Pants Velour originated at Cornell University before relocating to New York. The band fuses hip-hop, rock, and soul sensibilities to form a sound that has been likened to the Beastie Boys, the Roots, and Black Eyed Peas, or in the words of the Washington City Paper, "party-ready hip-hop." The sharp lyrics, catchy melodies, and sophisticated arrangements give the music a feeling that is distinctly its own and makes for a dynamic and energetic live show that keeps people coming back for more.
The band has headlined many of the most respected venues in NYC, as well as opened for artists such as Anti-Pop Consortium and Talib Kweli. PV is MC Josh Raff, vocalist Niki Darling, hype-man Eli Northrup, guitarist Sam Coe, drummer Rajiv Ravishankar, bassist Larry Zipf, and keyboardist Jordan Battiste.
DC Wonder, a band from Boston, Massachusetts, was founded by Gene Shinozaki and Frank Watkoskey. Working with their preferred mixture of funk and electronica, they are currently working on a self-titled EP.
Also featuring a performance by Sho Ishikura.