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Hailing from a town that has all but given up on any music but jam and folk bands, The Blackout Project is quietly taking over the town that Dave Matthews ruled. Started in December of 2006, The Blackout Project put one quick month together to good use...
Hailing from a town that has all but given up on any music but jam and folk bands, The Blackout Project is quietly taking over the town that Dave Matthews ruled. Started in December of 2006, The Blackout Project put one quick month together to good use and won UVA's Battle of the Bands in 2007.
Fast-forward 2 years. While the Blackout Project has remained relatively obscure to most music critics in Charlottesville, they're consistently pulling big crowds to venues in cities like New York as well as their hometown. The music is hard charging, exciting and undeniably catchy. With the addition of Granville Mullings, Jr on the drums, the band has suddenly come to life in a big way. Granville is like a rolling train, and he's the driving force behind the band's exciting live show--a mixture of swagger and musical pyrotechnics. Chris Plietz is a force on the piano. A cross between Keith Jarrett and Richard Wright (Pink Floyd), Chris blends jaw-dropping technical ability with taste and style. Ryan Gilchrist holds down the low end with a mixture of melodic riffs and killer bass solos. Chris and Ryan arranged several of the band’s songs to play with the UVA Jazz ensemble, to which The Blackout Project received a standing ovation and the approving nod of jazz trumpet great John D’Earth.
Word rounds out the band with a bluesy guitar style and a surprisingly unique voice. A former minor league baseball star, Word appears larger than life on stage (seriously, he's a BIG guy).
If you've ever listened to one of K-Nice’s (“the government calls me Kevin Turner”) raps, you'll quickly grasp that he's a sharp guy with a lot to say about society. His raps are witty and memorable and he's got a wicked sense of humor. He has the toughest job in the whole band from an image standpoint, but he pulls it off with ease and style. He is the orchestrator behind a very talented band with the ability to go national.
It's amazing that the Blackout Project is still working on a small scale. Their combination of musicianship, songwriting ability, and general showmanship makes them poised to blow up. For more information on this great band and live clips, check out their YouTube channel and their EP, available on iTunes.
Local Hip Hop Scene Celebrates New Release by The Brick Weekly Richmond’s historic Canal Club will be heating t...Richmond’s historic Canal Club will be heating things up on a cold winter night when local hip-hop bands Aquabatics and Divine Profi tz take the...
Noble Savages: a Review by The Cvillian Blog Excerpts:Blackout Project: Definitely the biggest surprise of the night. Really polished sound, great violin accompaniment. I think they pulled off a really tough combination: rock and hip-hop....
Local Hip Hop Scene Celebrates New Release by The Brick Weekly
Richmond’s historic Canal Club will be heating t...
Richmond’s historic Canal Club will be heating things up on a cold winter night when local hip-hop bands Aquabatics and Divine Profi tz take the stage with Charlottesville’s The Blackout Project on December 21st. Aquabatics is hosting the show to celebrate the release.
Hailing from the Church Hill, Aquabatics blend rap with roots-rock to create a sort of hip-hop jam band for their numerous live performances. Like The Roots, they perform with a live band: Aquabatics MCs Tyler Rogers and Eric Stankavich rap over the mellow grooves of Neema Akbarzadeh (drums), Patrick Frey (guitar), Greg Frey (bass), and DJ Obe1 (turntables). However, unlike those Philadelphia all-stars, Aquabatics owe more to the Grateful Dead than Motown. They claim jazz, soul, funk and rock in their inspirations, blending them together to create their own surprising and unique brand of hip-hop. The live band allows them a degree of fl exibility not found in groups limited to a DJs sampling, in addition to giving them the chance to improvise. Joining them for the celebration is The Blackout Project, who take the same rap-with-a-liveband framework and take it down a much funkier road. MC Kevin “K-Nice” Turner is joined by Robert Word on vocals and guitar, Chris Plietz on keys, Andy Hunt on drums, and what funk band would be complete without that all-important bass line, provided here by Ryan Gilchrist. Though the group has been around for less than a year, they have already garnered a strong local fanbase by playing numerous live shows and wowing audiences with their live improvising and unique blend of styles. Despite their impressive backlog of shows, this will be their fi rst time on The Canal Club stage.
Divine Profitz sticks with a more traditional hip-hop format: four MCs (Chadrach, BeenOfficial, CP, Cosmos, and Ran) rap over beats laid down by DJ Yes. The group is something of an institution, performing with various diff erent line-ups since 1996 and currently claiming 10 albums under their collective belt.
Noble Savages: a Review by The Cvillian Blog Excerpts:
Blackout Project: Definitely the biggest surprise of the night. Really polished sound, great violin accompaniment. I think they pulled off a really tough combination: rock and hip-hop.
Sound Like: Red Hot Chili Peppers + Bon Jovi + Eminem + alcohol, Mat Kearney
Blackout Project: Bluegrass meets hip hop, with a great fiddle player and an incredible drummer.