Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Friends Biography
Over the past three decades, San Diego's funk and jazz saxophonist Karl Denson has maneuvered between playing as part of a band, with artists like Lenny Kravitz and Fred Wesley in the 1980s, and working on his own solo projects. In the 1990s, Denson became a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars before focusing on his career as a solo artist. Denson's latest project, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, consists of a unique fusion of rock, funk and afrobeat. Recently, the eclectic group has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists from all genres, including Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers, and Maroon 5.
Ivan Neville Biography
Ivan Neville is the son of Aaron Neville, a founding member of the Neville Brothers. Heavily influenced by his family ties to the R&B New Orleans band, Ivan implores his skills as a multi-instrumentalist for his solo work, combining elements of rock 'n roll with the R&B sounds he grew up listening to.
Chali 2NA Biography
Chali 2na MC. Musician. Actor. Painter. Renaissance Man. Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago’s south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles’ burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist. To be sure, with his unmistakable, beloved baritone, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general.
Only a select few can say they’ve rocked microphones in front of thousands at a sold-out arena in Tokyo with Jurassic 5, spit rhymes at Lollapalooza, painted professional caliber oil color paintings in their California home and lent their distinctive bass-heavy voice, to such mega-brands as Coca Cola and Sega Dreamcast. Now, buoyed by the wide spectrum of socio-cultural and geographical influences that have shaped him—hip-hop’s Renaissance man released his first solo album Fish Outta Water on Decon Records in the spring of 2009. Indeed, this deeply personal body of work reveals a side of the long time Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli front man that his fans have never seen, a story from start to finish of his life, loves, triumphs and let downs, weaving in a powerful selection of beats from the likes of Scott Storch and Jake 1 and memorable appearances from Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen Marley, Anthony Hamilton, Beanie Man and others.