F1 Fan Fest: Urban Austin
Presented by Capitol View Arts
November 17, 2012
Free and open to the public
F1 Fan Fest 2012
Austin Creates stage at 2nd and Congress from 7-10pm
Capitol View Arts presents a variety of Austin’s best urban talent.
Drastik IV, Austin Alvarez, Serafia Jane, Myz B, Erin Ivey, J Redd, Eson, Darius Jackson, SaulPaul, and the ATX-ellence Band
Drastik IV is an alternative hip hop/rock act combining the elements of rap, rock, funk, and electronica. Career highlights include being nominated as the one of the “Top 10 Hip-Hop Acts” by the Austin Chronicle, and being listed as one of the “Top 5 Bands to See” at SXSW 2011 by Study Breaks magazine. Drastik IV is currently working on an EP slated for release in Fall 2012.
Austin Alvarez’s artistic abilities are boundless, showing no signs of diminishing. A true prodigy, Austin’s immense musical gifts were clear from a young age. This multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, musician, arranger and producer is blending a unique style of R&B/Soul, Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop and Classical piano with poignant, honest songwriting, and chill inducing vocals, sure to set ablaze the music industry.
Serafia Jane is a multi-octave vocalist and songwriter who uses her intense training in jazz and soul to dominate across the genre board. Locally known in the community as “A modern day Billie Holiday” this Dominican and Russian, California native has made a name for herself as a stand-out performer and improv artist; commanding stages in the U.S and Europe. In 2010, Serafia recorded and released her debut jazz inspired EP entitled “Blu Soul”. Recently, she received a placement singing a pop theme song for the brand new nationally televised reality show, Empire Girls.
Myz B began her vocal career singing lead in her church choir at age 6. She stepped into the music game at age 14 releasing and performing her hit single “How I Ride” at the historic Victory Grill. Since then, she has been writing and recording her soulful R& B and recently linked up with producer T-Flo to release the pop single “Get on The Floor.” She plans to release her first album “Taste My Honey” in 2013.
J Redd is an Austin-based rapper, singer, poet and activist. Since the age of 15 he has been blazing the scene with his unique stage presence. From his signature rapid-fire delivery to his skill in blending in R&B and poetry–he has something for everybody. J Redd has performed in numerous rap battles, Battle of the Bands competitions, theaters, churches, universities, and city-wide music festivals.
Andrew “Eson” Blair is a reggae artist with dance hall roots and a dash of hip hop and rap thrown in for good measure. With his career on the rise, his heart of music to the skies, you can catch this Kingston, Jamaican rude-boy, performing at local venues in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. In 2011 Eson signed with Austin’s Popsicle Rockslide Record Label.
Erin Ivey is Austin’s Urban Folk darling. Her latest album, Broken Gold, was named one of the best albums of 2011 by Texas Music Magazine, THE best album of 2011 by KUT’s Kevin Connor, and received 5 stars in Austin Monthly. It’s a groundbreaking, fan-funded collaboration with R&B/dub trio The Finest Kind. Erin sizzles with the band, but in a stripped-down solo show, she shines with her guitar and crystalline voice.
Part rapper/part singer songwriter, SaulPaul is an artist who entertains while blending his voice, his guitar and his loop pedal to create a live show that’s nothing less than an EXPERIENCE. SaulPaul uses a digital loop pedal to layer voice, percussion, guitar, and a variety of other live elements to recreate his studio tracks live. He breaks all expectations of what a solo performer can accomplish on stage all while engaging and winning the audience with wit and humor.
Darius Jackson is a 20-year-old musician, singer, and songwriter from El Paso, Texas that recently relocated to Austin. His are roots deeply embedded in blues and rock music, but he has been known to play many diverse musical styles. Darius plays guitar with the “ATX-ellence Band” behind the scenes of the many Capitol View Arts projects, while quickly making his mark on the ATX blues scene. Darius performs in venues like the Historic Victory Grill, on 6th Street, and the other blues hot spots in town.
Backing artists for the show will be Capitol View Arts Musical Director, Kris KeyZ and the ATX-ellence Band, consisting of Kris KeyZ, Tom Palmer, Hammer Epkins, JD Smith, and Darius Jackson.
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