Idle Warship featuring
Talib Kweli & Res

*B.B. KING BLUES CLUB* ~ Showtime: 11:00pm

Produced by Jill Newman Productions

Some of the best things in life happen unexpectedly – especially when great musical chemistry and camaraderie factor into the equation. Supergroup Idle Warship is living proof of this idea. When longtime friends and musical collaborators hip hop luminary Talib Kweli and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Res got together to record a few tracks under the moniker Idle Warship, they were just a couple of “studio rats” having a good time doing what they love to do best. However, by the time their respective fans got a taste of what they had been cooking up from some online postings, it was clear that they had something bigger on their hands.

Although Res had already been featured on every Talib Kweli album to date and the two had performed together numerous times as solo artists, for the first time the duo found themselves being booked for photo shoots, interviews and live performances as a group. Idle Warship has been on a veritable creative mission ever since; writing, recording and performing relentlessly all over the world.

Bringing together a hodgepodge of musical genres through their individual influences and sensibilities from hip hop to alternative and soul, Idle Warship has already embarked on their first successful European tour (with full band in tow), tore down the SXSW stage with two amazing showcases (that still have the industry heads buzzing) and released a full length offering with mixtape master DJ Mick Boogie and singer/songwriter Graph Nobel entitled, Party Robot. The independently released set includes fan favorites such as: “Black Snake Moan” “Steady” and “Bedroom Lights.”

Though the group initially planned to release Party Robot commercially, in the end they decided to offer it as a free download to the very fans that helped bring them together in the first place. It ultimately paid off as the fans continue to express their appreciation and are now incessantly begging for more: mission accomplished. Still, this early success is but a catalyst for yet another beginning for the group. Through their labor of love, music, Idle Warship hopes to spread their message of free creative expression with the release of their debut album on Blacksmith/Element 9/Fontana dropping later this year.

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June 10, 2011
$18adv/$22 DOS
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 W. 42nd St., New York, NY, 10036