VACAY, Well$, Ace Henderson, P.A.T. Junior, Young Gunna, Queen Plz

Runaway Spring Line Release Show

VACAY

Well$

Ace Henderson

P.A.T. Junior

Young Gunna

Queen Plz

Fri Mar 24

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

$7 advance / $10 day of

Off Sale

This event is all ages

VACAY
VACAY
American beatmaker, filmmaker :: Durham, NC.
Well$
Well$
Like most kids in his native town of Charlotte, North Carolina, Leroy Shingu, had a head filled with Hip-hop dreams growing up, even trying his hand at freestyling when he was all of nine years old.
But a storied background starkly different to the blissful suburban reality of his peers would compel the rapper better known as Well$ to turn that childhood fantasy into his newly launched career as a rapper.

Quietly released in 2012, $ay La V, Well$' debut EP rose steadily on the Bandcamp charts to peak at number 5 and eventually become the most downloaded album in the Charlotte Area. That remarkable ascent as well as the video for the song State of Ecstasy The Interlude Part 1 hauled Well$ out of virtual anonymity, and shoved him onto high profile stage performances with artists such as G Eazy, Chris Webby, Johnny Polygon, and one of his idols Pac Div.

Proud To Be An American, one of Well$' standout tracks off $ay La V, is the assured declaration of a young man who has come to terms with his identity and adopted home, flaws and all. Yet it wasn't always this way. Born in the US to Congolese illegal immigrants, Well$ has encountered the ins and outs of America's legal system for as long as he can remember. What started as a routine police search ended up with his mother serving a six-month jail stint when it emerged that she was in the country undocumented. Left mostly in the care of a grandmother who barely speaks English, Well$' teenage life slowly spiraled downwards into delinquency. Dabbling in car theft, drug dealing and eventually dropping out of high school caused his concerned mother to ship him off to New Orleans to stay with his cousin Alec Lomami in the hope that he could steer him back on to the straight and narrow.
Lomami (nowadays producer and Immaculate Records label owner) averted Well$' focus to music as a means to channel his feelings of angst and isolation. In 2010 the two of them began work in earnest on Well$' debut, marking the turning point for him.

As always, on his forth-coming album Well$' music deftly walks the tricky balance between niche underground and commercial mainstream drawing on styles that range from breast-beating braggadocio through to quiet, moody introspection. "My music is like me, sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's playful, sometimes it's happy, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's meaningful and sometimes it's meaningless," Well$ describes his swinging pendulum of musical expressions, always true to his realest self.
Fatherhood is one of many subjects that Well$ touches on, himself newly a father to a three-year-old. The lead single Black Swan explores the life choices of a young woman affected by an absent father. Elsewhere, on Major Pain Well$ walks in the shoes if his own imperfect dad.
In Dreams of an Insomniac, Well$ stands on the edge of a cliff and meticulously lays out fears of flying – those pesky "what if" questions that keep him up at night.

That rare and commendable honesty Well$ displays comes from his admiration of now era rap stars. "Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa's tape Kush & Orange Juice, Pac Div, Drake.
Ace Henderson
Ace Henderson
Ace Henderson, a Brooklyn-born songwriter and recording artist has set his own framework for years to come as he focuses on developing his sound, and expanding his catalog of growth as evidenced by the explosion of his debut singles "28" and "3K15" - the former an ode to the New Jack Swing era, via a thinly-sliced Christopher Williams sample, and the latter an interpolation of "Sorry, Ms. Jackson" by Outkast.

Henderson took no-time to embrace his individuality and in the summer of 2016, record label and media platform Saint Heron released Henderson's melodic journey - "venaqui (Come My Way)" which jump-started his introduction to national coverage as an emerging talent.

After a year-long hiatus from releasing music to prepare his debut album, Henderson emerged from those sessions in the spring of 2017 with the heart-wrenching single, "runaway!" produced by L' Camino. While Ace handled the wheel for the glassy-eyed ballad "getaway driver" and received a sizzling summer anthem from Grammy-nominated producer Made of Oak to round out a galvanizing display of artistic freedom - the majority of the EP is soundtracked at the hands of the enigmatic Michael McKain ("push"/ "on the way"/ "third shift"), but it's the bouquet of vocal layering by Niya Wells and Marc Anthony Figueras' craftsmanship on guitar that captures Henderson's ability to blend color and sound into a moment.
P.A.T. Junior
P.A.T. Junior
Originally from New York but currently residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, P.A.T. Junior is multi-talented artist looking to uplift and share sharpening perspectives within the culture. Raised on various genres music, he took specific interests and Hip Hop at young age and began writing spoken word & rhymes to instrumentals from his favorite artists' records. While constantly evolving and growing in his crafts, he looks to create music that will help inspire, encourage, provoke higher thought and get others through the ups & downs of life; while also aiming to Be Absxlute in all aspects of his own life.
Young Gunna
Young Gunna
Young Gunna is a 19 Year Old Artist from Raleigh, NC who originally gained attention for his bouncy debut single "Colder". He continues to hone in on his own style while drawing influence from 1980s Pop and 2000s Hip Hop. #everysongamovie
Queen Plz
Queen Plz
Queen Plz is a scientist, a feminist, a dirty south enthusiast. Her art is inseparable from her politics, and her DJ sets will take you on a meandering journey from the rapid fire of the New York ballroom scene to the slow southern drawl of UGK. She aims to move you, in one way or another, so close your eyes, drop your inhibitions, and follow the night where it leads you."

Queen Plz has been throwing parties in the triangle area for almost five years. She is one of the original founders and resident djs of the monthly Illegal parties at The Pinhook in Durham, as well as holding it down for the queer party scene on a regular basis. She has opened for Jubilee, Lief, Mykki Blanco, TT the Artist, and Mighty Mark.

Her mixtape "First Amendment Area" is a recent winner of the "Bull City in The Mix" local mixtape competition.