Two breakout bands team up for a high-energy double bill in the BLU Zone for an evening of hip-hop, jazz, rock, R&B, fusion and beyond! Featuring Justin Tibbs, Holbrook Riles III, Floco Torres, Andru Dennis, Smokeface.
JT’s Electrik Blackout is rising Contemporary-Fusion group in the Akron scene. Created by saxophonist Justin Tibbs in 2017, JT’s Electrik Blackout uses many elements from Jazz, Rock, R&B and Fusion to define the groups sound. JT’s Electrik Blackout has its listeners on the edge of their seat due to their uses of texture, dynamics, and sound. Consisting of Justin Tibbs (sax), Andru Dennis (piano), Smokeface (bass) and Holbrook Riles III (drums).
Free Black! is a Hip-Hop collective consisting of Hip-Hop artist Floco Torres & Producer/Drummer Holbrook Riles III aka HR3. The Free Black! mantra is that “There isn’t one way to be black.” There are many stereotypes with blackness specifically that suggest that we aren’t multi-faceted people & through our music we attack those stereotypes head on. In embracing our individuality we can learn to be more accepting of ourselves & where we come from as well as our peers.
The Free Black! collective was created in 2017 through collaboration between both artists. Their self-titled album and new single “Free!” are available on all streaming platforms.