Zion I x lespecial: conscious hip hop with a live band

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Zion I and lespecial Rock Guanabanas March 9

Bay Area MC and Connecticut backing band form unique musical blend of socially-conscious live hip-hop

Jupiter, FL – February 14, 2018 – Initially paired as a one-off for a music festival, hip-hop emcee and producer Zion I and indie-progressive rock three piece lespecial found much musical common ground and shared strength in performing together.  They have quickly become a mesmerizing, genre-bending live act. The lyrical frontman and his New England power trio will hit the Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar stage on Friday, March 9, beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover, and 21 and over are welcome. Located at 960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477, the award-winning venue sits on the east bank of the Loxahatchee River near the Jupiter Inlet.

“I’ve always been a fan of musical mashups,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “When done right, the results can be incendiary, and I believe that fans of all types of genres will not only enjoy the music by the airtight power trio lespecial, but the message and its soulful delivery by Zion I.” Cahur founded and runs Roots Music, Inc., a Jupiter-based, 20-year music management and promotions company, and serves as the lead sound engineer for Guanabanas.

Zion I’s 2000 debut album Mind Over Matter established the producer and emcee as one of the most forward-thinking artists of the socially-conscious hip-hop movement. He has since collaborated and or toured with the likes of Bassnectar, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Matisyahu, Linkin Park, and Kendrick Lamar, among others. The Huffington Post described his latest release – 2016’s The Labyrinth – “as heartfelt as it is badass.”  He is a timely and engaging force within the independent hip-hop scene.

lespecial are comprised of Jon Grusauskas on guitars, keys, vocals and samples, Luke Bemand on bass, and Rory Dolan on drums and percussion. The three met in Connecticut and began playing together as children, and this life-long musical bond is obvious and aural. lespecial’s influences are diverse: influenced by hip hop, dub, metal and progressive rock. Their latest release cheen – features a collaboration with Zion I called “Sound That We Do”.

The two acts plan to record a joint release this spring. Together, they produce live hip-hop for your head. For more information, please visit www.Guanabanas.com or call 561.747.8878.

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ABOUT GUANABANAS

 Guanabanas is an open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and banyan trees towering overhead and hand-chiseled coquina stone pathways underfoot. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The award-winning menu features a fusion of Mexican, fresh Florida seafood and traditional fare; a breakfast menu is available Saturdays and Sundays. Guanabanas offers a custom catering menu and signature cocktails. Executive Chef Vinny Trupia oversees the culinary operations and also manages a community garden at the neighborhood resource center El Sol.

The establishment hosts recurring “Give Back Thursdays” to help the needs of the local community organizations, partnering with willing companies to help drive donations and  money where needed, as well as giving away stage space to allow charities to showcase their cause. Past beneficiaries include the Surfrider Foundation, Martin Memorial Hospital, Haiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve Foundation, Freedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County Firefighters, Furry Friends, and many others.

Guanabanas’ new food truck can be booked for any event by calling 561.747.8878 or emailing foodtruck@guanabanas.com. The establishment recently launched a new weekend brunch menu featuring Build Your Own Donut and Waffle Bars, $6 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Margaritas, $12 Bottomless Sangria, and more. For more information, visit www.Guanabanas.com.

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Pete Rock Takes vs DJ Premier 3/4

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 Pete Rock Takes on DJ Premier in Exclusive Battle at Sidebar March 4

Legends go head to head beginning at 9 p.m. in the downtown Miami venue, with support from DJs Heron and Selfborn

Miami, FL – February 22, 2017 – Two of the biggest names from the hip-hop and rap production game will be battling it out at Sidebar (337 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida 33130) on Friday, March 4, 2017. Pete Rock (Ghostface Killah, Pharoahe Monch, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli) will take on DJ Premier (Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Mos Def) in a vinyl skirmish that has only occurred four previous times – once in Japan and three times in the U.S. Tickets are $25 – $45 and available online at bit.ly/PRvsDJP; 21 and over are welcome to the event.

Co-presented by DNA Entertainment and Addictive Affairs, the evening will also feature music by DJs Heron and Selfborn, two of Miami’s top hip-hop selectors. “We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase Pete Rock and DJ Premier, two extremely talented individuals at the top of the any rap list of producers and collaborators,” says Addictive Affairs head DJ Heron. “This rare duel will be one for the ages.” 5 Star Entertainment and Clockwork Music are also supporting the event.

Bronx, NY-native Pete Rock first rose to prominence as one half of a duo with C.L. Smooth in 1991.  After three releases with Smooth, Rock began a solo career and immersed himself in production, working initially with his cousin, the late Heavy D. His production credits span 31 artists also including PublicEnemy, Mary J. Blige, TLC, Monica, Mick Jagger, Madonna, and LadyGaga, and cross five genres (hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop and jazz).

Rock’s latest joints include tracks by J Dilla, De La Soul and Sadat X, as well as a record with Smoke DZA called Don’t Smoke Rocks and one with Smooth called T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You). In the works: Petestrumentals 3 and Soul Survivors 3, plus collaborations with Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Anderson Paak.

Born Chris Martin in Houston, TX, DJ Premier cut his production teeth with Gang Starr’s 1989 debut. He went on to have a hand in some of the most important East Coast rap classics: Illmatic by Nas, Ready to Die from Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt and Black on Both Sides by Mos Def. A multi-instrumentalist who studied computer science at Prairie View A&M, Premier’s recent credits include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, RobbieRobertson and The LOX.

For more information, please visit bit.ly/PRvsDJP or call 786.703.6973.

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