On Thursday, The Crown will host the next KAHLON, a branded concert with a party vibe and an open-minded attitude. While the artists performing can seem disparate sonically, they often have similar do-it-yourself ethics and positive spirits. A segment of the Facebook description reads, “The purpose: To induce escapism without having to run … a musical moovemeant [sic] based in BMORE.”
When people talk highly of the independent, forward-thinking music scene that has been bred in Baltimore, it is events like KAHLON that provide the evidence. Here are five reasons to check out tomorrow night’s party:
1.) Houston punk-tinged noise-rapper B L A C K I E headlines. The producer and artist has refined his aggressive, difficult-to-categorize sound since 2005 through EPs and albums, but it is his ability to captivate live crowds that has made him an underground favorite. Listen to his latest release, a seven-track EP from October, here (contains explicit language).
2.) Schwarz, the ultra-positive Baltimore producer and DJ, will perform. Last year, Schwarz’s “U R Beautiful” garnered national attention online, and his latest video, “Open Up Yr Mind,” premiered on Vice’s Noisey blog on Tuesday. If you find affirmation from Lil B’s “based” perspective then, topically, Schwarz should work similar magic.
3.) Abdu Ali is also scheduled to perform. He’s worth seeing for many reasons, and my 2013 profile of the ambient-meets-Baltimore Club artist hopefully explains why. (Other musicians scheduled to perform on Thursday: Brooklyn, N.Y.’s, Richard Kennedy and Baltimore punk act Sexgender.)
4.) It is an opportunity to see The Crown, the Station North bar/venue that has quickly established itself as one of Baltimore’s best places to see interesting live shows. Read my Midnight Sun bar review of The Crown from last August here.
5.) There will be back issues of “True Laurels,” a DIY zine by KAHLON creator and Baltimore writer Lawrence Burney, for sale. The bi-monthly pub features interviews and diaries on independent musicians from Baltimore and around the country.
If you go
KAHLON takes place Thursday at The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St. (second floor) B L A C K I E, Abdu Ali, Schwarz, Richard Kennedy and Sexgender are scheduled to perform. Doors open at 9 p.m. $7 cover. For more information, go to webkahlon.tumblr.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun