Tahj & Sweatshop Sneakers
The Top Hat is happy to welcome back long time Missoula favorite and lyrical wordsmith Tahj Kjelland & Sweatshop Sneakers for a FREE concert on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Sweatshop Sneakers is a five piece band playing the music of Tahj Kjelland. Sweatshop Sneakers blends the genres of hip hop, funk, reggae and spoken word. The band is comprised of Tahj Kjelland, lead vocals, Ben Schuberg on keys, Checkers Barker on Drums, and Jessie Christian on Bass. Tahj has been an active musician/ poet on the scene for over a decade. Tahj’s musical performance intertwines raw socially conscious flavor’s mixed with rhythm and rhyme to move the crowd. Tahj has release d three full length albums and is currently working on an EP titled Citizen of the Imagination. You can check Tahj’s music out on Spotify, Soundcloud or www.tahj.us
Living cells contain thousands of enzymes. Enzymes creates music for those cells…
Grown and cultivated for over a decade, Dylan Valley, aka ENZYMES, began with two turntables and a stack of records high in the mountains of Montana. Like seeds, the records sprouted mixed breaks and parties bloomed to the production of ENZYMES’ original compositions. The growth led ENZYMES to be an originator of a critically accomplished hip hop group, (Inhumans) in 2004; while simultaneously establishing ENZYMES’ name in the local electronic scene through dozens of collaborative efforts with various producers, emcees and musicians.
In 2009, ENZYMES transplanted to Portland Oregon and continued as a solo artist, producing self-released albums, digging through music, blowing up parties, music festivals and other venues in the northwest. The topography of the ENZYMES sound distinguished by its rugged bass lines, integrative drum patterns and nostalgic mixes drenched in breaks, deep bass and dub. Sharing stages with major artist such as Bassnectar, Rusko, Beats Antique and Mimosa, Marty Party, Stickybuds and Paper Diamond, ENZYMES is establishing himself as a heavy hitter in the electronic bass music scene.
Known for their high energy live performances and swaggerous investigation of hip hop and electronic music, PARTYGOERS blends the live drumming of Aaron “Trickshot” Johnson with the live beat manipulation of Charlie Apple to create a unique flavor of danceable, thought provoking music.
Their new EP, the business district, showcases the duo’s original blend of production and includes collaborations by other hip-hop, rock and skurf artists. One can listen to the new ep here: https://partygoers.bandcamp.com/, but to realize the full scope of their sound, you have to see them live.