40 Watt Hype, King Sugar

40 Watt Hype

King Sugar

Fri, March 29, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Fulton 55

Fresno, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Tickets available at the door

40 Watt Hype
40 Watt Hype
In the center of California, a culture that is the underbelly of LA and San Francisco. from the bass bumping out of the ’84 Cutlass to the backyard fiestas, the music of 40 Watt Hype is created—live Hip Hop cultivated from the seeds of a favorite dusty Soul record with a Latin b side.
Born and influenced by the streets of Fresno, 40 Watt Hype started (out of necessity) at a backyard party by front man Aaron Wall and as soon as the music started, the people danced and embraced this new sound. Wall—songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer—a second generation Dutchman from Holland, grew up listening to a multitude of styles and forms of music, from R&B to Hip Hop to Latin. When you hear and see Wall perform, you can feel the love and influence of the environment he is the product of, breaking stereotypes, as he states, “nothing turns heads quicker than seeing a white boy sing and rhyme in Spanish”. As a kid in Eastside Fresno, he learned to speak Spanish from hearing it throughout the neighborhood and from kids at school, and during high school in Fresno’s urban Westside, R&B and Hip Hop further impacted itself on his musical journey.
King Sugar
King Sugar
Springing from the heart of California, King Sugar bring a fresh look, feel, and sound to a very time-honored style of music. Playing traditional and modern ska, rock steady and reggae with thoughtful touches of soul and retro pop, the group maintains a loyal and significant local following while continuing to broaden their appeal to an ever-expanding audience.
Tracing its origins to late 2005, King Sugar began as a side-project of veteran local musicians bound together by a common love for Jamaican music. Building strength-on-strength, the band has evolved into its current incarnation as a nine-piece musical powerhouse, fronted by both male and female lead vocals, and boasting hearty horns and a driving rhythm section. King Sugar plays regularly in the Fresno area and enjoy recurring performances at local celebrations and events including The Big Fresno Fair and the annual “Jamaica My Weekend” festival. The band offers a broad musical repertoire ranging from the purely traditional reggae and rock steady grooves of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Phyllis Dillon to modern ska staples like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Rancid; from the classic 2-Tone sounds of The Specials and The English Beat to fresh versions of pop classics such as “Easy” by The Commodores, Gloria Jones’ original “Tainted Love” and more.
King Sugar has made a name for themselves by playing venues throughout California including The Blank Club in San Jose and The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, and supporting influential name acts in Jamaican-genre music such as Prezident Brown, Garth Dennis, Bad Manners, and fellow Fresnans and Third-Wave ska kings Let’s Go Bowling.
King Sugar is currently working on studio recordings of some of their most popular songs and has shows booked through fall 2012. The group looks forward to the future and is ready to open the ears and hearts of new fans with their distinctive sound, energizing live performances, and assurance of good times for all. One thing has been proven and should be noted; King Sugar’s live shows are known for getting people dancing!
Venue Information:
Fulton 55
875 Divisadero Street
Fresno, CA, 93721
http://www.fulton55.com/