Kurtis Blow

The Grey Eagle Presents

Kurtis Blow

The Northside Gentlemen, Natural Born Leaders

Fri, December 29, 2017

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

$20.00 - $40.00

This event is all ages

Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Blow was born Kurtis Walker in Harlem in 1959
The first rapper to sign with a major record label, was instrumental in bringing rap from the underground to the masses. He began to immerse himself in the newborn hip-hop culture in the early '70s; in 1976, he enrolled at City College of New York, where he became program director at the college's radio station. During his college years, Blow fell in with a group of friends, acquaintances and collaborators that would become the core of early-'80s hip-hop. Blow worked with, among others, Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons and Mele Mel. After college, Blow embarked on his music career with Simmons as his manager and Simmons's younger brother Joey (who was once called 'son of Kurtis Blow' and was later known as Run) working the turntables. In 1979, Blow recorded "Christmas Rapping," a novelty single co-written by Billboard columnist Rocky Ford. The song was a hit, landing Blow a contract with Mercury Records. Later that year, Blow released his landmark "The Breaks," included on Blow's self-titled debut. The record was a major success both within the hip-hop community and outside, with certified gold sales. It earned Blow a place in the pantheon of influential early rappers. Blow's early success was followed by a dry period in the early '80s, when his Deuce and Tough albums failed to dent the charts. However, things picked up in 1984 with the release of the Ego Trip album, which featured the single "Basketball." The next year, Blow made his film debut in Krush Groove. Blow's production work for artists such as Sweet G was also getting notice: He was named Producer of the Year in New York for three consecutive years (1983-85). However, Blow's career took a significant downturn thereafter. His 1986 album, 'Kingdom Blow', was a commercial and critical flop, as was 1988's misnamed 'Back by Popular Demand'. As his recording career wound down, Blow expanded his production work and became one of the first rappers to infiltrate mainstream television, appearing in commercials for Sprite in 1986 and writing rap segments for the soap opera "One Life to Live" in 1991-92.
The Northside Gentlemen
The Northside Gentlemen
“I can personally vouch for these guys as the real deal. This Asheville-based five piece plays Southern and Northern soul of the kind that will bring to mind The Meters, Booker T & the MGs and The Funk Brothers. Believe me when I tell you that their dedication to their craft is impressive. A fun time is guaranteed.”

— Bill Kopp - Musoscribe.com, Mountain Express
Natural Born Leaders
Natural Born Leaders
Natural Born Leaders (NBL) is a hip hop, progish, soul group based out of Asheville NC. They are fueled by the abstract, the socially driven, and the fun. The music contains elements of smooth raw vocals, at times gritty guitar and sax, topped off with the hard hitting funky tastiness of the rhythm section. They are directly influenced by bands contrasting in range from The Fugees to Nirvana and their music displays links to everything from jazz to blues, to Afro-Latin with a mix of controlled jam music. It's been called soul punk gumbo funk.

NBL is performing live at everything from dimly lit dive bars, to bustling street festivals, to headlining shows at some of the best venues the south east has to offer, to and are simultaneously working to complete their first EP coming in the early months of 2018. With a uniquely powerful live show NBL is a giant bite of the best food you can't describe. If given the chance to experience NBL you are bound to experience a magical mystical musical journey.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801
http://www.thegreyeagle.com/