Little Stranger + Tropidelic

Bonfire Presents:

Little Stranger + Tropidelic

The Norm

Sat, March 4, 2017

8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Little Stranger
Little Stranger
Little Stranger is an alternative/hip-hop duo born in Philadelphia, PA and transplanted to Charleston, SC. John Shields and Kevin Shields (of no known relation) comprise the charismatic two-piece as an “interchangeable, indispensable pair in limbo between rapper and singer-songwriter.” 2015 saw the band’s formation followed quickly by their first full length release, Buddha the Beast.Recorded in Philadelphia and Charleston, Buddha the Beast offers a “mashup of electronic beats, surf-ready sounds, and hip-hop…each song is an experience all its own.”

What started as a side-project quickly moved into the forefront as the duo’s chemistry on stage and in the studio sparked a unified vision. Prior to Little Stranger, both Shields and Shields fronted their own bands that would go on to share the stage with other notable acts such as Slightly Stoopid, Del the Funky Homosapien, Steel Pulse, Grace Potter, The Heavy Pets, and John Brown’s Body. With years of on-stage experience between them, Little Stranger bring an energy and freestyle approach to each live show, paying mind to the importance of keeping every performance fresh and unique.

With influences from artists such as Beck, Gorillaz, and Outkast, Little Stranger combine melodic songwriting with hip-hop-inspired lyricism and production, creating a sound that slips into your subconscious after one listen!
Tropidelic
Tropidelic
Tropidelic formed along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in murky, Kent, Ohio. Fusing energetic funk, hip-hop and reggae, the group built a following distributing over 10,000 free copies of their self-produced first EP, “Rebirth of The Dope” on campuses and street corners throughout the Great Lakes. After the release of their second EP, “Tree City Exodus” and relocating to nearby Cleveland, the group solidified their growing status in the Midwest supporting acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja, The Wailers, Flobots & many more. In addition to appearances at Warped Tour and Bamboozle Festival (NYC), the group released their third EP, “Erie Vibes & Irie Tides” in 2011. Following several member changes, including the addition of a horn section and masked percussionist, the group released their first full length album, “All Heads Unite” the following year. In 2014, Tropidelic was shut down by police during a SXSW (Austin) street performance and was published by national media outlets when their rehearsal space was haphazardly raided by police. After two back to back sell out shows on 12/31/14 & 3/21/15 at the renown, Grog Shop, in Cleveland, the group supported Badfish (Sublime Tribute) on their South East tour playing to packed houses at venues like House Of Blues Orlando, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach and Jannus Live (St. Petersburg). Their 2015 release, “Police State” features appearances by East Coast reggae/rock friends, Sun-Dried Vibes and Bumpin' Uglies. After another successful tour of the South East in September 2015, the group is hard at work on their next full length release tentatively titled “Go Down With The Ship”.
The Norm
The Norm
Singer-songwriter Bryan Rucker is the dynamic frontman and driving force behind an electrifying new band called The Norm. Comprised of he and his step-brother and rapper Ryan Bars, the duo combine their urban roots with layers of funk, reggae, pop, rock, and hip hop to achieve a sound that is both unique and captivating.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Bryan Rucker grew up in a musical household. His father, Steve Rucker, was a member of the Bee Gees band and played with other music legends such as Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Jaco Pastorious.

The Norm got their start in their garage in 2010 when Rucker and Bars began experimenting with musical styles to elevate what was considered the musical "norm." In 2012 Rucker moved to Milledgeville, GA to film a show for TLC. Shortly after the show became a success, Bars moved to Milledgeville to join his brother and the two formed a band to perform the songs they had written together. In 2014, they shared the stage with Randall Bramblett, Family & Friends, Little Hurricane, and Heartless Bastards at the Deep Roots Music Festival. The band's quick rise prompted them to move to a larger music market.

After moving to Athens in 2015, they combined forces with childhood friend Daniel Rubin (drums) and local heavyweights Doyle Williams (guitar) and Jay Rodgers (bass). In 2016, The Norm's second EP "Normaltown" was recorded and produced in Nashville by former Cartel frontman, Will Pugh. Shortly after the record's release, the band was nominated as a finalist at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards for Artist of the Year.

A proven track record of constant growth, resilience, and dedication keep The Norm moving ahead. They continue to embrace the Classic City as their home base, where they write, perform, and fuel their musical journey.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107