June 28, 2007

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Hip-hop comes to Concord
Underground artists pop up in the capital
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Penuche’s Ale House, in conjunction with Funk Soul Productions, is working to bring underground hip-hop to Concord with a new monthly series.

On Thursday, June 28, Funk Soul Productions will book hip-hop artists from throughout the country to perform at Penuche’s, including Brycon of San Francisco, Calif.; iCON the Mic King from Philadelphia; Mouth of Madness from Allston, Mass., originally from New Hampshire, and Joey Mousepad from Allston, Mass.

“I like to call it conscientious hip-hop. The message tends to be a pure message. It’s more of a culture thing. It’s not about hating or killing people. It tends to be a more active approach to dealing with things in the world,” said Ed Ramshaw with Funk Soul Productions.

This isn’t the first hip-hop show that Ramshaw has brought to Concord.

“It really goes back to that grassroots community effort and Concord does need it. There is a demand,” Ramshaw said.

Penuche’s has given Ramshaw one date a month for underground hip-hop shows. As of now, the shows are scheduled to run through September and Ramshaw says there’s no set termination date.

“It’s been very successful in the past so Penuche’s was very supportive of letting me do it. This will allow people to get exposure to new acts that normally wouldn’t come to this area to perform,” Ramshaw said.

While the artists performing in the first segment of the series are all out-of-towners, Ramshaw said he’s not excluding local artists. Ramshaw said his first intent is to bring new and interesting music to people.

“I did some other booking with funk and jam bands in the past and, while it still seems to work, hip-hop just seems to have more of an influence,” Ramshaw said.

For music samples or more details on the artists performing in the first series, go to their Web sites: Brycon, bryconmusic.com or myspace.com/hyphessobrycon; iCON the Mic King, myspace.com/iconthemicking; Mouth of Madness, myspace.com/madness2012; Joey Mousepad, myspace.com/joeymousepad.

Notes from underground
What: underground hip-hop series
Who: Brycon from San Francisco, Calif.; iCON the Mic King from Philadelphia; Mouth of Madness and Joey Mousepad from Allston, Mass.
When: Thursday, June 28, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5.
Where: Penuche’s Ale House, 16 Bicentennial Sq., Concord, 228-9833.
For more information: Go to myspace.com/funksoulproductions for more scheduled underground hip-hop performances.