Ruts Revival

RUTS REVIVAL

featuring GUANTE + BIG CATS!, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, SHA CAGE, TRUTHMAZE, E.G. BAILEY, CHANTZ EROLIN, QUILOMBOLAS + others

with special guests I SELF DEVINE (Rhymesayers), ANALYRICAL (Background Noise Crew), SKETCH TC, DJ STAGE ONE, 2013 (featuring members of Junkyard Empire) + others

The Tru Ruts crew has been putting in work, both on stage and behind the scenes, for a very long time. A record label, a theater production company, a film studio and a Twin Cities cultural institution, Tru Ruts is dedicated to supporting talented, forward-thinking artists, putting on events that go beyond the same ‘ol, same ‘ol, and nurturing the next generation of young writers and performers. Join us in celebrating some big steps made over this past year: national distribution, slam championships, high-profile performances, critically-acclaimed album releases, successful youth programs and much more. And THANKS for all the support!

May 1st • Fine Line Music Cafe
318 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
www.finelinemusic.com

8:00pm doors • $5 (21+) • $8 (18+)

E.G. Bailey featured on TC Metromix

‘American Afrikan’ E.G. Bailey CD Release

‘American Afrikan’ is not just a CD release party, but also a musical celebration of Black History that brings together some of the leading African and African American performers in the Twin Cities. Spoken Word innovator E.G. Bailey’s CD is a musical exploration of language and blows out of the water traditional concepts of old school ‘spoken word’ featuring M.anifest, Truthmaze, Members of Junkyard Empire, Sha Cage, Guante, Mankwe Ndosi, J. Otis Powell!, Chantz, See More Perspective, Dameun Strange, Andy Shafer, and more.

When: February 20 : 10 p.m.
Price: $5
Event Phone Number: 612-341-1038
www.bedlamtheatre.org

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents E.G. Bailey’s AMERICAN AFRIKAN

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents AMERICAN AFRIKAN
e.g. bailey’s debut mixes poetry, jazz, electronica, hip hop + more.

“He makes language live!” – Amiri Baraka

“There is so much history, culture, and experience packed into American Afrikan that to summarize would be to attempt to summarize all of African American experience.” – Jon Behm (Reviler)

“A powerful testament of bailey’s skill of mobilizing poetry for contemplation, remembrance, and a subtle, but no less insistent, call to action.” –Justin Schell

“No matter how long it takes for bailey to drop ‘da proverbial bomb’, it will have been well worth the wait.” – Dwight Hobbes

With co-signs from Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets and the legendary Amiri Baraka, Twin Cities spoken word artist, poet, musician, organizer and educator, e.g. bailey, presents his first full-length album, AMERICAN AFRIKAN, a spoken word concept album that begins in Africa, crosses the Middle Passage, explores America and ends up somewhere that defies easy definition.

Part musical theater piece, part audio chapbook and part performance art experiment, AMERICAN AFRIKAN mixes the beat-influenced poetry of bailey with music that blends hip hop, funk, jazz, electronica and more, creating a sound that is at once progressive and challenging yet smooth and listenable.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that an hour-long spoken word album wouldn’t be much fun to listen to; many aren’t. But as Umar Bin Hassan says in the album’s liner notes, “The sounds on this album are just as important as the words.” Through bailey’s voice, through the Igbo nuns on ‘Oracles of Equiano’, through Aimee Bryant’s rendition of ‘Motherless Child’ and through the album’s diverse sonic palette, AMERICAN AFRIKAN succeeds not just as a piece of literature or poetry, but as a cohesive musical journey.

Producer Katrah Quey, perhaps best known for his work with TC wordsmith M.anifest (who shows up to drop a verse on the ‘American Afrikan’ remix), handles a majority of that music, though Hipgnosis and DJ Limbs shine on a couple of early tracks. The beats compliment the words; sometimes fun and funky, sometimes dark and meditative––but always engaging. The album also features appearances by Twin Cities-based African poets, Ibé Kaba and Sankaradjeki; Mankwe Ndosi, singer for Atmosphere; Dubai jazz ensemble Abstrakt Collision; Midwest emcee Idris Goodwin and others.

Though the music might be what draws people into this album, it’s bailey himself that will keep them there. Crafting a masterful narrative from the first track to the last, he explores identity, history, culture and all the places they intertwine in a way that is always meaningful but never preachy; always heart-felt but never melodramatic. As he says himself: “The project attempts to explore what it means to be an Afrikan today, an Afrikan in America, an American Afrikan. What is this journey historically, metaphorically, poetically? However, you can’t answer that question unless you explore what it means to be American, in post-9/11 America. And because America affects and infects us all, it is also about all of us.”

Deemed a true innovator of the spoken word art form, his charismatic yet rhythmic style dances words with sound in and out of synch with verbal play. One of the most prolific voices and talents in the Twin Cities, Bailey’s work has taken him on travels through the U.S., England, South Africa, France, Serbia and more. He has created spoken word work in film, theater, music and radio. Born in Saclepea, Liberia, and now based in the U.S., he is a founder of several foundational entitles in the local and national community including: MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts Endeavors, the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards, The Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute at the University of MN. He has appeared in spoken word commercials including ‘Art Connects’, which premiered during the 2008 B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards, and was featured on the MTV, VH1, MTV Europe, CBS, NBC and other networks, in addition to being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame archived at the Modern Museum of Arts in New York. As he moves effortless between radio, film, theater, and producing, his live performances are always a treat.

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents: AMERICAN AFRIKAN
The debut album from spoken word artist E.G. BAILEY
CD RELEASE PARTY: SAT FEB 20TH
@ THE BEDLAM THEATRE  (1501 6th St S., Minneapolis, MN 55454)
Hosted by J. Otis Powell!. Featuring Guante, Mankwe Ndosi, Truthmaze, Sha Cage, See More Perspective, Chantz Erolin, Aimee Bryant, Ibé Kaba, Sankaradjeki, Dameun Strange, members of Junkyard Empire (Chris Cox + Bryan Berry), Kahlil Brewington, DJ Stage One + more.
10pm  18+  $5 advance

Verbal Graffiti Tour Second Swing – Iowa + Missouri

Tru Ruts + MediaRoots present Verbal Graffiti Tour 2009
featuring Junkyard Empire, Guante + e.g. bailey

Junkyard Empire, El Guante and e.g. bailey are teaming up for a tour in your area! This electric combination of up-and-coming artists merge the genres of jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, and indie rock, at the height of their craft.

You could also include folk music in that genre-gumbo, as these are three artists who place as much emphasis on lyrical content as they do on throwing a monster show. Junkyard Empire has been called, “A jazz version of Rage Against the Machine” by Political Affairs Magazine. CMJ said that “Guante could very well follow Atmosphere and P.O.S. in the long line of outstanding rappers to break from the Midwest.” Amiri Baraka says of e.g. bailey, “He makes language live!”

In an evening that will range from spoken word to hip hop, jazz to indie rock, audiences will not leave disappointed. There will be something for everyone. For the underground heads, Guante will grab your expectations of hip hop and shake them loose; he is also said to be on the verge of national exposure.

For the politically savvy music lover, Junkyard Empire’s blend of jazz and funk grooves mixed with socially-conscious rhymes are sure to move bodies and captivate minds. Spoken word extraordinaire, e.g. bailey, works as fluidly with musicians as he does with just a microphone, and his effortless ability to marry words with music pushes the spoken word envelope into a fresh musical realm.

This tour performance would be a great addition to your calendar. Their infectious energy and music will capture any crowd.

Thanks,

The Tru Ruts &
MediaRoots Teams

===============================================

TOUR INFO

The Verbal Graffiti Tour extends across the country, from the West Coast, to the East Coast, with stops in the Midwest. The dates of the tour cover the months of October, November, December and January (2010).

Current Touring Routes and Dates:

11/19 – Doc’s – Sioux Center, IA
8:00pm • 21+ • $5

Doc’s
130 – 3rd St NW
Sioux Center, IA 51250

• 11/20 – The Industry – Iowa City, IA
9:00pm • 19+ • $7
presented by Natural Talent Music

The Industry
211 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

• 11/21 – Prospero’s Books – Kansas City, MO
10:30pm • All Ages • $5 (no one turned away)

Prospero’s Books
1800 West 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Additional dates for November, December, and West Coast dates for January to be added. If you are interested in spotlighting the tour, interviews, or additional information, please contact press.truruts@gmail.com, or call 612-288-9491.

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Junkyard Empire - Photo 1 (600pxl)

JUNKYARD EMPIRE

Since the release of the self- produced Rise of the Wretched EP in 2008, there has been a steadily growing buzz around Junkyard  Empire.  This was no doubt helped by their historic performance at the Minnesota State Capital during the last day of the RNC protests in Saint Paul, where the police stormed their concert and created a stand-off with activists, part of which is featured the acclaimed documentary Terrorizing Dissent. In the past year, they have shared the stage with the legendary Boots Riley and the Coup, Rhymesayers artist Eyedea, Australian urban roots crew Blue King Brown, Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges.

Recently Junkyard Empire signed with indie start-up label MediaRoots. The label put JE in the studio with avant-garde producer, Brian Susko. During their time in pre-production and at the prized Winterland Studios, a relationship was made that caused the band to push the envelope in a way that they had never done before. It’s now easy to hear how the band’s collective influences in conscious hip-hop, acid jazz, R&B and indie rock all culminate to create a sound that is unique beyond all common recognition.

Rebellion Politik is not only the title of the latest EP due out in September, it’s the operating theory Junkyard Empire uses as a force for organization and political action; referred to in the title track from the EP as “the science of survival in a repressive environment.” And to prove it, the album is already garnering inquisitive reactions from the press that can be seen on blogs such as The Hype Machine, Elbo.ws, Perfect Porridge, Midwest Broadcast, URB Magazine’s next 1000 and  others.

www.MediaRootsMusic.comwww.myspace.com/JunkyardEmpirewww.Flickr.com/Photos/JunkyardEmpire

Guante - B Fresh Photo 1 - w logo

GUANTE

As an MC, Guante’s last album met high critical praise and catapulted him to the forefront of the next generation of Twin Cities’ vibrant hip hop scene; in the past year, he played Soundset ’09 (alongside Atmosphere, the Pharcyde, Brother Ali and more), the anti-RNC festival ‘Ripple Effect’ (alongside Michael Franti, dead prez, Rage Against the Machine and more), along with many other high profile shows. As a slam poet, he’s been the Grand Poetry Slam Champion for three different cities in four years, and most recently became the 2009 National Slam Poetry Champion as part of the St. Paul Slam team.

He’s also a 2008 City Pages ‘Artist of the Year’, 2008 URB Magazine ‘Next 1000′ artist and multiple Independent Music Awards nominee. CMJ said: ‘Giving you something to think about while nodding your head to his nimble, casual flow, Guante could very well follow Atmosphere and P.O.S. in the long-line of outstanding rappers to break out from the Midwest.’ City Pages echoed these sentiments, saying ‘Whether writing of lost causes or zombie apocalypses, Guante demonstrates impeccable artistic control; in performance, he hsa the audience’s undivided attention.’

Aside from these artistic endeavors, Guante also found time to curate the massively successful ‘Hip Hop Against Homophobia’ series, contribute regularly to nationally-recognized music site Culture Bully, and lead writing/performance workshops in multiple Twin Cities area schools throught the MN Spoken Word Association.

www.truruts.comwww.myspace.com/ElGuantewww.ElGuante.net

E.G. Bailey - Urban Griot 2 - by Uchefotography (600pxl) copy

E.G. BAILEY

Amiri Baraka says of E.G. Bailey’s work, “He makes language live!.”

Deemed a true innovator of the spoken word art form, his charismatic yet musical style dances words with sound in and out of synch with verbal play.

One of the most prolific voices and talents in the Twin Cities, Bailey’s work has taken him on travels through the U.S., England, South Africa, France, Serbia and more. A spoken word innovator, he has created spoken word work in film, theater, music and radio. Born in Saclapea, Liberia, and now based in the U.S., he is a founder of several foundational entitles in the local and national community including: MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts Endeavors, the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards, The Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute at the University of MN titled ‘In Da Tradition.’

He has appeared in spoken word commercials including ‘Art Connects’, which premiered at the 2008 B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards, and was featured on the MTV, VH1, MTV Europe, CBS, NBC and other networks, in addition to being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame archived at the Modern Museum of Arts in New York.

E.G. Bailey is the winner of the Hughes Knight Diop Poetry Award and several of his poems have been published in Solid Ground; the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue; and Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for creative writing. He was a co-producer of Write On Radio, an award winning weekly literary radio program on KFAI Fresh Air Radio where he is currently an on air personality for the Tehuti Spoken Word show on Sunday nights.   As he moves effortless between radio, film, theater, and producing, his live performance is always a treat!

www.truruts.comwww.myspace.com/egbaileywww.egbailey.com

===============================================

TRU RUTS

“Tru Ruts is a record label of this generation. It strives to transcend the boundaries of music…”  – Rich Albertoni (Isthmus) on TRU RUTS

Tru Ruts Endeavors is a multi-disciplinary artistic enterprise encompassing a record label, theatre productions, a radio series, visual art exhibits and film productions. It has been a major innovator + trailblazer in the Twin Cities, often producing shows to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records is a premier record label based in the Twin Cities, with a roster of nine artists and has been called ‘a record label of this generation.’ It has released over 10 albums and EPs, including a number of singles, in addition to producing dynamic shows including KRS One’s sold out return to the Twin Cities in 2008, and a Slum Village show with a tribute to J Dilla, featuring nine of the most respected emcees in Minnesota including Slug, Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, Truthmaze and others. Tru Ruts’ roster also includes Truthmaze, Guante, Sha Cage, e.g. bailey, See More Perspective, Quilombolas and others.

“[Tru Ruts] has the star power and chemistry to fill a much larger forum.” – Jordan Selbo (City Pages) on TRU RUTS

MEDIAROOTS MUSIC

MediaRoots is a record label of the web 2.0 era. We are dedicated to bringing you the music and content you want and need. MediaRoots is a safe haven for independent thought, independent media, and independent music. MediaRoots seeks to foster an interactive environment that takes the fan’s input seriously. Here, the artists, companies, and fans contribute to the direction of the business itself as a community of like-minded music lovers, artists, and humanitarians.

MediaRoots is what the new music industry must be. MediaRoots is a place for contemporary ideas and new ways of doing business for the mutual benefit of all parties involved. Far from seeking to enrich ourselves, we the people of MediaRoots believe that a more sustainable business model—grounded in equality and respect—is more preferable to a system that has grown out of touch with its listeners and artists. We the people of MediaRoots view the current music industry as an outdated business and aspire to change it.

The goal of MediaRoots is to bring about real art that celebrates the musicality and beauty of the medium. Whatever unfolds is up to us. We’ve been unable to find this type of community on or offline, so we decided to start one ourselves. Join us, and together let’s set down MediaRoots.

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PRESS • VIDEOS • LINKS

Junkyard Empire Press
• Junkyard Empire write the soundtrack for Rebellion – http://tinyurl.com/naugcu
• Junkyard Empire chosen for URB Next 1000 – http://tinyurl.com/mrvx5x
• Junkyard Empire featured on Elbo.ws – http://tinyurl.com/loaru5

Guante Press
• El Guante, insightful and inciteful – http://tinyurl.com/n5fw82
• Guante chosen for URB Next 1000 – http://tinyurl.com/ryp3g5
• Brother Ali, El Guante, and Ellis Headline Street Festival Commemorating the 1934 Minneapolis Truckers Strikes – http://tinyurl.com/lp2fbb

E.G. Bailey Press
• Spoken Word takes root in MN – http://tinyurl.com/kouz6b
• Liberian-American Spoken Word Artist is Home at Last – http://tinyurl.com/c6lp9b
• The Daily MP3 – E.G. Bailey – America – http://tinyurl.com/n92gv4

Videos
• Junkyard Empire – http://tinyurl.com/nnwcyz
• Guante – http://tinyurl.com/p328up
• E.G. Bailey – http://tinyurl.com/nx3388

Tru Ruts + MediaRoots Announce Verbal Graffiti Tour 2009

tru ruts media roots masthead 1 (600pxl)

verbal graffiti tour logo (600pxl)

Tru Ruts + MediaRoots present Verbal Graffiti Tour 2009
featuring Junkyard Empire, Guante + e.g. bailey

Junkyard Empire, El Guante and e.g. bailey are teaming up for a tour in your area! This electric combination of up-and-coming artists merge the genres of jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, and indie rock, at the height of their craft.

You could also include folk music in that genre-gumbo, as these are three artists who place as much emphasis on lyrical content as they do on throwing a monster show. Junkyard Empire has been called, “A jazz version of Rage Against the Machine” by Political Affairs Magazine. CMJ said that “Guante could very well follow Atmosphere and P.O.S. in the long line of outstanding rappers to break from the Midwest.” Amiri Baraka says of e.g. bailey, “He makes language live!”

In an evening that will range from spoken word to hip hop, jazz to indie rock, audiences will not leave disappointed. There will be something for everyone. For the underground heads, Guante will grab your expectations of hip hop and shake them loose; he is also said to be on the verge of national exposure.

For the politically savvy music lover, Junkyard Empire’s blend of jazz and funk grooves mixed with socially-conscious rhymes are sure to move bodies and captivate minds. Spoken word extraordinaire, e.g. bailey, works as fluidly with musicians as he does with just a microphone, and his effortless ability to marry words with music pushes the spoken word envelope into a fresh musical realm.

This tour performance would be a great addition to your calendar. Their infectious energy and music will capture any crowd.

Thanks,

The Tru Ruts &
MediaRoots Teams

===============================================

TOUR INFO

The Verbal Graffiti Tour extends across the country, from the West Coast, to the East Coast, with stops in the Midwest. The dates of the tour cover the months of October, November, December and January (2010).

Current Touring Routes and Dates:

• 10/22 – The Kinetic Playground – Chicago, IL
9:00pm • 21+ • $7

The Kinetic Playground
1113 W. Lawrence
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(located just steps from the
CTA Red Line ‘Lawrence’ stop)

10/23 – The Reptile Palace – Oshkosh, WI
9:00pm • 21+ • $5

The Reptile Palace
141 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

10/24 – Java 101 w/ Diagram of Truth – Dekalb, IL
8:00pm • All Ages • $6

Java 101
901 Lucinda Ave
DeKalb. IL 60115

11/19 – Doc’s – Sioux Center, IA
8:00pm • 21+ • $5

Doc’s
130 – 3rd St NW
Sioux Center, IA 51250

• 11/20 – The Industry – Iowa City, IA
9:00pm • 19+ • $7
presented by Natural Talent Music

The Industry
211 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

12/05 – Red Square w/ Broadcast Live – Albany, NY
8:00pm • 21+ • $5

Red Square
388 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207

12/06 – Fat Baby – New York, NY
9:00pm • 21+ • $8

Fat Baby
112 Rivington
New York, NY 10002

Additional dates for November, December, and West Coast dates for January to be added. If you are interested in spotlighting the tour, interviews, or additional information, please contact press.truruts@gmail.com, or call 612-288-9491.

===============================================

Junkyard Empire - Photo 1 (600pxl)

JUNKYARD EMPIRE

Since the release of the self- produced Rise of the Wretched EP in 2008, there has been a steadily growing buzz around Junkyard  Empire.  This was no doubt helped by their historic performance at the Minnesota State Capital during the last day of the RNC protests in Saint Paul, where the police stormed their concert and created a stand-off with activists, part of which is featured the acclaimed documentary Terrorizing Dissent. In the past year, they have shared the stage with the legendary Boots Riley and the Coup, Rhymesayers artist Eyedea, Australian urban roots crew Blue King Brown, Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges.

Recently Junkyard Empire signed with indie start-up label MediaRoots. The label put JE in the studio with avant-garde producer, Brian Susko. During their time in pre-production and at the prized Winterland Studios, a relationship was made that caused the band to push the envelope in a way that they had never done before. It’s now easy to hear how the band’s collective influences in conscious hip-hop, acid jazz, R&B and indie rock all culminate to create a sound that is unique beyond all common recognition.

Rebellion Politik is not only the title of the latest EP due out in September, it’s the operating theory Junkyard Empire uses as a force for organization and political action; referred to in the title track from the EP as “the science of survival in a repressive environment.” And to prove it, the album is already garnering inquisitive reactions from the press that can be seen on blogs such as The Hype Machine, Elbo.ws, Perfect Porridge, Midwest Broadcast, URB Magazine’s next 1000 and  others.

www.MediaRootsMusic.comwww.myspace.com/JunkyardEmpirewww.Flickr.com/Photos/JunkyardEmpire

Guante - B Fresh Photo 1 - w logo

GUANTE

As an MC, Guante’s last album met high critical praise and catapulted him to the forefront of the next generation of Twin Cities’ vibrant hip hop scene; in the past year, he played Soundset ’09 (alongside Atmosphere, the Pharcyde, Brother Ali and more), the anti-RNC festival ‘Ripple Effect’ (alongside Michael Franti, dead prez, Rage Against the Machine and more), along with many other high profile shows. As a slam poet, he’s been the Grand Poetry Slam Champion for three different cities in four years, and most recently became the 2009 National Slam Poetry Champion as part of the St. Paul Slam team.

He’s also a 2008 City Pages ‘Artist of the Year’, 2008 URB Magazine ‘Next 1000′ artist and multiple Independent Music Awards nominee. CMJ said: ‘Giving you something to think about while nodding your head to his nimble, casual flow, Guante could very well follow Atmosphere and P.O.S. in the long-line of outstanding rappers to break out from the Midwest.’ City Pages echoed these sentiments, saying ‘Whether writing of lost causes or zombie apocalypses, Guante demonstrates impeccable artistic control; in performance, he hsa the audience’s undivided attention.’

Aside from these artistic endeavors, Guante also found time to curate the massively successful ‘Hip Hop Against Homophobia’ series, contribute regularly to nationally-recognized music site Culture Bully, and lead writing/performance workshops in multiple Twin Cities area schools throught the MN Spoken Word Association.

www.truruts.comwww.myspace.com/ElGuantewww.ElGuante.net

E.G. Bailey - Urban Griot 2 - by Uchefotography (600pxl) copy

E.G. BAILEY

Amiri Baraka says of E.G. Bailey’s work, “He makes language live!.”

Deemed a true innovator of the spoken word art form, his charismatic yet musical style dances words with sound in and out of synch with verbal play.

One of the most prolific voices and talents in the Twin Cities, Bailey’s work has taken him on travels through the U.S., England, South Africa, France, Serbia and more. A spoken word innovator, he has created spoken word work in film, theater, music and radio. Born in Saclapea, Liberia, and now based in the U.S., he is a founder of several foundational entitles in the local and national community including: MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts Endeavors, the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards, The Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute at the University of MN titled ‘In Da Tradition.’

He has appeared in spoken word commercials including ‘Art Connects’, which premiered at the 2008 B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards, and was featured on the MTV, VH1, MTV Europe, CBS, NBC and other networks, in addition to being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame archived at the Modern Museum of Arts in New York.

E.G. Bailey is the winner of the Hughes Knight Diop Poetry Award and several of his poems have been published in Solid Ground; the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue; and Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for creative writing. He was a co-producer of Write On Radio, an award winning weekly literary radio program on KFAI Fresh Air Radio where he is currently an on air personality for the Tehuti Spoken Word show on Sunday nights.   As he moves effortless between radio, film, theater, and producing, his live performance is always a treat!

www.truruts.comwww.myspace.com/egbaileywww.egbailey.com

===============================================

TRU RUTS

“Tru Ruts is a record label of this generation. It strives to transcend the boundaries of music…”  – Rich Albertoni (Isthmus) on TRU RUTS

Tru Ruts Endeavors is a multi-disciplinary artistic enterprise encompassing a record label, theatre productions, a radio series, visual art exhibits and film productions. It has been a major innovator + trailblazer in the Twin Cities, often producing shows to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records is a premier record label based in the Twin Cities, with a roster of nine artists and has been called ‘a record label of this generation.’ It has released over 10 albums and EPs, including a number of singles, in addition to producing dynamic shows including KRS One’s sold out return to the Twin Cities in 2008, and a Slum Village show with a tribute to J Dilla, featuring nine of the most respected emcees in Minnesota including Slug, Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, Truthmaze and others. Tru Ruts’ roster also includes Truthmaze, Guante, Sha Cage, e.g. bailey, See More Perspective, Quilombolas and others.

“[Tru Ruts] has the star power and chemistry to fill a much larger forum.” – Jordan Selbo (City Pages) on TRU RUTS

MEDIAROOTS MUSIC

MediaRoots is a record label of the web 2.0 era. We are dedicated to bringing you the music and content you want and need. MediaRoots is a safe haven for independent thought, independent media, and independent music. MediaRoots seeks to foster an interactive environment that takes the fan’s input seriously. Here, the artists, companies, and fans contribute to the direction of the business itself as a community of like-minded music lovers, artists, and humanitarians.

MediaRoots is what the new music industry must be. MediaRoots is a place for contemporary ideas and new ways of doing business for the mutual benefit of all parties involved. Far from seeking to enrich ourselves, we the people of MediaRoots believe that a more sustainable business model—grounded in equality and respect—is more preferable to a system that has grown out of touch with its listeners and artists. We the people of MediaRoots view the current music industry as an outdated business and aspire to change it.

The goal of MediaRoots is to bring about real art that celebrates the musicality and beauty of the medium. Whatever unfolds is up to us. We’ve been unable to find this type of community on or offline, so we decided to start one ourselves. Join us, and together let’s set down MediaRoots.

===============================================

PRESS • VIDEOS • LINKS

Junkyard Empire Press
• Junkyard Empire write the soundtrack for Rebellion – http://tinyurl.com/naugcu
• Junkyard Empire chosen for URB Next 1000 – http://tinyurl.com/mrvx5x
• Junkyard Empire featured on Elbo.ws – http://tinyurl.com/loaru5

Guante Press
• El Guante, insightful and inciteful – http://tinyurl.com/n5fw82
• Guante chosen for URB Next 1000 – http://tinyurl.com/ryp3g5
• Brother Ali, El Guante, and Ellis Headline Street Festival Commemorating the 1934 Minneapolis Truckers Strikes – http://tinyurl.com/lp2fbb

E.G. Bailey Press
• Spoken Word takes root in MN – http://tinyurl.com/kouz6b
• Liberian-American Spoken Word Artist is Home at Last – http://tinyurl.com/c6lp9b
• The Daily MP3 – E.G. Bailey – America – http://tinyurl.com/n92gv4

Videos
• Junkyard Empire – http://tinyurl.com/nnwcyz
• Guante – http://tinyurl.com/p328up
• E.G. Bailey – http://tinyurl.com/nx3388

Guante + e.g bailey feature at Political Prisoner Benefit Show for Marie Mason

marie mason flyer - oct 18 - eg + guante (600pxl)

Political Prisoner Benefit Show for Marie Mason
with BROADCAST LIVE (NY), EVAN GREER (MA), JUNKYARD EMPIRE,
E.G. BAILEY, GUANTE, BARTON STINK
Sunday October 18th
Bedlam Theater
1501 S. 6th St. Mpls
8pm All Ages
Suggested $5-10 donation

Marie Mason is a long-time labor and environmental activist, musician, poet, visual artist, and loving mother of two. She is currently in prison in Waseca, MN for her role in two Earth Liberation Front (ELF) acts of economic sabotage in which no one was injured.  Marie’s case is part of the Greenscare: the politically-motivated government crackdown on environmental and animal rights activists.  http://supportmariemason.org/  http://freemarie.org/

The fundraiser will feature the radical hip hop group from New York BROADCAST LIVE and RiotFolk Collective member EVAN GREER from Boston on their cross-country Steel Strings and Break Beats Tour, as well as three local acts launching their Verbal Graffiti Tour.  JUNKYARD EMPIRE is a Hip Hop/Jazz/Rock band that just released their new acclaimed album Rebellion Politik.  Tru Ruts artists GUANTE -slam poet and mc extraordinaire- and E.G. BAILEY – a true spoken word master and multi-fasceted artist- round out the Verbal Graffiti Tour.  Also performing will be the hip hop/electronic/experimental artist BARTON STINK who recently performed at Camp Trans as well as a local show with JD Samson and Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre.

Co-sponsored by Earth Warriors Are Ok! (EWOK!) and the Twin Cities Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

See More Perspective + El Guante performing at the Capitol

Trú Rúts Endeavors — a label of local hip-hop artists, writers and poets — hosted a stage at the Ripple Effect concert, on the Minnesota State Capitol lawn, during the second day of the Republican National Convention. Among the performers were See More Perspective and El Guante. 3-Minute Egg combines footage from that performance with a new interview, where See More and El Guante discuss teaming up and infusing politics into their music. You can catch them on stage Oct. 11 at the Nomad World Pub as part of the “Junkyard Empire” EP release party. [Courtesy of 3-Minute Egg]

Guante featured at Junkyard Empire ‘Rebellion Politik’ Release Party

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Politically rambunctious hip-hop/jazz/indie ensemble Junkyard Empire set to perform with emcee, activist and 2009 National Poetry Slam 1st Place winner GUANTE at the Rebellion Politik CD Release Party on September 4th. Co-Sponsored by LiveWithSubstance.org

Junkyard Empire plans to blow the roof off of the Cedar Cultural Center on September 4 with hip-hop and spoken word poet extraordinaire, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records artist GUANTE, and internationally acclaimed independent war reporter, DAHR JAMAIL.  Guante and the St. Paul “Soap Boxing” poetry slam team recently finished first at the 2009 National Poetry Slam, beating out artists from Austin, NYC, Oakland, San Francisco, Albuquerque and elsewhere.  Guante’s success as a poet is reflected in his work as an emcee: every word counts, and stage presence is as much about creating a real connection with the audience as it is about jumping up and down and yelling.  City Pages, in their annual “Artists of the Year” feature, said: “Guante quietly rolled into the Twin Cities’ hip-hop and spoken-word scenes with a hand grenade, and pulled the pin. If you look anywhere in those scenes now, you’ll see his shrapnel buried deep in every wall.”

Headlining act Junkyard Empire shares a similar passion for lyrical content and successfully inspires its listeners to think critically about world affairs and question mainstream media’s impression of international politics.  Trombonist and band founder Christopher Cox discussed in a recent interview with Political Affairs Magazine that Junkyard Empire wishes to provide “the soundtrack for political protest,” commenting that all necessary change needs to come from a grassroots level in various communities.  Vocalist Brihanu elaborated that the music “is just the icing on the cake” implying that its message and organizing power is where much of the splendor lies.

Don’t miss this extraordinary event as Junkyard Empire continues to unite music and politics and Guante thrills the crowd with the ferocity of his stage presence.  It will be a night of impeccable musical performance and fascinating world assessment that is sure to turn heads and enlighten minds.

Junkyard Empire CD Release Party featuring Guante, Carnage the Executioner, Samosa and Dahr Jamail. Co-sponsored by LiveWithSubstance.org. 7:00pm. All Ages. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

El Guante + See More at 501 Club with Junkyard Empire

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JUNKYARD EMPIRE w/ special guests El Guante + See More Perspective,
Celebrating the release of See More Perspective’s new single FIRST IMPRESSION!
Live at the 501 Club
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Junkyard Empire will be continuing their brand new “Second Thursdays” residency at the 501 Club this Thursday. If you have not seen this band live recently, you will be amazed. Recently added to URB Magazines NEXT 1000 list, and signed to the newly minted indie label Mediaroots Music, out of Los Angeles, it is only a matter of time before seeing Junkyard Empire in an intimate setting like this become more and more rare. Political Affairs Magazine has called them “the jazz version of Rage Against the Machine.”

Joining Junkyard Empire will be two very special guests, Tru Ruts artists Seemore Perspective and El Guante. See More Perspective will be celebrating the release of his new single “First Impression” on Thursday night as well. A St. Paul native, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE returned to the Twin Cities in 2007 after a seven-year stint in Chicago. Mixing the lyrical density and attention to detail the Chi-town underground is famous for with the free-flowing boom-bap of the burgeoning Twin Cities scene, See More’s music is a product of both communities while sounding little like either of them. Instead, the resulting hybrid sound is reminiscent of the late ’90s West Coast indie scene, where acts like Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Souls of Mischief and many more flourished.

In anticipation of the release of their new album, Junkyard Empire will be performing songs off of “Rebellion Politik.” Hear the tracks before they are officially available this July on iTunes.

501 Club. 501 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415. This is event is Free. Show begins at 8:00 pm. http://www.501.mn/home.php.

See More at Lowertown Commune

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See More Perspective at Junkyard Empire’s Lowertown Commune
w/ Primadonahue

April 29th
8pm • Donation

Black Dog Restaurant
308 Prince St
St. Paul, MN