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Catapult Music Festival Launches Hip Hop Out of the Golden Era and Into a Post-Rap Future 

Abiyah and Grasshopper Juice Records' Nick Mitchell are pleased to announce the inaugural Catapult Music Festival, a free one-day post-rap and electronica-influenced music event to be held in Cincinnati’s eclectic Northside neighborhood on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Headlining the festival will be forward-thinking NYC musicians louis logic (Fake Four Inc.) and Tonedeff (QN5). They will be joined by similarly-situated Cincinnati progressive hip hop and electronic musicians. Catapult will be held concurrently from 9pm until 2am at Northside Tavern (front room and back room) and Chameleon on Hamilton Avenue in the Northside Entertainment District. The event will also feature a DJ happy hour at The Listing Loon from 5 to 8pm that day. 
 
We created Catapult out of a desire to move minds out of the “taking it back to that REAL hip hop” mode of thought into what hip hop is currently experiencing musically and sonically as it matures. Much like how post-punk artists were influenced by the sounds and statements of punk and forged new approaches in a post-punk era, so it is now occurring with what was considered underground hip hop. Beats are increasingly electronic in nature, with many artists replacing traditional DJs with SP-404 samplers, while many underground hip hop legends are veering off into new genre territory, i.e., EDM, indie rock/pop, etc. Catapult’s first headliners, NYC’S louis logic and Tonedeff, and will be joined by a slew of Cincinnati’s like-minded adventurous musicians, including Abiyah, Counterfeit Money Machine, Eugenius, Sudan Moon and B-Rad From The Breeze at Northside Tavern, while Chameleon will house several future-electronic/soul/experimental musicians, many from Cincinnati's electronic music and fine arts collective CINTHESIZER.
 
Visit the Catapult Music Festival Facebook page to learn more about the festival's mission and to RSVP/view event schedules and performers.  Follow us on Twitter at @catapultmusic7 and listen to a mix of festival performers on Soundcloud.

Abiyah & Corina Corina Announce First Ladies Tour (March 2014) 

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.

Vote for Abiyah - CityBeat's 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards 


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.  

Click here to vote for Abiyah in the Hip Hop category.  Voting ends at 12am on January 14, 2014.
 

Rhymesayers' Psalm One Visits Cincinnati for a Free Show 

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

louis logic & Random AKA Mega Ran in Cincinnati! 

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.

 

Fake Four Artists Ceschi & louis logic in Cincy! 

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.


Serengeti & DJ Tony Trimm w/Abiyah - FREE Show 

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.
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