New Orleans-based rapper Alfred Banks will be headlining a show at Gasa Gasa on Friday, March 23, following a legion of other local acts.
Alfred Banks is an accomplished rapper in the Crescent City; he has been named one of Complex’s 10 upcoming New Orleans MCs and has appeared on DJBooth’s list of Top Indie Rappers from Louisiana. Having performed at Voodoo Festival, Buku Festival and Austin’s SXSW, Banks has also made waves in Europe. His hit “HomeComing” was featured in a Volkswagon advertisement campaign, and in 2016, an interview with BBC Russia extended his reach well beyond Europe.
Despite the global emergence, Banks is returning home next month to perform at local venue Gasa Gasa. His recently released LP, The Beautiful, will certainly be highlighted during the show. Inspired by his brother’s struggle with mental illness and his eventual suicide, Banks’ third LP serves as his most successful to date with a debut at #12 on iTunes’ “Rap/HipHop” Charts, and #79 on BillBoard’s “HeatSeeker” Charts. The album features a conceptual approach dealing with schizophrenia and the complexity of identity, and has even garnered acknowledgement from the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
Banks will follow the performances of local artists Chase N. Cashe, Dappa, and E.F. Cuttin’. Chase N. Cashe is a widely successful New Orleans based producer, who has gone on to create critically acclaimed records such as the quadruple platinum singles “Drop The World” (Lil Wayne feat. Eminem, Rebirth 2010) and “Look What You’ve Done” (Drake, 2011).
Banks’ co-performer Dappa, also based out of New Orleans, blends the soulful south with the eclectic sounds of hip-hop, rap, pop, and trap. E.F. Cuttin’ is a self-described “living crowd barometer,” and collectively these artists will produce an undeniably passionate and authentically New Orleans-esque show.
Doors will open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 advance, and $12 the day of the show.