Dave B, Soulection's Abjo, Romaro Franceswa, Nyles Davis
On Tuesday, April 18, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Dave B to the WOW Hall along with special guests: Soulection’s Abjo, Romaro Franceswa and Nyles Davis.
Seattle MC Dave B is a multi-talented hip-hop artist who raps, sings, writes and produces while bringing to the table lyrical content reflective of the golden age of hip-hop. His depth and versatility is partially attributable to his vast musical inspirations: Gospel icons Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin; hip-hop luminaries Andre 3000, Missy Elliott and Kanye West; R&B songstresses Aaliyah and Erykah Badu; jazz legend Theolonious Monk; and rock god Jimi Hendrix.
Dave’s two album releases Tomorrow (with producer Sango released July 2016) and his debut EP Punch Drunk (released November 2015) have received incredible support from DopeBoyz ("remarkably exceptional”), Pigeons & Planes (“rap-sings effortlessly...flaunting unique flair with ease”), NPR Music (“not simply a rapper…in the highly favored space between rapping and singing”), DJBooth ("Dave B is a revolutionary”), The FADER (“a versatile rapper”), Earmilk (“dropping dime after dime…after dime”), Hypetrak ("Dave's unique, distinct rap style”), Okayplayer (“putting his city on the map in a big way”), XXL (“perfect for today’s sing-song rap style”), Mass Appeal (“The Northwest is in good hands”), Indie Shuffle ("favorite 2015 hip-hop tune”), HotNewHipHop ("promising talent”), Seattle Weekly ("Seattle’s most endearing young rapper”), Seattle Times (“a prolific young rapper”) among many others. Dave B originally blends elements of hip-hop, R&B, jazz and funk over conscious-driven lyrics using soulful melodies and harmonies.
After selling out Seattle’s hottest venues Neumos and The Crocodile multiple times opening up tour dates for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2016, Dave B kicks off his first headlining tour this April.
Abjo is a member of Soulection – a record label, radio show and niche collective of creative music makers and programmers worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Soulection curates timeless music from around the world and increases visibility for The Sound Of Tomorrow™ through weekly Soulection Radio broadcasts, traditional releases, live events and curated visuals.
Romaro Franceswa is a musician who uses hip-hop to deliver street gospels. Raised in between church and trap houses, Franceswa’s style of rapping is brash and aggressive one minute but also humble and rooted in reality.
A product of Federal Way, WA and blessed with the gift of gab from a young age, he started his musical journey around 9-years-old. Growing up as the younger cousin of Seattle rapper Fatal Lucciauno, Franceswa was routinely exposed to live shows and he earned a strong reputation freestyling backstage amongst many of the city’s elite artists. A chance encounter rapping in front of Fierce Vill of Dyme Def led to an introduction and deep bond forming with the powerhouse Seattle hip-hop producer Bean One (Yuk The World) who’s solely produced all of Franceswa’s music projects to date.
In 2015 Franceswa participated in Seattle Theatre Group’s More Music @ The Moore program and was mentored directly by legendary drummer Sheila E. He’s opened for national touring artists such as Rakim, Vince Staples, Jacquees, Vic Mensa and toured nationally with Grieves of Rhymesayers.
Franceswa’s 2015 debut album Balance helped thrust the young MC in front of bigger audiences and landed him on the cover of City Arts Magazine in 2016. Balance is laced in songs that reek of authenticity. Eschewing cliché raps, Franceswa can spit verses about all aspects of the streets while steadily encouraging listeners to find a better way to live. Balance isn’t just an album title, it’s a way of life.
In 2016, Franceswa is prepping for a new project to be released under the Black Umbrella imprint. A collection of nine songs entitled Mirrors featuring production by BeanOne, Warm Gun, Red Nephew, Nima Skeems, Antwon Vinson and Elan Wright with appearances by Ariana DeBoo, Ryan Caraveo and Paris Williams.
Nyles Davis was born in Boston, raised in Sattle and has lived all over (including Philly, Houston, Virginia, Toronto, etc).
Says Davis, “my music is a reflection of my perspective. I stand for challenging the norm and thinking outside the box.”
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.