On June 24, 2011, Muse hosted a local hip-hop show featuring Chance Lewis, Apt, Shawty & the Beast, Bonus Bandits, Dream Eater, MC Untytled and Al the Golden Child.
Dream Eater, Landon Young’s solo electronic project, took the stage next and said, “This is going to be a change of pace, so come closer.” Landon hung the mic cable from his neck and came off the stage to dance during a few songs, and he even got the crowd to sing along to one of them.
Next up, the Bonus Bandits brought “The Don” from The Playground Bandits onstage to rap and dance with them for a few songs. The high point of the Bonus Bandits’ set was a rap about beards, and after the song, the clean-shaven Bandit in a striped shirt told the crowd that his bearded bandmate had been growing his beard for 11 months straight. The Bonus Bandits ended on a high note, and everyone stayed close to the stage in anticipation for the next act.
Shawty and the Beast had more energy than all the previous acts combined, and they fed off of the attention of the crowd to give them a high-powered set. It was obvious that this was who the audience came to see, along with the headlining act of some more local hip-hop favorites, Apt and Chance Lewis.
Apt, who calls himself #kinghipster on twitter, invited the people in the cafe portion of the venue to come watch him by telling them, “all of my hipster friends, you can come in here now.” Apt and Chance Lewis used the free-flowing, collaborative nature of a hip-hop show to their advantage, and wove their songs together along with bringing a few guests on-stage to perform with them including Cody Rigby, Emily Brown and Donnie Bonelli. Cody sang parts of the chorus to one song, and Emily sang the melody on another. Donnie Bonelli, wearing short orange swim trunks, proceeded to make up a rap about Apt’s mother. The final few songs of the night included Apt’s new single, “Apt Is the New Nervous” and Chance Lewis’s “Velour Girls.”
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