Waking Windows presents
XL Middleton w/ Moniquea, Es-K & Disco Phantom at the Monkey House
Friday - August 2nd
Doors 8:45pm / Show 9:15pm
$8 Adv/ $10 Dos / 18+ - BUY TICKETS
XL Middleton - http://www.xlmiddleton.com/
Modern funk/G-funk artist/producer from Pasadena, CA. Keepin' it funkin' is a must!
Moniquea - Funk/Boogie/New Wave
Moniquea was born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Pasadena, California. She vividly recalls watching her mother rehearse as a lead singer alongside other relatives and friends in the Pasadena-branded group The Roses. As a youth, she was exposed to countless volumes of 70’s soul and the electrified sounds of 80’s R&B, which shaped her sound immeasurably. Today, she counts a wide range of artists as influences, from Deniece Williams and Etta James to Stevie Nicks. Her voice carries two distinct characteristics that play into each other perfectly – A “so-retro-it’s-actually-new” twang that harks back to Evelyn “Champagne” King; the second, a jazzy vibrato that easily evokes the tender, smoky voice of Erykah Badu or even Billie Holiday. Moniquea is vocally equipped to sing contemporary R&B/soul, go the Amy Winehouse route, or bring back the synthy, dance-friendly sound of 80’s boogie funk – her current musical direction.
Es-K - www.BeatsByEsK.com
Quantity is not synonymous with quality. Vermont-based producer Es-K is one of the rare artists capable of creating an abundance of progressive, captivating music. Between 2012 and 2014, he released 24 volumes of his Spontaneous Grooves series via celebrated instrumental label Cold Busted. Totaling over 300 beats, Spontaneous Grooves was a testament to his work ethic as much as it was the strength of his Madlib-like range. Building Bridges, one of his many collaborative projects with Smif-N-Wessun’s General Steele, is jazzy but hard hitting, the insightful rhymes complemented by Es-K’s skull-cracking drums and brilliantly arranged samples. His 2018 solo album Koan displays another of his many sides. Heralded as one of the “Best Beat Tapes on Bandcamp,” Koan is a meditative record of alternately lush and expansive suites, each offering the listener a chance to escape or reflect. With over half a million monthly Spotify listeners, Es-K continues to work tirelessly to create new beats that both meet his high standards and expand the scope of instrumental hip-hop.
Disco Phantom - Future classic, deep cuts and greatest hits.
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