Between the Waves Madison Music Festival & Conference to host free hip-hop show at the Majestic on June 16

Recent News 17 May 2017


Between the Waves Madison Music Festival & Conference to host free hip-hop show at the Majestic on June 16


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Between the Waves Music Festival & Conference and Majestic Theater have announced the BTW Madison Hip-Hop Showcase. This free, all ages show will feature some of the best talent the Madison hip-hop community has to offer and is just one of many great events taking place June 15th through the 18th. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.


Dogs of War

Dogs of War is a groundbreaking band that is a transcendence of Rock and Hip-Hop. The five-piece collective is a true hybrid that takes pride in utilizing the talent and diversity of their band. Dogs of War consists of two award-winning emcees: Tefman and Samhain Bane from the veteran hip-hop group The L.O.S.T S.O.U.L.S, backed by three incredibly skilled musicians in Anthony Salas (guitar/lead vocalist), Dustin Harmon (bass/sound engineer), and David Payne (drums).

Rob Dz

ROB DZ is a prolific artist and activist residing in Madison. Dz has rocked with NAS, Common, Eminem, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, Black-Eyed Peas, Murs, Wale, Rhymefest, Zion I, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Naughty by Nature, Bone Thugs And Harmony, N.O.R.E., Afroman and others. As a member of The Chicago Yestet, Dz has been reviewed in Downbeat Magazine while the band was featured performer at The Chicago Jazz Festival. He has appeared on ESPN’s Midnight Madness Special at George Mason University as well being selected as a national semi-finalist on MTV’s Ultimate Hip-Hop Talent Search. He has been named “Spoken Word/Poet of the Year” by Madison Magazine as well as “Best of Hip Hop” by Isthmus. As winner of “Hip-Hop Artist of the Year,” “Hip-Hop Song of the Year” and “Hip-Hop Album of the Year” by the Madison Area Music Association Awards, Dz is a leader in the soulful Midwest hip-hop movement. With a goal of touching listeners without sacrificing integrity, Rob Dz is putting the soul back into soul music, and that itself, is quite an experience.


In the year 2000, Illinois-born Recording Artist & Producer, Rip, created his Independent Record Label, Rip Records, while still in high school. Rip started DJ’ing at an early age, and his love for music soon turned into a passion for producing and recording. He also had a savvy knowledge for the direction of the music industry and was awarded a platinum plaque in 2003 from the Atlantic Records & the RIAA, for his online promotional and marketing skills for one of their artists. After a full decade of releasing his own label compilations, duo albums, mixtapes and performing at shows across the Midwest, Rip relocated from the Chicagoland area to Madison and finally released his debut solo album Fashionably Late in June 2010. The album featured the single “Watchin’ Me” which garnered radio airplay nationwide. Dubbed “driven, ambitious, hardworking, grassroots and savvy” by hometown radio program director, Erik Bradley, at WBBM-FM Chicago, Rip has graced stages all across the region – most notably at his hometown radio station’s B96 Summerbash in Chicago, at the Taste of Madison, at the Dane County Fair and at Madison’s World Famous Brat Fest.

Chris LaBella

Emerging from Madison’s vibrant music scene, Chris LaBella has been tearing up stages across the Midwest and receiving national airplay along the way. Armed with his trusty guitar, LaBella’s mix of hip-hop and rock is a refreshing change of pace. Quiet and unassuming, Chris has made a habit of impressing the audience when he steps onstage. Driving rhythms and funky bass lines get the crowd nodding their head while his smooth flow and honest lyrics resonate with their souls. The roaring guitar solos are just icing on the cake.

Keon Andre

Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, Keon Andre was introduced to hip-hop as a way to escape the pitfalls of street life. As a child of the struggle, Andre took his hustle to a legal level by forming Major Moves Entertainment, where he matured his sense of business and his sense of being a man. Showing strong ambition and long lasting determination, Andre doesn’t follow the trend, he sets the standard. Influenced by a melting pot of artists and producers, more specifically, 2pac, Nas, Kanye West, and Andre 3000 of the group Outkast, Andre unleashed his presence to the hip-hop community with his debut album Dark Past, Bright Future showcasing his riveting verbal imagery and impressive chorus lines. He has a passion for music like no other and is a force to be reckoned with in the competitive hip-hop industry. From his struggle as a child, to his ambition as a man, Keon Andre will always deliver a show-stopping performance.

Charles Grant
Charles Grant is a 25-year-old MC from Westfield, Wisconsin who released his first project March 22nd of this year. In his short one-year career he has opened up for such acts as Yelawolf, Cage, Aesop Rock, Prof, Atmosphere, Caskey, Toki Wright and some others. He had the opportunity to travel the country and perform in over sixteen cities with NYC natives BBAS and members Koncept & J57 on their “Future Prospects Tour”.


Between the Waves Madison Music Festival and Conference

Between The Waves Madison Music Festival & Conference is the Midwest’s only national festival and conference focused exclusively on you – the independent musician.

The conference program contains A-to-Z instruction on all facets of the music business, from creation to performance to distribution and alternative revenue streams.

The festival portion promises an exciting multi-night, multi-stage musical extravaganza, showcasing varied genres with featured performers and opportunities for conference attendees to get in on the act. It’s a guaranteed good time, and an excellent chance to network with acclaimed musicians. Between The Waves Madison Music Festival & Conference is the new destination for musical instruction, collaboration, networking and entertainment. You can make a living as a musician within 100 miles of your home. Let us show you how.

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About the author

Rick Tvedt

Rick is publisher of Local Sounds Magazine, formerly Rick's Cafe, Wisconsin's Regional Music Newspaper. He is also the Executive Director for MAMA, Inc., a non-profit organization that produces the Madison Area Music Awards and raises funds to promote youth music programs.

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