Totally Board Mondays @ The Buffalo Club, Vancouver
written by Aaron "A*maze" Joseph - April, 2006
If you live in Vancouver, are bored on a Monday night and are fiendin' for some hip-hop talent, The Buffalo Club's 'Totally Board Mondays' is for you. Last Monday, the local music night had showcased talents of all kinds as well as free giveaways and beer.
Inside the club was an in-bar mini ramp and a regular stage setup that had anything but regular local live talent. With a great down-to-earth atmosphere, everyone had fun, whether it was the skateboarders or the hip-hop heads. The night began with Grip Tight Records' new artist Young Soak who performed songs off of his new release Young soak presents: Greg b. Sides. This young emcee represented his hometown of Tsawwassen, B.C., and got the night off to a good start. The set was enjoyed by everyone including some sexy females in the front and ended with a performance with label mate Mic Stroker, who also performed one of his singles.
Evil G, another local emcee who had no plans to perform, showed love for friends and fans who came through and spit a couple of tracks before grabbing his backpack and jetting.
Timmey!, representing Port Coquitlam, B.C., added a little variety to the night. This funky white boy, whose style can be described as Incubus with a twist of hip-hop, wowed the crowd with his guitar and beatboxing skills. He also impressed many in the club with his unique Dr.Dre and k-os covers. Timmey's homeboy, Illbonik, hopped on stage during one of these covers and educated the crowd with some real hip-hop, dropping a few lines from a classic Tribe Called Quest joint.
The crowd was feeling the groove in the building, and when they were not paying attention to the skateboarders throwin' down on the ramp, they were dancing or bobbing their heads to the music. This comfortable atmosphere made it easy for the night's headliner, Josh Martinez and the Pissed off Wild (POW, as J-Mart likes to call them), to enjoy themselves and perform.
J-Mart performed a variety of his songs, which everyone in the crowd was singing or rapping to. He entertained the crowd with his jokes, anecdotes and dancing (yes, he still loves to dance on stage). After doing his solo set he ended off the night by introducing the band, the Pissed Off Wild, and performed with them.
All in all, it was a good night and is recommended for those who want a decent venue for live local hip-hop.
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