title, but still travels the world to entertain and educate through the gift of music. From the clubs and lounges to the packed comic and gaming conventions all over, Random's music has managed game and movie soundtrack placements and press coverage in Playstation Magazine, Wired Magazine, The Phoenix New Times, URB Magazine, Game Developer, Nintendo Power, and more.
THE COLOR 8
THE COLOR 8
The Color 8 is a music group that is made up of different musicians and music genres to expose ourselves and others to new sounds and new perspectives.
HOUSE OF STAIRS
HOUSE OF STAIRS
Holly Pyle – vocals, Garrison Jones – keys, Stephen Avalos – drums, Shea Marshall – bass clarinet.

House of Stairs is a jazz-based collective that draw from funk, soul and pop influences to create a distinct progressive soundscape. Inspired by the visual innovations of M.C. Escher, House of Stairs explore multi-faceted interactions between harmony, meter and lyrics that are both compelling and imaginative.
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/