Bushwalla with special guest Todd Carey
Show DescriptionOften self-proclaimed, the Original Gangster from Cleveland, Bushwalla represents the eclectic talents of Billy "Bushwalla" Galewood. A native of Cleveland, he started performing musical theater at the early age of 9. For the next 10 years, he crafted his performing skills as a professional clown while on stage with the Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, and the Cleveland Ballet. In 1995, Billy set out to New York City to study theater at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. While in New York, he supported himself as a street performer incorporating such feats as juggling, magic, chair-balancing, and fire-breathing.
Now after spending five years in Los Angeles and two years in San Diego, Bushwalla is more than a one man boy band.
His sound is a unique blend of funk, rock, freestyle, acoustic hip-hop with a soul deeply rooted in authenticity and optimism. His writing talents came into being after notably co-writing Jason Mraz's debut platinum album, Waiting For My Rocket to Come and sophomore release Mr. A-Z. Bushwalla's debut EP release Ghetto Blaster (produced by Spooner Oldham) is cherished by fans worldwide and highly acclaimed in the Southern California media and radio circuit. The catchy hit Ghetto Blaster has left first time listeners and long-time fans with a reverberating melody that never tires. The full length album Autodidactical Freestyle & Radical is due for release in March 2008. In their live shows, Bushwalla and his "1-2-3 Band" experiment with an improvisational party-type atmosphere captivating audiences week after week.
This Chicago born, guitar slinging songwriter hit the top forty iTunes charts with his 2010 EP release "After the Morning After". "Todd Carey not only attracts your attention, he holds it...Carey's music is filled with class, style and the occasional electric guitar that strokes the listeners' curiosity level making it an easy decision to want to hear more."
Produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Five for Fighting) The new "After The Morning After" EP "kind of runs the course of a relationship," Todd describes. "My last record was about the birth and the bright-eyed newness of a relationship, but this group of songs is more diverse."
Todd knows the touring routine well, as he crisscrossed the country, playing over 250 shows, selling out hometown shows in Chicago and Wisconsin, and became a fixture on the college circuit while promoting "Watching Waiting" released through Universal's Independent Distro (Fontana)