So-So Topic's Peace Out Party!

So-So Topic's Peace Out Party!

Blue, The Misfit, Sealion, picnictyme, Kool Quise, Jet Wolf + Team From Nowhere, Medicine Man Revival, Trai Bo

Thu, March 23, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 1:45 am)

ADV $13

This event is all ages

-Topic, ever a force of feel-good (or more specifically, Be Good and Do Well) energy with his ever-present smile and messages of positivity and engagement, is convinced that more musicians are bound to start following suit. "At the meeting, five of my closest musician buddies were standing right there next to me," he says. "I see it becoming a popular reach for artists in the city to take, and duh, it's supposed to. We finally get a fair shot at making real things happen here."
Blue, The Misfit
Blue, The Misfit
Los Angeles born & Dallas raised, the experimental producer and cultivating lyricist, Brandon "Brain Gang" Blue started his musical voyage in 2004. Running with the torch that has passed on by his influences (which range from Timbaland & The Neptunes to Danger Mouse & The Gorillaz), Blue has always felt like his time is now as the music industries next innovative producer-artist combo.

Blue is well known for his extensive production work with national hip hop artist such as, Kendrick Lamar (P&P, P&P 1.5, & Faith), Mac Miller (Down The Rabbit Hole), Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, & Dorrough Music. And he's also praised as one of Dallas' best producers based off the work he put together as half of the groundbreaking duo known as Sore Losers in '09-'10 (Free Loaders, Get A Life).

As a producer, Blue prides himself on evolving and progressing as a musician. Though most of his success is in the Hip-Hop genre, he has an everlasting love for adding all forms of music into his own, especially those of the electronic nature. You can easily hear a trance arranged synthesizer here, an alternative rock sequence there, Texas "screw" style vocals in the backgrounds, and dub step wobble baselines behind it all. He simply calls his approach "experimental", because he won't limit himself to toying around with one genre.

As an artist, Blue takes a different approach to rap than your average hip-hop artist. He looks at rap as a form of self expression to share his artistic side which takes you on a journey with well thought out concepts and stories of his life experiences rather than to "out rap" everyone in the industry with metaphors and punch-lines.

Looking to expose this new sound to a larger audience, Blue released an EP entitled "Numb." at the end of 2011 and it was well received amongst the public. Numb. held a huge internet presence on Hip Hop blogs (2DopeBoyz, OnSmash, Pigeons & Planes, Sneak Hype, & More), proving that there is a lane for something as unique and different as Blue's vision.

Blue plans to continue this success into 2012. He promises that this is the year that he really bounces into the national spotlight as both a trendsetter in sound and as a provocative lyricist.
Art punk from Dallas, TX.

If Jean Michel Basquiat beat the shit out of Norman Rockwell we would be the blood on his knuckles.
Artist + Producer
1/2 of @BootyFade
Member of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids

Richard Escobedo—better known as PICNICTYME—has no shortage of talents. An MC, singer, photographer, musician and video director, Picnic has gained renown as one of the most eclectic hip-hop beatmakers in his home city of Dallas. And when he’s not in the studio crafting records for local heroes A.Dd+ and national acts like Kid Cudi, you can find him on stage playing percussion for Erykah Badu.

Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, two hours north of Dallas, Picnic learned to play drums at age 11 and, at 18, he self-released his debut single “Roll With Me” through his own Oven Records. Initially going by Esco, he eventually came to embrace “Picnic,” the unusual childhood nickname given to him by his uncle. “He smoked a lot of weed, and he’d call me and my cousins really weird names,” Picnic recalls of his uncle Freddy “There was Stuffy, there was Poofaloo, Onion, Maffeo…”

After relocating to Dallas to study film at the Art Institute of Dallas, Picnic got job as a videographer and photographer, even working as the cameraman for the syndicated reality show, Cheaters. At the same time, he was honing his skills as a beatmaker, and in 2006 he teamed with rappers Picasso and Tahiti to form the group PPT. Although PPT’s lifespan was brief, the leftfield trio—in which Picnic acted as both producer and MC—had a major impact on Dallas’ then- conservative hip-hop scene. “We kind of embraced a quirky feel—that Pharcyde meets De La Soul vibe,” Picnic recalls. He was able to put his visual talents to use in PPT as well: The group shot a video for each song on their debut Tres Monos in Love, and made a movie based on their second and final release, Denglish.

After PPT disbanded, Picnic connected with fellow Dallas beatmaker S1 (co-producer of Kanye West’s “Power”) to form the production unit Cassette Union, placing beats with Kid Cudi, Devin the Dude and Scarface, among others. Through S1 he also came to know Erykah Badu, who recruited Picnic to play percussion in her band, the Cannabinoids, and, later, to document her tours as a photographer. “We thought it was gonna be this one off thing,” Picnic recalls of the formation of the Cannabinoids, an improvisational beatmaking troupe which backs Badu at live shows. “But then she found out I had other skills outside of making beats, and that me and her have the exact same birthday and we hit it off i guess.”

Picnic’s latest accomplishment is producing and engineering rap duo A.Dd+’s entire When Pigs Fly LP, an eclectic masterpiece that belongs near the D.O.C.’s No One Could Do It Better in the annals of great Dallas rap albums. “I was in search of something that would make a splash and set a foundation for me as a producer,” Picnic says of his connection with A.Dd+, a group in which he has become an unofficial third member. “I knew they had a truth to them and a lot of emotion that they wanted to get out. So that’s how I went into it as a producer—to make beats that brought out emotion, and really challenge them.” Since the release of When Pigs Fly, which has received accolades in national publications like XXL, Picnic has been in the studio working on upcoming projects GOOD Music crooner Tony Williams and rapper/singer Johnny Polygon.

For his next act, he plans to unleash Sea Monsters, an introspective EP of his own that showcases his singing, rapping and production talents. “It’s based on the idea of when people say, ‘There’s always more fish in the sea,” Picnic says. “But there’s also sea monsters in that bitch… I want the music to sound like you’re swimming in slow motion underwater. That’s the vision for the whole thing.”
Kool Quise
Kool Quise

Artist | Audio Engineer | Crreative Mind

Dallas, TX
Medicine Man Revival
Medicine Man Revival
Keite Young sits at a Deep Ellum bar, a red Kenyan necklace dangling from his neck, and carrying a small leather medicine bag. The Fort Worth native is ready to break what he calls his "eight-year silence" as Medicine Man, his stage alter-ego and soul/rock/hip-hop project with producer Jason Burt. Young made his alias' name locally through a monthly residency at RBC, which ended last year. He's now recording a new album due next year and a trilogy of videos.

Young went quiet after a solo record deal fizzled in 2008, but he wasn't entirely silent. Medicine Man's Traveling Revival, a well-produced, variety act showcasing local talent, ran for three years. Young hosted with Mattie Michelle.

"The name Medicine Man came from a character that wasn't completely intentional," says Young. "A lot of it came about because of certain life experiences, the kind you don't write about."

Singer Dezi 5, who used to perform in Traveling Revival, recalls his awe upon meeting Young. "I looked up to Keite the first time I saw him at the Prophet Bar," Dezi says. "I love Keite like a brother, and he's Dallas' D'Angelo; he's soul-rock."

Young was ordained as a minister at age 15, through the Baptist church, and spent his teenage years conducting sermons. "It's what I always was, it's what I am," he says, despite the fact he left the church at age 19.

"I had already outgrown religion," Young says. "I saw the lies for myself, the lie that religion uses to keep people slaves." These days, the only organized groups that Young belongs to are bands. "But I do still preach every time I'm on stage."

In his early twenties Young learned to play instruments, though he finds that they tie him down onstage. "I learned music by myself," Young says. "I had a broken guitar and my grandmother had a game room with no AC, and I would sing into a mic for 72 hours, writing a song."

Young also studied pre-law at the University of Houston, but dropped out after a year. "I found myself in the piano room more than in class," he says. He signed a publishing agreement at 19 with a label called Gospel Central, which entailed contributing 12 songs to be used at their discretion. "I signed the agreement because I don't think the music business has ever looked kindly upon people like myself who can't be put into one category very easily," Young says.

After fulfilling his contract as a writer, he was asked to join one of the label's artists, seven-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin and the Family, as a backup singer. For two years, he performed on a nationwide tour, joined by his parents, who were also background singers for Franklin. "It kept me out of a lot of trouble," Young says. "Not enough, though."

Following the tour, Young signed a recording contract with Hidden Beach Records, a subsidiary of Sony. He says that the connection came through his great uncle, NBA player Wayman Tisdale, who'd worked with Hidden Beach, and had also been a bass player for the Motown label. Young says that it took six years to release his debut album, and it wasn't commercially successful. "Critics gave it love, but it wasn't promoted," Young says. "I was outpacing their promoting of the record, it wasn't a good match. ... If it's not honest, I can't connect to it, and then I have nothing on stage. I can't compromise."

He also says he feels industry racism helped limit his options. "They were only letting Lenny Kravitz have a guitar and be black at the same time," he says. "The industry is super racist that way, nobody knew what to do with me."

After separating from the label, Young formed a band called Black and Blue, which includes guitarist Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy, and which still plays intermittently. He considers his music "root rock," inspired in a range between Led Zeppelin and Sam Cooke.

Medicine Man's upcoming album is in production at Modern Electric studios, and he expects it'll be ready for release in the beginning of next year. Producer Burt, who also plays guitar and keys, says of the project: "Medicine Man is a culture of honesty and vulnerability. Keite is a modern day shaman and has a lot to offer the music community in more than just the music department."

For Young, elaborate showmanship and music are just tools to get out his message. "Success for me is being the artist," he states. "I'm an artist, so I'm successful. I create. My show is my resume."
Trai Bo
Trai Bo
D/FW early new-millennium garage rock/world punk

Transhumanist early new-millennium lightning rock/rhythm & barf/neo-soulless

Band Members
Juuwah, SPK, Young Adams, Eton
Venue Information:
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226