NYE: ISHI

NYE: ISHI

Cure for Paranoia, Sam Lao, Kwinton Gray

Sat, December 31, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

ADV $21

This event is all ages

ISHI
ISHI
Ishi was born as an experiment between friends in Dallas, TX. In 2006, JT Mudd & Brad Dale set out to create a sound that would redefine their own voice in modern day music. Their vision was to blend the classic, soulful story-telling and organic instrumentation of traditional folk music, with the infinite sonic possibilities offered through electronic production. Experimentation quickly evolved into a journey of sound that would ultimately lead to Ishi’s debut, Through the Trees, released May of 2010 and Digital Wounds April of 2013.

Juno will be released on September, 16th for the band’s fifth independent release and the third EP of their catalog. The new collection of songs range from funk, nu disco, and indie rock bathed in the gospel of Prince/LCD Sound System. Ishi teamed up again with UK artist James Marsh most known for his creative album concepts with experimental UK band Talk Talk.

As musicians who consistently use their music and live shows to uplift and inspire their fans, Ishi has decided to be leaders in the music industry by using their voice to improve the quality of life for those suffering from various cognitive diseases. The release of their new ep, Juno will benefit non-profit Music Is Our Weapon who provides personal music programs for those battling Alzheimer’s and dementia, PTSD, Autism, Parkinson’s and various other cognitive disorders.

50% of all digital sales raised by the EP will go directly to Music Is Our Weapon’s ongoing effort to provide a sustainable source of digital music in healthcare environments to increase life quality. By providing caregivers with the tools and support necessary to serve those in need with access to the music they love, they will be able to simultaneously collect data to further understand the power of music as medicine.

Ishi’s ability to successfully walk the line between an ambitious studio act and a multi-sensory live experience allows them to engage their audiences in an uplifting celebration of life. Their subtle undertones of inner-exploration combine to create a concert experience that is unequivocally one-of-a-kind. Each night, Ishi intends to create an entirely unique environment of mysticism, awareness, love and acceptance. Adored by fans and critics alike, there is no denying that Ishi is an immersive experience that everyone should discover.
Cure for Paranoia
Cure for Paranoia
Cure for Paranoia started with friends making music on a road trip. They were looking for doomsday shelter in a half-serious attempt to protect themselves from a comet rumored to be on a collision course with the earth. From there, they quickly started recording music everyday and performing live every night. By all accounts, Cure for Paranoia is one of the best groups to emerge out of Dallas in recent memory.

Like a commune or tribe, four musicians live under one roof in Oak Cliff and all they do is make music. In every way, Cure for Paranoia start their own group instead of joining someone else’s and the results are impressive. Some believe that bands should worry about oversaturation with live shows. But by demonstrating talent and dedication night after night, Cure for Paranoia quickly earned the respect of virtually every promoter, venue owner, and artistic director in North Texas’ music mecca, Deep Ellum—ask any of them.

Cameron McCloud is a hip-hop artist who looks like a ’60s rock star. Rapping with a thousand-yard stare and couture reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, or even Tom Waits, McCloud has a presence that is somehow both unapproachably intense and magnetic. His delivery is hyper and unpredictable. McCloud also has a fan in Erykah Badu. Backstage at The Bomb Factory in October, he approached the Queen of Neo-Soul and freestyled a verse for her in front of a
very large group of people. Naturally, it was caught on video and tens of thousands of people watched it online.

In February, Cure for Paranoia appeared at Badu’s sold-out birthday show at the Bomb Factory in front of a crowd of over 4,000. A month later, they returned to the venue for another sold-out show opening for Ludacris. Cure for Paranoia are a group of people addicted to music, and this is an infectious energy captured in their live shows and recordings. Stanley Francisko’s vocals bring an invaluable spirituality and pop sensibility to the group. JayAnalog and Tomahawk Jonez, also known as The Institute, compose and record all songs and provide live production during performances.

This is a wicked fusion of hip-hop, rock, pop, funk, and R&B built with an organic approach. Songs are figured out in equal parts while they are written, recorded, and performed live. It is not unusual for Cure of Paranoia to write a song in the afternoon, test it out in front of a crowd that night, and get back to work on it the next day.

Almost any night of the week, Cure for Paranoia can be seen performing live in Deep Ellum. They are featured on bills or showing up for weekly residencies at places like Drugstore Cowboy, High & Tight Barbershop, and one of the best places to hear live music from up-and- coming acts in the neighborhood, Three Links. On nights off, it is not unusual for Cure for Paranoia to perform on the street. It’s a surprisingly effective way to make new fans and spread the word about the next
show. They even met Grammy Award-winning producer Jah Born during one of these street performances and started collaborating with him.

“Normal Person” is a showcase of harmony, heavy beats, flawless production, wild mood swings, and musicality. A virtuosic mix of music genres is the perfect backdrop for the battle between McCloud’s steely enunciations as a rapper and the good vibes of Francisko’s vocals. McCloud is raw, Francisko could be a pop star, and they find common ground to make the most of their differences.

Through collaboration, audience interaction, and countless remixes, Cure for Paranoia is perfecting a self-titled album planned for a vinyl record release. In the meantime, you can hear these songs unfolding live. No two performances are the same and, as “Normal Person” demonstrates, Cure for Paranoia meticulously agonizes over songs until they have something special.
Sam Lao
Sam Lao
Sam Lao is a 25 year-old rapper/singer in Dallas, Tx. Although an artist from birth - mainly drawing, painting and sculpting, she only recently began creating music. "I turned to music when my other creative outlets ceased to be satisfying anymore. I had always sang just for fun but rapping was something new for me and I really took to it."

Despite being a rookie in the game, Sam Lao has already begun to cause a stir in the city of Dallas. Her debut EP, West Pantego, has received rave reviews from both Dallas and national media. The Dallas Observer gave Sam 6 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominations between last year and this year, including "Best New Act", "Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" and "Best Female Vocalist". In addition, Lao has performed at countless shows and festivals over the last year including Index Fest, Homegrown Festival, 2 SXSW showcases, The Greenville St. Patty's Day Concert w/ Ludacris as well a sold-out concert at Granada Theater w/ Sarah Jaffe among others. Sam's visuals, which can be found on her Vevo page, are some of the most exciting music videos to come out of Dallas in some time. Her video for "Pilgrims" received a Dallas Observer Music Award nomination for "Best Video" in 2013.

Whether it was listening to her music online, seeing her amazing live performance or watching one of her captivating music videos, fans have been coming in masses to see what's next from Sam Lao. She is clearly showing that she has what it takes to hang with the boys in hip-hop. Lao is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut full-length album which is expected to release at the end of 2014.
Kwinton Gray
Kwinton Gray
Kwinton Gray was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he and his two older siblings received a homeschooled education all the way through high school. A natural passion for music began to develop early for Kwinton and his sibling, and was strongly supported by their father and mother. The Gray parents purchased instruments for the children to practice with - It was then that Kwinton fell in love with the Piano.

He practiced for years playing at church and in different bands around town until he caught his first big break. He was accepted in 2014 as lead keyboardist for Dallas Theater Center (DTC) in the production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at just 19-years-old. The following year, he was asked to return to DTC as Associate Music Director/Conductor/Pianist for the world premiere music “Stagger Lee.” And in 2016, he was selected as Music Director and Conductor in Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts’ production of “Oklahoma.”

In addition, Kwinton is a founding member of the band “Friday’s Foolery” and his own Jazz band “The Kwinton Gray Project.” Both of which perform all over the Dallas area.

Kwinton is currently working on releasing his debut jazz album and continues to maintain a consistent presence in the DFW music community by playing for numerous local artists.
Venue Information:
Trees
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://treesdallas.com/