Night Owls become Light Owls as PNC Arts Alive Presents: Light Owl Concert Series at the MAC! This fall series brings the late night musical talent of Columbus to live music fans in the light of day. The first concert features two prominent Hip Hop acts Mistar Anderson and Kashis Keyz and food from Suge's Smokehouse BBQ. We partnered with Worthington's own Zaftig Brewing Co. and Watershed distillery to provide afternoon drinks and cocktails. Art activity with Yani Sheng.
Mistar Anderson began with emcee Eric Rollin, drummer Andre Walker and guitarist Ryan Sullivan performing hip-hop covers. By 2013, they released original music with both hip-hop and jazz inspirations, and their band had grown, adding trombone, saxophone, keys and bass guitar. The band name was originally Mister Anderson with an “e” after The Matrix character, but the members decided to change it to Mistar Anderson with an “a” to set themselves apart in Google searches and have a name with “star” in it. “We’re stars, you know,” emcee Eric Rollin says.
Fun Fact: Drummer Andre Walker paints turtles. “I try to use them in a social stand point of view. People aren’t threatened by turtles usually. So, I can... maybe make someone think about something they wouldn’t think about by presenting it through a turtle,” he says.
Kashis Keyz was born in Columbus and started performing at age nine, inspired by his uncle who was a road manager for Snoop Dogg. As a child, Kashis even performed on tours run by his grandmother who owns Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium, highlighting African dance and drumming. Early on, Kashis was inspired by rappers Nas and Kanye West for their authentic story telling and awareness of societal issues. Kashis writes his own work and is honing his freestyle skills.