Andy Rok & The Real Deal

Andy Rok & The Real Deal is a Five piece Rok infused R&B Soul band, and Guerrero first fully authentic original solo project. After years of Cutting his teeth both locally and Internationally in bands he founded like the socio-political hip hop troupe Flobots and horn driven Funk outfit Bop skizzum, Rok is going back to basics with bass drums, keys, and guitars layered with soulful melodies and harmonies. The band is comprised of real players, all of which could front bands of their own.  It’s Rok’s very own soulful super group, tackling some ARok’s Most personal songs to date. You can guarantee a sweat filled stage that's full of energy and a variety of musical styles. The Real Deal is the next chapter in a series of successful projects by the guitarist and vocalist, and now that all eyes are on the Mexican funk rocker, he aims to please. After recording and performing original music for almost 15 years, Andy Rok is ready to be as “REAL” as possible in his new project.

MC LARS

Northern California rapper, MC Lars, is set to release his 4th full-length studio album, the Zombie Dinosaur LP, at the end of this coming summer. He has returned home to the Bay Area after living in Los Angeles these past three years, and is self-producing his new album with help from friends in Berkeley and San Francisco.

The Zombie Dinosaur LP revisits the satirical, funny, uptempo style of Lars’ 2004 debut album, the Laptop EP. It features guest appearances by Watsky, Kool Keith, and Less than Jake’s Roger Lima. Zombie Dinosaur tackles such topics as postfeminism, in a nod to Game of Thrones (“Dragon Blood”); disappointing reunion bands with very few of their original members (“Sublime with Rome is Not the Same thing as Sublime”); hipster parenting (“Hipster Mom”); and the current state of EDM (“Signing Dubstep”).

The project was funded entirely by Lars’s third highly successful Kickstarter campaign, through which he raised over $42k to create and release Zombie Dinosaur under his own label, Horris Records.

In the ten years that have followed his debut release, the Laptop EP, Lars has independently produced and released three other solo full-length albums, four EPs, and a number of mixtapes.

He has collaborated with KRS-One, mentored and helped develop the career of fellow Stanford alum K.Flay (with whom he collaborated on the 2009 Single and Famous EP), opened for Nas and Snoop Dogg, and played multiple summers on the Vans Warped Tour. He has also headlined club shows across the US and in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Lars has spoken and presented at two different TEDx conferences, performed at Carnegie Hall with a live string section
(at
Scholastic’s 2012 Art and Writing Awards where he debuted the video for his song, “Flow Like Poe,” which is the lead single on his 2012 Edgar Allan Poe EP). 

 

Mega Ran 

"One of the most prolific and innovative rappers of the 21st Century," - Phoenix New Times.

"Random's proven he can excel in storytelling, punchlines, poignancy, freestyling and, well, pretty much any other way you can measure an MC." – LA Weekly

Random, aka Mega Ran, or Random Beats. Teacher, Rapper, Hero.

If you put video games, the 80′s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit "puree," you'd have something close to The Mega Ran Experience.

The Penn State graduate and self-proclaimed "TeacherRapperHero" made waves by going way left of his backpack roots by combining 8-bit video game sounds and hard hitting hip-hop tracks, and has become a trailblazer in the budding genres of chiptune and nerdcore hip-hop, while maintaining a career as a middle school teacher. 

in 2007, Random began the transformation into Mega Ran, his alter-ego, an ode to the classic video game character Mega Man. After creating a tribute album and receiving an unprecedented level of support and blessing from Capcom to continue, Ran was reborn and became a trailblazer in the budding "nerdcore" and chiptune subgenres, while coining his own term to describe what he had done, "Chip-Hop."

Today, Ran is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme. You're just as likely to hear Ran's raps at a packed anime or convention as in a nightclub, at a festival, in a classroom, or even at an exclusive video game industry event.

Now that's Random.

 

ROCKET SURGEONS

Rocket Surgeons is the brainchild of five Denverites intent on blending modern rock and smart rap. The band’s signature sound is articulate vocals over soulful guitar parts and driving rhythms.

Although not astronauts, the members of Rocket Surgeons describe their music as "astromantic". The band blends pop, hip hop and soul for a vibe that's sure to open your heart to the galaxy.

When not traveling through space-time, Rocket Surgeons has played shows with Smash Mouth, The Flobots and even Vanilla Ice. The band has also stacked up numerous local accolades (including 3 songs on regular rotation on 93.3 KTCL) and raised over $5,000 for local charities.

The band is also committed to doing great things for the Denver community. Rocket Surgeons has organized and played fundraising concerts for organizations like Children’s Hospital, the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, Claire Davis (Arapahoe High School shooting victim), and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.

 DJ Hollow

Hollow (previously known as boyhollow) is an old goth that plays music for hipsters, indie-rockers, bass-heads, gays, party kids, gender-crushers, meat-heads, woo girls and even the occasional hippie. He doesn’t believe in writing bios containing a bunch of cliches about what an awesome DJ he is. He’d rather be making you dance. He is co-founder of Lipgloss (est. 2001), Denver’s longest running and most awarded club-night. Lipgloss was instrumental in - if not arguably responsible for - creating Denver’s indie dance scene. DJ Hollow has opened & played with numerous legendary music acts, among them: New Order, LCD SoundSystem, Blondie, DEVO, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix and many, many more. He can be found working the dance floor every Friday night for Lipgloss, currently held at Beauty Bar.

 

DJ ALF (Host)

Alf collected all of the red, yellow, and green Star Wars collector's cards in the 1970s, as well has having good number of the blues and oranges.  They currently reside in a box in his office. In 1984, he placed fourth in Colorado in the inaugural MathCounts competition, earning himself a trip to Washington to compete in the nationals.  He then helped Colorado place third in the nation in the nationals, mainly by not screwing anything up too badly.  The trophies MAY still be in his parents' basement - he'll have to check. In the late 80s, he owned his own set of D&D dice.  The d4 was yellow, the d6 orange, the d8 clear green, the d12 was light blue, and the d20 was brown.  He still thinks these are the "correct" colors for those dice.In 1992, he graduated from Pomona College with a degree in statistical inference.  He has yet to take a job where this has come in handy, but he's still used by friends and family to figure out who owes what on restaurant bills, and how much the tip should be.In the mid-90s, unable to find a T-shirt with the coolest ninja turtle on it (Donatello), he painted one himself.Alf has now had several decades to come to grips with, embrace, and learn to love his inner and outer geek.  He now plays music by local artists on Locals Only on Channel 93.3.