Many of the artists who come through Cincinnati do one kind of music really well. But a few artists run the gamut of genres, blending influences from across the board into one masterful performance. Want to see one of these performances? Then come out to the 20th Century Theater for a night of rock-influenced hip-hop! K.Flay and YUNGBLUD will be taking the stage on March 25.
K.Flay, born Kristine Flaherty, studied psychology and sociology at Stanford University. The people she met along the way had an influence on her music, but an even bigger force in her creativity is her father. A guitarist who was never bound by genres, he passed away when she was only 14 years old and she tributes many of her songs to him. Her 2014 album, Life as a Dog, reached number 14 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart and number two on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart. She was also nominated for two Grammy's: Best Engineered Album and Best Rock Song.
Such a genre-defying sound can be compared, at times, to anything from Missy Elliott to Tame Impala. K.Flay’s shows aren’t wanting for variety as she goes from tempo to tempo with fast-paced raps to slower ballad-like songs.
YUNGBLUD, born Dominic Harrison, comes from a multi-generational line of musicians. His father sold vintage guitars and his grandfather played in the band T-Rex in the ‘70s. He was exposed to great artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Clash as a child, molding his own creative blend of genres. He dropped out of high school at 16 to start working on his music and released a collection of five singles this year.
YUNGBLUD takes a stand against social injustices in some of his songs; take “Polygraph Eyes,” for example. The track is about the gross amount of sexual assaults that have come to light in the past year. He stresses the importance of consent and the fact that “yes means yes.” His music is a beautiful effort to give a voice to the voiceless.
Don’t miss the undeniable passion of these two artists! Both will bring unique performances to the Oakley stage that will turn anyone into a fan.
Editor's note: This concert is listed as *sold out.* If you don't already have tickets, finding some may be more difficult.
When: Sunday, March 25, 7:30 PM
Where: 20th Century Theatre
How much: $18.00-$89.00.