Sound, Sun, Pleasure
17 June 2023
Join us for a one-day, all ages music event curated by MIKE. Co-hosted by Lower East Side staples The Good Company and Harold Hunter Foundation, the programming highlights artists that exist at the crossroads of skateboarding and hip hop.
Location and lineup to be announced.
Sound, Sun, Pleasure is co-presented with The Good Company, Harold Hunter Foundation, and Young World III Pre-Show Series.
MIKE is a quintessential old soul. The 24-year-old artist’s wisdom is evident in both his calm delivery and measured questioning. Known for introspective, subtly profound rhymes that explore grief, family, and identity, and melt over muffled, soul-seasoned samples, MIKE’s signature sound returns matured and healthy on his eighth album Beware of the Monkey. The beloved rapper has come a long way from making waves in underground hip-hop circles with the [sLUms] collective formed in New York in 2015. Since, he’s released numerous critically celebrated albums, earned Pitchfork’s Best New Music accolade twice, and toured with artists like Blood Orange, Earl Sweatshirt, and Freddie Gibbs. “Through the city I can’t do too much looking up,” MIKE raps on “nuthin i can do is wrng”, the first single from his forthcoming self-produced record. The line is emblematic of what the album as a whole signifies for MIKE. As his career flourishes, his inner world demands nurturing. Following the longest gap MIKE has taken since recent projects, the new record displays the intuitive musician’s eclipse into a new cycle. Beware of the Monkey finds the most confident and determined MIKE to date, as he shifts from an adolescent poet to a masterful interdisciplinary artist.
About the Partners
Sound, Sun, Pleasure is presented as part of the Young World III Pre-Show Series, a dynamic lineup of concerts curated by MIKE that will culminate in Young World III, an arts festival hosted by MIKE and SummerStage at Herbert Von King Park in Summer 2023. Young World I was first presented by Abrons Arts Center in 2019.
Founded in 2012, the Good Company is a retail space and Lower East Side community staple known for its streetwear apparel and collaborations with both local and national brands, musicians, illustrators, and other creatives.
Established in memory of legendary skateboarder Harold Hunter, the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in New York City. Our fundamental goal is to provide a network of support, opportunity, and advocacy for NYC youth so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and young adults.