Zion I & Masta Ace w/ Wake Self, Stay Tuned, TONES**TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

The Animas City Theatre & Cervantes' Present

Zion I & Masta Ace w/ Wake Self, Stay Tuned, TONES**TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Thu · April 13, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

The Animas City Theatre - Music

$23 Advance / $25 Day Of Show

Off Sale

This event is 18 and over


MURS will not be able to perform due to a family emergency. A rescheduled show will be announced shortly.

Since the release of the debut album, Mind Over Matter in 2000, Zion I has risen up the ranks of independent hip-hop to solidify their standing as one of the most prolific conscious rap groups of the past 2 decades. Boasting a catalog that consists of over two-dozen albums, EPs, mixtapes and collaborations, Zion I (currently consisting solely of MC/producer Zumbi) continues to create inspired music influenced by social & political woes, personal challenges & triumphs as well as family, spirituality and a raw perspective on the world at large.

Cited by A.V. Club as “remarkable”, Zumbi continues to showcase his talents as a unique, diverse and skilled MC while maintaining his place as one of the most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop.
The latest release, The Labyrinth was cited by PopMatters as “a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop”. Fueled by his own personal losses as well as the current political and social climate of the world-at-large, Zumbi has created a record that, as the Huffington Post put it; “is as heartfelt as it is badass”.

Being one of the most energetic and engaging live acts out there, Zion I continues to bring the music to the masses at festivals, events and venues across the planet. With a sound and style that bends musical genres, Zion I is able to perform alongside a diverse range of artists ranging from rap, rock and reggae to jam band and EDM.

With an 11th studio album on the horizon, Zion I continues to make music that while left-of-center is still relevant, fresh and exciting as ever. As Okayplayer put it; “At the end of the day, Zion I’s strength lies in the same areas where many artists falter – evolving without abandoning tried and tested methods.”
Masta Ace
Masta Ace
Masta Ace is considered to be a highly skilled and influential MC – music journalist Peter Shapiro describes him as "one of the great pure New York MCs",[2] and Allmusic describes him as "truly an underappreciated rap veteran and underground luminary".[3] Commenting on how Masta Ace is sometimes overlooked despite his skill, Rolling Stone says, "even the most avid fan of raw hip-hop lyricism can sometimes neglect to mention Masta Ace alongside hard-bitten champs such as Rakim, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Kool G Rap".[4] Eminem mentions Masta Ace as one of his influences in his book 'The Way I Am', saying, "Masta Ace had amazing storytelling skills – his thoughts were so vivid".[5]
Wake Self
It's true. Rappers are a dime a dozen these days. It takes a unique voice,
innovative ideas and a killer work ethic to reach a nation of millions. Chuck D of Public Enemy, KRS-One and a handful of other talented emcees have paved the way for like-minded artists to attempt the nearly impossible. The harsh truth is most will fail. Others will rise to the occasion. Andy "Wake Self" Martinez is one of those people. As a staple in Albuquerque's hip-hop community, Martinez is always grinding. From his work with his hip-hop band, Zoology, to his project, Definition Rare (with fellow emcee Christopher "Def-I" Bidtah) to his solo efforts, it seems there is nothing Martinez cannot do. Born in Roswell, New Mexico, his family moved to Fort Wingate, New Mexico soon after, which was located in the middle of the desert, surrounded by a lake, the mountains and various Indian Reservations. "It was beautiful and immensely positive for personal growth to live so close to nature," he says. His parents would eventually relocate to Gallup, 336 miles northwest of Roswell. The vast landscape and solitude gave Martinez a place to discover himself. Around 1992, Martinez stumbled upon A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum" video and that was it. He fell in love with hip-hop. Since then, he has immersed himself in the culture. "Hip-hop has opened so many doors for me not just musically, but with personal growth and my relationships with friends and family. I am a spiritual person and believe that writing is a therapeutic meditation," he explains. "Making music helps me feel free and more connected with myself and the world around me. Doing what I love never gets old. I've also met a lot of my best friends through hip-hop, which I am thankful for on a daily basis." Hip-hop has taken Martinez on a nationwide tour with Evidence of Dilated Peoples where he opened up with his group, Definition Rare. It has taken him to Portland, Oregon where he participated in and won 2 Grindtime Battles. Zoology was named "Best Hip-Hop Group" in the Albuquerque Alibi newspaper. And that's just the beginning. He has shared the stage with a slew of notable hip-hop acts such as KRS-One, Blackalicous, Del the Funky Homosapien and Souls of Mischief. Wake Self's debut solo album, 2011's Like ClockWork, is a brilliant showcase of his versatility as an artist. He can range from melancholic, self-reflective lyrics to in-your-face, bass-heavy party anthems. As far as his work with Zoology, 2011's Krush Love, is another example of the positive energy emanating from Martinez. It's all love, all the time. If his endless dedication to his craft is any indication of the success he will see in his future, then the future looks bright for Martinez. His spirituality and penchant for writing is evident in his music. This sets him apart from the ever-expanding sea of rappers out there. "I plan on doing something amazing that my mother can be proud of. I want to do more workshops and events involving the youth," he says. "I know how it was growing up with so many emotions and needing an outlet. The world is a crazy place and it has a strange effect on people, but having and outlet to express and learnmore about yourself really helps people grow."
Stay Tuned
Stay Tuned
In an internet age where information is coming to us at light speed, how does one bridge the gap between real life and our pixelated version? Stay Tuned to find out.
One of the few live acts to successfully marry the concept of Audio and Visual -
and quite possibly the only live Hip-Hop act to do so - Stay Tuned was the most
fitting name for the outfit, based initially on their love for all "sub-genres" of Hip-Hop and music as a whole, and the influence those styles have had on them. This was first reflected in the recorded music made, taking Boom-Bap, Dubstep/Electro, Hardcore, Downtempo...righteously, whatever moved them at the moment, and crafting live sets as such. Boston MC, Akrobatik pointed out to the duo that he admired how they'd bounce around sonically in their live sets, which was also metaphoric for the ups and downs that were faced in the industry itself. The light bulb flashed. MC Mane Rok figured "Stay Tuned" would perfectly describe the musical path taken-of which grew when the live set coupled itself with the visual portion, leaving the group's then DJ-DeeJay Tense- as the program director controlling a live video feed with his turntables. This continued to grow and began to come full circle,
influencing how overall ideas and themes for albums came to fruition. The first
being the fictional story of a serial killer (with an underlying theme
questioning media practices) in the form of "Murder He Wrote: A Love
The Stay Tuned moniker would allow the group to have interchangeable parts. Akin to the idea of channel surfing, letting them invite special guest performers,
making each show unique. The channel surfing idea has come to full bloom in their self titled EP released (1/24/15 simply take a listen to understand),
which was also the official introduction of the groups new DJ, DJ AWHAT!!!
(formerly of The Pirate Signal,) as well as the first official track including MC Ichiban, and the change itself begs the listener to...well...Stay Tuned.
Venue Information:
The Animas City Theatre - Music
128 E College Drive
Durango, CO, 81301