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Seattle Super-Group, the Blue Scholars, Rock Belly
Up on Saturday, February 23 at 11:00 p.m.
Blue Scholars Join Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love and Casual
Aspen, CO / February 7, 2008 - While Seattle has long been a very musical city, most notably for the commercial success of artists in the 1990s, such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana and more recently Modest Mouse, not since Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” (1992, Def American) has the world paid much attention to Seattle’s “urban” scene. That is about to change as the Blue Scholars carry the torch for the Northwest to entertain Aspen, CO, performing songs from their new digital EP "Joe Metro," (released November 6, 2007) and past album "Bayani." "Bayani" debuted at # 37 on the Billboard Hip Hop chart and #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and was praised by Vibe Magazine as "depth in its melodically driven, Latin-flavored instrumentals and intellectually stimulating rhymes." The Blue Scholars will perform on Saturday, February 23, at 11:00 p.m. (doors at 9:00) at: Belly Up Aspen 450 S Galena St Aspen, CO, 81611 (970) 544-9800 Tickets are $22.00 in advance, available at and $24.00 at the door. This is an all ages event. ID Required. If you would like to cover the show, schedule an interview, receive a press copy of the EP or have any questions, please contact me at or (425) 361-2754.

### About Blue Scholars Prior to the duo's formation, Geo made local rounds as a battle emcee and spoken-word performer, while Sabzi honed his skills as a classical and jazz-trained pianist while coming up in the indie ska and punk scene. This unlikely partnership set the precedent for what distinguishes the group from the vast sea of independent hip-hop artists - the ability to strike a balance between worlds usually seen distant from one another. Poetic lyricism with beats you can dance to. Marxist theory with Baha'i spirituality. Musical influences ranging from Thelonius Monk and Aphex Twin to Marvin Gaye and J Dilla. However, the bridge between the two artists goes far beyond musical interests. Blue Scholars is as much rooted in the music as it is in working in the community. Their experiences as college students provide an intellectual dimension to their craft, while their backgrounds as second-generation sons of working-class immigrants keep the music grounded. Less sloganeering and more storytelling, Bayani showcases a more focused Geologic and a polished Sabzi coming into their own as a premier DJ-emcee duo. Released on local upstart label MassLine in partnership with the legendary Rawkus Records, Bayani debuted at # 37 on the Billboard Hip Hop chart and #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as reaching #9 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart and #1 on the Amazon West Coast Hip Hop Best Sellers chart. In addition, the critically lauded album spent 6 weeks at #1 on the CMJ Hip Hop chart. Producer/DJ Sabzi also won the 2007 Big Tune Beat Battle National Title. ###