View From the Front Row, 10/25/12
About two weeks ago, I
went and checked out the Arguments With Dreams Tour starring Busdriver,
Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle at the New Parish in Oakland CA. This was
the first show of the tour and it had the misfortune of landing on an
unexpected Game 5 for the Oakland A's, which probably drew a bit of the
sports fanatic Busdriver fans away from the venue. Still, the show got a
pretty good turn out of top notch people, including a bunch of fans
from Nappa Valley who I ended up grabbing a beer with before the show.
Later met up with a few awesome friends of mine at the venue, and
happened to bump into Doseone, who distributed hugs in the midst of
buying a round of drinks for the performers. I've seen all of the acts
on this tour play many times before (hell, I've seen Open Mike Eagle and
Busdriver play a couple of times this year alone), but this particular
show felt special since it was my first time seeing these three LA rap
talents on a proper tour together. Given their numerous collaborations
and similar approaches to hip hop, the sets that these Hellfyre Club MCs
offered up had a special chemistry that made for a really dope show.
over each others flows and lyrics, and the good vibes translated well to the music and to the crowd. Tracks like "Beat My Bitch" and "Good Cop, Bad Cop" sounded plenty live through the New Parish speakers, and Open Mike Eagle joined the two of them on stage for a rowdy rendition of their excellent track "In a Perfect World." My friends and I were dancing so hard that at one point my glasses flew off and somehow found their way onto the stage, where Busdriver stumbled upon them and handed them back to me in the front. Great set that ended a great show.
Fun times for all involved, my friends and I left smiling and sweaty. Peep the video footage for "In a Perfect World" live below, and please excuse the less than stellar sound quality. Now, if I could just start a petition here to get Open Mike Eagle to start performing "Haircut" again in his sets, we could round these shows out to perfection. Not the best song in his catalog or anything, but that track has been great the few times I've seen him play it live!