The Catalyst

Opio, Free The Robots

Live in The Atrium

Opio

Free The Robots

Sun, July 20, 2014

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$10.00

Off Sale

This event is 16 and over

Opio
Opio
As a member of both Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Opio pulls double duty as both producer and MC . A self-proclaimed Child of the 70's and raised in a musical household, Opio knew early on that Hip-Hop was his love. My father was a musician I was always exposed to all different music, Classical, a lot of Jazz Reggae, Rock? Hip-Hop was just the combination of all that to me. Throughout the early eighties, he breakdanced, deejayed and emceed, fully immersed in the culture that he still loves. As a teen, Opio hooked up with local rappers Tajai and A Plus, whom he met through Casual, another MC who was Opio's classmate and neighbor. The three instantly clicked and began recording together, soon adding fourth MC Phesto Dee to form the group Souls of Mischief. Together with Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino and Pep Love, the crew Hieroglyphics was born. The rest is history Looking back, Opio has achieved a rather impressive following along with Souls as he continues down the path of excellence. Their first LP, 93 'Til Infinity (Jive, 1993) which debuted at 14 on Billboard's R&B charts and placed at 109 in the top 200, garnered both commercial and critical success, and is widely recognized as a Hip Hop classic. Their second album, No Man's Land (Jive, 1995) came in at 27 on the R&B charts. Along with these major label releases, Souls of Mischief have continued their growth, but within their own company, Hiero Imperium, the independent label Opio and his Hieroglyphics brethren formed in 1997. Opio's lyrics and production can currently be heard on the Hieroglyphics releases, Third Eye Vision (Hiero Imperium, 1998), One Big Trip (Hiero Imperium, 2002) and Full Circle (Hiero Imperium, 2003), along with the Souls of Mischief album, Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution (Hiero Imperium, 2000).
Free The Robots
Free The Robots
Chris Alfaro is Free the Robots. The genre-defying artist pulls together heavy doses of traditional jazz, psych, electronic and hip-hop, with progressive melodies and devastating drums into a rich pot of sound. His techniques create harmony between genres with the blending of obscure samples with analog and digital compositions.
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*Based out of Santa Ana, CA, Free The Robots started as a side project by Alfaro in 2003 while also playing with different bands, producing MCs and DJing. Having worked with so many different styles of music, Free the Robots brought everything together under one roof, allowing further exploration. With the use of samples, Controllers, and other live instruments, Alfaro creates a balance between the sounds of the past, present and future.
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*Free the Robots has reached a worldwide audience since its humble beginnings and found its place among the top artists in this genre. With the constant development of Alfaro's sound and live show, Free the Robots Has shared the stage with the likes of Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, the Glitch Mob, Afrika Bambaataa and more.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/