SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Lupe Fiasco at 1015 Folsom 11/16 (WED)

Lupe FiascoWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Lupe Fiasco with The Boy Illinois, RXMN //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
November 16th, 2016 //

From his explosion onto the rap scene to who he is today, Lupe Fiasco has always been a rapper who will not compromise who he is for the limelight. A Chicago-born emcee who emerged from the “nerd rap” scene and caught the ear of artists like Kanye West and Talib Kweli, Fiasco’s best skill is a remarkably smooth flow over deep, complex lyrics.

Both accessible and robust, Fiasco’s catalog has contributed to the stylings of rappers like Nas and Common while expanding Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s famous single “The Message” into a more radio-friendly territory. His career, meanwhile, has been one of constant mishaps and challenges, from botched album releases to ill-conceived pop-crossover efforts to even protests by his dedicated fan base at his label Atlantic Records. Preemptive retirement announcements, canceled shows and a disappointing sequel to his seminal debut LP in 2012 have all held back the CEO of 1st & 15th Entertainment in recent years.

But with the release of his most recent effort Tetsuo & Youth, Fiasco has seemingly gotten his groove back. A fine-tuned production with the smooth-yet-complex lyricism built on dizzying layers of rhyme, double entendre, wordplay and references ranging anywhere between Steve Urkel and a Thomas Pynchon novel. Tetsuo & Youth is a redemption album for Fiasco, and we couldn’t be happier to see him return to his most true form.

Touring in support of Tetsuo & Youth, Fiasco will headline 1015 Folsom this Wednesday with support from The Boy Illinois and RXMN. Tickets are available for $40-50, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Lupe Fiasco - 1015 Folsom

Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Golden Suits: November 15th (TUE) @ Swedish American Hall
Natasha Kmeto: November 16th (WED) @ Swedish American Hall
Matt Costa: November 17th (THUR) @ Slim’s
Joe Budden: November 17th (THUR) @ The New Parish
Ricky Eat Acid: November 17th (THUR) @ Swedish American Hall
Red Fang: November 18th (FRI) @ Slim’s
Sun Kil Moon: November 18th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
The Stone Foxes: November 18th (FRI) @ The Independent
Jay Som: November 18th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Stones Throw 20th Anniversary Tour: November 18th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Should We Run: November 19th (SAT) @ The Independent


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Noise Pop 2016: Get ready with our Spotify playlist

Noise Pop 2016

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 19th-28th, 2016 //

Noise Pop’s “early music lineup” has been officially announced and 2016’s dates are locked in. Coming to the Bay Area this February, the seminal independent music, art and cultural celebration returns for its 24th year to venues in SF and Oakland.

Highlighting some of the most innovative names in alternative rock and indie rock along with a wide variety of emerging acts from across the country, Noise Pop has become known for curating some of best breakthrough performances and most cutting-edge talent for nearly a quarter century.

Brush up on the first round of artists that have been announced for next year’s bill with our Noise Pop playlist and don’t miss your opportunity to take part in the 2016 festivities.

All tickets for currently announced events go on sale Friday, November 20th at 11 a.m. and will sell out quickly. Noise Pop badges are also available here and listed as follows:

Early Bird Badge ($145)/Regular Badge ($175): Grants access to all general admission (non-seated) concerts and special events.

Super Fan Badge ($375): Guarantees entry to all film/music/cultural events, a merchandise package, drink tickets to select events, ride-share coupons and a personal representative available for assistance during festival hours.

In the meantime, you can relive some of our favorite moments from Noise Pop 2015 here.

Noise Pop 2016 lineup

WIN TICKETS: Four Tet at Mezzanine 3/8 (Saturday)


Enter to win a pair of free tickets to this SOLD OUT show below.

Four Tet with Natasha Kmeto (Live), DJ Dials, Sleazemore, Richie Panic
Mezzanine — San Francisco
March 8th, 2014 (Saturday)

Kieran Hebden is one prolific producer, remixer and jack-of-all-electronic-trades that we popularly know as Four Tet. Bummed you didn’t score presale tickets to his SOLD OUT show at the Mezzanine on Saturday, March 8th? Well, we got a few lucky readers covered as Four Tet appears alongside Portland based singer/producer Natasha Kmeto. Local stalwarts DJ Dials, Sleazemore and Richie Panic round off a stacked bill.

Show is SOLD OUT – so get those entries in! VIP Bottle Service is still available.


Enter to win if you can attend this show Saturday, March 8th at Mezzanine in SF.

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