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Open Mike Eagle LIVE at Lets Fest 3 in Fort Wayne, IN

The Brass Rail
Fort Wayne, IN

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Open Mike Eagle RETURNS
to headline ~ Lets Fest 3 ~
Saturday August 3rd
At The Brass Rail
Doors at 10:00
$15 online (no refunds)

Lets Fest returns for the third year with the thicccest lineup yet!

Were downtown Fort Wayne, IN August 1-4 in 6 different venues bringing live comedy, music, podcasting, and lots lots more. If you want to catch ALL the action snag our $100 VIP pass and youll have the opportunity to see not only this show but also: Chris Redd, Beth Stelling, Tony Hinchcliffe, Todd Barry, The Kill Tony Podcast, Lil Debbie, The Adventures of Danny and Mike Podcast, James Swanberg, Jeffrey Lewis, An Evening with the Authors, Ever Mainard, Holly Lynea, John Bruton, Adam Gilbert, Broken Pencil Improv  and a whole lot more.

AND NOW more about Open Mike:
Novelist Tom Robbins once said, Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival. These words are the artistic ethos of Robbins fan and acclaimed Los Angeles-based rapper Michael Eagle II, better known as Open Mike Eagle. Like a good comedian, he couches uncomfortable truths in hilarious punchlines. Like the greatest comedians, he knows when to forsake a joke entirely, when to lay pain bare so he and his audience can find catharsis and continue.

On albums like Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (2017) and Dark Comedy (2014), Eagles sharp humor, along with the musicality of his verses and his ear for forward-thinking production, have received praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, and more. In addition to headlining solo shows around the world, he regularly performs at festivals such as the 2018 Pitchfork Festival and the inaugural Adult Swim Festival. Of late, hes taken his passion for comedy beyond the studio. Together, Eagle and comedian Baron Vaughn created The New Negroes, a standup-meets-music variety show that explores and expands perceptions of blackness. Following months of lauded shows at venues like LAs Upright Citizens Brigade.. IT IS NOW INTO ITS FIRST FULL SEASON AS A TOP SHOW ON COMEDY CENTRAL!!!.

Before rap and comedy, there was Chicago. Born on Southeast side of the city, Eagle attended magnet schools in more affluent neighborhoods, an experience he credits with shaping his understanding of human behavior. In high school, though he loved A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, he developed an equal affinity for alternative rock bands like They Might Be Giants. While studying psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he met friends and future collaborators comedian Hannibal Buress and rapper Serengeti, Eagle began making music in earnest for the first time.

After college, Eagle moved to Los Angeles and embedded himself in the citys independent rap scene. At Project Blowed, the renowned open mic workshop and rap collective based in Leimert Park, he honed his skills by freestyling in cutthroat cyphers. Then, in 2010, he released his solo debut, Unapologetic Art Rap (Mush Records). The album planted a flag for art rap, the term Eagle coined as shorthand for progressive, leftfield rap music, and attracted the attention of local publications like LA Weekly, who called the album acidic and excellent.

Eagle continued to receive critical recognition for the several albums that followed, especially 2012s 4NML HSPTL, which featured guests like Serengeti and Danny Brown. That same year he attracted attention in academic circles, co-writing and publishing a scientific study in Nature that investigated the cognitive differences between freestyled and rehearsed rap. 2014, however, marked the beginning of his national profile. After signing a multi-album deal with indie rap label Mello Music Group, Eagle released Dark Comedy. Here he chronicled our addiction to technology, our social anxieties, the existential and financial realities of being an artist in the streaming era, and more with self-deprecation, side-splitting absurdity, and an underlying compassion. Dark Comedy firmly established Eagle as one of the genres most intelligent writers and uncompromising artists. Pitchfork c alled the album one of the most compelling indie-rap listens of the year, and it ranked highly on many year-end lists.

Released on the heels of Hella Personal Film Festival, Eagles 2016 collaborative album with renowned UK producer Paul White, 2017s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group) is his wisest album yet. Part documentary, part tribute, BBKSD examines the nine-year demolition of the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, where several members of his family once lived. Blending powerful fantasy and grim reality, he illustrates how he and members of this community have persisted in spite of the institutional racism this demolition violently affirmed, how theyve coped with the lingering traumas of life in the projects. In wading through the rubble of his past, Eagle created an musical monument where a physical one shouldve long-since existed. There are few jokes, but there are decades of survival.

Eagles forthcoming EP, what happens when i try to relax, once again strikes a brilliant balance between the insightful and the comedic. Turning his gaze inward, he weighs his recent successes against the many sociopolitical failures of the present. For Eagle, this is the sound of catharsis, the music he needs to make to continue.


  The Brass Rail
1121 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
United States
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Start: Saturday Aug 03, 2019 10:00 PM
End: Sunday Aug 04, 2019 12:00 AM


Who: Ryan James Ehle
Phone: 260.704.5393

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Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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