The Beast

The Beast

Drake Murphy, Sky Blew

Thu, December 4, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$8.00 - $10.00

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The Beast
The Beast
Now in its ninth year, The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Straight outta Durham, the cultural and entrepreneurial nexus of a new south, The Beast is a home-grown artistic force, mixing tap-dancers, puppeteers, and spoken word artists into its repertoire. Comprised of professor, community organizer, and emcee Pierce Freelon, keyboardist Eric Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and bassist Pete Kimosh, The Beast has thus far executed a Duke University-commissioned big band project, curated residencies at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and toured Panama as featured in a PBS web-series. The quartet is currently finishing its second full-length album with Philly-native producer/drummer Steve McKie (Bilal, Jill Scott, Musiq, et al).
Drake Murphy
Drake Murphy
"Drake Murphy is from Addor, North Carolina. He grew up in music coming from a musical family. Drake started piano lessons at the age of 2 and started violin in 4th grade. His father, Paul Murphy had a studio in which he taught Drake how to use all of the equipment in order to not break it. While everyone was sleeping, Drake would go into their studio and record, but he wouldn't let anyone hear his creations. One day his father found one of his tapes, saw his potential and encouraged him to continue. He was about 5 years old. At the age of 15, Drake began to professionally record music. He caught the ear of a former J. Records recording artist. At the time, he was a solo producer and when he turned 17 he joined forces with his brother, Kent. They went by the name of Beatmizers Productions which later became Dark Matter Productions and which is currently Addor Music Group. When the aforementioned J. Records artist found out Drake was 15, he never called Drake back. Drake wasn't discouraged, he kept making music and submitting it to other record companies. The first record company on a major scale to respond was Atlantic Records. Drake got into speaking with them, but ultimately chose to go the independent route. He wanted to have more control over his projects. Everything on Drake's debut album, Feel Better was written, recorded, mixed/mastered, and distributed by Drake. Feel Better is an independent project separate from the production of Addor Music Group. He recorded his whole album by using a smart-phone controlled app that allowed him to run his studio while recording. Drake plays over 12 instruments including: accordion, guitar (his favorite), piano, drums, bass, electric and standup acoustic, trombone, trumpet, and violin. He's been most influenced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo AKA The Neptunes, Timbaland, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, and his father, brother, and grandfather."
Sky Blew
Following the narrative "I Don't Rap, I Paint The Sky,Blew", SkyBlew uses his sincere, substantive lyrics and soulful sound to breathe life into a genre saturated with lies, darkness and gimmicks. Hailing from Auburn, Alabama he moved to North Carolina in hopes of finding a new path. His music speaks to the hearts of many and his genuine lyrics are touching lives around the world! SkyBlew has been featured on countless prestigious media outlets including: 2Dopeboyz, MTV, Hypefresh Magazine, Afropunk and more! This ColorfulDreamer is the coolest nerd you ever heard!

SkyBlew has opened for countless MAJOR acts including: Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Flobots, Watsky, Slick Rick, Slum Village, Grieves, Aer, Yonas & many more! Recently, he got the chance to tour with his musical mentor, Mega Ran!!! SkyBlew is developing a fan base regionally, nationally, and with the internet, worldwide. With over 1 million views on MySpace and a rapidly growing Facebook, SkyBlew is painting the whole sky blew!!! His latest released album produced over 6000+ downloads in one day! Appointed times appear, and with the state of hip-hop today, we need more of SkyBlew!
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/