9:30 presents at U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is all ages
After dropping out of college only 2 weeks in, Omar Apollo, a 20-year old, first generation Mexican-American singer from Indiana, began writing and recording his own mix of jazz, R&B, funk, alternative, soul, and pop music. His parents moved to the US to give their kids a better life and the opportunity to go to college; however, Omar always knew this route wasn’t meant for him. He began playing guitar at 12 years old, but quit soon after because he got bored of only playing in church. At age 18, Omar began listening to new styles of music and fell in love with the guitar again. His biggest influences are Benny Sings, D'angelo, Los Panchos, John Mayer, Elliott Smith, Cuco Sánchez, Paul Simon, Gary Numan, and João Gilberto. Omar is going to release his debut EP this summer featuring songs in both English and Spanish.
Michael Gordon, who creates under the name Mk.gee, is a New Jersey native but has spent the last few years living in Los Angeles. He self-released his debut project, Pronounced McGee in the spring of 2018. The EP received early praise from CLASH Magazine, who said the project had a mixture of " woozy beats viewed through an analogue synth prism."
Mk.gee returned in October 2018 with new material. The debut single 'Come On (You Know That I'm A Fool) was called "stuttering, sun-scorched dream-funk" by Paste Magazine. 'New Year' the second single from Fool arrived November 12th, to which Stereogum said it " drifts gentle and subdued... each pluck and strum feels heavy and stark against the rest of the production's cloudy tranquility."
Fool, the 7-track EP arrived November 16th, 2018. It received critical acclaim for the growth in production, songwriting and overall dynamics. Exclaim! said "there is always room for artists willing to elevate the musicality of their craft, and Mk.gee has proven himself more than capable."
During this time, Mk.gee's music was featured on Blonded Radio, hosted by the always elusive Frank Ocean, whos co-sign has propelled Gordon's material to a flurry of new listeners. Pigeons and Planes remarked " Fool finds Mk.gee in deeper water, grappling with solitude, blunt change, and fast-approaching adulthood." 2019 will see Mk.gee tour in support of Fool, with plans to release his debut LP in the fall.