THE CALENDAR

Jan
26
Sun
Type O Negative & Carnivore Tribute Night
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

Type O Negative and Carnivore Tribute Night

 

Featuring:

Sworn Apart
No Paradise
Flying Half Full
Rich Young featuring Adrian of Stands with Fists

All Ages
$10 at the door

Jan
28
Tue
STEVE HOFSTETTER @ The Rock
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Steve Hofstetter

Ages 21+

One of YouTube’s most popular comics with over 100 million views!

Steve Hofstetter is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. Now is your chance to find out what the fuss is about during this no-holds-barred stand-up performance, featuring some of his unfiltered observations about life

Jan
30
Thu
SAM RIGGS, CAMERON BYFIELD, AND COUNTY LINE @ The Rock
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Sam Riggs

Cameron Byfield

and County Line

Red Dirt and Texas Country with Sam Riggs, Cameron Byfield, and special guests County Line live in concert on Thursday January 30th with special guest.

Tickets are just $12 in advance!

Doors 7pm 21+ Tickets on sale 10/25 at 10am

Jan
31
Fri
Decayer Live with Before the Silence
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 1 @ 1:00 am

 

 

 

Decayer & Before the Silence

 

 

Heavy hitters Decayer’s only Tucson show of 2020 & video shoot. Also, Before The Silence make their highly anticipated debut Friday January 31, 2020 at The Rock. 21 & up, doors 7pm, $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Live music from Decayer, Before The Silence, Fire Glass, Dedwin & Creating The Scene…

Feb
1
Sat
YYNOT
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

 

YYNOT Live at The Rock!!!

Tickets $23 in advance

Doors @ 7:00 Show @ 8:00

21+

Feb
7
Fri
Rated R Wrestling
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

ARE YOU READY FOR AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER?

RATED R PRO WRESTLING IS COMING BACK TO TUCSON!

DOORS @ 8:00

AGES 21+

Feb
8
Sat
Country Fest Tucson 2020
Feb 8 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

Country Fest Tucson 2020

Presented By: KICK’N DIRT ENTERTAINMENT

Featuring:
3:30 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. – DJ SCOTT DC
4:35 P.M. – 5:15 P.M. – JAY FAIRCLOTH
5:35 P.M. – 6:35 P.M. – TBA
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Donnie Lee Strickland Music
8:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – VEGAS McGRAW

Ages 18+
Doors – 3:00 PM V.I.P. & 4:00 PM GA
Ticket Prices – $49 V.I.P. & $29 GA

Feb
21
Fri
02.21.2020 with Lethean
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 11:45 pm

 

Lethean

 

The Rock and Jesse Rosales present manhigh, Bury Me Alive, Pyrotechnica, By the Gods, Lethean, Elyzian, and Ash To Dust live Friday, February 21, 2020.
.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with all ages are welcome. $10 at the door and children 12 and under get in free. Bar access will be restricted and must have I.D.
.
Show is sponsored by 7 Heads Printing, Cranium Radio, and Deer Camp

Feb
22
Sat
Tucson Bloody Mary Festival
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

Tucson Bloody Mary Festival

Date: 2/22/2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Age: 21+
Price: $25 General Admission Pre Sale – $45 V.I.P. Package
Venue: The Rock Tucson

Ticket Types:
General Admission $25 – Includes 4 Bloody Mary Samples and Entry into the Event with LIVE DJ and Giveaways.

VIP Admission $45 – Includes 6 Bloody Mary Samples, Event Shirt & Giveaways and EARLY Entry into the Event with LIVE DJ and 6 Raffle Tickets.

Throwback Dance Club Party
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 2:00 am

 

 

Throwback Dance Party!!!

FREE ADMISSION! Join us for 90s Dance Club: *NSYNC, Britney Spears, BSB Dance Night (21+) on Feb 22nd! Rock your body right with DJ’s spinning all your fave dirty pop hits! You can expect to hear a massive dose of *NSYNC, Britney, BSB, and Justin Timberlake alongside all your favorite throwback anthems including: Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Missy Elliott, Pussycat Dolls, Shakira & more! Dress up in your 90s/00s inspired outfits!

2-4-1 Calls & Cans from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
FREE ADMISSION – 21+

Mar
6
Fri
Escape the Fate
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

Phenomenon Concerts Presents:

Escape the Fate, Echoes, and Pyrotechnica!!!

Friday March 6th Doors @ 6:30

Tickets $20 in advance

All ages. Bar with ID

Mar
7
Sat
Bacon Bash
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

BACON BASH

THE ROCK
SATURDAY MARCH 7TH, 2020
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
If you are interested in becoming a Bacon Vendor please email: thunderbacon@outlook.com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

General Admission – $25 Includes Sample Tickets & Admission from 12p-4p
V.I.P. Admission – $45 Includes Sample Tickets & Early Entry at 11AM & Event Badge / T-Shirt
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Event is 21+ and Drink Responsibly

Mar
14
Sat
RuinFest 2020 Presented by Motor Mouth Productions
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

RUINFEST 2020

Survivors! Come one and all to our mostly-annual dystopian celebration! details are as scarce as honest politicians but we are working on gathering sponsors and shenanigans, right now. RSVP to keep up to date on all of our pre-post-present apocalyptic details!

BANDS:

The Ruin
https://www.facebook.com/theruinband

Aggressor
https://www.facebook.com/aggressortheband/

Exit.Dream
https://www.facebook.com/exit.dream/

Six Million Dead
https://www.facebook.com/SixMillionDead/

Elyzian
https://www.facebook.com/elyzianmusic/

Dedwin
https://www.facebook.com/DedwinOfficial/

No Paradise
https://www.facebook.com/Noparadise666/

Copper Magma
https://www.facebook.com/CopperMagma/

Single Finger Theory
https://www.facebook.com/singlefingertheory/

Pinata in the Pit: By Lady M Custom Art
A pinata… in the pit… prizes inside… confetti, fucking everywhere.

¡After Party!

SHOW IS 21+

#RUINFEST2020

Mar
15
Sun
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Mar 15 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Date: 3/15/2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Age: 21+
Price: FREE ADMISSION TO 21+
Venue: THE ROCK

The Ultimate Van Halen Reunion Experience
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
#1 Touring Van Halen + #1 Touring Sammy Hagar Tributes form together for The Ultimate Van Halen Reunion Experience.

21+
$15 Pre Sale
$20 Door
$40 V.I.P. Package (Includes M&G + T-Shirt)

Doors: 7PM
Show 8PM

Mar
18
Wed
Josh Gracin Live in Tucson
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

Josh Gracin Returns to TUCSON on 3/18/20

Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:30 PM
Ticket Price: $10 Pre Sale | $20 Door

Show is 21+
Questions: kickndirtent@gmail.com

Apr
15
Wed
Country Thunder Kickoff Party
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

Canaan Cox is LIVE in Tucson hosting the 2020 Country Thunder KICKOFF PARTY! Hosted By: Kick’n Dirt Entertainment

Doors; 7:00 PM
Show; 8:30 PM

Admission: 21+
Females FREE
Males $5

Apr
26
Sun
Jack Harlow
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

Phenomenon Concerts Presents:

Jack Harlow

04/26/20 @ The Rock (Tucson AZ)
$17.50 ADV Ticket Price // $20.00 DOS Ticket Price
All Ages
7pm Door Time // 8pm Show Time

 

GA Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jack-harlow-tickets-90361899875

VIP MEET & GREET TICKETS: https://ticket.warnermusic.com/event/jack-harlow-tucson

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday 1/24 @ 10:00am Local.
Check out Jack Harlow’s new music video for “WHATS POPPIN”, shot & directed by Cole Bennett https://youtu.be/w9uWPBDHEKE

Follow Jack Harlow:
Instagram – www.instagram.com/jackharlow
Twitter – twitter.com/jackharlow
Facebook – www.facebook.com/handsomeharlow
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2LIk90788K0zvyj2JJVwkJ?si=zIKD6J0nQHuRSx9cPKMX_g
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6vZl7Qj7JglLDmN_7Or-ZQ
Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jack-harlow/1047679432
Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/jackharlow

Jack Harlow reps Kentucky through and through. The 21-year-old Louisville, KY rhymer has a strong sense of pride for his home state, shown in the cover art for his new projectConfetti;a close-up photo of himself wearing a “KY” chain. Clearly, this is what he’s about. “I think it’sa place that people are somewhat unfamiliar with,” he says. “But there’s a lot of culture hereand I just want to put it on the map.”On his new mixtape,Confetti, the follow-up to his widely-acclaimed breakthrough Loose, which was recently nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards,he explains the main differences between 2018’sLooseandConfettiishis approach to recording and songwriting, promising to bring more introspection than on his previous effort. “I’m talking about women. I’m talking about my vices and just the way I feel at 21 years old,” he says. “It’s personal, but it is fun. I’m talking about my daily life, the things I’m seeing, the things I’m feeling.”He is continuing to spotlight Kentuckytalent with features from EST Gee and 2forwOyne, who is part of his Private Garden collective, a group of multi-faceted creatives originating from Louisville. Then there’s “THRU THE NIGHT” featuring fellow Louisville, KY native Bryson Tiller, a dream collaboration finally realized. “People wanted to hear that. I know it gives the city inspiration,” he says of the two linking up. The song has a pitched-up sample of Usher’s “U Don’t Have to Call” that screams nostalgia while the music video was shot in a roller rink.Influenced by artists like André 3000, Missy Elliott, Drake, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and Black Eyed Peas, Harlow’s mission is to prove that Kentucky can create its own unified sound. Growing up, he wanted to become a rapper because he liked expressing himself with words. The bravado and confidence that emanates from rap songs encouraged him to make his own music. He started to rap at the age of 12, remixing songs and catching some hate from his middle school peers after sharing it on Facebook. “But I caught a lot of encouragement too. I got a lot of kids [saying] like, ‘You got talent,’” he remembers. Once he reached high school, Harlow focused on becoming a better MC and defining his sound, dropping remixes and singles online to build his fanbase.2017’sGazebowas Harlow’s breakout mixtape that explored themes of depression, vices, ex-flings, and finding yourself. Reflecting on the project, Harlow saysGazebowas “settling into who I was and what I wanted to be on the record,” executing an idea with 2forwOyne of making an album that felt like “Louisville at night.” His potential was proven on “DARK KNIGHT,” a two-minute lyrical onslaught over a booming beat. To date, the video has over 2.7 million views, blowing up after Harlow thought about shooting and dropping a visual on a whim after recording it. “It was definitely validating,” he says of the song going viral. “I still feel like I got a lot of work to do, but it was definitely, [like] ‘Shit is picking up now.’” He adds the success of “DARK KNIGHT” allowed him to go on his first tour, which is a big accomplishment in itself.Now Harlow is looking to become the new face of Kentucky. In his corner are DJ Drama and Don Cannon, his two mentors who signed him to their label Generation Now. Harlow is excited to share his new music with fans because he had a fun time creating it. “Confetti was a great word for it,” he says of the title, telling fans to expect a party vibe.After its release,Harlow will hit the road for The Mission
Tour starting Oct. 18 in Chicago, Illinois, stopping at his hometown of Louisville, KY on November 29th, and wrapping Dec. 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.While he lists “ROTTEN,” “DENTYNE,” and “WARSAW” as some of his favorites offConfetti,he wants his fans to pay special attention to the album’s outro “RIVER ROAD.” “That song means a lot to me, I can’t wait ‘till people hear that. It’s my most honest work ever.”Overall, he’s confidentConfettiwill go down as a certified classic. “I think it’s the best project that’s coming out this year,” he says. “I love it so much.

Jan
26
Sun
Type O Negative & Carnivore Tribute Night
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

Type O Negative and Carnivore Tribute Night

 

Featuring:

Sworn Apart
No Paradise
Flying Half Full
Rich Young featuring Adrian of Stands with Fists

All Ages
$10 at the door

Jan
28
Tue
STEVE HOFSTETTER @ The Rock
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Steve Hofstetter

Ages 21+

One of YouTube’s most popular comics with over 100 million views!

Steve Hofstetter is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. Now is your chance to find out what the fuss is about during this no-holds-barred stand-up performance, featuring some of his unfiltered observations about life

Jan
30
Thu
SAM RIGGS, CAMERON BYFIELD, AND COUNTY LINE @ The Rock
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Sam Riggs

Cameron Byfield

and County Line

Red Dirt and Texas Country with Sam Riggs, Cameron Byfield, and special guests County Line live in concert on Thursday January 30th with special guest.

Tickets are just $12 in advance!

Doors 7pm 21+ Tickets on sale 10/25 at 10am

Jan
31
Fri
Decayer Live with Before the Silence
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 1 @ 1:00 am

 

 

 

Decayer & Before the Silence

 

 

Heavy hitters Decayer’s only Tucson show of 2020 & video shoot. Also, Before The Silence make their highly anticipated debut Friday January 31, 2020 at The Rock. 21 & up, doors 7pm, $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Live music from Decayer, Before The Silence, Fire Glass, Dedwin & Creating The Scene…

Feb
1
Sat
YYNOT
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

 

YYNOT Live at The Rock!!!

Tickets $23 in advance

Doors @ 7:00 Show @ 8:00

21+

Feb
7
Fri
Rated R Wrestling
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

ARE YOU READY FOR AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER?

RATED R PRO WRESTLING IS COMING BACK TO TUCSON!

DOORS @ 8:00

AGES 21+

Feb
8
Sat
Country Fest Tucson 2020
Feb 8 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

Country Fest Tucson 2020

Presented By: KICK’N DIRT ENTERTAINMENT

Featuring:
3:30 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. – DJ SCOTT DC
4:35 P.M. – 5:15 P.M. – JAY FAIRCLOTH
5:35 P.M. – 6:35 P.M. – TBA
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Donnie Lee Strickland Music
8:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – VEGAS McGRAW

Ages 18+
Doors – 3:00 PM V.I.P. & 4:00 PM GA
Ticket Prices – $49 V.I.P. & $29 GA

Feb
21
Fri
02.21.2020 with Lethean
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 11:45 pm

 

Lethean

 

The Rock and Jesse Rosales present manhigh, Bury Me Alive, Pyrotechnica, By the Gods, Lethean, Elyzian, and Ash To Dust live Friday, February 21, 2020.
.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with all ages are welcome. $10 at the door and children 12 and under get in free. Bar access will be restricted and must have I.D.
.
Show is sponsored by 7 Heads Printing, Cranium Radio, and Deer Camp

Feb
22
Sat
Tucson Bloody Mary Festival
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

Tucson Bloody Mary Festival

Date: 2/22/2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Age: 21+
Price: $25 General Admission Pre Sale – $45 V.I.P. Package
Venue: The Rock Tucson

Ticket Types:
General Admission $25 – Includes 4 Bloody Mary Samples and Entry into the Event with LIVE DJ and Giveaways.

VIP Admission $45 – Includes 6 Bloody Mary Samples, Event Shirt & Giveaways and EARLY Entry into the Event with LIVE DJ and 6 Raffle Tickets.

Throwback Dance Club Party
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 2:00 am

 

 

Throwback Dance Party!!!

FREE ADMISSION! Join us for 90s Dance Club: *NSYNC, Britney Spears, BSB Dance Night (21+) on Feb 22nd! Rock your body right with DJ’s spinning all your fave dirty pop hits! You can expect to hear a massive dose of *NSYNC, Britney, BSB, and Justin Timberlake alongside all your favorite throwback anthems including: Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Missy Elliott, Pussycat Dolls, Shakira & more! Dress up in your 90s/00s inspired outfits!

2-4-1 Calls & Cans from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
FREE ADMISSION – 21+

Mar
6
Fri
Escape the Fate
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

Phenomenon Concerts Presents:

Escape the Fate, Echoes, and Pyrotechnica!!!

Friday March 6th Doors @ 6:30

Tickets $20 in advance

All ages. Bar with ID

Mar
7
Sat
Bacon Bash
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

BACON BASH

THE ROCK
SATURDAY MARCH 7TH, 2020
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
If you are interested in becoming a Bacon Vendor please email: thunderbacon@outlook.com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

General Admission – $25 Includes Sample Tickets & Admission from 12p-4p
V.I.P. Admission – $45 Includes Sample Tickets & Early Entry at 11AM & Event Badge / T-Shirt
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Event is 21+ and Drink Responsibly

Mar
14
Sat
RuinFest 2020 Presented by Motor Mouth Productions
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

RUINFEST 2020

Survivors! Come one and all to our mostly-annual dystopian celebration! details are as scarce as honest politicians but we are working on gathering sponsors and shenanigans, right now. RSVP to keep up to date on all of our pre-post-present apocalyptic details!

BANDS:

The Ruin
https://www.facebook.com/theruinband

Aggressor
https://www.facebook.com/aggressortheband/

Exit.Dream
https://www.facebook.com/exit.dream/

Six Million Dead
https://www.facebook.com/SixMillionDead/

Elyzian
https://www.facebook.com/elyzianmusic/

Dedwin
https://www.facebook.com/DedwinOfficial/

No Paradise
https://www.facebook.com/Noparadise666/

Copper Magma
https://www.facebook.com/CopperMagma/

Single Finger Theory
https://www.facebook.com/singlefingertheory/

Pinata in the Pit: By Lady M Custom Art
A pinata… in the pit… prizes inside… confetti, fucking everywhere.

¡After Party!

SHOW IS 21+

#RUINFEST2020

Mar
15
Sun
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Mar 15 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Date: 3/15/2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Age: 21+
Price: FREE ADMISSION TO 21+
Venue: THE ROCK

The Ultimate Van Halen Reunion Experience
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
#1 Touring Van Halen + #1 Touring Sammy Hagar Tributes form together for The Ultimate Van Halen Reunion Experience.

21+
$15 Pre Sale
$20 Door
$40 V.I.P. Package (Includes M&G + T-Shirt)

Doors: 7PM
Show 8PM

Mar
18
Wed
Josh Gracin Live in Tucson
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

Josh Gracin Returns to TUCSON on 3/18/20

Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:30 PM
Ticket Price: $10 Pre Sale | $20 Door

Show is 21+
Questions: kickndirtent@gmail.com

Apr
15
Wed
Country Thunder Kickoff Party
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

Canaan Cox is LIVE in Tucson hosting the 2020 Country Thunder KICKOFF PARTY! Hosted By: Kick’n Dirt Entertainment

Doors; 7:00 PM
Show; 8:30 PM

Admission: 21+
Females FREE
Males $5

Apr
26
Sun
Jack Harlow
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

 

Phenomenon Concerts Presents:

Jack Harlow

04/26/20 @ The Rock (Tucson AZ)
$17.50 ADV Ticket Price // $20.00 DOS Ticket Price
All Ages
7pm Door Time // 8pm Show Time

 

GA Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jack-harlow-tickets-90361899875

VIP MEET & GREET TICKETS: https://ticket.warnermusic.com/event/jack-harlow-tucson

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday 1/24 @ 10:00am Local.
Check out Jack Harlow’s new music video for “WHATS POPPIN”, shot & directed by Cole Bennett https://youtu.be/w9uWPBDHEKE

Follow Jack Harlow:
Instagram – www.instagram.com/jackharlow
Twitter – twitter.com/jackharlow
Facebook – www.facebook.com/handsomeharlow
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2LIk90788K0zvyj2JJVwkJ?si=zIKD6J0nQHuRSx9cPKMX_g
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6vZl7Qj7JglLDmN_7Or-ZQ
Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jack-harlow/1047679432
Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/jackharlow

Jack Harlow reps Kentucky through and through. The 21-year-old Louisville, KY rhymer has a strong sense of pride for his home state, shown in the cover art for his new projectConfetti;a close-up photo of himself wearing a “KY” chain. Clearly, this is what he’s about. “I think it’sa place that people are somewhat unfamiliar with,” he says. “But there’s a lot of culture hereand I just want to put it on the map.”On his new mixtape,Confetti, the follow-up to his widely-acclaimed breakthrough Loose, which was recently nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards,he explains the main differences between 2018’sLooseandConfettiishis approach to recording and songwriting, promising to bring more introspection than on his previous effort. “I’m talking about women. I’m talking about my vices and just the way I feel at 21 years old,” he says. “It’s personal, but it is fun. I’m talking about my daily life, the things I’m seeing, the things I’m feeling.”He is continuing to spotlight Kentuckytalent with features from EST Gee and 2forwOyne, who is part of his Private Garden collective, a group of multi-faceted creatives originating from Louisville. Then there’s “THRU THE NIGHT” featuring fellow Louisville, KY native Bryson Tiller, a dream collaboration finally realized. “People wanted to hear that. I know it gives the city inspiration,” he says of the two linking up. The song has a pitched-up sample of Usher’s “U Don’t Have to Call” that screams nostalgia while the music video was shot in a roller rink.Influenced by artists like André 3000, Missy Elliott, Drake, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and Black Eyed Peas, Harlow’s mission is to prove that Kentucky can create its own unified sound. Growing up, he wanted to become a rapper because he liked expressing himself with words. The bravado and confidence that emanates from rap songs encouraged him to make his own music. He started to rap at the age of 12, remixing songs and catching some hate from his middle school peers after sharing it on Facebook. “But I caught a lot of encouragement too. I got a lot of kids [saying] like, ‘You got talent,’” he remembers. Once he reached high school, Harlow focused on becoming a better MC and defining his sound, dropping remixes and singles online to build his fanbase.2017’sGazebowas Harlow’s breakout mixtape that explored themes of depression, vices, ex-flings, and finding yourself. Reflecting on the project, Harlow saysGazebowas “settling into who I was and what I wanted to be on the record,” executing an idea with 2forwOyne of making an album that felt like “Louisville at night.” His potential was proven on “DARK KNIGHT,” a two-minute lyrical onslaught over a booming beat. To date, the video has over 2.7 million views, blowing up after Harlow thought about shooting and dropping a visual on a whim after recording it. “It was definitely validating,” he says of the song going viral. “I still feel like I got a lot of work to do, but it was definitely, [like] ‘Shit is picking up now.’” He adds the success of “DARK KNIGHT” allowed him to go on his first tour, which is a big accomplishment in itself.Now Harlow is looking to become the new face of Kentucky. In his corner are DJ Drama and Don Cannon, his two mentors who signed him to their label Generation Now. Harlow is excited to share his new music with fans because he had a fun time creating it. “Confetti was a great word for it,” he says of the title, telling fans to expect a party vibe.After its release,Harlow will hit the road for The Mission
Tour starting Oct. 18 in Chicago, Illinois, stopping at his hometown of Louisville, KY on November 29th, and wrapping Dec. 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.While he lists “ROTTEN,” “DENTYNE,” and “WARSAW” as some of his favorites offConfetti,he wants his fans to pay special attention to the album’s outro “RIVER ROAD.” “That song means a lot to me, I can’t wait ‘till people hear that. It’s my most honest work ever.”Overall, he’s confidentConfettiwill go down as a certified classic. “I think it’s the best project that’s coming out this year,” he says. “I love it so much.