The Catalyst

Zion I: The Rapture live from Oaklandia, The Grouch & Eligh

Zion I: The Rapture live from Oaklandia

The Grouch & Eligh

DJ Fresh, Alexander Spit

Fri, April 5, 2013

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

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$19 in advance/ $24 at the door

Off Sale

This event is 16 and over

Zion I: The Rapture live from Oaklandia
Zion I: The Rapture live from Oaklandia
Zion I, Oakland's diverse underground kings, present a rare concert experience at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on Saturday October 4th, 2014. Zion I will be recording their upcoming album "The Rapture: Live from Oaklandia" with a full band at The Catalyst, featuring classics from their expansive catalog. The band, curated by piano prodigy Kev Choice, will re-envision and transform these standards into a unique and intimate space by incorporating elements of jazz and acoustic instrumentation. In addition, attendees will have their names recorded in the liner notes of the album as well as receiving the album digitally before it is available to the public, making this a truly collaborative experience for the artists and fans alike. For aficionados of Zion I and Hip Hop culture, this is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in and be a part of Bay Area musical history.
The Grouch & Eligh
The Grouch & Eligh
The Grouch always wanted to make beats since he first heard about this music called hip-hop. His dad played keys and he felt music was inside him as well, but he didn't plan on being an MC. Being from Oakland, he grew up on local heroes like Digital Underground, Too Short, Toni, Tony, Tone, and many others.

Around '91/'92 Del tha Funkee Homosapien and the Hieroglyphics crew were first starting to make noise in the bay and it was then that he felt he could really make something out of this music thing. He had a friend who rapped who convinced The Grouch to start writing/rapping in '94. He met the Mystik Journeymen soon after and they schooled him on the independent hustle. It was on.

The Grouch's first show as an MC was in 1995, it was at one the Journeymen's "Broke Ass Summer Jam" shows in East Oakland. At that time he performed under his real name and the crowd showed him much love, which he says is the main reason he stuck with making music. The Grouch's music influences include all the hip-hop greats from LL Cool J to the Beastie Boys along with the Bay Area classics and jazz, rock, and soul music. The Grouch has always taken the independent route and has done everything himself along the way, a fact he takes great pride in.

Living Legends member Eligh has combined emceeing and beatmaking for over 10 years, having released a large number of regular as well as instrumental albums. His latest release was Enigma in 2005 which contained an even mix of rhyming and instrumental tracks.
Alexander Spit
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/