Volcanic Theatre Pub

Parallel 44 Presents is bringing you the talented lyricism of Zion I to the Volcanic Theatre Pub on Tues. December 4. If you love flowetry and have never seen this live vocal throwdown, do not miss this night of thought provoking rhymes. Doors open at 8:30 and show kicks off at 9 for this ALL AGES show. Tickets are $15 adv. / $20 door. Thanks to our loyal sponsors for holding it down - Dr. Jolly’s, The Source Weekly, and Cascade Alchemy.

About Zion I: Since the release of the debut album, Mind Over Matter in 2000, Zion I has risen up the ranks of independent hip-hop to solidify their standing as one of the most prolific conscious rap groups of the past 2 decades. Boasting a catalog that consists of over two-dozen albums, EPs, mixtapes and collaborations, Zion I (currently consisting solely of MC/producer Zumbi) continues to create inspired music influenced by social & political woes, personal challenges & triumphs as well as family, spirituality and a raw perspective on the world at large.

Cited by A.V. Club as “remarkable”, Zumbi continues to showcase his talents as a unique, diverse and skilled MC while maintaining his place as one of the most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop.

The latest release, The Labyrinth was cited by PopMatters as “a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop”. Fueled by his own personal losses as well as the current political and social climate of the world-at-large, Zumbi has created a record that, as the Huffington Post put it; “is as heartfelt as it is badass”.

Being one of the most energetic and engaging live acts out there, Zion I continues to bring the music to the masses at festivals, events and venues across the planet. With a sound and style that bends musical genres, Zion I is able to perform alongside a diverse range of artists ranging from rap, rock and reggae to jam band and EDM.

With an 11th studio album on the horizon, Zion I continues to make music that while left-of-center is still relevant, fresh and exciting as ever. As Okayplayer put it; “At the end of the day, Zion I’s strength lies in the same areas where many artists falter – evolving without abandoning tried and tested methods.”

About Gainon May: Gainon (Illyrikill) a Northwest MC, poet and producer originally from Portland, Oregon affiliated with the EmergeMC's & Oldominion and has recorded with members of Wu-Tang, Freestyle Fellowship, Grayskul, Swollen Members - among others. Nwo residing in Central Oregon with brand new projects and releases about to unveil including his new group #TheHardChords. He was also just honored by Portland City Hall for being an important part of Portland Hip Hop History.