Jarren Benton

Event Cancelled: This show has been canceled refunds will be give at point of purchase

Mink Coat Killer Tour

Jarren Benton

Caleb Brown, Bingx, MC Bravado, Diamond Gang, Poe, The Legend

Sun · July 2, 2017

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

$19.80 ADV / $22 DOS / $50 4-Pack / $65 M&G Package

Cancelled

This event is all ages

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Jarren Benton
Jarren Benton
For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia’s Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume’s premiere acts, Jarren admits, “I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode.” That’s rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single “Skitzo.” He continues, “I want to take it a lil’ further. I just haven’t had the balls to go all the way there yet, ‘cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too.”

However, courage is not something Benton’s music or live show is lacking. Studied in the anything-goes showmanship of Prince, Marilyn Manson and Method Man, Jarren shares, “The essence of giving of a good show is not givin’ a fuck,” he says, while pointing to stage-diving, beer-chugging and more depending on the night’s particular vibe. This type of authenticity, balanced with intricate, golden ear-informed lyricism has attracted attention from Erick Sermon (EPMD, Redman) to No I.D. (Common, Kanye West) in courting Jarren to potential major label deals. However for the father and family provider, only indie juggernaut Funk Volume really voiced his biggest concerns. “All I was asking for was progress. I just wanted to know that what I was doing was the right move – especially chasing a dream with a family.” Funk Volume offered what Def Jam and the others weren’t – and in recent years, Jarren has been able to support his family and his dreams simultaneously.

In addition to Funk Volume, which Jarren refers to as “family,” the rapper maintains strong ties in the Atlanta community, such as Rittz, Playboy Tre, Spitzwell and his SMKA affiliates. “It’s the best of both worlds,” says Jarren, of playing a significant role in a respected collective of talent, as well as being an artist in one of the most powerful new labels in Hip Hop. “We all still came from that era about lyricism, even if you were making Southern music.”

After two successful digital releases and a video fast-approaching one million YouTube plays, Jarren is hard at work on what will inevitably be his biggest album to date. Following the star-filled supporting cast of Freebasing With Kevin Bacon and Huffin’ Glue With Hasselhoff, the comedic emcee promises to break from the series with a purpose in mind. “This one has a different vibe. It’s a lot more personal stuff so people can learn who Jarren is,” he says, also suggesting more refined production that translates more to his ambitions of being a household name. In the same vein, that courage Jarren felt was missing is brewing on his upcoming work. The vet points to “Heart Attack” and “Smells Like Murder” with R.A. The Rugged Man as some of the most conceptual, dazzling work he’s recorded to date.

“From my ranges of influence, I think a lot fans appreciate my personalities, but they don’t really get into the music… yet,” admits Benton of his available catalog. The stakes are high and the time is right for the man who has pursued a dream for a decade. “I love this. I’m not driven by money, but I’m conscious of making music that can be universally appreciated.” It is coming to life for an artist closely connected with the tenants of Hip Hop: style, skill and absolutely not givin’ a fuck.
Caleb Brown
Caleb Brown
16-year-old Baton Rouge rapper Caleb Brown continues to impress with both his prodigious rapping ability and his unusual maturity. He first came to my attention late last year with “BatonStan,” a pointed perception of his homicide-plagued home city. He emailed me a couple weeks back with “Friends,” a song that plays as a fitting corollary to “BatonStan”:

“It’s basically about a teen growing up too fast in his city/neighborhood and it gets the best of him,” Brown told me. “It’s me running game to him as if I’m a 40 year old OG, but really I’m the same age as him, and I can educate him because I seen it happen to my close loved ones and I experienced it myself. It’s called ‘Friends’ because people love to say ‘oh those are my friends’ but their ‘friends’ will egg them on into a world of trouble. Where are his real friends to tell him right from wrong and whats really going to happen if he doesn’t straighten up?”

Brown’s talent matches his conceptual ambition better than before, his voice carrying the gravity of lived reality. “Friends” doesn’t necessarily speak to one particular moment in a young man’s life, instead creating a sort of broad panorama of the dangers and temptations Baton Rouge provides (and, by extension, those present in other, similar cities). Another strong statement from a young voice worth your attention.
Bingx
Bingx
Lightning fast lyricism accompanied by melodic wordplay with a dash of grunge inspired vocals puts Bingx in a whole new category, he would say" I'm not a rapper. I'm not a singer. I’m a musician. We are who we choose to be, and my vision of myself is always adapting.”

Inspired by some of the most renowned artists in the industry, Bingx has developed a unique set of vocal skills and precision in his music. Some of these inspirations are Eminem, The Game, 50 Cent, Third Eye Blind, Sublime, Justin Timberlake, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Tech N9ne, Drake and many more. Bingx’s ability to command a singing voice with no small range, combined with his lightening fast lyricism at a moments notice has allowed him to stand out amongst his peers.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington in 1990, Bingx dropped out of high school in his junior year and joined the military. “I joined the military to get my G.E.D. as well as get away from the toxic environment my youth had led me to, but it ended up being the smartest decision in my life,” Bingx explained. “I would encourage those who struggle with high school to stay grounded and push through it, life takes flight in all sorts of unpredicted directions once you lose structure.”

Bingx is energy incarnate. His musical works tend to be passionate, fast pace and full of energy. Currently in the studio working on his next record, Bingx has released two highly acclaimed projects: * 2012 - Bingx's 1st Album entitled " In The L.A.B. ( Life's A Battlefield )” * 2013 - Bingx's 2nd Album, " Lift Me Up" Featured Vanessa Thompson.
MC Bravado
MC Bravado
Diamond Gang
Diamond Gang
Venue Information:
Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
http://www.baltimoresoundstage.com/