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The Soul of Hip-Hop at Gateway City Arts



Local musicians and rappers are teaming up to celebrate the music of two legendary hip hop producers, Madlib and the late J Dilla, with an event called The Soul of Hip-Hop: Live pt. 2 (The Jaylib Edition), at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. The show is presented by Genuine Culture, LLC.

It’s the sequel to last year’s successful event, again featuring house band The Dillatronics, led by musical director Zack Cross (keys) and featuring Killian Karlsson (guitar), Reed Sutherland (bass), Ted Sullivan (drums), Colin Jalbert (samples/percussion), and Mtali Banda (tenor sax). The lead emcee is Hartford rapper Tang Sauce.

Also contributing to this year’s show is Springfield-based rapper Fabeyon, as well as Nickali Vocals, and Vorheez (of The Problemaddicts).

No hip hop event is complete without deejays, so also on hand will be DJ Rec and DJ Krefting spinning some vinyl.


Some of Madlib’s collaborations have been with MF Doom, Talib Kweli, and Freddie Gibbs, while J Dilla was known for working with Slum Village, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, The Pharcyde, Busta Rhymes, and many others; the two producers teamed up for their 2003 album “Champion Sound.”

Musical director Cross said The Dillatronics and friends will be doing several songs from that Jaylib record, and the set will also include “Slim’s Return,” from Madlib’s album of remixes of material from the legendary Blue Note record label.

For those curious to see how the rehearsals are going so far, Cross is posting video clips on his Instagram (@zx_beats) and Facebook (ZX Beats).

It’s valentine season, and perhaps no band ever in history had more hits with the word “love” than Air Supply — “Lost In Love,” “The One That You Love,” “All Out of Love,” “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” — and the duo of vocalist Russell Hitchcock and guitarist/vocalist Graham Russell is still satisfying your soft rock jones out on the road. Air Supply appears at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on Friday, February 7, at 8 p.m.

New York reggae/pop septet The Big Takeover, fronted by Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Nee Nee Rushie, brings its Bob Marley tribute show to the Stone Church in Brattleboro on Friday, February 7, at 8 p.m. Also performing is reggae soul fusion band Wheel Out!; Radio Free Brattleboro deejay Selector D will be spinning sounds between live music sets.

Singer/songwriter Louise Mosrie is the featured performer at the next open mic at the Montague Common Hall in Montague on Saturday, February 8. She’ll play a set at 8:15 p.m., with open mic performers playing before (7 p.m.) and after (8:45). Free, donations accepted.

Since 2012 The Gaslight Tinkers have been blending traditional fiddle music with African, Caribbean, funk, reggae and Latin grooves. They get the dance floor moving at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. Taproots opens the show.

Tim Eriksen, Peter Irvine & Susan Brearey will present “Pumpkintown Songs, Stories and Magic Lantern Projections from an Imaginary New England Village.” It’s the second Parlor Session show of the season, so after the performance, soup will be served, and then a post-food jam will be open to all, in tribute to John Cohen of New Lost City Ramblers. At the Parlor Room in Northampton on Sunday, February 9, at 7 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Alexa Renaud Clark is the special guest at this week’s open mic at The 413 in Easthampton on Monday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. To sign up, arrive early (6:30/7 p.m.) Matt Silberstein is your host.

The duo of pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda performs at 33 Hawley in Northampton on Monday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. It’s the latest event in the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert series.

Progressive rockers Nektar take the stage at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m.

Legendary jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan presents her Valentine’s Concert, featuring special guests Avery Sharpe & Stephen Page, sharing the bill with Juke Joint Jazz, at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m.

Ken Maiuri can be reached at tunedincolumn@gmail.com.



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