Join Native Sun and some of Indianapolis’ dopest artists and musicians, as we celebrate the musical Legacy of the late great, James Dewitt Yancey. AKA, JDilla AKA, JayDee AKA, Filthy McNasty, AKA the Greatest Producer of all time!
Featuring performances by:
Mariah Ivey and TribeSoul
The Tucker Brothers
And many more!
$7 at the Door
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They call our city Nap because it’s the most slept-on city in America.
This is Native Sun’s answer to the question of how Indianapolis came to be nicknamed Nap Town. All too often, Indy locals lose faith in the spirit of their city and insist it’s named so because it’s a sleepy metropolis in the Midwest with nothing to do or see. This cultural crippling has subdued the drive to create in much of the city’s talent by bogging down artists with despair and leaving them with little hope for a chance to gain national recognition.
But the native sons of Native Sun have a different outlook on their city of Nap. It is their belief that Indianapolis harbors a wealth of talent, particularly in the vein of hip hop. Leading by example, the band envisions that traditional hip hop elements (compelling lyricism, dusty samples, dope beats) paired with the versatility of live instrumentation has the potential to create music that sounds like nothing before it.
Leveraging more than 20 years of combined experience as professional musicians and performers, B Meeks (bass), Sleepy (drums) and B Young (emcee) began to intertwine their musical backgrounds within the context of hip hop when Native Sun formed in 2008. The resourceful musicians draw from their familiarity in gospel, rock, electronic, jazz and soul, creating music that sounds much bigger than what one would expect from a 3 piece act. It is this solid foundation in live music (as compared to produced beats) that sets Native Sun apart from other hip hop groups.
Through their vision to be an example of success to artists in Indianapolis and similar places, Native Sun has earned a reputation as a first call backing band in the Indianapolis hip hop scene. They’ve had the honor of performing with Elzhi of Slum Village and DJ Logic, as well as opening for Foreign Exchange, Musiq Soulchild, Mayer Hawthorne, Black Milk and Muhsinah. After putting in more than 30 hours of grinding in the studio, Native Sun released its full-length debut album, Step Into The Light in August of 2012. Continuing to further push their creative limits, the band looks forward to releasing, The Undeniable EP and subsequent tour to follow in the Spring and Summer of 2014.
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Clint Breeze is the brain child of Indianapolis native and Hip Hop Producer, Carrington Clinton. With Jazz and Soul influenced sounds, Heavy drum compositions and with a balance of raw and catchy rhythm and melody, Clint Breeze makes music for the soul.
Nick Tucker – Bass
Joel Tucker – Guitar
Jared Thompson – Sax
Jay Higginson – Trumpet
Reggie Bishop – Keys
Jamar Bowers – MC
Theon Lee – MC
Mariah Ivey and TribeSouL
Mariah Ivey and TribeSouL were formed in the winter of 2014, not yet named but FILLED with an Artistic Innergy, a Substantive Innergy, that HAD to be shared. Led by national Spoken Word Artist and MC Mariah Ivey, the group began to make waves within their home-city, Indianapolis, IN, bringing to the forefront a message of Hope, Communal Healing, Love, Unity, and Sacred Spirituality. Combining various sounds + art forms, TribeSouL found their niche in the stream of Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul, Funk, and Reggae with Gospel Influences. Not only do their shows reflect their versatility, warm energy, and natural chemistry, their music and poetry continuously adds to and elevates the CULTURE, whether performed over an acoustic set, a solo poetry set, or with the full LIVE Band! They seek to show the duality of consciousness as well as the evolution of sound and substance. Some have even called their shows “Edutainment”, Educational yet extremely entertaining!
Having been featured a crossed various local and national publications such as The Indy Star, Indianapolis Recorder, The NUVO, and More, Mariah Ivey and TribeSouL have only JUST begun. You can expect to see them in your city and/or a city near you, creating space for Art, Discussion, Workshops, and CommUNITY Healing!
To Book Mariah Ivey and/or Mariah Ivey & TribeSouL for a full performance, art residency, workshop, etc, Visit www.MariahIvey.com !