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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Walnut CD Release Concert on Saturday June 25, 2011 - LynnArts Black Box

I had the joy of meeting Walnut-Da Lyrical Geni for the first time a few months ago. He's such a genuinely nice guy who is looking to bring us all together in such unique ways. Every once in a while we all get invited over to his place for Open Houses that go from 2 in the afternoon to 2 in the morning. I haven't been able to attend one of these yet, but I look forward to the next one. This CD Release party seems to be a logical expression of his collaborative spirit. Several names you know and some you may not will appear on stage with him on the 25th. Definitely check this out.

Walnut CD Release Party
Saturday, June 25m 6PM
The Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater
25 Exchange Street, Lynn Ma 01901
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174126
1-800-838-3006
Tickets: $8 Advance/$12 Door 



-------- Press Release from the Walnut peeps ---------------------- 

Walnut celebrates the release of his highly anticipated album, Love Is In Your Face Saturday, June 25 at LynnArts’ Rantoul Black Box Theater with special guests singer/songwriter Gretchen Elise, poets Elizabeth McKim, D-Mo, and K-Unit, gospel singer Doreen Murray, and eight-year-old Hip Hop artist MC D, DJ Radio Scotvoid, and hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo. Love is in your face the follow-up to Walnut’s debut album, Once Tha Shell Broken, and has been three years in the making.

The album reflects Walnut’s growing involvement in the arts scene on the North Shore. “I’ve learned a lot and had some good experiences with more people,” says Walnut. “That’s how I work, observing others, seeing what’s going on in life around me. I have more guests on this album, people from different genres, but it’s still a Hip Hop album.” This album represents the various facets of Hip Hop Culture.

Walnut has performed in a lot of suburban areas and found people unfamiliar with the history and purpose of Hip Hop music. He made it part of his mission to make Love exemplify the best in the genre to help people understand, including the guest musicians. “People in suburban areas didn’t really have a true understanding of Hip Hop,” he says. “It gave me a reason to express myself, it helped me help others. It’s a culture, that’s what people miss. What better way to have them understand the culture than to have them be part of the culture.”  

The title track of the album, Love Is In Your Face is especially significant to Walnut and his personal and musical philosophy. “It’s a song that shows, despite what you’re going through in life, no matter how purposely detached from it you have made yourself or afraid you are to embrace it, someone always loves you,” he says. He also added, “It shows the different ways love affects your life. We often idolized people for their popularity status and material prosperity not realizing that true love could be looking you right in the face.”

Walnut has been writing since he was seven years old, starting with short stories, and first graced the stage at 12, when he performed a Smurf-related Hip Hop tune for his sixth-grade talent show. He released his first album, Once Tha Show’s Broken on February 12, 2006, his daughter’s 19th birthday. As a teenager, his singing group, The Ultimate First Choice, opened for New Kids On the Block at the Joseph Lee School in Dorchester. You can see his performances throughout Massachusetts, New York, and Philadelphia.



Walnut CD Release Party
Saturday, June 25m 6PM
The Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater
25 Exchange Street, Lynn Ma 01901
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174126
1-800-838-3006
Tickets: $8 Advance/$12 Door

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