Reve Kalell, An Hobbes, ROOKE5

Tue Jul 11 2017

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

Hailing from a sleepy seaside town in New England, rapper Spose has far exceeded the expectations for a musician from the isolated state of Maine, known more for it’s wildlife and horror authors than it’s hip-hop. Born Ryan M. Peters and raised in the coastal town of Wells, Spose debuted in 2008 with the self-released cult classic album “Preposterously Dank.” The album’s tone - simultaneously amusing and serious - resonated with listeners in his native New England. The defiant honesty in his lyrics, utilizing vivid working-class imagery and masterful storytelling, helped solidify Spose as a promising voice of his peers both in Maine and throughout the country. The album sold modestly but planted the seeds for Spose’s fervent fanbase.
The follow up to “Preposterously Dank,” 2009’s mixtape collaboration with fellow Wells rapper Cam Groves, “We Smoked It All,” sold considerably better, mostly thanks to the surprise hit single “I’m Awesome.” The song grew from local radio play to a national sensation, selling over 800,000 copies, going “gold” just weeks after it’s release, and scoring Spose a recording deal with Universal-Republic Records and a publishing deal with Sony-ATV Publishing. The song has since appeared in many commercials, YouTube tributes, Facebook statuses, Spose’s nightmares, and most notably (profitably?) as the theme song to award-winning Canadian sitcom “Mr. D.” Spose not only wrote “I’m Awesome,” but much like most of Spose’s music, he also produced the track himself. Spose’s production credits appear on nearly three quarters of the songs in his prolific catalog. His unique, signature sound often balances the distorted guitars of alternative rock with the boom-bap of underground hiphop. As ArtistDirect wrote in 2010, “Think Jay-Z meets Weezer and you’ve got Spose.”
Since the success of “I’m Awesome,” Spose has released five albums on his own PDank imprint, including 2012’s “The Audacity!”, which debuted number 5 on the iTunes hiphop chart. The success of “The Audacity!”, as well as the rest of Spose’s expansive discography, are due in large part to his dedicated following. Known today as the Spose Army, his once local fan base has bubbled to be comprised of a large international collective of Spose supporters. Recently, the Spose Army raised over $18,000.00 in a single day to support Spose after his tour van was robbed in St. Louis during a recent 37-date national tour.
A ubiquitous figure in his home state and a cult hero throughout small towns across the United States, Spose continues to reach new milestones in his thriving march to middle class victory. In 2014, Spose saw viral success with an article he penned for humor website Cracked.com in which he detailed his experience in the music industry. The article was viewed, shared, and praised by hundreds of thousands of struggling musicians and industry insiders who applauded Spose’s honesty. Later in 2014, Spose found himself at the center of a political spat between Senator Susan Collins (R) and gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud (D) landing his song “The King of Maine” on NPR, CNN, Time Magazine, and Fox News.
Spose has performed with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Weezer, and a bunch of other people you’ve probably heard of if you have ever listened to music in the United States. He’s also done a lot of other sweet shit and won a bunch of awards and plaques and stuff. In summer 2015, Spose will release his first album since 2013’s “The Peter Sparker Mixtape” and probably save the fucking world maybe.
Reve Kalell
Reve Kalell's musical journey began at age eight when a song came to him in a dream. To avoid forgetting the lyrics, he immediately got up, wrote them down on sticky notes, and stuck them to his forehead. Reve grew up with a strong religious influence, becoming the head of the youth music department at his church by age 12. With this came the opportunity to perform for thousands of people at venues like the Denver Coliseum and Six Flags. Eventually, Reve departed from the church and began a different spiritual journey. His desire to be a positive influence in the world and spread a message that wasn't tied to a singular belief system became his inspiration, and SkyLaw became his muse. In 2014 Reve married childhood friend Layne Kallel and they began making music together, making her the final piece of the puzzle.
An Hobbes
An Hobbes
Tyler Kreigler works a day job as a super hero in the city of Cubicle Hell. Armed with a degree in Philosophy he spends his day doing absolutely nothing related to his field of study. However, by night (and some evenings) he becomes An Hobbes- emcee extraordinaire, cosmonaut, philosopher and all around nerdy everyman who makes love to your ears with his quick lipped rhymes. Hobbes cracked the music matrix over 10 years ago as part of the Lincoln, NE group The Awkwords with fellow emcee Toad the Newsense, DJ Trinidad and Andrew Eckerson. With The Awkwords, Hobbes was fortunate enough to perform with artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Aceyalone, Josh Martines, Awol One, 2Mex, MC Frontalot, Eyedea and Abilities, Blueprint and more. Hobbes has also toured with Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox and Sadistik, both inside and outside of the United States. In 2007 The Awkwords released their debut album "Left Speaker... Right Speaker...". The Awkwords are happy to announce their follow up album "Colorful Language" will be released fall of 2012. Somewhere along the way Hobbes met the love of his life, his wife, Anastasia. They enjoy spending their time reenacting scenes from the book, "50 Shades of Grey", because after one child they prefer her eggs to be scrambled and not fertilized. Their daughter, Nova Rhyme, is being raised as a geek prodigy. She can already identify more comic book characters, rappers and constellations at the tender age of two than the average seven year old. Hobbes moved from Lincoln, NE to Denver, CO in April of 2011 to level up his powers in the city of Cubicle Hell and to expand his music career. "Diaries of a Space Cadet" is his first solo release which chronicles the adventures and romance of an Earthing who unexpectedly finds himself in the far reaches of space and, by no real action of his own, becomes captain of a space vessel. The album features production by K. Murdock, Count Bass D, Sassoon, Whatshisface, Sam Morris, Merchant of Death, and Andrew Eckerson. Guest emcees include Toad the Newsense (of the Awkwords), Barlow, and Robin Samples.
ROOKE5, pronounced Rooks, is an independent hip hop artist born and raised in Colorado. Heavily influenced by a variety of genres, ROOKE5 draws inspiration from the likes of anyone from Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield to more recent artists such as Murs and Grieves. Not only does it bring variety to his music but also a creative balance between blues and modern hip hop.

Born in the town of Loveland, Colorado, Luke Whitrock (aka ROOKE5) has always been business and music oriented. Working from the youngest age he possibly could, Luke developed a strong work ethic in every aspect of his life. At the age of 14, he was uprooted from his hometown and relocated to El Paso, Texas where he attended high school and college. It was in El Paso that Luke found his passion for music and took the first steps in pursuing music as a potential career. He began writing over popular instrumentals ranging from Rick Ross to Kanye West, and recording in the home studio of a co-worker. Needless to say Texas was a large influence on his musical perspective. In the spring of 2010, he traveled back to Colorado. The trip marked a new beginning. ROOKE5 has played everywhere from local spots like Cervantes in Denver, The Woodcellar in Evergreen and The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins to playing a Lollapalooza after party in Chicago in 2012.

ROOKE5 has had the privilege of sharing the stage with nationally touring acts such as Zion I, The Grouch & Eligh, Madchild, Amp Live, PROF, Grieves, Blueprint, Gift of Gab, Sol, Pigeon John, Sam Lachow, Hasan Salam, The MC Type, Brothers From Another, Sam I Am as well as many other local acts. Rooted in the pursuit of an energetic environment, his music seeks to ignite the crowd while sharing in their relationships in life, past and present. Together we rise!
Venue Information:
Marquis Theater
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, CO, 80205