One of the great things about Seattle’s geographic location is that a lot of excellent bands will be making their way to our fair city shortly before or shortly after this weekend because of the Coachella Festival this weekend. Simian Mobile Disco, Rilo Kiley, The Teenagers, and MGMT were just here before hitting the desert, and next week we’ll see Sons and Daughters, Cut Copy, The Black Kids, amongst others. Yet, the show I recommend won’t have any post-Coachella buzz to propel itself. But it also doesn’t need it.
The People Power Tour at Chop Suey, April 29, 2008
It will take about 30 seconds of listening to Blue Scholars’ Geologic to understand why the title of this tour is perfect. Whether he rhymes behind DJ Sabzi’s beats or without, Geo’s lyrics provide a voice to those who are often unheard; whether it is soldiers in Iraq and their families or the families who will be displaced because of gentrification in Rainier Valley. Like Public Enemy’s Chuck D, he is unafraid to challenge authority in verse and he knows the community he lives in.
I saw Geo twice in 2007: at the People Talking and Singing benefit for 826 Seattle at Town Hall by himself and with Sabzi and a full backing back at the Program, Blue Scholars’ triumphant 5-night stand at Neumo’s last December. One show was a fundraiser for a writing center in Greenwood, the other was a hip hop festival, yet easily won over both crowds by providing intelligent, well-constructed rhymes. Watching those two shows, I went home both nights thinking I wasn’t just watching a brilliant and talented artist, but a visionary as well.
Also worthy of your consideration:
4/26: The Elephants, The Quit, Over the Atlantic and PWRFL Power @ the Comet
4/26: The Heavy Hearts @ the High Dive
4/26: The Maldives @ the Tractor
4/28: Coconut Coolouts @ Chop Suey
See you out and about,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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