Alternative hip hop outfit Flobots are bringing their live band to drop some knowledge on the crowd at City Winery for Halloween tonight, Oct. 31, and tickets to the all ages show are currently still on sale here (standing) and here (seated) for those still in need of a solid Halloween concert to attend. Though there’s plenty happening around town this evening, if you’re a hip hop fan and you’d rather hang in a low key and intimate setting, you definitely can’t top this special evening with Flobots and opener and rising MC Qbala. Take some time to learn more about the eclectic performers, and start plotting your Halloween costume, because chances are most people will be in full character for the duration of the show.
Formed in Denver, CO, around 2000, Flobots’ nucleus consists of two emcees, Jamie “Jonny 5” Laurie and Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett, who write progressive, socially conscious rhymes that transcend the topics of radio-primed pop hip hop to cover more personal and real world issues. Throw in a live rhythm section, plus a classically trained violist, and you the have the recipe for something truly unique. The group achieved some level of mainstream success with their 2007 LP, Fight with Tools, thanks in large part to the smash hit single “Handlebars,” which was all over modern rock radio at the time (the record went on to peak at number 15 on the Billboard charts). Two more studio albums, and a live LP have followed, but it’s been a few years since they’ve put out a record. Word is that a new one, NOENEMIES, is slated for release in 2017, but, given the troubling times in our country right now, the band decided to embark on a “Your Life Matters” tour now to spread their message of unity and social consciousness. The group’s ability to bounce from symphonic, rock-infused anthems into stripped-down, string-laden breakbeats has helped them earn a reputation for a killer live show, and, once you throw in all the unavoidable Halloween shenanigans for their Nashville date, you’re are almost guaranteed to have an amazing time. Set your plans now people, and get ready to get spooky.
Like Flobats, rising young rapper Qbala hails from Colorado, and, also like the group, she brings a sharp, smart, and expansive worldview to her polished and personal style. After a successful career in college basketball, Qbala pivoted to embrace music full time, and has generated a ton of buzz over the past few years, rapping about sexuality, hustling, and everything in between, combining an old school hip hop sensibility with a sharp and intricate modern fly. She’s perfectly matched for this show, and is sure to get the stage warmed up right with her earnest jams.