I recently was invited to come and perform at the Elevate the Arts festival in my home town The Comox Valley. The fellow who invited me goes by the alias Klame (an old school valley emcee). He first contacted me on FB a few months prior, and gave me the details to the show. Once I had learned about the line up, I was stoked to hear I would be sharing the stage with my good friends: Beyond and Silas Crowe. The last time we all performed together was an event on Denman Island called Forward in Sound, which went really well.
The ETA hip-hop extravaganza began by picking up Silas at the Denman ferry. It had been over a year since we had seen each other, so we both had lots to talk about.
We arrived at the venue Joe’s Garage around 9:00pm to scope out the sound arrangement and stage setup. There was a decent sounding punk band playing before us, which was quite entertaining and different. I met Josh (Klame) for the first time in person and then a bunch of us went down to the river side where the CV crew was chillin. Beyond was freestylin as usual when I showed up, and the cypher quickly began! We talked for a while then we all head in to start the show.
Klame was up first bringing a unique style and sound I had never heard before; original and truly Canadian at its roots. By that time we had a decent crowd who came out to watch including a few friends of mine and fellow supporters. The next emcee up was.. Me!
At first I was a little caught off guard with the stage lights blinding me so I could not see, then after about the third track in I was relaxed and in my vibe. The sound was clear and crisp and I could hear through the monitors well so that was dope. I didn’t bother talking to much during my set. I decided to try and just keep things short letting the music speak for itself. The coolest part, was the two freestyle tracks I did. I called up Silas for the first one, and then both him and Beyond came up to help me on the last track to finish everything off with something hype for the fans.
After me came Silas with a 25 min set of reggae styles and island classics. He performed a few new tracks I had never heard. Altogether he did a great job up there and I was glad to see his set.
Last but not least came my good friend Beyond’s set with his crew The Butterfinger Bomb Squad. I stayed till later so I wouldn’t miss it and I’m glad I did! His crew’s performance was dope! And they had the crowd up out of their chairs in no time.
After words we all said peace and the night came to an end.
What an awesome show!
Look forward to coming back to perform in the Valley again soon.