• All Ages Welcome
• Vinyl is a general admission, standing room venue
• Tickets available online via Ticketalternative.com or without ticket fees in person at the Center Stage Box Office, M-F, 11-6. Online sales end at 4pm on day of show
Growing up around music from his Father & two older brothers, it was inevitable that Futuristic would be a natural. He wrote his first raps at the age of six and hasn't looked back since. Born in Illinois but moved to Arizona in high school & currently residing in North Hollywood. Futuristic's flow seems to be just as hot as his surroundings.
His album "The Rise" released on May 12th 2015 debuted at #2 on itunes and #9 on Hip-Hop Billboard charts. He has been touring virtually non-stop over the last 3 years headlining his own tours and supporting acts with a wide variety of fanbases. His fast witty lyrics mixed with substance and relatable subject matter has gained him his own cult following called WTFGang which stands for "We're The Future". As an independent artist Futuristic takes pride in his creativity and versatility using his words to inspire his fans and let them know that anything is truly possible but also gives them music to BANG with the top down in the summer and get them in the feels when they need something to vibe too. Moving forward he expects to be exactly what he named his lead single from his album.... "The Greatest".
In the Fall of 2015 Futuristic was featured on A Great Big World single "Hold Each Other" which led him to National television performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, VH1 Streamy Awards, Performing for the Vice President Joe Biden & CEO of Apple Time Cook, for the HRC National Dinner in Washington D.C.
Shortly after that he released a joint album with artist/friend Devvon Terrell which sold over 30,000 copies and premiered in all categories of billboard for the first two weeks & also hit #2 on itunes, boosting an already prosperous career of his own.
In 2016 Futuristic hit the internet heavy with all sorts of viral content, a new project titled "As Seen on the Internet" & headlined his first ever solo World tour selling out shows from Seattle to Australia! This year expect more milestones, another full length studio album & crazy performances in a city near you.
Midwest rapper IshDARR got his start while still a high-school student in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The artist born Ishmael Ali grew up listening to his father's jazz and rap, which included Lil Wayne, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the Pharcyde. During his freshman year at Messmer High School, he hooked up with his big brother's crew, rapping at house parties and talent shows. However, when his group mates graduated, he was left alone. He almost gave up -- a promising football career was also an option -- but was encouraged by his music teacher, whom students affectionately dubbed G Flat. With a sharp attention to catchy hooks like Lupe Fiasco and a lyrical dexterity like Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad, IshDARR uploaded his early songs online, building a following while still studying and doing his homework. In 2014, he issued the Better Life EP, which included the single "POPS" featuring Rina. He caught the attention of Atlantic Records and entered the studio to work with producers Arthur McArthur (Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Lil Wayne) and J. Gramm (Kid Cudi, Travis Scott). His debut, Old Soul Young Spirit, arrived in 2015, featuring the Gramm-produced track "Too Bad." A year later, IshDARR released his sophomore full-length, Broken Hearts & Bankrolls.
ScribeCash, the multitalented, California-bread female emcee, premiered her video “Never Breaking Up” feat. TreVante on BET’s 106 & Park. Soon after, she then aired the video for her single “Get on My Level” feat. Eric Bellinger. Igniting the fire that is her rough edge with refreshing beauty, she lays bars similar to the likes of her predecessors with a unique flare of west coast flavor.
After opening up for Kid Ink, following up as an opening act for Eric Bellinger’s national tour, and opening for Mindless Behavior, she kept that momentum going by then headlining her very own show on at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go—then, co-headlining a national tour Summer 2016. Now, she’s slated to headline her own 14-city national tour starting March 20th. This young performer is just beginning her trip to the top.
Her “Insomnia” mixtape garnered more than 100,000 downloads, a Twitter following of 20,000 and a fan base that continues to grow by each Vevo click.“Dauntless” dropped in May and made its way to BET Jams and Revolt TV followed by “The Departure” EP. Her Debut album “99+1” drops this March before her tour begins. Keep waiting at the edge of your seat to see what she does next.
For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia’s Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume’s premiere acts, Jarren admits, “I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode.” That’s rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single “Skitzo.” He continues, “I want to take it a lil’ further. I just haven’t had the balls to go all the way there yet, ‘cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too.”
However, courage is not something Benton’s music or live show is lacking. Studied in the anything-goes showmanship of Prince, Marilyn Manson and Method Man, Jarren shares, “The essence of giving of a good show is not givin’ a fuck,” he says, while pointing to stage-diving, beer-chugging and more depending on the night’s particular vibe. This type of authenticity, balanced with intricate, golden ear-informed lyricism has attracted attention from Erick Sermon (EPMD, Redman) to No I.D. (Common, Kanye West) in courting Jarren to potential major label deals. However for the father and family provider, only indie juggernaut Funk Volume really voiced his biggest concerns. “All I was asking for was progress. I just wanted to know that what I was doing was the right move – especially chasing a dream with a family.” Funk Volume offered what Def Jam and the others weren’t – and in recent years, Jarren has been able to support his family and his dreams simultaneously.
In addition to Funk Volume, which Jarren refers to as “family,” the rapper maintains strong ties in the Atlanta community, such as Rittz, Playboy Tre, Spitzwell and his SMKA affiliates. “It’s the best of both worlds,” says Jarren, of playing a significant role in a respected collective of talent, as well as being an artist in one of the most powerful new labels in Hip Hop. “We all still came from that era about lyricism, even if you were making Southern music.”
After two successful digital releases and a video fast-approaching one million YouTube plays, Jarren is hard at work on what will inevitably be his biggest album to date. Following the star-filled supporting cast of Freebasing With Kevin Bacon and Huffin’ Glue With Hasselhoff, the comedic emcee promises to break from the series with a purpose in mind. “This one has a different vibe. It’s a lot more personal stuff so people can learn who Jarren is,” he says, also suggesting more refined production that translates more to his ambitions of being a household name. In the same vein, that courage Jarren felt was missing is brewing on his upcoming work. The vet points to “Heart Attack” and “Smells Like Murder” with R.A. The Rugged Man as some of the most conceptual, dazzling work he’s recorded to date.
“From my ranges of influence, I think a lot fans appreciate my personalities, but they don’t really get into the music… yet,” admits Benton of his available catalog. The stakes are high and the time is right for the man who has pursued a dream for a decade. “I love this. I’m not driven by money, but I’m conscious of making music that can be universally appreciated.” It is coming to life for an artist closely connected with the tenants of Hip Hop: style, skill and absolutely not givin’ a fuck.