The Dirty Angels Tour, Pigeon John, Tanya Morgan, Playdough, Cookbook

Fulton 55 Presents

The Dirty Angels Tour

Pigeon John

Tanya Morgan

Playdough

Cookbook

Sat, May 19, 2012

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Fulton 55

Fresno, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Pigeon John
Pigeon John
Hitting physical and digital retail October 12, 2010, Dragon Slayer, Pigeon John's second album for Quannum Projects, is as energetic and witty as any previous Pigeon John release but, way more than ever before, this is his album. With the aid of General Electriks' Herve Salters, he produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC. "It's a whole new venture," says Pigeon John, who was born in Omaha and raised in Inglewood and Hawthorne. "It becomes bigger than being a writer, and you have to be an editor, in book-form. Working with Herve Salters makes my music feel new to me. It's been a great process, I love it."

The dragon that Pigeon John slays isn't just the malaise of a quarter-life crisis; it's all the little obstacles and stories that come together to make a person. It's that moment of realization, as PJ details on the head-nodding harmonies of "Buttersoft Seats", when buying a nephew's new Jordans suddenly becomes more important than owning the hottest whip on the block. Or how, with the right mind state, sipping coffee in your backyard can turn you into "a young Sean Connery in Cabo"; at least while "So Gangster" sets the soundtrack. On "Before We're Gone," a classic acoustic-guitar and airy-keyboard cut about being on the road and missing that girl, the entertaining emcee holds onto moments as small as how she puts on chapstick while fighting off big problems like "Suicide Girls at the Door." Book-ended by "The Bomb" and "Ben Vereen"—two victorious sing-alongs about non-female and female-related strife, respectively—Dragon Slayer continually finds the center of a Venn diagram between the lives of Pigeon John and his fans.

Cultivating his talent at the legendary Good Life Cafe in the early-'90s—alongside artists like Kurupt, Freestyle Fellowship and Jurassic 5—Pigeon John overcame scattered boos at his first open mic performance to tour the world several times over. He's trekked the States more than he can count and made a name for himself in Australia, France and Canada. The man knows how to have fun and share the party; he's proven this over the years as one of the best live hip-hop acts on the planet. Featured in The Source's "Mic Check" column and among Spin's "Next Big Things" and URB's "Next 100," Pigeon John has also heard his songs in XBOX games ("Project Gotham" and "NBA Inside Drive 2002"), as the theme song for the TV show "Infomania" on CurrentTV and films ("Get Over It"). In addition to all that, he was the first rapper to be on Chuck D's Indie 103 radio show and the first artist asked for a repeat performance on FUEL TV's "Daily Habit." Then there are his appearances in print and television ads for Levi's and Nestle Crunch; he is, after all, a charismatic and well-dressed young man who in his free time collaborates with underground veteran crews like L.A. Symphony and Brainwash Projects. But it's Pigeon John's live show that really resonates with music fans; his mindblowing stage presence allowing him to command the stage between Polyphonic Spree and Brandi Carlile at SXSW without missing a beat.

With a solo discography that reads like a resume—Pigeon John is Clueless (2002), Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister (2003), Pigeon John Sings The Blues (2005), and Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party (2006)—the Los Angeles rapper is absolutely ready for self-expression without the need to formally introduce himself. "[Dragon Slayer] isn't a step away from my other records, it's just on a different wave," he says. "It's a little risky, but c'mon man, what am I risking anyways?"
Tanya Morgan
Tanya Morgan
Tanya Morgan is a rap group. More than that, they're a great rap group as evidenced by the acclaim they've received from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career. "Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul -- soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package," says SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron.

Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Tanya Morgan formed on the message boards of Okayplayer.com in 2003 when Donwill, Ilyas Nashid and Von Pea were all solo artists trading demos and beat tapes. The three MCs decided to collaborate for a one-off project and settled on the name Tanya Morgan - an inside joke to trick hip-hop crate-diggers and sample-searchers into thinking the record was an old-school soul singer. After their debut album, Moonlighting, was endorsed by the likes of ?uestlove in 2006 and was received enthusiastically by fans, Tanya Morgan decided to keep working together and keep the name. In the wake of Moonlighting's critical success, the group released its follow-up, 2009's Brooklynati which saw the group reach more fans and beguile more journalists as it was widely regarded as one of the year's best hip hop releases.

Since Brooklynati, the group has reformed with Ilyas moving on to focus on his solo material and video production while Von Pea and Donwill continue to tour as Tanya Morgan, supporting the group's classic material as well as the members' first solo releases: Donwill's Don Cusack In High Fidelity and Von Pea's Pea's Gotta Have It, both released in 2010. 2011 will see more tour dates and work on the group's third full-length album, titled Y**Y**.
Playdough
Playdough
Playdough is no kid’s toy and will turn any venue out. In the midst of faithful fans or concert goers new to his music, Playdough is always a crowd favorite.

Playdough has toured the world over and shared stages with hip-hoppers to rock bands, earning new fans at each venue his lyrics have spit. He has done shows or recorded with Method Man & Redman, Evidence, The Black Keys, Boot Camp Click, Brother Ali, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere, KRS-One, Kev Brown, P.O.D., Mutemath, MURS, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Linkin Park, Pigeon John, Micah Nine, and countless others.

He has released two full-length albums with worldwide distribution (EMI, Sony) and also an EP in Australia, which have all received critical acclaim. Playdough has been recognized for his work ethic, true-to-self music, and his incredible live shows in media outlets ranging from MTV to The Source magazine.

When Playdough isn’t taking his world class rhymes around the globe, he hangs his hat in Dallas, TX, where he’s most notably known for his battle and freestyle reputation. He’s the top Dallas freestyle rap champion of Monday Night Fights for 2 years running and has won 5 times on 97.9 The Beat’s Freestyle Fridays. He’s also won the Skribble Jam TX Battle and was asked to participate in the prestigious invitation-only Red Bull Emcee competition.

His studio material and live show will hit any hip-hop fan right in their heart. Don’t miss the opportunity to soak in this Emcee’s addition to hip hop music and culture.
Cookbook
Cookbook
CookBook was born an entertainer; it runs in his blood. Since birth, Cookbook (Born Jason P. Soto) sang and played piano, but it wasn’t until his late school years that he began to delve into the rap scene. Early in his career he gained a respectable level of success with his then super group L.A. Symphony. He went on to release multiple albums with them as well as several albums with long time friend and other half of the dynamic duo; Cookbook and UNO Mas.
As a solo artist, CookBook released the critically acclaimed "I Love The 80's" in 2009, and re-released a deluxe version in Dec. of that year. He is set to release his latest offering in the form of a mixtape entitled "Original Recipes". CookBook has toured the world, and shared the stage with many of the greats in Hip-Hop, rock, and pop. He has worked with some of the best artist and producers the industry has to offer. 
In 2010, CookBook released the single "When You Rock & Roll" with UNO Mas, which featured Evidence of Dilated Peoples. The video went on to win the Freshman contest on MTVu.com with 78% of the votes!
CookBook is an accomplished producer as well, having produced for many independent artists. 
CookBook is an all-around great musician & entertainer with the ability to rock the crowd at any time! He is poised for a huge explosion on the scene in 2011 with many shows & tours already lining up!
Venue Information:
Fulton 55
875 Divisadero Street
Fresno, CA, 93721
http://www.fulton55.com/