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The Hip-Hop Underground lands at the Underground 

Mi Vida Local Tour: 

It’s a rare thing when a musician, band, or group is able to maintain longevity in today’s world. Being smart, talented, and independent helps, but the real test is passion. After close to 30 years it is safe to say that rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/Producer Ant (Anthony Davis) have more than proven their passion and while showing the world who they are have helped foster the development of their local hip-hop scene in Minneapolis, Minnesota and pushed underground hip-hop globally for years.

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Now on tour in support of their latest album Mi Vida Local on their Rhymesayers label, they are continuing to spread the love and the message of hip-hop.

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Throughout the years Atmosphere have consistently brought along top notch supporting talent from the underground and this tour continues in that tradition.

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As the evening began the crowd making their way in was greeted from a stellar mix of hip-hop contemporary classics from DJ Keezy who continued to remain on stage and serve the beats for the opening acts The Lioness and Dem Atlas.

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The Lioness a fellow MC from Minneapolis delivered a heartfelt set of strong lyrical talent that flowed with variety over a mix of subtle and up tempo beats.

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Showcasing a reflection of her life, her set while minimal in stage production, was large in art and gave the crowd of hip-hop heads plenty to bob their heads with.

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Next to rock the crowd, fellow Rhymesayers artist Dem Atlas opened his set with the song “Tomorrow Party”.

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With its build to a heavy beat drop “Tomorrow Party” is a perfect opener but also a great picture into his entire sound with conflicting messages of “party”, internal reflection, and conflict, a theme found prevalent in his latest release Bad Actress.

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Dem Atlas delivered a high energy set and was able to really get the crowd going through on stage action and dance moves reminiscent of Michael Jackson.

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Even though it was a Tuesday night, and with the Thanksgiving holiday looming, the hip-hop heads had really filled in The Underground and it was clear that they were here to see Atmosphere.

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The passion that the band has poured into their art and music over the years is completely reflected in their fans as they eagerly anticipate each song. Throughout the room the start of each song is greeted with excitement and the audience swayed and rapped along with every one. Through stories that connect as “real” fans of Atmosphere’s music have not only applauded the authenticity to hip-hop but also the realness of MC Slug’s lyrics forming connections to their lives and developing personal relationships to the music that few artists accomplish.

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Atmosphere know this and as the set progressed MC Slug spoke to the crowd (as he does between each song) and asked if they wanted to hear the “old songs” from deep within their catalog. Slug went on to tell the crowd that the new album Mi Vida Local will be part of their “old shit” in ten years and for everyone to be ready to sing along with those songs when they return ten years from now.

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From there Atmosphere went on to deliver as promised, dropping a mix of songs from their impressive career with the crowd singing along enthusiastically to everyone. Closing out the night with their song “Trying to Find a Balance” from their 2003 album Seven’s Travels was a highlight and left us all in anticipation of the next time we may be able to catch a live show from Atmosphere.  

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The Mi Vida Local tour continues on well into the spring of 2019 and for fans of Atmosphere and hip-hop this tour is a real treat. Be sure to check to check out the list of tour stops below and if they are coming to your town grab a ticket now!

See full gallery of the night!

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Catch this tour:

NOV 24  Sat 8:00p Charleston, SC – Music Farm – Charleston

NOV 25 Sun 7:00p Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

NOV 28 Wed 8:00p Tampa, FL – The Ritz Theater – Ybor City

NOV 29 Thu 7:00p Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

DEC 1 Sat 9:00p Gainesville, FL – High Dive – Gainesville

DEC 2 Sun 7:00p Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

DEC 4 Tue 8:00p Birmingham, AL – Saturn – Birmingham

DEC 6 Thu 8:00p New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater

DEC 7 Fri 8:00p Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre

DEC 8 Sat 8:00p Nashville, TN – The Cowan

JAN 19 Sat 7:00p Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

JAN 20 Sun 8:00p Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

JAN 21 Mon 7:00p Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas presented by Cricket Wireless

JAN 25 Fri 7:30p Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston presented by Cricket Wireless

JAN 26 Sat 8:00p San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre presented by Cricket Wireless

JAN 31 Thu 8:00p Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Convention Center

FEB 5 Tue 8:00p Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre-Tucson

FEB 7 Thu 8:00p Los Angeles, CA – The Novo by Microsoft

FEB 8 Fri 3:00p Long Beach, CA – Queen Mary Events Park

FEB 8 Fri 8:00p San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

FEB 9 Sat 3:00p Long Beach, CA – Queen Mary Events Park

FEB 10 Sun 3:00p Long Beach, CA – Queen Mary Events Park

MAR 1 Fri 7:00p Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane

MAR 6 Wed 8:00p Bend, OR – Midtown

MAR 8 Fri 8:00p Chico, CA – Senator Theater

MAR 9 Sat 8:00p Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – Oakland

MAR 12 Tue 9:00p Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst-CA

MAR 13 Wed 7:00p Fresno, CA – Tioga Sequoia Brewery

MAR 15 Fri 7:00p Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

MAR 16 Sat 8:00p Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall

MAR 17 Sun 7:00p Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise

MAR 22 Fri 8:00p Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.

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