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K Raydio/Significant Other

K Raydio/Significant Other


A self-proclaimed daughter of the Midwest, singer/songwriter K.Raydio grew up in a household full of musical influences. Born in Evanston, Illinois, she was pushed creatively by her singer/guitarist mother and her Memphis-bred father, the son of a blues musician.

Although outgoing and adventurous as a child (she’s a Leo after all), K.Raydio also suffered from a tragic flaw: stage fright. Privately acknowledging that music was her passion, she still refused to sing in front of people – including her family. Focusing her attention on sports and academics, she kept her musical dream quiet for many years.

A series of injuries in high school led K.Raydio back into a music-driven direction. Although still involved in athletics, she found true happiness in the arts. Encouraged by her music teacher to try out for the school musical as a freshman, K.Raydio continued to be involved throughout all four years, having the lead role as Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly” as a senior.

Leaving Minneapolis for college, K.Raydio attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Graduating with a B.A. in Communication Arts, she was involved with various school choirs but allowed her stage fright to negatively impact any other musical endeavors. Upon graduation, she made a promise to herself that she would no longer make any excuses. THIS is the result.

Releasing her debut “The Significant (Other) EP” at the end of August, K.Raydio is hungry. No longer waiting for opportunities to open up, she is taking matters into her own hands and making music that truly makes her happy. Her only hope is that by pursuing her dream, she will motivate others to do the same.

Who is K.Raydio? You’re about to find out.

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Lauryn Hill Announces Tour

Lauryn Hill isn’t letting the not-so-flattering reviews of her recent shows stop her from giving it another go. After taking about a month off from her last stint on the road–one plagued with reports of her extreme tardiness (which she kind of apologized for) and sets featuring off-putting renditions of fan favorites, Hill’s has announced 12 dates for her Moving Target tour at intimate locations throughout the South and on the West coast.

In fairness to the former Fugees singer, there were a few positive reviews of her concerts. The Village Voice made a point to mention that once you get over the fact that she’s not going to perform her hits as you remember them, and that your evening might extend into the wee hours of the next morning, Lauryn’s pretty awesome.

4/9                   Portland, OR                         Arlene Schnitzer Hall

4/12                 San Francisco, CA                The Warfield

4/15                 Indio, CA                                Coachella Music and Arts Festival

4/18                 Los Angeles, CA                    Club Noki

4/20                 Los Angeles, Ca                    El Rey Theater

4/23                 Denver, CO                            The Fillmore

4/27                  Dallas, Tx                              House of Blues

4/29                 San Antonio, Tx                    Josabi’s

5/1                   Austin,Tx                                 Stubbs

5/4                  Houston,Tx                              House of Blues

5/7                   New Orleans, LA                   Jazz and Heritage Festival

5/10                 San Diego, Ca                         Humphreys



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DJ 2-Tone Jones /DC


A true fundamentals DJ, 2-Tone Jones speaks with his hands as in the tradition of Hip-Hop’s founding element. Through his bottomless crates of records he has rocked parties from LA to NY, on down to the ATL and even out in Europe. On the performance side 2-Tone has shared the stage, and spun alongside, the likes of Brand Nubian, Raheem DeVaughn, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Algebra Blessett, Grap Luva, Camp Lo, Tracey Lee and Phil Ade. From 2005-07 he was the DJ-in-residence for Shaman Work Recordings, an independent Hip-Hop music label whose roster included CL Smooth, MF Doom, John Robinson and Wale Oyejide. Currently, on Monday nights from 10-11pm 2-Tone serves as a co-resident DJ and host for a progressive hip-hop radio show called Ill Street Grooves, part of the Decipher hip-hop strip on DC’s own WPFW 89.3 FM/Pacifica Radio. He is also a resident DJ at the famed W Hotel located directly across the street from the White House. Along with a handful of D.C.’s most talented visual artists, Mr. Jones is a member of a cutting-edge art troupe/marketing group known as AM Radio: Artwork Mbilashaka. 2-Tone also performs as a member of one of the most imitated (but of course never duplicated), up-and-coming bands on the east coast known as Sound of the City (SOTC). Members of the band have toured and recorded with artists such as Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Frank McComb and Ski Johnson.  Most recently he, along with long-time friend and collaborator Gerald Watson, created a special project called Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber; a musical marriage between an assortment of classic jazz selections and various tracks from the catalog of the Wu-Tang Clan.  So be on the listen-out for 2-Tone Jones thru a speaker near you.

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DJ Needles/St Louis

Born on December 16, 1976 in St. Louis, MO and raised in East St. Louis IL, James Gates aka DJ Needles actually stumbled into deejaying in 1994 by doing house parties with tapes and cds. Needles’ brother asked if he’d do the party for his friend knowing he had tons of tapes full of the best Hip Hop and R&B music from recording off the radio. From there he went on to do more house parties, small high school functions and youth events and began to build a name around his hometown of East St. Louis and surrounding areas. In 1997, Needles got a job at Vintage Vinyl (St. Louis Landmark Record Store) and was surrounded by so many dope, rare and “gotta-have” records, he became a collector and began learning to mix. Shortly thereafter in 1998, Needles released his first mixtape entitled “98 Fresh Mix Tape” featuring music from Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Star. The next year, radio personality Deja Vu recruited Needles to commercial radio, offering him a specialty mixshow as a platform to expose underground and classic Hip Hop music. During the past decade, Needles has been exposed to many different genres in his hometown of St Louis and while in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. Needles’ appreciation for good, significant music runs deep and he expresses that wherever he deejays.
Needles often refers to his style as polyrhythmic; many different styles as one fresh sound. When Needles performs you are likely to hear Rare Groove, Deep Funk, Afro Beat, True School Hip Hop and R&B, Raw Soul, Dusty Jazz, Breakbeat and Nu Soul.

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