Friday Night: ArtOfficial - Real Great Muisc , Jams, Brilliant Hip Hop, Brillant Rhyming and Brilliant Music. Friday Night.
We're so proud to host one of America's most special bands Friday night - Miami's own - ArtOfficial.
Miami-based ArtOfficial consists of Danny Perez on keys, Manny Patino on drums, Ralf Valencia on bass, and Keith Cooper on the saxophone, with vocals provided by emcees Newsense and Logics.
The setup alone beckons the question, “What does a live band with two emcees sound like?” Well, imagine Soulive with a harder edge or The Roots, but jazzier, with more depth, and wildly spontaneous. Envision blending your favorite groups from... hip hop’s “golden era,” replacing their sampled beats with jazz musicians and injecting a good dose of future funk into the whole equation. This synergy of sound doesn’t have to be imagined. It’s real — a living, breathing entity that hails from Miami, but thinks globally. Its name is ArtOfficial and its here to make you admire the past and embrace the future.
Assembled from the remnants of two bands, one jazz and one hip hop, ArtOfficial has taken the music scene by storm, implementing its previous musical experiences to quickly achieve what Miami.com says is “the fast track to stardom.” Part of that experience is seen in the band’s stage shows. ArtOfficial’s live performances have earned them a reputation as a “superhero team of sorts, comprised of some badass musicians as well as MCs” according to 944 Magazine.
ArtOfficial has shared the stage with a variety of artists ranging from KRS-One, The Sugarhill Gang, Pharaoh Monch, and Buckshot to Andy Smith of Portishead and N.E.R.D. ArtOfficial were also part of 2007’s Rock the Bells festival headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. In 2008, ArtOfficial beat out more than 1,000 bands to earn the second runner-up position in Lollapalooza’s “Last Band Standing” and in 2009, won the Florida Grammy Showcase becoming the first Hip-Hop act to ever do so.