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At The Bomb Factory on May 12, you’ll hear collaborations between Dallas music and arts groups and rapper Nas, EDM heavyweight Big Gigantic, Grammy-nominated rock band Kaleo and soulful singer-songwriter Jacob Banks.

It’s all part of Array, a one-night music, art and tech event that’s giving Dallas-based artists an international platform by pairing them with some of the world’s most popular acts. And the local music doesn’t begin and end with those four collaborations.

Array, part of the three-week-long SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, will also welcome to the stage a band that has become known as the face of Deep Ellum. Cure for Paranoia, composed of Cameron McCloud, Tomahawk Jonez, Jay Analog and Stanley Francisko, will play songs off their EP Cure for Paranoia: Side A, released earlier this year.

The four-piece, which operates in a genre it refers to as a fusion of hip-hop, rock, pop, funk and R&B (so, everything fun), performs in Deep Ellum almost nightly, at venues such as Drugstore Cowboy, Three Links and High & Tight. Cure for Paranoia got their big break when a video of McCloud freestyling for Erykah Badu backstage at The Bomb Factory’s grand opening went viral.

Since that night in 2015, Cure for Paranoia has not only opened for Badu twice, but also for other famous acts such as Ludacris and Slim Thug. In 2016, they won Best New Act at the Dallas Observer Music Awards, and they won Best Group Act the following year.

But despite all of their success, Cure for Paranoia still finds value in busking on the streets of their favorite neighborhood. It allows them to get close to their audience and strip down their mission to its most essential part: communicating with others through the universal language of music.

This kind of humility and purity of artistic intent reflects the spirit of Array and its parent festival SOLUNA. Buy your Array tickets and watch Deep Ellum’s foremost ambassadors usher in SOLUNA’s first event outside the Arts District.