Kid Beyond On Tour with Widespread Panic

10.20 | State Theater | Detroit, MI
10.21 | The Riverside Theater | Milwaukee, WI
10.22 | Northrup Auditorium | Minneapolis, MN

"What takes most people an entire band to produce, Kid Beyond executes with his own mouth. You're in the presence of a higher power... you want to get up and dance."
-SF Weekly ("Best Beatboxer," Best of SF 2004)

"If there was an Olympic gold medal awarded for beatboxing, Kid Beyond would win it."
-San Francisco Bay Guardian

Kid Beyond
This October, pop-electronica singer / beatboxer Kid Beyond brings his stunning vocal skills to Midwest markets as an opener for Widespread Panic.

Beatboxing – the art of making beats, grooves and instruments with the human voice – was born out of the hip-hop community in the early 80's. Two decades later, the art form is exploding into new musical realms – and at the forefront of this movement is San Francisco's Kid Beyond. A beatboxer for over 20 years, Kid Beyond is a legend in the West Coast beatbox world – and now his "live-looping" work is gaining him impressive international attention.

Looping and multi-tracking his voice onstage to create his own live backing tracks, Kid Beyond layers his commanding singing voice over his own beatboxing and vocal instrumentation. The result is a riveting brew of pop-electronica that has drawn comparisons to Gorillaz, Moby, Fatboy Slim, Thievery Corporation and M.I.A. His live show has been called "Amazing... truly impressive" (Keyboard Magazine); "Deep, powerful, transcendent..." (SF Weekly); "Kid Beyond's mouth is something you must hear" (Remix Magazine); "A truly charismatic performer with an incredibly soulful singing voice..." (San Francisco Bay Guardian "Best Oral in the Bay," Best of the Bay 2006).

Kid Beyond's diverse vocal talents converge on his debut EP, Amplivate. Produced by alt-hip-hop wizard Alias (Anticon Records), San Francisco's The Rondo Brothers (Dan the Automator) and LA's Gabriel Mann, Amplivate casts Kid Beyond's soulful pipes and Buddhist influenced lyrics in a sea of crunchy breakbeats, dubby basslines, wobbly turntables, swirling strings, bleepy bloops, distorted guitars... all produced from his mouth.

Kid Beyond's career has exploded in the past year. An endorsement video for Ableton Live (the groundbreaking electronic music software) – of Kid Beyond demonstrating his live-looping techniques in his kitchen – became one of the Web's most viral videos of 2005. Director JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost) requested a Kid Beyond version of the Mission Impossible theme for the MI:3 DVD. VH1 brought him onto their reality show "Supergroup" to fill in for Jason Bonham as a human drum kit, appearing alongside Ted Nugent, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach and Anthrax's Scott Ian. A profile on Kid Beyond landed in heavy rotation on Al Gore's Current TV cable channel. Electronica pioneer BT flew him to LA to collaborate on an all-vocal dance track. Hip-hop / spoken-word legend Sage Francis put one of Amplivate's tracks ("I Shall Be Free") on his upcoming compilation CD.

Having shared the stage with Keane, Buckethead, Lyrics Born, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Coup, String Cheese Incident, Amon Tobin, KRS-One, The Wailers and Particle, Kid Beyond has attracted an intensely loyal following of techno-Burners, hip-hop heads, jam-band fans, MySpace kids and rabid bloggers worldwide. This "underground legend" is not going to stay underground for long.

[Published on: 10/11/06]

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Dicky79 starstarstar Wed 10/11/2006 09:12PM
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man... panic fans are going to hate this stuff.

should be fun to watch.

martint03 Wed 10/11/2006 11:34PM
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hahahahah i was thinkin the verbatim same thing, this poor guy should be opening for keller

carlt starstarstarstar Thu 10/12/2006 07:55AM
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have you ever seen the guy or are you just speaking out of your stinky hippy ass ? i caught him at Vegoose last year and he rocked everyone's face off. . .i'll bet people flip out about him and if i win, you have to take more than 2 sowers next week.

simple-alex starstarstar Thu 10/12/2006 11:19AM
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this is pretty interesting. i am sure he is talented and all, but i cant see this as something that takes him too a higer level, ya know? you can only go a certain length by beatboxing. if he knows that and only wants to go that length, good for him, and keep on doin it...but i just doesnt seem like a gig or act that people will follow and really get into. i can see myself walking by him at a festival and being like, "damn that is tight, hes good." but i cant see myself driving hours to see him or anything like that.

sasfink starstarstarstar Thu 10/12/2006 12:08PM
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Don't knock it before you see him live or listen to his album. He's actually much more dynamic and layered than just the beatboxing that, say, Radioactive does... just saying. Far more interesting than anything Keller does in my book.

hnkscrpio Mon 10/16/2006 02:05PM
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Definitely don't knock it til you see him, this guy will blow your mind.

thebum Mon 10/16/2006 10:13PM
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man, do you remember when Radioactive used to beatbox through panpipes and then tell us we weren't ready for it? I always thought I was ready for it, but that Spearhead was too big a vessel for him to get that much time. What ever hapepned to him? The first Spearhead show I was at when he wasn't there was a crushing moment made all the worse that nobody around me could tell me why he wasn't there. For that matter, only one person around me knew who I was talking about. Anyway, I hear this kid's shit is good. If you say he's better than Radioactive, I might have to check him out, but I bet Radioactive could do some cool things with a looper too. Wish I lived somewhere that we could get a herring panic show.

whatnow Tue 10/17/2006 12:06PM
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I remember Radio! I don't know how accurate this is but heard that he got pretty heavy into the party scene (not Franti's MO) and then he was involved in an accident (taken out by a DD!). Saw him with SH a couple times over the last year but it seemed kind of forced, nostalgic and off pace from where SH had gone in his absence. I agree though that camparisons to Radio are pretty big statements. He doesn't need a looper but it would be damn cool to see what he'd do with one.