Alfred Banks, Marco Pave, Q Dot Davis

Alfred Banks

Marco Pave

Q Dot Davis

Wed · April 5, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Alfred Banks
Alfred Banks
Hip Hop from New Orleans LA

The emergent New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks has already garnered critical acclaim from some of Hip-Hop’s most esteemed publications. In addition to being named one of Complex’s 10 upcoming New Orleans MCs, Banks was featured prominently in DJBooth’s list of best indie rappers from Louisiana. Having performed at renowned festivals like Atlanta’s A3C and Austin’s SXSW, Banks has also made considerable headway in the European market, starring in a Volkswagen ad campaign featuring his song “HomeComing” in addition to achieving notable performances in Germany and Spain.


In 2014, Banks joined celebrated MC and former XXL Freshman Mickey Factz’s 15-city Red or Blue Pill Tour as an opening act, an accomplishment which earned him the accolade of Charles Hamilton, another XXL Freshman Class MC. Thus far, Banks has also shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller, and A$AP Ferg, and his live show earned the attention of RevoltTV, who crowned Banks the winner of their Local Love Tour. Additionally, he and Bay Area superstar G-Eazy teamed up on the song “My Style.”

Most recently, Banks released his 2016 EP, A Beautiful Prelude. Inspired by his brother’s struggle with mental illness and his eventual suicide, the EP serves as a springboard for his forthcoming LP, The Beautiful. Slated for a Spring 2017 release, his third album is his most ambitious to date and features a conceptual approach dealing with schizophrenia and the complexity of identity.

Banks, who struggled with homelessness while attending Loyola University on a full-ride scholarship, opted to leave academia behind and pursue MCing full-time. Outside of music, the New Orleans native has made a name for himself through his unapologetic sense of personal style, and can often be seen sporting a fresh pair of sneakers and a scarf tied around his mic. His sense of individualism is something he applies to his life mantra, which is embodied by his Underdog Central movement. Created in 2012, Underdog Central represents a place where the overlooked are embraced and encouraged to finesse their potential.
Marco Pave
Marco Pave
Hip Hop from Memphis TN

MEMPHIS NATIVE MARCO PAVÉ SITS AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIP-HOP, ARTS COMMUNITIES, TECHNOLOGY, AND LOCAL ACTIVISM, HARNESSING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO TRANSFORM HIS CITY.

There is a rebirth brewing on the Memphis Hip Hop scene and up and coming local artist, Marco Pave`, is poised to lead the revival.
This born and bred Memphis native is an amazing lyricist with a distinct style and charisma that appeals to the triple crown of rap enthusiasts: the purists, the radio lovers and the eclectic hipster. With a laid back demeanor that contradicts his energetic music and performance style; Marco explains: "I make music for everyone. I like to cross genres, rock with hip-hop, hip hop with dub step, etc. but what I love most is to just drop straight through on a beat, telling a deep ass story that will make people think".
A rapper since the age of 8; Marco begin seriously pursuing music in 2012. While he originally thought that being a rapper was only about making music, he slowly came to realize that it takes more than releasing music to actually build a fan base. Fast-forward to 2013 and Marco Pave` begin his performance assault on the local music scene.
Starting out on the open mic scene Pave honed his skills at local events such as The Word and HypeLife Local Artist Showcase. After a couple of months his hard work paid off and Marco Pave` found himself opening up for Skewby at the Historic Hi Tone.
Committed to his community as well as his music, Marco Pave` begins to use his music to positively impact those around him. Marco Pave` created "Books on Beale" a benefit concert that promotes literacy in the Mid-South. The concert featured over 12 local acts and over 15 sponsors who collectively pooled over 20,000 in resources. Books on Beale led to Nat Atkin, the Director of Storybooth at Crosstown Arts, to name a future library after him.
Rounding out an astounding 2013; Marco Pave` was featured in best-selling author Dr. Joyce Knudsen's book , "Successful Failures". The book featured a Grammy award winning artist, a top ten American Idol contestant and many more.
Marco was chosen by Mayor AC Wharton to create a song that focused on several key issues affecting the City of Memphis. That led to the creation of his single "Dividends" featuring DJ Quinn Raynor. "Dividends" has been featured in over 30 blogs and is scheduled to air on WYPL Channel 18 in early 2014.
Marco was also honored to work with Koopsta Knicca from 3 6 mafia on a song for MTV's "True Life" documentary. The episode "True Life: I'm in a mixed weight relationship" is scheduled to air sometime in 2014.
2013 ended with Marco Pave` appearing on several local television shows and signing a publishing deal with Simply Grand Music.
After seeing how far his talent and drive has taken him in a short period of time, Marco Pave` knows that the possibility for 2014 is endless. Marco plans to continue his momentum and success Into 2014; beginning with his performance as a featured artist during DreamFest Weekend's Memphis Hip Hop Unplugged.
In February Marco Pave` is scheduled to hit the road with YMCMB's newest artist, Kevin Gates. When asked what his fans can expect from in the year 2014? Marco Pave` answered simply "The unexpected".
Q Dot Davis
Q Dot Davis
Hip Hop / Rap/ R&B / Club from Birmingham AL

Q Dot Davis is a rare find. This entertainer and promoter has his focus on his goals and works everyday to achieve each and every one.
He has found a unique way of blending all of the cultures he has experienced to create a sound of his own. He does not stick to a certain genre, yet feels he is his own genre. He promotes for hot upcoming artist worldwide, to help them gain exposure and needed buzz to establish longevity in the music game and land better deals with major labels. At the same time he rocks shows nationwide and has opened tours for Hopsin, TWayne, Waka Flocka Flame,Kevin Gates, Rittz, Three Six Mafia, Tha Joker Too Cold, Nappy Roots, Ace Hood, Ying Yang Twins, Currensy, Tech Nine , Ces Cru and Rehab to name a few.
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205
http://www.thenickrocks.com/