Los Angeles’ CLUB NOKIA will be hosting hip-hop super group THE PSYCHO REALM with guests Visionaries and Supernatural on Friday, May 25. Tickets are on sale now for this show, which is the official release party for THE PSYCHO REALM’s Terror Tapes 2, set for release May 15.
THE PSYCHO REALM was started in 1989 by brothers Sick Jacken (Jack Gonzalez) and Big Duke (Gustavo Gonzalez) from the downtown Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. The first recorded song for the group was “Scandalous,” released on the soundtrack of the film “Mi Vida Loca” in 1994. That same year, B-Real of the rap group Cypress Hill saw The Psycho Realm performing at Olvera Street for an End Barrio Warfare concert. Their performance inspired B-Real to the point that he wanted to join the group. With this time period being the height of Cypress Hill’s career anything Cypress Hill-related would get major publicity.
In 1997, Sony Music released the first album by The Psycho Realm, labeled as an addition to the Cypress Hill Family by the sticker placed on the CD case. Due to conflicts with the record label, the Gonzalez brothers were dropped from Sony as Jacken explains, “the machine was just trying to censor me / Didn’t do it for Sony so they ended up releasing me / Independent, no longer locked down for an infinity / So my vicinity stays true to my identity.” The brothers then went on to form Sick Symphonies, their own record label, and are still putting out records to this day.
Sick Jacken also went on to start a successful career as a solo artist, doing many features on songs from other successful rap artists along the way.
General Admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show (if available). VIP Balcony tickets are $50 in advance and $55 the day of the show (if available). Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com and from 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. No fees are charged at the STAPLES Center box office or at the Club Nokia box office on show days (open after 5 PM).
About Club Nokia: Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue–located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district–accommodates over 2,300 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space. This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans. Club Nokia has been honored two consecutive years at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards-in 2009 as “Best New Major Concert Venue” and in 2010 as “Nightclub Of The Year”; along with a Zagat Award for Best Live Music Club in Los Angeles (2009).
Since its opening, Club Nokia has hosted a massive array of eclectic events: packed concerts of every musical genre (Band of Horses, Motorhead, Adam Lambert, Drake, Matisyahu, Queens of the Stone Age, Vince Gill, The Specials, La Roux, to name but a few); comedians (Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman, Jim Jefferies and more); special month-long residencies (The Pee-wee Herman Show, Cirque Berzerk); awards shows (Grammy nominations concert, Revolver Golden Gods Awards) and private events.