Sunday, March 22, 2009
Stik Figa at The (New) Beaumont Club
Maybe most of Kansas City's underground hip hop community was attending SXSW. Or perhaps aficionados were recovering from the previous night's Devin the Dude show at The Riot Room.
Only a handful of people caught Saturday's performance by Stik Figa. It's unfortunate- he's one of the funniest, smartest and most likable artists on the Midwest's hip hop scene. His set included "Caked Up" "The Pie," "Watchatalkinbout," "Funky Fresh" and "TwentyFourSeven." It was all good.
Stik Figa opens for Black Sheep at The Granada on March 29.
DJ Sike Steez remixed Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Jay-Z, Mac Lethal, MC Lyte, Reach and Kanye West in his opening set. Nice stuff.
Given woefully inaccurate information by a friend about the night's schedule, I was present for Anti Crew's sound check. The song they were working out overlaid Iron Maiden-style guitar runs on a hip hop beat. I left before their proper set began.
The newly remodeled Beaumont Club is- dare I say it- sleek and stylish. The NASCAR and George Strait signage has been replaced by dark wood and contemporary lighting. The crud on the walls and in the rafters is gone. The gnarly bathrooms at the back of the room are also history.
My biggest pet peeve about the venue, however, hasn't been addressed. The stage is still very low. People stuck at the back of the room at Monday's Katy Perry show, for instance, will likely struggle to see her.
Alas, sight lines weren't a problem Saturday night.
Kansas City Click: I've never cared for Hamell On Trial. But that won't stop me from recommending his show tonight at The Record Bar.
Katy Perry stars at The Beaumont Club on Monday.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)