TICKET GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]: Ballard House Party w/Grynch – Sunset Tavern, Friday, 8/21/15

Grynch at Sunset Tavern

Ballard’s finest MC, Grynch, along with your selectors for the evening Beeba and Prometheus Brown, will be rocking the Sunset Tavern this Friday (August 21, 2015) for the Ballard House Party. Thanks to the G-man himself 206UP has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky recipient (21+ only). Enter to win ’em by filling out the form below. The winner will be notified by email no later than Thursday, 8/20/15, at 5 PM PST. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENTERED!


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TICKET GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]: Iamsu! the “Eyes On Me” Tour – Neumos, Wednesday, 4.8.15

This contest is now closed.

206UP and ENT Legends are excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to Bay Area rapper Iamsu’s upcoming show at Neumos, Seattle on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Entry is easy: See that flyer below? Just follow the instructions like the good citizen you are and we’ll consider you entered.

206UP will pick one winner at random no later than 5 PM PST on Monday, April 6, 2015 and inform him/her via Twitter.

Iamsu! “Eyes On Me” Tour (feat. Rome Fortune, Dave Steezy, Show Banga, & Mani Draper) | Neumos, Seattle | Wednesday, 8 PM, April 8, 2015 | All ages

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Check out the video for “T.W.D.Y.” featuring Too $hort and E-40, below:

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Value of Black Life Art Showcase at EMP Museum feat. Talib Kweli & Draze – Saturday, February 7, 2015

206UP has partnered with The Brand Kings to bring you EMP Museum’s Black History Month kick-off event: Through the Eyes of Art featuring The Value of Black Life art showcase, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Talib Kweli and Seattle’s own Draze are the featured performers.

Enter to win a pair of tickets courtesy of 206UP!

Fill out the form below for a chance to win a pair of tickets. Names will be drawn at random on Thursday, February 5 and winners will be informed by email no later than 5 pm PST the same day. Deadline for entry is 12 noon PST, Thursday, February 5. All ages.

Thanks for entering and we’ll see you there!

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Details from the EMP Museum website:

The Brandkings and EMP Museum present Through the Eyes of Art, the kickoff event for EMP’s Black History Month celebration.

This year, Seattleā€™s premier Black History Month celebration brings together work from regional artists and photographers in The Value of Black Life art showcase.

The second annual Through the Eyes of Art will feature a keynote address from the former National Director of Youth Engagement at World Vision Derrick Wheeler-Smith, remarks from City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council Member Bruce Harrell, and a live performance by hip-hop heavyweights Talib Kweli and Draze.

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SHOW & V.I.P. TICKET PACKAGE GIVEAWAY: Open Mike Eagle at Columbia City Theater – Saturday, August 23, 2014 [CONTEST CLOSED]

Open Mike Eagle Columbia City

We are a beleaguered nation. It’s hard to imagine attending a hip-hop show this week in any sort of celebratory fashion, but yet here we are, left to find some amount of solace in a form of music with blessedly curative properties.

Open Mike Eagle might just be the right man at the right time to help Seattle heal through the fog of the nation’s ongoing race war. The native Chicagoan — and now Hellfyre Club affiliated, Los Angeles-based rapper — brings his distinct comedic hip-hop steez to the Columbia City Theater this Saturday, August 23. Mike pushes an absurdist/satirical edge in the same vein as Das Racist, but with far more coherent lyricism. Stream his recent Mello Music offering, Dark Comedy, below, and watch the video for “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)” featuring the oft-hilarious Hannibal Buress.

And oh yeah, 206UP will help get you and one guest to the show in style. Our ticket giveaway* features a V.I.P. package that includes a chartered ride from your house (inside the Seattle city-limits only) and backstage passes. Enter to win using the form below.

*Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. Many thanks to Araless of Black Magic Noize (who are also on the bill) for the hook-up!

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SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: clipping. at Columbia City Theater – Thursday, July 3, 2014 [CONTEST CLOSED]


clipping. is a genre-bending hip hop trio from Southern California who will undoubtedly challenge your aural senses and very idea of what rap music is capable of sounding like. Their Sub Pop debut album, CLPPNG, has been stirring a fair amount of online buzz since its release on June 10th. The group’s sound, courtesy of producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, falls somewhere between a stripped-down version of Hank Shocklee’s Bomb Squad histrionics and the Neptunes, circa Hell Hath No Fury. And lead rapper Daveed Diggs sounds like a street-seasoned spoken word poet channeling Ice-T. clipping. may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but by listening you are guaranteed to feel some sort of way, and that alone means something in a rap landscape otherwise roamed by clowns and clones.

206UP has two pairs of tickets to see clipping. on Thursday, July 3, at the Columbia City Theater (21+ only). Joining them in support will be Seattle’s very own OC Notes and Sneak Guapo, two artists that this blog rides for consistently. Enter to win a pair of tickets by filling out the form below (one entry per person) or by shooting us a tweet (@206upBlog) with the words “CLIPPING RINGS THE ALARM!” in the body of the text. Two names will be drawn at random and notified by email on Wednesday, July 2 no later than 5 pm PST.

Stream a few of clipping.’s tracks below and check out the lyric video for “Work Work” (featuring Cocc Pistol Cree) from CLPPNG.

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SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Shad at Barboza – Wednesday, June 11 [CONTEST CLOSED]

Shad at Barboza

Shad is huge in Canada. Bigger — in 2010 apparently — than even Drake, when the London, Ontario MC beat out the T-Dot’s favorite son for one of Canadian music’s coveted Juno awards. (My wife, who is Canadian, would not like that I used the ridiculous abbreviated version of her hometown’s name, but she is not here right now and I’m pretending to not know any better.) Shad’s latest album, 2013’s Flying Colours, was similarly well-received in our neighbor to the north and now the self-deprecating, socially-minded rapper is beginning to find buzz in the States.

You’re in luck, Seattle, because Shad is coming to Barboza this Wednesday* (6/11/14), and 206UP is pleased to be offering a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter: Send an email or tweet to 206upblog@gmail.com or @206upBlog with the phrase “SHAD >>> DRAKE AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT!” somewhere in the body of the message; OR simply fill out the form below. We’ll pick one name at random this Tuesday and inform the winner by email. Reminder: Just because the legal drinking age in Canada is 18 doesn’t mean this show is for you — sorry, kids, 21 and over only.

*Also on deck for support are Grammy-nom’ed South Sound artist Q-Dot and BFA’s DJ and indispensable music video extra Nick Beeba.

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SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Space Theory Presents MoRuf at Re-Bar – Saturday, June 7

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Catherine Harris-White — one half of Sub Pop recording artists THEESatisfaction — will present an assemblage of supreme hip hop talent this Saturday at Re-Bar in Seattle via her Space Theory promotions company, an entity that has sponsored events in Seattle, Toronto and Brooklyn, and which seeks to examine your “perceptions of space through event production and curation”. Sounds dope to us.

Also sounding dope is this Saturday’s lineup which will introduce New Jersey hip hop artist MoRuf to Seattle. His fluid raps and sixth sense-like storytelling ability make for compelling listening. Check for his sounds here and watch the impressively cool video for his track “Buckle Up” below. Also joining the bill are local purveyors of that quality: OC Notes, Porter Ray and Cat’s partner in music Stas (appearing in strict selector form as DJ Stas THEE Boss).

Oh, one more tidbit: 206UP has your exclusive lead on a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS (er, make that guest list privileges — check ’em at the door — see what I did there?). You need only accomplish one of the following two tasks to win: Send us an email to 206upblog@gmail.com OR a tweet to @206upBlog with the words “SPACE THEORY GOT ME HIGH!” somewhere in the body of the transmission. We’ll select one name at random and the winner will get passes for him/her and one co-pilot. This is a 21 and over event, however, so Space Camp kiddies need not apply.

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SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Don’t Talk To The Cops! at Chop Suey – Friday, May 9

DtttC POSTERDon’t Talk To The Cops! have reserved a special place in our hearts with the way resident b-boy, producer and selector djblesOne grinds new wave, punk, hip hop, and (especially) ’90s R&B cuts into a glorious concoction. It’s both nutritional and danceable — like a Vitamix for your ear holes. DtttC! are threatening to perform one final show with a grip of their talented friends Friday night at Chop Suey. Catch blesOne (it’s also his birthday!) and his DtttC! teammates Emecks, El Mizell and Goldbones on us!

To enter to win a pair of tickets to this show, do one of two things: Send us an email at 206upblog(at)gmail(dot)com, OR a tweet to @206upBlog, with the words “TONIGHT DtttC! WILL SAVE MY LIFE!” somewhere in the body of the transmission. We’ll select one name at random and put your name on the list with a plus one. You have nothing to lose except maybe the best night of your life.

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SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Curren$y at Studio Seven – 9.17.13

Currensy Studio Seven Flyer

The promo team at ENT Legends have once again teamed up with your mom’s favorite blog (that would be us over here at 206UP.COM, of course) to serve up a chance to win tickets to next week’s Curren$y show at Seattle’s Studio Seven on Tuesday, September 17.

To enter to win a pair, just send an email (206upblog[at]gmail[dot]com) or a tweet (@206upBlog) with the words “CURREN$Y PREFERS JOINTS” somewhere in the body of the text. We’ll draw two names at random and each lucky reader will win a pair of tickets. For more info and to purchase additional tickets for the crew, click over to the ENT Legends website, here. How’s that for a good Friday?

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SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Iamsu! at Neumos – 8.26.13

Iamsu Flyer Neumos 8.26.13

Post-hyphy indie darling Iamsu! is bringing his Bay Area party-wave vibe to Neumos on August 26th (along with fellow regional acts Kool John and Jay Ant — with whom Iamsu! collaborated on last year’s Stoopid mixtape). The good promotional folks at Ent Legends are offering up not one, but TWO pairs of tickets to give away to some lucky 206UP.COM readers.

To enter to win a pair, send an email to 206upblog@gmail.com, OR a tweet to @206upBlog with the phrase “IAMSU! AND SO ARE YOU” written somewhere in the message. We’ll draw two names at random and each winner will receive two tickets. If you’re a loser (ie. one whose name is not drawn) — womp, womp — you can still click over to Ent Legends to purchase tickets on your own. Good luck!

“Goin’ Up” – Iamsu! (feat. Wiz Khalifa)

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