BOULDER, Colo. –
The Fox Theatre is open for spring break and the club’s offering up a very cool rap show Thursday night featuring headliners Black Sheep.
The alternative hip-hop act is based out of Queens, New York, and features rapper Dres, aka Andres Titus.
Black Sheep gained note for its affiliation with the Native Tribes posse. That coalition of acts includes A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.
“Hip-hop ruled where I grew up in Queens,” Titus said in a recent interview. “It’s what we did every day.
“Black Sheep really tries to represent ourselves and where we come from in the hip-hop community. This community really has the power to alter the world; if we talk about real-life issues, we can make changes.”
It’s been a few years since Black Sheep released its last project — 8WM/Novakane — but in 2008, the band’s single “The Choice is Yours” made VH1’s “100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.” The tune has logged in more than 700,000 hits on YouTube.
“We’re now in the midst of our new tour,” Titus said. “Our live show is a great musical platform where I can speak about important things. We’re taking hip-hop to the next level.”
TAT is a kick-ass punk rock-band from England. The group just performed at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, so the band’s heading up to Denver to play the Marquis Theatre on Saturday.
“Playing the South By Southwest really helps bands a lot,” bandleader Tatiana DeMaria said. “Last year we got bookings, a record deal, an agent and a promoter. Now we have a solid team.”
TAT is getting ready to invade America with its rocking tunes.
“I grew up listening to everything from hip-hop to classical and punk rock,” DeMaria said. “However, the thing that got me was the energy of punk-rock music.
“I put the band together around the melody, passion, energy and lyrics. We bring it all together in TAT and we aim to make everything as real as we can.”
TAT may call the UK home, but this band’s biggest market is America. The group’s already booked for a full run of this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.
“We started out with eight days on the first Warped Tour we played,” DeMaria said. “Then, they asked us to stay on for 28 days.
“Being on this year’s Warped Tour, we decided it was a good time to release our album Soho Lights. The CD sums us up — somewhere between rock and punk. It encompasses the whole five-year scope of our band.”
DeMaria also made an appearance on the 2009 Reel Big Fish covers CD, Fame, Fortune and Fornication. The singer performed on the band’s cover of the Poison hit (co-written by Bret Michaels) “Talk Dirty to Me.”