The Arches and One Inch Badge present
Wed 14 Sep 2011 | 7pm | £8 + bf
Performance artist, rapper, MC and political activist B.Dolan has, for the past decade, been earning himself a well deserved reputation for his live shows. In turns smart, hilarious, surprising, serious, energetic and absurd, they sum up his shape-shifting existence as an artist by mixing hip hop, rap, spoken word and performance art, with his alter egos Bombzo Way and Evel Knievel often making guest appearances.
Touring internationally since 2005, he made his chops in New York’s burgeoning spoken word scene as a teenager, going on to perform in poetry championships and win numerous slam titles. He was soon adding music – mainly hip hip and rap – and political activism to the mix.
Critics jumped on board when his first demo, The Failure, was re-released by Sage Francis, his buddy and co-founder of knowmore.org, a consumer activist site run by the pair. Heralded as a genre-defying classic by those in the know, it also won him a group of die hard fans who’ve stuck with him to witness his continual reinvention. His mixtape House Of Bees vol. 1 in 2009 was followed by his debut album Fallen House, Sunken City in 2010. A decidedy hip hop affair, it was celebrated by rap legends, critics and members of the underground hip hop scene.
Please enter on Argyle Street
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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