Tap & Go, 950 Pavilion Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Performing at the inaugural Mt. Adams Music Affair on Saturday, October 26th, for one night of ORIGINAL LIVE music on the hill of Mt. Adams at SEVEN venues featuring local and regional acts. Music starts at 7 p.m. NO COVER!
Lineup includes Wussy, The Sundresses, The Tigerlilies, We Are Snapdragon, Tracy Walker, and more.
Abiyah will be playing at Tap & Go from 11:30pm-12:15am, followed by fellow indie hip hop artists Counterfeit Money Machine from 12:30-1:30am.
Sponsored by: Yuengling, Yuengling Light and Yuengling Black & Tan
Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Who: Open Mike Eagle (Los Angeles) / Milo (WI) w/local opener Abiyah.
Where: Northside Tavern (4163 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223) - Front Room
When: Friday, May 31 2013, 10pm.
Open Mike Eagle
"One of LA’s smartest young voices" says the LA Times...which the artist suspects may just be a covert way of saying LA is dumb. Open Mike Eagle wouldn’t terribly mind, being born and raised in Chicago where the painful winters and his uppity grandparents kept him inside as a youth. He spent his formative years watching alternative music happen on MTV, hoping to one day be able to audition for the Native Tongues. As a young adult, and after graduating with a degree in Psychology, he did the next best thing and moved to Los Angeles, joining the Project Blowed collective where he made music and toured with Busdriver, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Nocando and more. He’s also gained notoriety in the world of comedy by being invited by professional funny people (Paul F. Tompkins, Hannibal Buress, Matt Besser/UCB) to rap at their shows. He’d like to be rap’s Kurt Vonnegut but recognizes that he’d first have to create something as iconic as the four-stroke illustration of an anus. He practices by releasing rap albums that delight, entertain, and confuse. Eagle has released albums on Mush Records, Hellfyre Club, and, most recently, Fake Four Inc. He is a featured artist at Rhymesayers’ 2013 Soundset festival, and was an official performer at SXSW 2013.
A clumsy messenger for a generation that is increasingly at odds with the (digital) world it is presented, milo is at the forefront of a rebellion against irony. His songwriting is brimming with an uncomfortable and unflinching persistence to depict life in a wide-eyed earnestness. It seems like the young rapper's comfort zone is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere, occupying space etched out by art rappers Open Mike Eagle and Busdriver while nonetheless taking the form to a new place. To hear milo quip about 18th century German Idealism and in the same sentence affirm a longing for Gianna Michaels is nothing. He is truly a product of a postmodern era and is raging, ardently, against it. To plagiarize some other rapper, he's a "fucking walking paradox.
Local Cincinnati Indie Hip Hop artist Abiyah, who will perform opening duties for these gentlemen, has an interesting backstory on how she first connected with Open Mike Eagle. While following LA avant-rap pioneer Busdriver’s Twitter feed in late 2009, she clicked through links for an artist Busdriver was mentioning frequently: Open Mike Eagle. Abiyah proceeded to keep up with Eagle’s Twitter feed, and, in December 2009, was intrigued by the following Eagle Tweet: “I need lady vocals for my joy division remake. Whos gonna give me lady vocals?” She responded immediately, given her Punk Rock background and love for Joy Division, and recorded draft vocals (including harmonizing with Eagle on the chorus, as well as writing a verse) that received a very enthusiastic response. Although that project never came to fruition, Open Mike Eagle asked Abiyah to sing a modified version of the chorus of Blondie’s “The Tide is High” at the end of “Old Member Reclamation”, the last song on his 2011 Hellfyre Club release, “Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes.” Since that time, Eagle has been forwarding his touring peers to Abiyah for booking in Cincinnati, which, in turn, has helped rebuild the excitement in the local Hip Hop scene and has begun the process of connecting it to the larger national Indie Hip Hop scene. All this without ever having spoken to him once.
Cincinnati-based indie hip hop/cross-genre vocalist/MC Abiyah and Brooklyn-based electro-soul vocalist Corina Corina join forces to embark on the First Ladies Tour, a 12-date tour from the East Coast to the Midwest in March 2014. One of the few entirely female indie hip hop tour bills in recent memory, these women bring a strong work ethic, beautiful vocals, a diverse range of musical styles, and energetic performances to their broad-ranging fanbase. The tour begins on March 19 at the Trash Bar in Brooklyn to celebrate the release of Corina Corina’s sophomore album, “The Free Way,” and ends on March 31 in Lexington, KY. Visit the First Ladies Tour Facebook event for more information and to RSVP.
I'm happy to announce that Cincinnati CityBeat has recognized my efforts, as both an artist and a promoter, with a nomination in the Hip Hop category of their 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards! 2013 was a busy year of helping to rebuild the Cincinnati Indie Hip Hop scene, establishing a monthly curated and themed local Hip Hop series (Abiyah Presents Hip Hop @ The Comet), and several performances, including openings slots for louis logic, Open Mike Eagle, milo, Mega Ran, Psalm One, Homeboy Sandman, and more. To review a partial list of some of my 2013 accomplishments to support your vote, please visit my Facebook event here.
The First Lady of Rhymesayers Entertainment, Psalm One, will make a stop in Cincinnati on 10/24 as part of her 2013 Midwest tour. The free event will be held at Northside Tavern in Cincinnati's Northside Entertainment District, and will also feature performances by Psalm's tour partner MC Longshot, Cincinnati indie/alternative hip hop artist Abiyah, and Kentucky-based alt-rapper B-Rad From The Breeze. 10pm. 21+. RSVP on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/mg7wdes
For the third time in the last 12 months, indie hip hop rapper, musician and singer/songwriter louis logic graces the Cincinnati stage. This trip, he's bringin along Capcom-soundtracker and teacher-turned-rapper Random AKA Mega Ran! Free show at The Comet in Northside, with local openers Abiyah, CITOAK and Sharp.One.
Experience some of the best East Coast indie hip hop for FREE at The Comet this Friday, November 16, as PremRock, Has-Lo and DJ Halo make a stop in Cincinnati as part of their No Politics Tour 2012, with local alternative hip hop mishmash artist Abiyah opening. RSVP on Facebook here.
Show starts at 10pm. 21+. $FREE.99. The Comet's awesome kitchen open until 1:00am.
Progressive Hip Hop Returns to Cincinnati as Fake Four Inc. artists Ceschi & louis logic reunite for 2+ weeks of shows in their favorite tour stops throughout the Midwest & Northeast U.S. Join us this Friday, October 12, at Northside Tavern for a free evening of authentic, awesome and progressive hip hop ! Cincinnati cross-genre hip hop artist Abiyah opens with her stellar A-team. Show starts at 10pm. FREE.
One-day fresh off the tour with hometown-related crew Why?, Chicago-based fellow Anticon artist and alt-hip hop guy/art rapper Serengeti rolls into Cincinnati with DJ Tony Trimm on Wednesday, September 19, for a free show with local artist Abiyah at The Comet in Northside. Check out the Shows page for more info, and this week's CityBeat for a great write-up of the show by Mike Breen.