Chestertown, MD — Alternative hip-hop hitmakers Gym Class Heroes will perform at Washington College's Lifetime Fitness Center on Sunday April 13, at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Melding elements of rap, rock, R&B and funk into one cohesive and melodic sound, upstate New York's Gym Class Heroes have diverse appeal based on their impressive musical dexterity. Often touring with indie rock and pop-punk bands, they don't fit comfortably into one specific genre; the quartet's music is rooted in traditional hip-hop, but features live instruments instead of looped samples or beats. Lyrics are often socially conscious, but also infused with humor and wry perceptiveness.
The group formed in 1997 when Travis McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley and decided to make a band. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts, they were signed to Decaydance Records, on which they released the gold-selling album As Cruel As School Children.
Since that release, the band has garnered much success, with the single "Cupid's Chokehold" reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Clothes Off!!" peaking at #5 on the UK Singles Chart.
Tickets to the April 13 Gym Class Heroes concert are $19 for Washington College students, $21 for staff and alumni, and $25 for non-students. All tickets will be $25 on the day of the show. Advance tickets are available at Ticketmaster; call 410/547-SEAT, or visit www.ticketmaster.com (type "Gym Class Heroes" into the search field and follow the prompts).
March 27, 2008