9:30pm doors • 10pm show
Beatboxing legend Gene Shinozaki brings his astonishing blend of skilled DJing and pyrotechnic vocal dexterity in this mind-blowing set. Shinozaki’s powerhouse demonstration that the human body is capable of inexplicable things is a wondrous exploration of the relationship between technology and the human voice. World Champion beatboxers Neil Meadows, Kenny Urban, Amit, and Christopher Celiz will set the stage with their breathtaking performances. Integrous in both its conception and execution, this unforgettable evening is sprinkled with delectable decorative detail that serves as an invitation to another realm.
Originally from California, Gene Shinozaki moved to Boston, MA, where he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in drumming. With the goal to follow the footsteps of his favorite band, Dream Theater, Gene replicated their decision to drop out, feeling disillusioned with school.
After dropping out of Berklee, he found an interview of Reeps One on Beatbox Battle TV, which inspired him to dedicate his life to beatboxing. He then immediately started busking to make money and turn this dream into a reality.
Within two years, Gene had begun performing at popular venues, and even starred in the season finale on the tenth season of Fox’s hit television show So you think You can Dance.
In 2013, Gene entered his first beatbox battle, which would eventually lead him to become one of the most renowned battlers in the world. Since the 2014 American Beatbox Championships, Gene has made it at least to the semifinals in every battle. And in 2015, he won the Grand Beatbox Battles, held in Switzerland, making him the first American to take the title.
He currently holds the world champion title with his tag team partner, Chris Celiz.
Gene is one of the core members of the Brooklyn-based group The Beatbox House.