SHORDIE SHORDIE Live In Concert!”Memory Lane Tour”+ Support TBA
AVOID Live In Concert!+ Support By: REECE YOUNG
JOSH MORNINGSTAR Live In Concert!
BOUNDARIES Live In Concert!”Death Is Little More Tour”+ Support By: ORTHODOX, KAONASHI, NO CURE
Celebrating 10 Years of… HYPERGLOW! “America’s Largest Glow Party” HARTFORD, CT – Spring 2024 April 13th @ The Webster Since its inception in 2013, Hyperglow has been on a mission to become America’s Largest Party. With massive expansions across the world, 10 consecutive years later this vision has become a reality. Hyperglow reimagined their party’s into an unforeseen over-the-top experience; combining massive themes, high energy dance music, mind-blowing performances and entertainers under an ultra violet atmosphere. This season we’ll be returning to our favorite cities, reigniting the fire in past cities with some of the best DJ’s, Venues, and Entertainment in the nation! A celebration of each and every one of you that has given your love to Hyperglow and created 10 Years of unforgettable lifelong-memories. ➜ Tickets & Info → Hyperglow.com ➜ Follow Us! → @HYPERGLOW
ANPANMANIA (formerly ARMYs who Travel) presents BTS Day Party: A BTS ARMY Kpop Fair! created by & for ARMY. Since late 2021, ANPANMANIA has hosted 150+ events across the U.S. bringing together over 16,000 Kpop fans.
PROF “The Gallery Tour”+ Support By: GRIP & FUTURISTIC
GZA GZA, aka the Genius, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren’t as theatrical as Method Man or Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the two biggest commercial stars to spring from the collective. But among hip-hop aficionados, GZA was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan. GZA was born Gary Grice on August 22, 1966, on Staten Island, New York, and shuttled between several other New York boroughs with various relatives during his childhood. He started learning rhymes by the earliest hip-hop MCs while spending time in the Bronx, and returned to Staten Island to share them with his cousins, who later became known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the RZA. In fact, the three of them first teamed up in the early ’80s as part of an obscure group called All in Together Now. Time passed, and GZA landed a recording contract with Cold Chillin’, which, unfortunately, was nearing the end of its brilliant run. In 1991, he became the only future Wu-Tang member to release a solo album prior to the Clan’s formation, with Words from the Genius. Produced mostly by Easy Mo Bee, the album flopped badly and, creatively, did little to hint at GZA’s future standing. Conflicts with the label sent him packing, and he reteamed with a similarly disenchanted RZA (fresh off a failed stint with Tommy Boy) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard to co-found the Wu-Tang Clan. Adding six other friends and associates, the group became an underground sensation and took the rap world by storm with its 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Their innovative contract allowed each member to sign a solo deal with whatever label they chose, and GZA wound up on Geffen. In 1994, his first post-Wu solo track, “I Gotcha Back,” appeared on the soundtrack of the film Fresh. His second solo album, Liquid Swords, followed in 1995 and was hailed as a hip-hop classic thanks to its coolly understated menace. While it didn’t make him a star on the level of Method Man, the album did sell well, reaching the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 and falling one spot short of the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. There were no big mainstream hits, but the title cut, “Cold World,” and “Shadowboxin'” all did well on the rap chart. Following the Clan’s 1997 sophomore set, Wu-Tang Forever, GZA returned to the solo arena with 1999’s Beneath the Surface. While critics didn’t praise it quite as lavishly as Liquid Swords, it was another well-received effort (especially compared to some of the lackluster follow-ups elsewhere in the Wu-Tang camp), and it topped the Hip-Hop/R&B album chart. After reconvening with the Wu for 2000’s The W and 2001’s Iron Flag, GZA dropped his fourth solo effort, Legend of the Liquid Sword, in late 2002, consolidating his reputation as one of the most skillful rappers around. Grandmasters, a collaborative project between himself and Cypress Hill DJ Muggs, was released in 2005, followed the next year by an instrumental version and then a remix version in 2007. A year later GZA released the solo album Pro Tools on the indie label Babygrande. It featured guest shots from Wu affiliates RZA, Masta Killa, and producer Mathematics. GZA lectured at several universities, including Harvard and Oxford, and applied his academic connections and deep interest in science to develop a science-meets-hip-hop program dedicated to engaging New York City high school students. Additionally, he worked toward another solo album, Dark Matter, with electronic music pioneer Vangelis among his collaborators.
GHETTO LOVE (VALENTINE’S EDITION)PRESENTED BY COZI
SLEEPY HALLOW Live In Concert! An early pioneer of Brooklyn’s drill scene, rapper Sleepy Hallow made his name with the iconic “Panic” set of singles, pushing the genre’s sonics forward alongside close collaborator Sheff G. He broke through to mainstream audiences and chart success first with his 2020 single “Deep End Freestyle,” then with the expanded production and songwriting of his 2021 debut studio album, Still Sleep?, and once more with 2022’s “Die Young.” In 2023 he released his second album, Boy Meets World, revealing even more of himself with emotionally naked lyricism and introspective looks at loss and mental health struggles. Born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Sleepy Hallow kicked off his musical career with a string of singles, demonstrating his kinship with local collaborator Sheff G on early tracks like “Disrespect” (July 2017) and “Haters Hurtin” (August 2017). At the forefront of Brooklyn’s emerging drill scene, the duo’s early material reconfigured the British drill beats of AXL and MKthePlug within a New York context, adding local slang and alternate flows to the U.K. style. Together with DoubleG, the pair soon released the iconic single “Panic,” which would become the first of a series as the rappers continued to develop their sonics. After closing out 2017 with “Saucin” and the collaboration “Glocc wit a Sticc,” Sleepy joined with Sheff again in January the next year for “Attic,” followed shortly by a second installment in the “Panic” series. Continuing to build his brand on bassy vocals and brutal imagery, the rapper moved through 2018 with a mix of solo and Sheff G-assisted singles, with a third release in the “Panic” series becoming the duo’s biggest hit to date. 2019 saw Sleepy work heavily on two full-length projects, and he was featured seven times on Sheff’s debut, The Unluccy Luccky Kid, before issuing his own debut mixtape, Don’t Sleep. While both tapes retained the pair’s charisma and signature flows, they swerved significantly away from their drill roots, instead landing variably on the trap spectrum. While still primarily focused on trap, Sleepy’s 2020 offerings were more diverse in their approach: both his second tape, Sleepy for President, and The Black House EP ranged from guitar-driven introspection to experimental drill styles. He soon found his biggest hit to date with “Deep End Freestyle,” a minimal track that found international success through its use in viral video content. The newfound attention around the song led to Sleepy Hallow signing on with RCA. Now backed by a major label, Sleepy began work on a proper studio album. Led by the hit single “2055,” his full-length debut, Still Sleep?, arrived in June 2021, boasting elevated production and even more advances beyond the standard drill elements. It was also a commercial success, hitting number 16 on the Billboard 200 on its way to gold status. Sleepy returned to making singles with 2022’s “Die Young.” Featuring 347Aidan, the track appeared on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. “2 Minutes of Pain” (with Alborosie) and “Marie” were released that year, and “Pain Talk” (with Lil Tjay) arrived in 2023. These singles set the scene for a second studio album, Boy Meets World, which was released in September of 2023. The album included appearances from Fivio Foreign, Doechii, Marshmello, and others, and rose to the number 17 slot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.