PALM HARBOR – Hip Hop artist and Palm Harbor University High School grad Johnathan Conforti is bringing together the Tampa Bay area’s most talented local artists for a show at de Bine Brewing Company, 993 Florida Ave. on Aug. 24.
Conforti, known as the hip-hop artist Young 40, holds an event every quarter of the year. The last event was in June. However, the events were usually held in Tampa or Ybor City. Many of his artists weren’t able to come out and make the drive.
A 2011 PHUHS graduate, Conforti decided to bring the event home.
“My goal is to bring more awareness of the talent in this area without having to travel to Tampa or St. Pete to witness,” Conforti said. “I want to provide a quality hip-hop experience in the comfort of our back yards with performers that were born and raised here.”
Conforti boasts that the artists that will be performing are very talented. They’re not performing for practice. They are ready for the big stage.
Some performers are as follows:
• Gat & Cris -“One of the Tampa Bay Area's highly demanded duos, Gat & Cris bring a unforgettable performance,” Conforti said. “Gat will be performing a solo set guaranteed to freeze the stage.”
• Brittany Asher - Asher is a core member of the Tampa label, Young Parisians. The audience can expect smooth jazz-influenced beats from a true lyricist with an unequalled choice of word play.
• Ty Walker – Walker is the co-creator of CHFRS, a recording studio in Hillsborough County. “[He] has a strong passion for music and the progression of one self,” Conforti said.
• Audio Artwork - This is the combined works of emcees Marv Illest and Lavoe “reflecting love and respect for the culture of Hip Hop.”
• Sam E Hues - An international touring artist, Hues will be complimented by vocalist Alyssa Conte. “Sam's stage presence and music composition ranks him an elite Bay Area Artist,” Conforti said.
Another performer will be Young 40 himself.
Conforti was raised in Clearwater and says his music has a “witty sense of humor over subtle beats.”
“I’ve always had an interest in writing music,” Conforti said. His favorite style was “boom bap rap,” a style described by the prominent drum sounds, and historically is from the East Coast rap scene in the 90’s.
The storytelling aspect of 90’s rap stuck with Conforti, and keeps it alive today.
“My rap is nothing like you’d hear on the radio,” Conforti said.
Doors open for the event at 8 p.m., and Conforti said eventgoers should arrive at least by 9 p.m.
Tickets are $7 at the door.
As far as who can come, Conforti said everyone is invited.
“There’s no age limit at all,” Conforti said. “There’s no age limit in hip-hop.”