Catapult Music Festival Launches Hip Hop Out of the Golden Era and Into a Post-Rap Future

Abiyah and Grasshopper Juice Records' Nick Mitchell are pleased to announce the inaugural Catapult Music Festival, a free one-day post-rap and electronica-influenced music event to be held in Cincinnati’s eclectic Northside neighborhood on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Headlining the festival will be forward-thinking NYC musicians louis logic (Fake Four Inc.) and Tonedeff (QN5). They will be joined by similarly-situated Cincinnati progressive hip hop and electronic musicians. Catapult will be held concurrently from 9pm until 2am at Northside Tavern (front room and back room) and Chameleon on Hamilton Avenue in the Northside Entertainment District. The event will also feature a DJ happy hour at The Listing Loon from 5 to 8pm that day. 


We created Catapult out of a desire to move minds out of the “taking it back to that REAL hip hop” mode of thought into what hip hop is currently experiencing musically and sonically as it matures. Much like how post-punk artists were influenced by the sounds and statements of punk and forged new approaches in a post-punk era, so it is now occurring with what was considered underground hip hop. Beats are increasingly electronic in nature, with many artists replacing traditional DJs with SP-404 samplers, while many underground hip hop legends are veering off into new genre territory, i.e., EDM, indie rock/pop, etc. Catapult’s first headliners, NYC’S louis logic and Tonedeff, and will be joined by a slew of Cincinnati’s like-minded adventurous musicians, including Abiyah, Counterfeit Money Machine, Eugenius, Sudan Moon and B-Rad From The Breeze at Northside Tavern, while Chameleon will house several future-electronic/soul/experimental musicians, many from Cincinnati's electronic music and fine arts collective CINTHESIZER.
Visit the Catapult Music Festival Facebook page to learn more about the festival's mission and to RSVP/view event schedules and performers.  Follow us on Twitter at @catapultmusic7 and listen to a mix of festival performers on Soundcloud.