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by Nic Huber – eParis Extra!
There is no better way to usher in the holiday season than with live music at Three Brothers Drafthouse, located in Sun Valley in the building that formerly housed Country Joe’s. This past weekend saw Cas Haley and Mic Manik headline the Hip Hop & Reggae Holidays concert, which, as you guessed, featured many local rap and reggae acts.
The show was an overall success, even amid several sound issues that stemmed from bad track mixes and just not being able to hear the vocals over the booming bass and backing tracks that hit hard all night long. Hangar 18 Studios, run by local musician Robert Hauck, provided sound and lighting.
Wendell “Mr. AOC” Johnson brought his turntable to play house DJ and to keep the vibe flowing from one song to the other.
Kease Woods, who kicked off the show with help from his hype-man Mazzi Garmon, set the bar for the rest of the entertainers as he brought an energetic stage performance while the crowd was still coming into the Drafthouse by the droves.
While the night was still young, and the Drafthouse still continuing to fill up with fans, Jay Fish, a former member of the now-defunct So Clean Stunnas rap collective, hit the stage and performed his several songs, including “House Party”, which has been a viral hit on local Internet radio stations and Facebook.
While the Drafthouse was getting packed, Blaze and Koy hit the stage after a delayed entrance to perform several of their songs. C-Note soon followed after, and performed his song “Killer” which sampled Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.
Oklahoma’s Cha Da Throwd and Still Kuntry followed, but it wasn’t until Leck hit the stage that the crowd really began to show how much it would participate for the rest of the night. Accompanied by J-Rec, the duo performed their hits “Blake Griffin”, “Wet”, and “I Do It” among others.
Next up was the party act DTF, also known as Deciding the Future, who kept the crowd jumping as the duo blasted their hits “We Came To Party”, “King of the Castle” and “Mi Senorita”. The duo is no stranger to performing in front of live audiences, as DTF partipated and won an artist showcase for Warner Bros. Records several months back at the House of Blues in Dallas. They also announced that they inked a distribution deal the night before with a company based out of Australia.
As DTF left the stage, the Drafthouse got a little smokier with a familiar Texas reggae vibe brought by Preston Hall and Antonio Wagnon, who both performed in the Hostile Hippies. Taking an ode from Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, Preston Hall’s beloved pup Doobie Dog followed his owner around the venue and even on stage.
As Preston Hall and Antonio Wagnon finished their set, which featured an awesome cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”, it was time for the headliner Mic Manik to shine. And shine, he did. Easily the best rap performance of the night, Mic Manik and A.D. Garcia gave the audience exactly what they wanted. Performing their hits “Superman” and “I Go Hard”, the two definitely entertained everyone.
While the night was winding down, Cas Haley took to the stage for his first performance in Paris with an actual band in quite some time. Cas first made his mark in the Dallas act Woodbelly before coming in 2nd on the second season of America’s Got Talent. Since then, Cas has inked a few record deals, including his current contract on Easy Star All-Star’s Easy Star Records.
Cas performed his originals as well as some well-known covers like Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up” and Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It”. Preston Hall and Mic Manik joined Cas for the encore to close out the show.