The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge)

The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge)

Mike Xavier

Tue, December 18, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

Las Vegas, NV

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge) - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian  Younge)
When two of hip-hop’s most accomplished composers get together to make an album you know the results are going to be special.

Ali Shaheed Muhammed (of A Tribe Called Quest) & Adrian Younge began their work together in 2013 on the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief album There Is Only Now and their partnership cemented on their score work for Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Today, they are proud to announce the forthcoming release of their carefully constructed and masterful The Midnight Hour. It is the duo’s long awaited debut album and it showcases their songwriting ability like never before.

Lead track and first single “Questions” featuring CeeLo Green is out today and has an unlikely origin story that CeeLo, Adrian and Ali originally explained to Pitchfork back in 2016, when a demo version of the song appeared as a sample on "untitled 06 | 06.30.2014." off of Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. project.

The Midnight Hour is black excellence: an ode to the cultural sophistication that the Harlem Renaissance established for its people. The Midnight Hour is comprised of Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, alongside a tight rhythm section and a full orchestra.

The album has features from some of the most celebrated names in contemporary hip-hop and R&B including CeeLo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane, Karolina, Questlove and more.

Adrian and Ali began working on this album back in 2013, but put the project aside as they would score the hit Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage. The Midnight Hour is a soul/jazz/hip-hop album which continues the conversations started by yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip-hop producers in the 80s/90s. The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip-hop that fans will enjoy, capturing their jazz rhythm section, and a full orchestra, to analog tape.

One of the seminal compositions, “Questions,” originally began as an unfinished Midnight Hour demo with CeeLo Green. However, Kendrick Lamar heard the track and wanted to sample portions of it for his GRAMMY-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly (the song ultimately made it to Kendrick’s 2016 compilation untitled unmastered. as "untitled 06 | 06.30.2014."). The full, completed version of “Questions” is now the lead single on The Midnight Hour.

“So Amazing” is a reimagining of Luther Vandross’ 1986 single. Ali and Adrian took Luther's original vocal stems and composed new music, as if Luther was in the room with them. This transcendental recording is something that really makes The Midnight Hour special.

The June 8 drop for the album couldn’t come at a better time. Luke Cage’s Season 2 comes out on June 22 on Netflix and The Midnight Hour have a lot of special surprises in store for both the original score and the original music that they have created for the show.

Stream The Midnight Hour ft. CeeLo “Questions” now:
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2LaJYA0
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2Ivj4Br
Mike Xavier - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mike Xavier
It’s rare to find a hip-hop artist who appeals to everyone from all walks of life. Xavier does just that, proving himself to be that unique artist through his vivid, poetic and real life – though upbeat and optimistic – lyrics.

Xavier’s generation-defying appeal comes in part because of his live band. A gifted, smooth and well-trained group that includes trumpet, keys, guitar, bass, and drums. After years of performing alongside a DJ, Xavier decided it was time to task a crew of expert instrumentalists to help him create a live experience that’s unparalleled in the world of hip-hop. They gently wrap his insightful lyrics in energetic and accessible jazz that consistently captivates crowds of all ages.

While the band’s smooth, patient strumming draws you in, the lyrical portrait Xavier paints of this often gritty world is what leaves audiences of all backgrounds feeling they’re one with a peer or someone who has genuinely lived in their dirt-stained shoes. That’s because they are: Xavier is all of us.

Before Xavier ever opened up for Hip Hop pioneers such as; Mobb Deep, Zion I and Rakim, he was raised in Los Angeles by a single mother and eventually wound up homeless – sleeping in his car until he could make a few dollars to lay his head on an actual pillow.

Now he’s a single father, and the lessons he first learned on the streets of L.A., and now Las Vegas pour out when he’s on stage. When Xavier performs his acclaimed song “Sunshine,” it's clear that he longs to be a good father and positive role model.

“We just got to teach our kids they can change the world,” Xavier raps with his calm though upbeat tone. “They used to tell me, ‘Try them drugs.’ I ain’t never try it.”

Xavier’s heart doesn’t just pour out in his lyrics; he also backs it up with action. He has taken part in feeding the homeless as well as hosted and organized his first annual Toy Drive, which brought out some of Las Vegas’ best talent to pay it forward for kids in need. He’s also played a benefit concert for the Las Vegas Victims' Fund, as well as performing for the neglected and abused children who live at St. Jude's Ranch.

Xavier has appeared on Fox, NBC, and Las Vegas Now News. He also sold out The Bunkhouse Saloon for his EP release in 2017. Shortly after he held a self-promoted headlining show in Hollywood, CA. Xavier's success has quickly carried over into the new year. In January alone Xavier hosted his first sold out Artist Seminar, was named an "act to follow" in 2018 by The Las Vegas Weekly and was voted as the "Best Singer-Songwriter" by Desert Companion Magazine.
Venue Information:
Bunkhouse
124 South 11th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101