The Coup's "Sorry To Bother You" Tour

The Blue Note Presents

The Coup's "Sorry To Bother You" Tour

Kev Choice, Alpaca, Kaper Lucero

Thu, November 29, 2012

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

$12 in Advance $14 Day of Show

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.

The Coup
The Coup
Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer, but later switched from a clipboard to the microphone, forming the Coup with rapper E-Roc. Pam the Funkstress, the first female DJ star in the famously competitive Bay Area turntablist scene, later signed on.

As a producer and lyricist, Boots Riley has crafted critically acclaimed albums for The Coup that have graced the year-end Top 10 lists of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and more. They have also received "Album of the Year" honors from The Washington Post, Time Out New York, while Billboard Magazine declared the group "the best hip-hop act of the past decade." Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer. From his history of student organizing in Oakland's public schools, serving on the central committee for the Progressive Labor Party, being the President of Youth InCar (Youth International Committee Against Racism), organizing to build California's Anti-Racist Farm Workers' Union, to developing "guerrilla hip hop concerts" (mobile concerts on flatbed trucks), Boots Riley has been an integral part of the progressive struggle for radical change through culture.

The Coup's 1991 self-distributed EP landed them a deal with Wild Pitch Records. Two singles, "Dig It" and "Not Yet Free", cracked BET and national black radio. Their debut, 1993's Kill My Landlord, went on to wide acclaim. The next year, Genocide and Juice shot up the charts, but stalled when EMI absorbed Wild Pitch. E-Roc then left the group.

1998's Steal This Album, released by indie label Dogday Records, was received as a masterpiece and sealed the Coup's rep. But the band's next record, Party Music, scheduled for release shortly after 9/11, became a cultural flashpoint amidst Cheney-Ashcroft hysteria. The album's original cover (completed three months prior to 9/11) depicted the crew setting off an explosion in the World Trade Center using a guitar tuner and drumsticks. The band's label, 75 Ark, pulled the cover immediately after the attacks.

"As far as the record industry was concerned, it was the end of my career," Boots says. Instead, Boots' defiant refusal to "ride the fence" and the album's undeniable funk made it an underdog favorite. The album hit #8 in the 2001 Pazz and Jop Poll, the most important year-end critic's list.

At the same time, Boots visited South Africa's World Conference Against Racism with the Black August hip-hop tour, where he distributed tens of thousands free cassettes of music in the Oakland community, what he calls "newspapers on tape". He also founded Shoyoass Words, Sounds, & Pictures, a record and media company specializing in music and art that he calls "relevant to social change."

In 2003, the Coup joined with Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, and Janeane Garofalo, on the barnstorming, Bush-slapping "Tell Us the Truth" tour. Working with those artists proved influential on Pick A Bigger Weapon. "This album took a bit longer, because all of these influences were getting a chance to settle," says Boots, also citing the Clash's "Bankrobber" as another substantial influence.

The record achieves a musical and thematic unity. "I like albums like Songs in the Key of Life, Death Certificate, Beatles albums," says Boots. "I like feeling like I'm getting a presentation, rather than a bunch of Polaroids of people in the studio on a certain day."

Boots just finished touring North America fronting Street Sweeper Social Club, a band where he Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) joined forces. This tour took them across North America playing arenas with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction. Their debut album, Street Sweeper Social Club debuted at #37 on Billboard and has been receiving continual spins on major market alternative rock and hip hop stations around the country, including Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The Coup is here. They say it's a democracy. You decide.
Kev Choice
Kev Choice
Pianist/M.C./Producer/Band-Director, Kev Choice is a multi-faceted artist poised to take the music world to dimensions it has never before seen. Never before has an artist grounded in the Hip-Hop tradition, had this type of musical prowess. Classically and jazz trained, school in the classic era of Hip-Hop, and influenced by genres from all over the globe, Kev Choice is a unique artist with the capabilities to blend musical elements in a convincing manner, like none other. With a resume that includes a Master’s Degree in Music, and having toured the world professionally as a keyboardist and M.C. with a diverse list of artist such as of Lauryn Hill, D.J. Quik, Too Short, Zion I, Goapele, LyricsBorn, Martin Luther, and Michael Franti and Spearhead, it is impossible to deny the extreme gift that Kev Choice brings to the stage. having formed his own band, Kev Choice Ensemble, in 2007, Kev Choice began to focus on giving the world his sound and his vision, and presenting a powerful stage show that most walk away saying is like “none other they have seen before”! An M.C. that can deliver conscious, witty, relevant lyrics, while playing keys with the skill of a seasoned pianist, is a site to behold and a breath of freshness to the industry. having produced his own music for over 10 years, Kev is ready to branch out and work with other artist, giving them his distinct, musical, still, that satisfies the body, soul, and mind. Get ready world, Kev Choice is here to take us to where we have never been before, and inspire us to push ourselves to our highest potential.
Sifting through the ashes of a post-apocalyptic city, searching the remains of clubs and theaters, one survivor, Alpaca, braves the new world optimistically, collecting the necessary pieces to begin a new civilization. Brushing broken glass from subwoofers & loading a stolen DeLorean, elements of a new bass utopia are assembled at the foot of Dolores Park. Having spent the previous decade as a pioneering land un-developer, replacing mega- housing with green space, the solitude of the newly abandoned planet was welcomed. But
a community had to be assembled to attempt any kind of party, or you know, to reproduce. Forging a crude wall of sound, Alpaca broadcasts a bass beacon developed in the early 2000's, specifically tuned to attract heads & repel mindless bros responsible for the planet's destruction. Patiently waiting for signs of life, he drops jams for the world to find.
Kaper Lucero
Kaper Lucero
Kaper Lucero's music is clever, party inspired, lyrically forward Hip Hop. As one half of the Rap duo, The Cold Cuts, Kaper has spent over half of his life creating music that drives his need to express his crazed antics while giving the masses the hilarious bars and punchlines that he has become known for over the years.

Growing up in Columbia, MO, Kaper quickly rose thru the ranks of his local scene early in his career. This eventually led to cutting several studio albums and mixtapes along with regional touring. All of this on an independent basis through a record label that he created with groupmate Teeper T: 9 to 5 Records.

Kaper's popularity as an artist led him and The Cold Cuts to an apparell deal with internationally renowned hat-maker Grassroots California. In 2013 The Cold Cuts x Grassroots California Snapback Hat became a reality along with an EP entitled Grass Cuts. This put Kaper in a unique group of artists to have a merch deal with GRC that includes Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Del the Funky Homosapien and Big Gigantic amongst others.

Currently, Kaper Lucero is working on new solo material in addition o re releases from The Cold Cuts and other collaborative projects. He is touring nationally and has performed along side such acts as Tech Killah Priest, The Coup, Nappy Roots Stevie Stone, ac Lethal and more. With an ever-growing fanbase and resume of industry accomplishments, Kaper is certain to continue blowing the minds of Hip Hop fans worldwide.
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845