Emancipator benefit concert for MAPS flyer

Nothing hits the ear quite like live music indoors. The acoustics amplify the songs we love in a room full of people coming together for a united purpose. Depending on the venue, artist, and event attendees choose, there’s a chance that psychedelics could be in use. Learning how to safely have fun with these substances is more critical now than ever. Emancipator and friends have partnered with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for a benefit concert on June 24th.

The steady rise of psychedelics in the public eye has led to states decriminalizing these substances one by one. Humans have been using them for nearly 2,000 years, both recreationally and ceremonially. MAPS, founded in 1986, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational organization. Their goal is to bring about a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available to the general public, all backed by rigorous scientific data of its benefits and consequences.

Life of the Party

Douglas Appling, known professionally as Emancipator, is an American producer and DJ based in Portland, Oregon. To date, he has released a total of eight studio albums and a number of singles, remixes, and EPs. His special blend of clean instrumentals and digital processing tickles that dream center in the brain.

Ramble John Krohn, also known as RJD2, is coming along for the ride. Providing a little switch-up in vibes, Krohn is bringing his signature hip-hop and indie rock. He’ has’s released a total of 13 studio albums since his debut in 1993, and he has worked with names like STS and Aceyalone.

The final piece of the puzzle that is this benefit concert is Emmy Award-winning Cloudchord, also known as Derek VanScoten. VanScoten has worked alongside Emancipator before; his instrumentalists are sure to bring something special to the stage once again.


Emancipator, RJD2, and Cloudchord are coming together on June 24th at Mission Ballroom for a special benefit concert. Partial proceeds of this show will go towards MAPS to aid in the research, safe access, and public education of psychedelics. With a strong emphasis on education, MAPS uses information to empower.

To learn more about the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and what they do, visit their website. Tickets for this benefit concert are on sale now.

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