Come Up Episode IV: A New Hope Recap

A shoutout to everyone who supported the show and made another unforgettable night with The Come Up IV: A New Hope.

Our opener  IPA (an acronym for band members Ian, Pablo, and Angelo) provided smooth hip hop inspired jazz music as well as great inventive improvisation. They created amazing renditions of hip hop and music that brought the crowd together.

After introductions and IPA’s performance, Co-hosts Riley and Isaiah discovered that the fish-netted lamp leg- a precious centerpiece to The Come Up stage- was missing! It turns out it was stolen by our neighbors and show rivals from Tournamentertainment, who host their own show the same time we do across the street. (They also donate to the National Association of Baby Seal Clubbing*). Isaiah ran across the street, lightsaber in hand, to face the culprits of this crime.

 

In the meantime, Riley continued on with the show, giving away lightsabers to those in the crowd who proved themselves worthy by answering lightsaber trivia.

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Cohost of Tournamentertainment and alt-right blogger* Adira Sharkey showed up with our precious leg lamp in hand that her show stole from our stage. Riley, believing the hatchet was buried, foolishly handed her a lightsaber. While Riley turned his attention to the crowd, like a good host, Adira literally stabbed him in the back. Adira slayed Riley in front of the younglings in the crowd. She then preceded to rant about her inferior show across the street.

We continued on with Ryan Sudhakaran, who had a hilarious bit that ranged from Americans appropriating cuisine, role playing with his girlfriend, and the modern dating scene for Indians.

 

Alan Frenz took the stage soon after to dominate with an amazing entertaining hip hop performance. It was the first rap group to come to the stage, replacing a DJ with a full band with guitars, keyboards, bass, guitar, and Al acting as the lead vocalist. The crowd and The Come Up crew loved the performance by the band.

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San Jose powerhouse Socorra gave a pure rock and roll performance with her immense vocals and equally impressive guitars. Socorra has been a supporter of The Come Up and she is part of a lot of great work in San Jose, including the SJ Songrwriters, which provides a space for songwriters to share their work.

IPA returned to stage with Come Up with Riley McShane to perform together, making the band Rye IPA (get it?). And after Riley exited the stage, IPA played us off into the warm Spring night.

It was a night with great beer provided by Uproar Brewing, warm weather, Star Wars music, lightsabers, more kids than usual, and great creatives both on and off stage. Thank you for Uproar Brewing, Exhibition District, and the artists for making such a great night. We will see you on May 17th, as well as the rest of the summer. Let’s keep making it happen.

*Some of the fact regarding that horrible show across the street have not yet been confirmed, but the statements are back by reputable people who definitely are not just Isaiah and Riley.

The Come Up 3

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I just wanted to thank everyone who was part of The Come Up 3. This had to be our favorite show so far. It is insane that we have already had three shows and we will be having another one in less than two weeks. Thank you to the amazing audience who came out to support us (on a rainy day, no less) our amazing performers, our hilarious comedians, and of course everyone at Uproar Brewing.

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Shannon Murphy discussed dating Engineers and the Adventures in Babysitting. Her stand up was incredible and you should check her out.

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The community came out in full force and supported the artists and the show. I loved seeing the diverse faces, a lot were young aspiring artists who are making their voices heard through their art.

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Dav, Active Poet, rapping over insane Bay Area style production. He even performed an unreleased banger for the crowd. Give him a listen.

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Dear Liry playing wonderful, witty music. She is a pure delight and you should have her music in her life. 

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Young Tsukune drew the crowd in with his unique crooning over, smooth lofi productions. Please support this amazing young artists.

Sunnier days and future shows are ahead and with those will be future shows. We have a show on April 19th at SoFA Market and course The Come Up 4: A New Hope will be on Star Wars Day May 4th on First Friday at Uproar.

 

We had a lot of amazing film makers and photographers show up and capture that amazing night. Keep a lookout for the video content and photography that will be our in the next few days. Please support the artists and check out their amazing work on our websites.

 

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Tyler not only had great bits on depression and San Jose bike thieves, but hosts and runs his own comedy shows called Super Stacked. You should follow his hilarious Twitter and check out his stand ups. 

Were humbled to be part of San Jose during such a transformative time in the art scenes. Let’s keep this same energy for Spring and Summer. Let’s Make It Happen

Bless Up,

The Come Up

 

The Come Up Presents: SoFA Sessions

Hey all,

If you have ever checked out one our shows, you know that The Come Up shows are  musical and comedy showcases that take place at Uproar Brewing. We really enjoy the space for it’s atmosphere, the awesome staff, and it’s location in downtown.

 

However, we had an idea of showcasing music in a more intimate space. So we collaborated with SoFA Market, which is a local food hall and event venue with a bar and smaller restaurants within it. In the back patio there is a center, which is perfect for musical performances. We decided to work with their monthly musical showcase.

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The SoFA Sessions will begin Thursday April 19th from 5pm to 8pm and feature three different unique artists, specifically curated for their musical genre. This will be the first of an ongoing series of intimate shows that I am really excited about. It is a free show that is all ages and there will also be a $3 dollar menu items as well as $3 Kamikazes and select beer from the Fountainhead Bar.

See you there!

The Come Up 2 Electric Boogaloo

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Tonight The Come Up 2 Electric Boogaloo is happening! It’s going to be an exciting night of unique music, hilarious comedians, food, drinks, and celebration of the local San Jose music scene.

Below is a quick bio of our lineup as well as links to check out their music, our interviews with them, and other content.

Kiva Uhuru

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A well versed performer, guitarist, and vocalist, Kiva is a singer songwriter whose music consists of a blend of modern indie rock akin to Alabama Shakes and The Districts as well as new age soul similar to Hiatus Kaiyote or Kehlani. She has a well polished unique sound that comes from constantly performing at shows, open mics, and busking. You can check out our recent interview with her here. 

Reign LaFreniere

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A young filmmaker and musician, Reign is a indie rock artist’ who possesses the spirit of early 1960s folk and blues. His music content tackles identity, loss, taking action, and is a refreshing take on classical forms of blues and folk. You can find his music here and check out our interview with Reign here.

Normtronics

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Normtronics is a music producer who combies an early 2000s Dillaesque production style and combines it with instrumentals and breaks that sound that they’re derived from both jazz even a bit of house on his earlier works. He breaks away from the common lofi sound saturation modern production and pursues a style that heavily samples an array of genres. He even ties a classic hip hop drum pattern style with sampling that sounds it’s cut from deep house. Nujabes and Dilla influences are strong in his music and you can listen to his new beat A Rusty Egg Breathes New Life here. 

 

Jimmy Flynn

A Sacramento native currently based in Santa Clara where he is attending Santa Clara University. He is a talented filmmaker, actor, and comedian.

 

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ICYMI: A Recap on the first Come Up show

Hello all. So we’re busy preparing for the second Come Up Show on March 2nd. Did you miss the first Come Up show? Well too bad, you will have to live with that regret for the rest of your life. Kidding (sort of) . But, if you’re curious about what went down during the first show, we wrote a recap of the events for those who couldn’t make it.

The debut Come Up show was last Friday at Uproar Brewing in the heart of The SoFA district in downtown San Jose. For our first show, we wanted to create a unique blend of both musical artists and comedy performances. We started off with Vudaje’s Mitchell Lujan, who performed three acoustic versions of songs off his Mood EP. His solo performance was a raw, stripped down take on his neo-soul project, but his smooth voice still carried that R&B feel that made his EP so vibrant. He was the perfect start to a show dedicated to local, young local artists.

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We followed Lujan’s act with comedian and Moth Story Slam Winner Omar Qureshi, who was fresh from performing at this years Sundance Film Festival. Qureshi provided great bits that ranged from eating phallic-shaped cookies to the NSA listening in on his phone calls.

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Meridian E took to the stage shortly after and shook things up in the best way possible. Also known as Pilot Red Sun, Meridian E is animator and music producer who has garnered a cult following with his strange MS Paint style animations and cartoons to accompany his ambient music production. His live performance enthralled the audience with his unique electronic sound that is akin to Aphex Twin.

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Off Key Comedy host Florentina Tanase offered hilarious takes on dating, adulthood, and being a comedian in the Bay Area. Singer-songwriter Marley HaleSinger-songwriter Marley Hale followed shortly after, where she provided a youthful take on the folk rock sound, similar to that of Angel Olson or Big Thief. Even though Hale is still a high school student, she put-on a polished performance, most of which came from her recent Skeletons EP.

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We took an intermission from the festivities for the co-founders to make a call to action. Isaiah Wilson gave a speech that encapsulated the goal of The Come Up; to believe in your creative vision and to uplift others in the art community to do the same. This followed with Riley McShane performing his aptly named single “San Jose” off his indie folk Places EP. Shelbi Evans, of BOC podcast, finished off comedy acts of the night which touched on great one-liners and even some commentary on the recent Me Too movement.

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Our headliner Craig White, seen as one of the hottest hip-hop artists in San Jose, took the stage and performed songs off his Born For This album. His stage presence, production and cadence embodies the bay area hip-hop scene and he left a strong impression on the crowd for the first Come Up show.

Once the performance ended, the rest of the night was filled with conversations, drinks, and people connecting about music, comedy, art, and their visions. We are all very grateful for Uproar Brewing who hosted us and all the artists who put on amazing performances. Ellina of Local Color and Exhibition District who believed in our vision and gave us the funding so we can pay our talented artists and make this little idea into one of the biggest shows of First Friday.

And whether you were there for the first show, there in spirit, or visiting this page for the first time, we wanted to thank you. Every show needs an audience and a community willing to come together and support it’s creatives. The second Come Up will be March 2nd, just around the corner. Cultures, scenes, and artists need a space and platform to let their vision a reality and a community to support it.

 

*All photography was taken by Leopoldo Macaya. You can find more of his brilliant visual works here.