Epic Beard Men - Sage Francis & B. Dolan

S&S Presents

Epic Beard Men - Sage Francis & B. Dolan

Zac Ivie

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Sage Francis
Sage Francis
Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generation’s greatest lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay which creates vivid narratives to instigate as well as inspire, but since it often derives from an accumulation of public disdain and personal turmoil, it’s more about storming the castle than about watching the throne.

Dubbed as the “forefather of indie-hop,” Francis originally earned acclaim in the early 2000’s by winning the most highly coveted titles of the emcee battle circuit. With little to no funding, Francis sustained himself by selling his innovative “Sick of” mixtapes, all made by hand on the floor of his Providence, RI apartment. These were essentially bootleg compilations full of select recordings from his 12” vinyl singles, demo sessions, live performances and radio freestyles. The popularity of these tapes birthed Strange Famous Records (SFR); a meager, one-man operation in 1999.

Despite having no official distribution, Francis’ unique brand of music spread like wildfire via the advent of file sharing networks. This resulted in him attaining a massive cult-like following around the world, creating a demand for his albums and live performances at which point the bigger labels took notice. With his first studio album, Personal Journals (2002,) Francis daringly set aside the more boastful side of rap by catering to his poetic leanings and scathing socio-political commentary.

In 2005 Sage Francis was the first hip-hop artist signed to Epitaph Records and soon became one of the highest selling independent artists of his genre. Rather than abandon his day-to-day grind at SFR, he channeled all of his newfound resources into it, allowing the label to expand in staff as well as roster. Having fulfilled his contract obligations with Epitaph Records, Sage Francis has returned to releasing music independently as he gears up to defeat the odds. Once again.

“COPPER GONE”, Francis’ 6th studio album, dropped on June 3rd, 2014 via Strange Famous Records. This indie release managed to break Billboard’s Top 200 as well as iTunes top 5 for hip-hop in both the US and in the UK. In 2016 Sage Francis was granted an honorary patronage by the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland for his contributions to literature. Francis continues to tour internationally and is developing a new group project with B. Dolan called EPIC BEARD MEN, slated for a 2018 release.
B. Dolan
As a musician he is the composer of 3 official LPs (released by Strange Famous Records & jointly with Speech Development Records in Europe), three mixtapes and a live LP (released independently). He has also featured extensively on projects with artists like SAGE FRANCIS, AESOP ROCK, BUCK 65, SCROOBIUS PIP, DAN LE SAC and maintained a rigorous international touring schedule since 2005. He is currently finalizing a joint LP w/ Sage Francis under the group name EPIC BEARD MEN, slated for release in 2018.

As an activist Dolan is known as the co-founder of KNOWMORE.ORG, where he battled for a decade to restrain corporate interests, leading to a noteworthy battle with DOV CHARNEY, deposed CEO of AMERICAN APPAREL. He is also the creator of the viral hashtags #FILMTHEPOLICE and #MAKERACISTSAFRAIDAGAIN (the latter which he has used to raise over $5k for anti-racists actions and organizations).

As a screenwriter, Dolan is the writer of ALMOST MERCY, an independent horror movie released in 2012 by VERDI PRODUCTIONS. He also composed the score for the movie along with DS3K. He is the primary author of VAULT, a film slated for 2018 production starring Theo Rossi, Geoff Stults and Burt Young.

He continues to work, daily, out of his home in Rhode Island, and has a hand in all aspects of his business, merch and creative output.
Venue Information:
Urban Lounge
241 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102