On Saturday, January 13, hip-hop band Flobots will take the stage at The Hi-Fi in Indianapolis along with rap/funk band Tropidelic. Read on to find out more about both of these talented groups.
The fusion of hip-hop and rock has existed in music for a long time. However, unless the band’s name is Linkin Park, it hasn’t exactly been easy for these fusions to break into the mainstream music industry. For Denver, Colorado’s Flobots, the struggle to achieve mainstream success went on for years until the band’s major label debut and a smash hit single.
In 2007, Flobots released “Fight with Tools,” on Universal Republic. While the album as a whole received positive reviews, it was the single “Handlebars” that took modern rock radio by storm and had everyone talking about the band.
Flash forward nearly a decade and Flobots continues to have a dedicated following along with the desire to create music that breeds discussion. On May 5, 2017, the band released the Kickstarter-funded “No Enemies,” which featured songs on issues including immigration reform and climate change. Jamie “Jonny 5” Laurie, Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett, and Kenny “KennyO” Ortiz have crafted a unique sound that transcends genre and offers punk-like messages of protest, politics, and a desire to make the world a better place for everyone.
To learn even more about Flobots, check out their official website.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, the six-piece Tropidelic offers a unique spin on reggae, hip-hop, and funk. Melding these genres together, the band has crafted an interesting sound that can please hip-hop heads as well as lovers of classic funk and reggae.
Since forming in 2014, the band has seen much success, touring across the country, taking the stage with acts like 311, The Dirty Heads, and Slightly Stoopid. They’ve played Electric Forest, Warped Tour, and South by Southwest. After wrapping up with Flobots, Tropidelic will focus energy on crafting headlining tours throughout North America and Europe.
Check out their debut album, “Heavy is the Head,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes reggae charts back in November. You can find this and more on the band’s official website.
Doors for the show open at 8:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $16. The event is open to those 21 years of age and older.