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2.1.10 Grieves signs to Rhymesayers, reissues 2008 album 88 Keys & Counting on March 2nd, 2010

The New York City-based rapper, producer, and multi-faceted performer Grieves has announced the reissue of his breakout sophomore album, 2008’s 88 Keys and Counting, coming March 2nd on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Since his birth in Chicago, IL, Benjamin Laub (bka Grieves) enjoyed a diverse musical upbringing, exposed at an early age to the city’s local jazz and blues clubs by his father. After relocating to Fort Collins, CO and eventually Seattle at age 19, Grieves had broadened his array of musical influences to include punk rock and eventually became completely immersed in Hip Hop as an art form.

Following his debut album Irreversible in 2007, Grieves began collaborating with local Seattle-based producer Budo, a talented multi-instrumentalist that helped complete the organic-yet-intense sound of 15 melodic, sample-free tracks that became 88 Keys & Counting. Following rave reviews of the album’s mainly digital release, Grieves and Budo hit the road once again to set up shop in New York City, where they are currently at work on the follow-up to 88 Keys, due for a Fall release this year on Rhymesayers. Untethered to common restraints of the hip-hop genre, the combination of Grieves’ singing and rapping with the refreshing horn, guitar, and keyboard driven production by Budo presents Grieves strongest work to date.

* supporting P.O.S
** supporting Brother Ali
*** festival date

*2/04/10 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO BLACK SHEEP
*2/05/10 DENVER, CO THE MARQUIS THEATRE
*2/06/10 SALT LAKE CITY, UT KILBY COURT
*2/07/10 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE
*2/08/10 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX
*2/09/10 MISSOULA, MT BADLANDER
*2/11/20 VANCOUVER, BC THE BILTMORE CABARET
*2/12/10 SEATTLE, WA NECTAR LOUNGE
*2/13/10 PORTLAND, OR BERBATI’S PAN
*2/14/10 EUGENE, OR WOW HALL
*2/16/10 RENO, NV TONIC LOUNGE
*2/18/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL
*2/19/10 LOS ANGELES, CA TROUBADOUR
*2/20/10 SAN DIEGO, CA THE LOFT
*2/21/10 POMONA, CA GLASS HOUSE
*2/22/10 SCOTTSDALE, AZ CHASERS NIGHTCLUB
*2/23/10 TUCSON, AZ CLUB CONGRESS
*2/24/10 ALBUQUERQUE, NM THE LAUNCHPAD

**3/02/10 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK RUST
**3/03/10 LUND, SWEDEN MEJERIET
**3/04/10 GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN PUSTERVIKSBAREN
**3/05/10 OSLO, NORWAY LIVING ROOM
**3/06/10 STAVANGER, NORWAY NYTORGET

***5/02/10 NEW RUTHERFORD, NJ BAMBOOZLE EAST

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