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Urban Renewal Project

Aug 12, Friday - 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The Urban Renewal Project is a sixteen-piece collective known for its genre-bending original music combining elements of jazz, hiphop and vintage soul, and its explosive live performances that have captivated audiences from SXSW to the Java Jazz Festival.

Building off the success of their single “Don’t Ask Y,” featuring Camp Lo, and a subsequent tour with the rap luminaries, as well as a placement on Netflix’s The Circle, the group is preparing their next full-length release, but with recent events rendering large ensemble recording and live performances impossible, the musicians have spent the past year adapting to more intimate, home studio-oriented creative projects, including new multimedia concept “Posse Comitatvs,” well as session work for several forthcoming releases with producer Marlon “Chordz” Barrow (Ty Dolla $ign, BJ the Chicago Kid).

Bringing new meaning to the term “old school,” “Posse Comitatvs” expands on The Urban Renewal Project’s prior experiments with vintage styles and modern tastes by incorporating period instruments from the ancient Mediterranean into the group’s jazz-infused, underground hiphop aesthetic. Accompanied by an original manga chronicling the adventures of a young recruit from North Africa in the Roman Legion, this series premieres with a new 7-inch single, “Will to Survive,” featuring Vic Mensa, on June 12 as part of Record Store Day.

Building off the success of their single “Don’t Ask Y,” featuring Camp Lo, and a subsequent tour with the rap luminaries, as well as a placement on Netflix’s The Circle, the group is preparing their next full-length release, but with recent events rendering large ensemble recording and live performances impossible, the musicians have spent the past year adapting to more intimate, home studio-oriented creative projects, including new multimedia concept “Posse Comitatvs,” well as session work for several forthcoming releases with producer Marlon “Chordz” Barrow (Ty Dolla $ign, BJ the Chicago Kid).

Bringing new meaning to the term “old school,” “Posse Comitatvs” expands on The Urban Renewal Project’s prior experiments with vintage styles and modern tastes by incorporating period instruments from the ancient Mediterranean into the group’s jazz-infused, underground hiphop aesthetic. Accompanied by an original manga chronicling the adventures of a young recruit from North Africa in the Roman Legion, this series premieres with a new 7-inch single, “Will to Survive,” featuring Vic Mensa, on June 12 as part of Record Store Day.


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