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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Oquoa w/ Last Good Tooth, She Keeps Bees

09:30 pm until 02:00 am at O’Leaver’s Pub. $5

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RITTZ w/ Snow tha Product, Jarren Benton, & Disorderly Conduct Music

08:00 pm until 02:00 am at Waiting Room.

The Atlanta metropolitan area stretches on for at least 30 miles beyond the Georgia Dome and the World of Coke. Peachtree Street (conspicuously void of actual peach trees) stretches up through several counties, changing its name a number of times, confusing the tourists and the transplants. Furthest to the north of the metro area, sits Gwinnett County; sprawling and well-populated by a mix of out-of-towners hoping to indulge in a slice of that oft-mentioned American Pie: a house in a subdivision with a yard for the kids. After closer observation though, it’s apparent that the suburbs of Gwinnett are the digs to many who don’t fit the cookie cutter, Stepford lifestyle. The county, more frequently being referred to as the Northside, boasts both million dollar homes on golf courses as well as drug hubs in neighborhoods riddled with gang activity. The Northside, essentially, is in stark contradiction to itself. Rapper Rittz is the Northside.
Raised in Gwinnett County, Rittz embodies the same level of irony and self-conflict as his hometown. Born into a musical family, he, his twin sister and their brother had always been exposed to the inner workings of music. The fact that their parents were heavily into rock and roll ensured that the kids were always around instruments or in studios. The family moved from small-town Pennsylvania (Waynesburg) to the Atlanta outskirts when he was eight years old, and once Rittz got to junior high, his musical tastes evolved. Atlanta’s booming bass and rap movement had traveled north on I-85 to get the entire metro area jumping.
”When I moved here, I was introduced to rap music. When I started rapping, I was listening to any early Rap-A-Lot records, like Willie D, Geto Boys… Kilo [Ali] was like the first. So when I started at 12 years old, my early raps, I tried to rap like them,” he explains, “But the early Outkast, and Goodie Mob was really the beginning of me wanting to rap and imitate them in finding my own style. Me and another guy were actually in a group called Ralo and Rittz [1995-2003], we were like the white Outkast, or we tried to be like that. I had a studio in my basement, and we put out a bunch of tapes in Gwinnett. I felt like we were one of the first, if not the first… There were only maybe one or two other people rapping in Gwinnett at the time, from ’95 to 2000.”
During the earlier part of the millennium though, around 2003, Rittz had hit a wall. After eight years, he and Ralo had matured in different directions. His promising buzz had led to countless disappointments. “I won Battlegrounds on Hot 107.9, got retired and shit and felt like I was ‘bout to make it. But, so many industry up and downs, with managers, contracts…” He was dead broke, feeling dejected, and living with friends- ready to resign from the rap game before even taking his rightful place in it. It wasn’t until 2009 when he’d randomly received a call from another flamespitter who was repping an area as under-the-radar as Gwinnett was. “I had some money behind me.” Rittz says, “Everything was going good and then everything fell out, at the same time, I’m getting older, thinking it’s time to hang it up. This isn’t gonna happen and that’s when Yelawolf put me on ‘Box Chevy.’ [on Yelawolf’s Trunk Muzik].”
Nowadays, the rap career of Gwinnett-raised Rittz is rapidly on the rise. From his affliation with one of the hottest new rappers coming out of the South to his first mixtape, Rittz White Jesus (hilariously inspired by a friend’s term of endearment), everything is coming together now, two years after he nearly lost everything. These days he’s booking late night studio sessions, and still clocking in to work early the next day. “I see both sides: the regular, working class type shit and then I’ve also seen a lot of the street shit that goes on here, some people that are blind to that here, may never have seen it.” Rittz says he’s “just a normal guy who raps”- a contradiction if there ever was one- but he makes you believe, with the humility of the everyman and the talent of a superstar.

- $15 ADV / $20 DOS

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Jeff Timmons/98 Degrees: Men Of The Strip

09:00 pm until 12:00 am at Knickerbockers. $15 ADV / $20 DOS

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Josh Hoyer

08:00 pm until 12:00 am at OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse. Free

categories: Blues 

My Brother w/ The Wind-Up

09:00 pm until 01:00 am at Zoo Bar. $5

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A Man Amongst Men w/ Manic Pixie Dream Girls, The Crayons and Bruja

09:00 pm until 02:00 am at Barley Street Tavern. $5

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TURQUOISE JEEP

09:00 pm until 02:00 am at Waiting Room.

“Everything is not meant to be understood,” says Flynt Flossy co-CEO of the musical phenomenon Turquoise Jeep. Like many other visionary artists, founders Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit felt industry boundaries were stifling their creativity. This encouraged them to combine their own talents with other like-minded friends and create their own label/ genre of music, EMB (Existing Musical Beings). Turquoise Jeep Records is the definition of complete artistic freedom with no limitations. Their videos on you tube accumulated millions of views and began their international notoriety. Since then they have been impacting the lives of people all over the world through their songs, “Everything is not meant to be understood,” says Flynt Flossy co-CEO of the musical phenomenon Turquoise Jeep. Like many other visionary artists, founders Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit felt industry boundaries were stifling their creativity. This encouraged them to combine their own talents with other like-minded friends and create their own label/ genre of music, EMB (Existing Musical Beings). Turquoise Jeep Records is the definition of complete artistic freedom with no limitations. Their videos on you tube accumulated millions of views and began their international notoriety. Since then they have been impacting the lives of people all over the world through their songs, videos, live shows, clothing line, etc. “Turquoise Jeep is the art of expression, another world. And for those who want to be a part of that world, we welcome them with open arms” live shows, clothing line, etc. “Turquoise Jeep is the art of expression, another world. And for those who want to be a part of that world, we welcome them with open arms.”

- $12 ADV / $15 DOS

categories: Hip-Hop/Rap 

Karaoke Theatre

09:00 pm until 11:59 pm at House Of Loom.

With House of Loom's mission to support the arts, this weekly event is not only for karaoke fans, but also for the local theatre industry. Local actor Sara O'Neill hosts the bar with drink specials, patrons bring vivid voices and romping dance moves. It's everything you love about karaoke with the volume turned up!

And on the last Tuesday of every month, party hosts Shannon Jaxies and Jenny Pool of Blue Barn's Witching Hour pick local theater houses & troupes to fundraise for with raffles, comp'ed bar tabs and gifts from the long forgotten lost and found vaults. A wild theme comes with each, while folks follow suit & bring their own costumes, create their own choreography, bring their own back up dancers or just grab some in-house props from the chest.

Join the community here: http://www.facebook.com/karaoketheatre

9pm-2am / 21+ / No cover / $2 Miller High Life + $3 Premium Wells

- Free

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Open Mic Night

09:30 pm until 01:00 am at Dubliner Pub.

Sign up for 15 minute time slot at the event or in advance on Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheDublinerOmaha

21+ w/ID, No cover

- Free

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