Rick & Ray is proud to announce a new series of events called Eyes Up, designed to expose both up and coming and established talent in the Los Angeles area. The first event happens this Thursday, May 24, at Nola’s in the LA Arts District.
“We wanted to add to what LA has to offer by giving another option to those who want to go out and catch a show. I’ve always been someone who loves going to shows. I go by an idea that when it comes to the music I listen to, those artists need to kill the stage”, said Glen Techico of Rick & Ray.
-Thursday, May 24
-Nola’s 734 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles
-Doors open at 10p
-$5 before 11p, $10 after 11p
The Rhythm Natives are helping us kick off EYES UP this Thursday at Nola’s in LA with a live performance. We had a chance to catch up with the band that’s getting ready for their sophomore project while consistently gigging around California:
What’s the best part about being in Rhythm Natives?
(Bojo/Drummer) - The relationship of the Rhythm Natives band members goes back ever since childhood and by growing up together and being able to build a band with friends that you grew up with to create music for people to enjoy and listen to me is one of the best parts of being in the Rhythm Natives.
You guys have been together for 10+ years, what are the benefits of that longevity?
(Matt/Bassist) - Our band’s longevity has allowed us to build and strengthen personal relationships with each other. We are brothers on and off the stage. Not only do our commonalities bind us, but our differences keep our relationships fresh and interesting. I’m not saying we never argue, we’ve just never drawn weapons. We’ve come to realize what’s really important.
What is the best show you’ve performed at and why?
(Chez/Keys) - My favorite show was when we had a show on a rooftop in DTLA. The elevator wasn’t working so we had to climb up four flights of stairs. The problem was that I had the Fender Rhodes with me so we all took turns painfully carrying it up. It’s kind of symbolic to what we go thru that no matter what weighs us down we manage to make our way “to the top!!!”
Is Los Angeles a good environment for the band as an up and coming entity in the music world?
(Glen/Emcee) - L.A. is the showbiz capital of the world. People come here to make it in the entertainment industry. It’s both good and bad for up and coming musicians. Good because there are lots of resources when it comes to venues, recording facilities and marketing companies. Bad because it’s saturated with every band you can think of.
Who would you like to collaborate with for the next project?
(Mart/Guitar) - It was brought up a few times of bringing in our very own producer/headmaster Asi Friedman to do a side project/RN extension band, adding another element of musicianship to our already eclectic mix.
What’s next for the Rhythm Natives?
(Jon/Emcee) - Expect more music! Single songs accompanied by visuals. More shows. Collabs with clothing brands. And…maybe a flash band tour! A what? Yes.
Thank you, Los Angeles!
Shout out to Simple Citizens. It was good seeing you guys. It has definitely been a minute since we were on the same bill.
Thank you to The Mint. It was lovely seeing you all again.
Big up Art Official. Dope sound!
Rhythm Natives, Art Official, and Simple Citizens hit the stage last night at The Mint in Los Angeles. Peace to the fam for the continued support, and to the new people we met, please download the Rhythm Natives album for free HERE.
NEXT SHOW: Saturday, May 12 at Scotland Yard
On Wednesday, April 11, the Rhythm Natives will share the stage with their peers - Art Official and Simple Citizens - at The Mint in Los Angeles.
The lineup works perfectly; all three bands share a love for live instrumentation and rhyme. For $5 at the door, the audience will receive the cohesive energy that comes from a blend of hip hop, jazz, and soul.
A little background on everyone involved: Art Official reigns from Miami and have four releases under their belts. Simple Citizens, from Los Angeles, have been heard on national radio and have provided direct support for major hip hop artists. The Rhythm Natives, also from LA, spent 2011 touring for their debut album and are now working on the next project, while still gigging up and down the California coast.
Wednesday, April 11
The Mint 6010 West Pico Blvd Los Angeles 90035
Doors open at 9p
Admission is $5
Art Official 10p
Rhythm Natives 11p
Simple Citizens 12a
My boys and I will be here tomorrow.
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We were in DTLA this past weekend. Peep the cell phone coverage.
Here’s some cell phone snaps from the Rhythm Natives show last Saturday. This photoset does not do the night any justice. Rick & Ray posse’d up and had too much fun. Ahh, the beauty of our collective…
Rhythm Natives invade Club Soho in DTLA on Saturday, February 25!!
We are in DTLA this Saturday!
The Valley fam is gonna be at the spot?! Y’all already know it’s gonna be dope!
We’re back Thursday, February 23 with another installment of LiFESWELL at the Blu Monkey in Los Angeles, CA.
-Tag Team 2 x 4 DJ Set with JustPudge, MTRLSTC, and JeffCee
-Garfield Adams “New Life (State of Mind)” Music Video Premiere
-Pre bday celebration for our very own, Jovin
-Hosted by the Rhythm Natives
No cover? No dress code? No problem! #LIFESWELL
Thank you to everyone that came through this past Saturday! We had a great time! See y’all in two months!
Full coverage from the night is on our Facebook page HERE.