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Several music groups are coming to the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville including Atmosphere, G. Love, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, HellYeah and Nico and Vinz.

Tickets on sale this Friday, February 27.

The full schedule is

  • AtmosphereSunday, April 26
  • G.LoveThursday, April 30.
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans AvenueWednesday, May 13
  • HellYeahSaturday, May 16.
  • Nico & VinzSunday, May 24

Minneapolis is known for many things — pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out to the masses and they will now be performing at the Mercury Ballroom on Sunday, April 26.

With an overachieving-underdog spirit, MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis push the boundaries of what indie rap can mean. The duo create works that are deeply introspective and sometimes conflicted. Atmospheres songs capture everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown, to ebb-and-flow, to loss, to emotional abandoning.

Ant’s behind-the-board acumen is also key to Atmosphere’s unique sound: the live instrumentations provide vibrant tonal contrast to Slug’s often-weighty subject matter.Print

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Despite the variation in individual songs, Atmosphere’s albums truly captivate what it is like to love something so much that you submit to the moment. Slug’s stalwart perfectionism stems from his need to translate things he relates to into universal messages — which is why even after all these years, Atmosphere remains relevant in the rap game. “Do I want to be a positive energy source for the movement?” Slug says. “There is purpose behind what I do than just talking about me.”

Tickets are $25 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at www.mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.