Bearcat, Talib Kweli, Omar Souleyman, Mykki Blanco, Pie Face Girls

Moogfest Motorco Park Stage (outside)

Bearcat

Talib Kweli

Omar Souleyman

Mykki Blanco

Pie Face Girls

Thu May 18

Doors: 5:45 pm / Show: 5:45 pm

$249 and up

This event is all ages

Bearcat - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Bearcat
BEARCAT is a London born, Brooklyn based artist. Internationally known for her various skill set’s as a DJ/Producer, Audio Engineer and Pro MUA, BEARCAT began touring with various artist’s in 2005 providing backing vocals and creative direction for live festivals such as Afropunk, Glastonbury, Reading and Lovebox. Since launching her solo career in 2008 she has performed in various parts of the world including Egypt, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Leipzig, Barcelona, Mexico City, Oakland and Chicago. Never afraid to delve deep she uses her emotive musical selections as a form of therapy. Drawing from deeply personal experiences and diasporic root’s, her ear guides her into creating bass-heavy uncompromising, powerful mixes that harness a symbiotic energy between the music and the crowd to generate the perfect soundtrack to any event. 2016 has been an astounding year of new heights for BEARCAT with a two month European tour and set’s played at Boiler Room (NYC) MoMa PS1 (Warm Up / Sunday Session’s) MFA (Boston), RinseFM (Paris), Radar Radio (London), Slake, Flavorpill and a documentary score premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Talib Kweli - (Set time: 9:35 PM)
Talib Kweli
The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years.

“I’m a touring artist. I’m an artist that’s internationally known. I’m not just a local artist at this point in my career. I’m cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I’m trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I’ve done before.”

After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.
Omar Souleyman - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Omar Souleyman
Omar Souleyman (Syria) An unexpected preacher of love. It's a strange world we live in. Who could’ve foreseen that a wedding singer from Ras al Ayn, Syria with over 500 albums under his belt would become a cult hero among club connoisseurs? But there is an undeniable bond between the legacy 50-year-old delves in - a synthesized version of the Levantine dance music Dabke - and so-called acid house. In both cases musicians cultivate undulating synths and effective rhythms, and in both cases it feels like your head is about to explode from the stimuli, while the hips take on their own lives. It is completely irrelevant where you hail from - all it takes is a sensory apparatus. Then it's really no wonder that gurus like Four Tet (who produced his breakthrough album Wenu Wenu), Modeselektor and Gilles Peterson are honored to have worked with a master like Souleyman. When so much of this day and age is in utter chaos, there’s comfort to be found in how the Syrian sings about the great theme of love as the war drum beat rages on carelessly. This is, after all, dance music's virtue: The ability to dissolve us in time and space, building bridges where walls previously were to be found.
Mykki Blanco - (Set time: 6:45 PM)
Mykki Blanco
A fearless artist at his challenging yet melodic best, Mykki Blanco releases his debut album “Mykki" (produced by Woodkid and Jermiah Meece) on 16th September on Dogfood Music Group / !K7.

Mykki Blanco has metamorphosed many times. The multi-faceted star was a child actor who founded a performance art collective as a teen, ran away from home, and won scholarships to two prestigious art colleges, quitting both as he realised that “the art world is just one big scam for rich people” - an idea touched upon in album track “High School Never Ends” written with Woodkid, which premiered on FADER in May.



Finding fame first as a fearless noise rap poet, he published a book "From The Silence Of Duchamp To The Noise Of Boys". Then what started as a video art project about a “teenage drag rapper” transformed into 2 years of Blanco living as a transgender woman in his personal life. Though eventually not transitioning, Mykki Blanco graduated in real life experience as well as artistically into the non-binary gender-queer post-homo-hop musical artist that we see before us today. Needless to say, it’s impossible to pigeon-hole Blanco and his unique and beautiful sound is no exception.



Amassing a vast online following with a savvy and savage social media output, Mykki is hailed online as a digital warrior princess who rules across the underground music scene with mixtapes like Gay Dog Food, cult hits like Kingpinning and sensational videos like Coke White, Starlight, The Initiation, Wavvy, and Haze Boogie Life. Blanco’s output to date has been hailed as razor sharp, ahead of its time and sometimes deliciously far out. Yet this album seems to leave much of the mayhem behind, marking yet another departure, this time in favour of melody and musicianship, and Mykki comes of age as a serious chart contender.



“I realised as an artist I need to focus on myself and on my work. Arguments with people online distract from that. I used to have a problem with the media trying to define me, either as a drag queen, or a transvestite, as a homosexual rapper, a transsexual or an HIV positive pop star, but most people need labels and my true fans know who I am and what I'm about"

The spaced-out touchdown track ‘I’m In A Mood’ sets the tone for this challenging eponymous debut, a synth-layered and classically-arranged landscape that frames a vivid tableau from within which Mykki muses and provokes across thirteen fascinating tracks.



The summery pitch-shifted slopes of ‘Loner’ hint at the looming isolation of “social media” and the notion that the big bad wolf is, in fact, a lone wolf. “High School Never Ends” is an epic ballad that queers the Romeo & Juliet story to expose growing racism in Europe, the despicable refugee crisis and society’s increasingly relinquished appetite for diversity, much of which Mykki observed first hand while touring internationally for the past 4 years.

However, the old Mykki Blanco who likes to keep the internet awake at night is never far away. “Fuck being low key!” spits Mykki at the start of “Fendi Band”, a filthy twister of a track that trades in straight jackets, handcuffs, duct tape and whips. Mykki exposes his cheek on “My Nene”, a mysterious siren-call which plods along hauntingly before unapologetically dropping its knickers into a sexually-charged ass-banger before dissipating into the spiralling-cynicism of “The Plug Won’t”, a curb-crawling hymn to the deceitful face of club culture.

“Shit Talking Creep” is a daring shooter glass of hip hop and global politics with echoing militant cries and gritty mud-grovelling effects. The track shines the mic on hatred and intolerance in Russia, while toeing a line of pornographic innuendo – “Fuck n*gger, NO, I’m coming with the Russians” – a commentary on the country’s hypocritically large output of gay porn. The track’s shock blanket of tribal war drums are both ejaculative and quite literally ‘re-percussions’.

“For The Cunts” is a self-conscious gay club party anthem that perhaps ridicules and mimics the club-boppers in Mykki’s fan base more than he’d care to admit. Meanwhile “Rock n Roll Dough” hangs low like a vintage Snoop Dogg track, punctuated with minimal snares, it catches the light with the hard-faced campness you would normally get on a Gwen Stefani classic. “You Don’t Know Me” touches upon Blanco’s openly HIV+ status but underlines a determined unwillingness to be unfairly defined by this reality.

Mykki Blanco’s referential framework is both archival and futuristic: a myriad of culture references, spiritual anecdotes, designer labels, make-up brands, hippie jargon, Fendi here and Snapchat there – all perfectly reflecting the creative dialogue digital landscape we live in.

What stands out above all of this though on “Mykki” is the musicianship, melody and depth, that help Mykki Blanco birth a heavyweight album about feminine empowerment, the discovery of one’s “second soul”, giving a voice to the marginalised and scratching a question mark that cuts deeps over and over again.
Pie Face Girls - (Set time: 5:45 PM)
Pie Face Girls
Reared in the basements and houses of the Raleigh punk scene, Pie Face Girls are a self-taught, self-actualized trio who make a habit of disrupting conventions. Influenced by the grinding distortion of L7 and the Melvins and the DIY showmanship of Bikini Kill and the Germs, Pie Face Girls aim to leave an impression, period. Their debut album, Formative Years, was released this year on Negative Fun Records.