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The Underground Railroad Tour feat. Zion I w/ Equipto and Special Guests Vocab Slick, True Justice, Watzreal, A Sol

  • WildCraft Cider Works 232 Lincoln Street Eugene, OR, 97401 United States (map)

PRICE: Advanced tickets online $15, day-of tickets online and at the door $18


DOORS: Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

AGES: 21 and older

MUSICAL STYLE: Conscious Hip Hop

DESCRIPTION: BIO (Zion I): With more than two-dozen albums, mixtapes, EP’s and vibrant collaborations, the Oakland based MC/Producer Zion I (a.k.a. Zumbi) is in the top echelon, as far as conscious party-rocking hip-hop. After years of collaboration with producer Amp Live and DJ K-Genius and other notables, the Oakland-based rapper/ songwriter has evolved as an independent touring artist.

His progressive stay-true-to-the-core lyricism is uniquely embraced across all genres of music and his collaborations, with some of the greatest in the industry, is an evolutionary norm for Zion I. From the reggae-rock giants Rebelution, to hip-hop nostalgia Too Short, along with Devin The Dude and The Roots MC, Black Thought, to EDM DJ extraordinaire, Bassnectar, heavy hitting rockers Linkin Park and alternative rock/reggae-rapper Matisyahu, Zion I continues’ to impress with soulful goods.

As an MC, Zion I emulates the purest form of hip-hop, bringing forth a socially conscious lyrical deliverance and high energy party-rockin’ live show that captivates his audience, making him a festival fan-favorite from coast to coast. The international touring artist has performed at some of the most reputable music festivals across the globe. Some of the more notable festivals include: Coachella, Rock the Bells, Treasure Island Music Fest, Lightning In A Bottle, Outside Lands, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Splash Fest (Germany), HipHop Kemp (Czech Republic), Rifflandia (British Columbia), Sonic Bloom, Paid Dues, Snow Globe and most recently the urban lifestyle music and arts festival, Bay Area Vibez with Bassnectar, Nas and Damian Marley. Zion I toured the summer 2016 with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, The Grouch and Eligh on The Return Of The Redeye tour.

BIO (Equipto): Ilyich “Equipto” Sato is a scholar of the microphone.   That means he knows the history of the instrument and can bring it to life at any moment he chooses.  This enables him to make all kinds of hip hop co-exist simultaneously.  Central to this is a deep awareness of how to implement his vocal instrument, and ride a beat in such a way that he can both become part of the music, and still stand out, both on a track and in a world where every voice is clamoring for attention.

But there is more to Equipto than those things.  He is more than an MC who goes hard, resurrecting sounds & visions of days gone by, he is free-thinker with eyes on the future, and a gladiator who backs his words with actions.  That places him in the tradition of musicians whose warrior spirits were apparent both in their music and daily lives, enables him to bend the limits of what an MC can be or do.

The Frisco legend first broke musical ground in the Golden Era of the 1990s with the equally legendary crew Bored Stiff.  While worldwide fame eluded the Stiff, their 90s releases encapsulated the classic SF sound, and propelled them to underground fame and tours around the world in a era where few had the chance to travel and spread the Frisco rap gospel.  Transitioning toward solo works and collaborative projects, the 2000 era saw Equipto making collaborative records with the Bay’s finest: Andre NickatinaOpio of Hieroglyphics, and Berner.  Just the breadth of these three projects shows his ultimate versatility: the Bay Hustler, the revolutionary journalist, the weeded wise-man.

With almost 20 years on the microphone, the Frisco statesmen is still involved in ground-breaking work.  2018 will see the release of a solo album, a collaborative project with The Architect, and the debut of The Watershed, a multi-generational Frisco crew consisting of Equipto, BryconMonk HTS & Old Soul Kollective.  Stepping into a mentorship and tastemaker role, Equipto has for the last few years been helping younger artists develop their craft, while throwing shows combining national and local acts in the underground tradition.  He has also continued to tour the world, building on an impressive resume of US, European & Japanese tours.

And for all that, these superlatives do not tell the whole story.  There is the measured mysticism of his lyrics, the reverence for the beauty of the struggle, the revolutionary mind-set that infects his inner circle and listeners, the forays into poetry and entrepreneurial spirit.  Beneath this all is the quiet strength and compassion that informs his work and that of his collaborators.  Equipto, and by extension his musical body of work, speak out against the oppressive nature of our time with an optimism that makes a new world seems very possible, and much more than a dream.  These are the gifts he presents us.  We are given what should be a simple task, to accept them.