The 2012 Big Rick Benefit Concert
Steddy P, Prophet, Lunar Mansion, Omega, Blake Gardner, Royce Diamond
Sat, August 4, 2012
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmThe Blue Note (MO)
$5 in Advance $7 Day of Show
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is all ages
Syndicate Artist Management and The Blue Note are proud to announce The 2012 Big Rick Benefit Concert benefiting The Rickey Bifford Memorial Fund taking place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO (17 N. 9th Street). The benefit is hosted by local music producer Tim "Heez On Fire" Hanson and will feature several of the Midwest's most talented musicians.
All show proceeds will benefit The Rickey Bifford Memorial Fund towards purchase of a headstone for the grave of Rickey Bifford at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, MO. Rickey was a gifted musician and performer who's life was taken short in a tragic murder in Tampa, Florida on August 15, 2009. His body was returned to his native town of Columbia, Missouri but funds were never made available to purchase an actual headstone for the grave. Currently, a plastic placard is the only bearing of his name at the grave site. http://www.thebluenote.com/event/141162/
A native to Kansas City, MO, Steddy has an enormous passion for the music he creates. His experiences in this harsh music climate date back to 2004 during his stint in college, assembling Steddy English mixtapes with resources from Streetside Records and Kinkos. Hailing from Kansas City, Steddy was forced to research the art form that caught his attention so much.
With no major labels or legitimate endorsers, Steddy P along with Andy Price and Eddy English started IndyGround Entertainment, a label striving to create an aesthetic separate from popular culture, focusing regionally on the Middle of Map, USA. At first, the label placed emphasis on the Interstate 70 highway stretch from Lawrence to St. Louis and everything in-between; but now thanks to a grassroots approach and five years of hard work, IndyGround continues to expand nationally. Along with business partner Adam Hoffsette (Magic8 Designs), Steddy runs the IndyGround Headquarters out of downtown Kansas City, MO.
Sharing stages with some of the best live hip hop acts in the business has definitely made critics pay attention to Steddy P. Frequently performing as opening support for these acts in the Midwest region, he leaves the usual conventions of stereotypical rappers by the wayside, earning stripes month by month for over the last two years along side DJ Mahf relentlessly touring the Midwest region.
Steddy P has recently opened for Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Murs, P.O.S, Cool Kids, Flobots, Blueprint, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Blackalicious, Qwel of Typical Cats, and the list goes on...
Lunar Mansion's debut album Nuclear Family is a blast of catchy hooks, pounding rhythms, and jagged guitar riffs. While the raw energy and excitement will no doubt catch your ear, the dynamics and atmosphere of this album are the reason you'll keep listening long after you've memorized every last word.
After participating in the Back40 project That One CD and working with producers such as Atlanta's Nitti Beatz, Aaron Naeger of Dexter Beats, Joel and Benji Madden, and Jason "Jay E" Epperson of Dead Executives just to name a few, Omega's long anticipated Furious Styles mixtape was released for free to the public on January 3, 2012.
Collaborating with artists over the years such as Strange Music's Stevie Stone, John Cena of WWE fame and Teeper T from The Cold Cuts, he has crafted amazing tracks time and time again. His ability to write amazing rhymes with an R&B presence has made him popular amongst all ages of music lovers. With a portfolio as charismatic as his, Omega has and will continue to set the standard for excellence in the world of Hip Hop.
Needless to say, Blake Gardner is not looking to be put into a category. The 21 year old Quincy, Illinois native who grew up sifting through his parents Oldies vinyls has always been drawn to the "untypical." His journey as a musician began with piano and trumpet lessons at age 9. He bought his first guitar, a used Peavey Predator later that year simply because he liked it's blue finish. The French horn came in junior high and evolution continued through adolescence as he began playing bass guitar in his high school band.
From these humble but hard-working beginnings, Blake began song-writing and singing. Playing with various groups of friends who recognized his amazing natural talents, he took a lead role in forming and organizing various bands throughout his senior high days. Being a part of developing new sounds has always been a part of his repertoire. The drive to produce music that sounds different from others continues to be the catalyst in his current work.
Inspired by everything from 311 to Phish and Dave Mathews right on down to Snoop Dogg and The Beastie Boys, it's easy to see how an artist with such a complicated palate could deliver such a unique sound to the world of popular music. Inspired by sheer possibility, Blake decided that music was his true calling and has not looked back ever since. His unique collaboration of styles continues to captivate listeners as he forges forward with a career that is sure to continue to span years and years to come.
Blake Gardner is traveling and booking nationally on a regular basis. He has shared the stage with acts such as Junior Varsity, The Graduate, The Forecast, Steddy P, Brett Gretzky and Dallas, amongst others.
But even with all that under his belt, every savvy businessman and dedicated artist knows, there is no rest for the weary, as 2010 looks to be shaping up to be an even busier year, with a schedule that will include a regional tour, a third album release, a calendar full of performances, and a few surprises kept up his sleeve. Whether you've been tuned in from day one or are just now being caught up to speed, keep your running shoes on, because you have now entered the world of Royce Diamond and he stops at nothing on his way to the top.
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845