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Review of the Live Band Dead Poet show in NC  Reply with quote

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Two music shows display their smarts


The Hart Witzen Gallery's probably not the first place you think of when you think of indie hip hop shows, but then again, Sage Francis isn't your normal hip hop artist. No, Sage Francis' shows fit better in a place like an art gallery or a library: The lack of suffocating clouds of smoke and missile-shaped goons looking for a fight somehow accentuates the art behind what Francis does so well. Friday evening, Francis played the gallery as part of the "Live Band Dead Poet" tour, along with his backing band, Gruvis Malt, and localish rappers Supastition, Dominant 7 and DJ Notik 1. Owing to the cold, I had bought myself a knit cap earlier in the day and wore it Friday night. As such, I was indistinguishable from the rest of the guys and most of the girls in attendance, which is just the way I like it. That said, the fact that only myself, Francis, and a couple of others had full beards probably gave my age away. No matter, as this show has to be an early finalist for my show of the year, even though it ended a little -- OK, way -- past my usual bedtime -- which, frankly, is usually pretty damn late. Dominant 7, who claimed to be representin' for Mt. Holly, Gastonia, Charlotte, Denver and surrounding burgs, surprised with verbal acuity, if not vocal power (they're young, though -- it'll come). Supastition I missed most of, as I went home to get a bite to eat before Francis was to appear (this would have been, oh, midnight or so). I returned in time to slake my musical thirst with Gruvis Malt, a sort of jazz band with beatbox and harmonica. Finally, Francis took the stage and belted out his Post 9/11 anti-hit "Makeshift Patriot" ("makeshift patriot/ the flag shop is out of stock/ hang myself... half mast/ makeshift patriot/ The flag shop is out of stock/ I hang myself... via live telecast"). Sage, of course, occasionally rhymes about getting' some booty, tosses in the odd F-bomb here and there, and isn't above calling his landlord mid-set to get the weasel back for ripping him off (Francis exhorted the audience with a call-and-response: "I say slum, you say lord!") The part of the show that was so moving? Francis, like the audience in attendance, knows you don't have to choose between one or the other, between "saint" and "sinner." You can be both. You can be the Anti-Shania. You can be... human.
Post Sat Feb 08, 2003 6:27 pm
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I think the dude in his description kind of missed a lot of elements. There was such an incredible energy to the show and I think this guy missed it in his description.

He should have just said, "shit's bananas." and he didn't really describe the CR Avery portion of the show which if he had been in front of anyone but Sage he would have stolen the show right out from under them.

Out of everything though, my favorite part is still the performance of The Rewrite.
Post Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:25 pm
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