Fri, June 2 - 7pm doors / 8pm show

  • All Ages
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BEHIND THE LIGHTS TOUR  
 
An army of young talented rappers, singers and rockers - all children of color converge to give their musical truth at the historic 100-year-old Columbia City Theater.  This all age show includes Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, R’n’B and Alt Rock delivered with undeniable honesty.  This show goes beyond “Make Some Noise” and goes deep.  Every single one of these artists has something mindful to express.
All ages, standing room only with a powerful line up including El, Haben, Too Smoove, Nyles Davis, OABN, Michaelson, Aaron J, Poetic Justice, Misundvrstood, Shy Kill-Em, Lante, DGG & Cameron Miles Lavi-Jones & Gypsy Temple.
 
Doors   7pm
Show   8pm
All Ages
Must Be 21+ and show ID to drink Alcohol
Main Stage Columbia City Theater

El

A singer born and raised in Seattle, just deciding to pursue his musical career shortly after high school where he won many talents shows and performed in large school events. Over the last year, he has built a collective of songs that can be found on Soundcloud, featuring a variety of different artists’ songs with stats of over 10,000 plays. His main goal as an artist is to be heard and create music that people can feel as well as enjoy.

Haben

Haben Abraham is an 18-year-old Eritrean-American singer who has, over the years, presented and perfected her stunning ability to sing, song-write, produce, and perform.

At 9 years old, she began to upload her first covers onto her YouTube Channel. Her name began to spread quickly, resulting in an invitation to perform on The Maury Show as one of only six of America's Most Talented Kids.

By the age of only 11, Haben was writing songs, recording in studios, and beginning to produce her own music. A 12 years old, a song titled 'Diary' (written and co-produced by Haben) leaked to 'Hot 105.7', a major radio station in Montgomery, Alabama. 'Diary' reigned at #1 for 4 weeks, listed over songs by Usher, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber. That same year, Haben and her two sisters auditioned for America's Got Talent as The EriAm Sisters, an experience that gave the trio national and international exposure. With this new wave of attention, The EriAm sisters began touring and booking at least 60 shows a year.

Haben has toured and performed in almost every state in the country including: Washington D.C, New York, Alabama, California, Chicago, and many more. She has also performed internationally in many countries in Europe (Sweden, Germany, Italy) and in Africa. From all of her performances and her travels, she has gained countless loyal fans that watch every video and like every photo almost as quickly as she puts it out. With the love and support of her fans, friends, and family, Haben continues to work intensely on her vocal abilities and broadening her skill-set in her home studio. 

Too Smoove

Dre'Zy and Too Smoove a Seattle based group of gifted individuals describe themselves as " a band that likes surprises" and they deliver on that promise with soulful Hip Hop that demands you dance to its smooth sounds. Chock-full with catchy beats alongside their laid-back attitude, their musical inventiveness is best approached as an instrumental head-trip. Citing influences from A Tribe Called Quest to Snarky Puppy, expect something new and exciting from them at each performance

Nyles Davis

Born in Boston - raised in Seattle. Lived all over (including Philly, Houston, Virginia, Toronto, Etc) & his music is a reflection of his. perspective. he stands for challenging the norm and thinking outside the box.

OABN

One Above Below None, winners of sound off 2015. Performed at Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party and other venues around the city. Hard bass and great lyrics. They are a hip hop duo.

Michaelson

One of the Puget Sound's brightest young artist; Michaelson is a 19-year-old hip-hop artist, from Renton, WA. An alum of the "Hip-hop artist Residency"; an artist development program constructed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, in partnership with ArtsCorps, and The Museum of Pop Culture. Experimenting with music for nearly a decade, and performing live for a year a half; Michaelson already exhibits talents and comfortability well passed his years. With his remix to Ruth B's "Lost Boy", surpassing 166,000 views, Michaelson’s credibility is only continuing to rise. With his projects under way at the legendary Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, Wa; it's only a matter of time before we see the true potential of Michaelson’s capabilities

Aaron J

At the young age of 19, the Tacoma- Native squeezes in weekly sessions at the Seattle - based MYL studio, where he effortlessly cooks sensational hit after hit. Making beats since the age of 13, producing and music-making comes as natural talent to the young performer. "Potential" is out the window and as he continues his natural progression, persisting to excel in his art. Aaron can only expect to see true accolades ahead of him

Poetic Justice

Dominic was first introduced to poetry inside USP Polloc where he swore he didn't have the skills to do it, but tried until he was ready to give up. Faced with failure, good friends encouraged him to write about what’s real. Once he let go of what was holding him back mentally, Poetic Justice was formed. As a poet, he has won quite a few poetry slams in the Seattle area & in Louisiana. Poetic Justice's dream is to mentor the youth through his experience and give them another outlet to unleash whatever it is they have inside. Through his words is his story.

Misundvrstood

A new rising artist from seattle, with the talent of an experienced artist with great lyricism and catchy hooks she is sure to grab your ear. She has released many viral videos and freestyles, with a booming single called "FLEX" she is definitely making her name and voice in the city.

Shy-Kill Em

Born and raised in Seattle, Shy is an upcoming artist in seattle writing songs that are formed from his past and present he is making a solid foundation for his future. with his amazing schemes and over your head metaphors he tells you about the struggles him and his family have overcome, as a co affiliate of XRMG and Town Ent he is working to make it out through his music.

Lante

Born in Detroit and raised in Washington, this 23-year-old artist is painting pictures of real world problems through his music, for quite a while he has been sitting low and working on an album that is on the away, be aware of the calm before the storm.

DGG

A dynamic act based out of the city of Seattle. Rooted in the east side of Tacoma. "do it right Dev" serves as the premier piece of substance for his summer campaign. Most versatile and experienced MC from the south sound in recent memory. 

Cameron Miles Lavi-Jones & Gypsy Temple

18-year-old lightening in the bottle with a full band takes alt rock, jazz and hip hop to the upper stratosphere complete with a full horn section, cello and screaming rock guitar keeping the underground faithful always.  Gypsy Temple is in the studio now completing their debut release with multi award winning producer Justin Armstrong having just come off their successful series of Seattle dates including Neumos, Upstream and Columbia City Theater.