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Zion-I Hit the Road for West Coast Tour
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 4:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



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Zion-I Hit the Road for West Coast Tour

Zion-I Kicks off Tour with Black Star Show in Oakland on July 31st

July 19, 2010 OAKLAND, CA —From The Grouch and the Mighty Underdogs to Rebelution and Soja, hip-hop duo Zion-I have toured around the country with some of the most talented musical acts in the country. Now, as they put finishing touches on they're 7th album, they are getting ready to hit the road again, bringing one of the best live hip-hop shows to cities across America. The forty city tour starts in their home town of Oakland with a rare reunion show with Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Qweli) and ends in September. The guys will be performing songs from their forthcoming album.

Ten years after the release of their debut single,  Zion I released their 6th album, The Takeover, this past year. A filler-free new mix of jabs, roundhouses and uppercuts that continue their streak as one of hip-hop’s most diverse groups in hip-hop. The Takeover, which features guest spots by Houston legend Devin the Dude, UK emcee Ty and Rhymesayers’ Brother Ali, producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbi incorporate the best parts of their live show—perfected through nonstop touring—and bring that vibe to the studio.

Over the course of five LPs and numerous EPs and mixtapes, the group has proven to be a welcome enigma in hip-hop. Lyrically, Zumbi runs the gamut on a range of issues both serious and frivolous, discussing problems and pleasures both spiritual and worldly. Throughout, his fanbase keeps coming back for his smooth delivery and ability to raise issues without sounding didactic. Musically, Amp draws from both the usual (funk, soul) and esoteric (house, drum n bass) to create soundscapes that work as well on an electronic music mixtape as it does hip-hop. An accomplished remixer as well, Amp has remixed everyone from Linkin Park to MGMT, and most recently released Rainydayz Remixes based on Radiohead’s In Rainbows. Every production and remix, though, always brings it back to his main job in Zion I. “I started using way more effects on this album,” says Amp. “So I was able to bring in more elements that I’ve been using for some of the dance and indie rock stuff.”

From the electro-rap homage “DJ DJ” to the spacey futuristic synths of “Antenna,” The Takeover encapsulates the diversity and versatility that have made Zion I Bay Area stalwarts for over a decade. As with any Zion I album, there’ll never be any compromise away from deep thought, but as anyone who’s seen the pair live knows, that means nothing if the crowd ain’t entertained.
One listen to the album, and you’ll know The Takeover may be the most appropriate title of the year.

Headlining the entire tour will be reggae rock favorites, Rebelution.  Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Rebelution has developed into the front runner for grassroots, independent and touring driven music groups representing the Cali-Reggae scene. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals / guitar,) Rory Carey (keyboards,) Wesley Finley (drums,) and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution’s future would be planted-- and would instill their kick back, “worry free” vibes, catchy refrain, and optimistic, inspiring, and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.

ZION I TOUR

July 31, 2010 Oakland, CA, Fox Theater **Opening for BLACK STAR
August 6, 2010 Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company   
August 7, 2010 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater  w/ Pretty Lights  
August 13, 2010 Plainfield, VT - Rhinofest Music Festival     
August 14, 2010 Portland, ME - Asylum
August 19, 2010 Reno, NV - The Beach Club at the Grand Sierra Resort 
August 20, 2010 Bend, OR - Domino Room 
August 21, 2010 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
August 22, 2010 Portland, OR - 2410 Mississippi
August 27, 2010 Sacramento, CA - The Venue
August 28, 2010 Fairfax, CA - 19 Broadway 
August 29, 2010 Arcata, CA - Humbrew 
September 4, 2010 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
September 5, 2010 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
September 15, 2010 Aspen, CO - Belly Up
September 16, 2010 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater  
September 17, 2010 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater  
September 18, 2010 Denver CO - Cervantes  
September 23, 2010 San Francisco, CA - Amp Live @ The Mighty
September 24, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA - West Beach Festival

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