Justin and I went to the Talib Kweli show in Santa Cruz last night, opened by Lost and Found Generation. LFG put on a great show, listening to the lyrics of Coley Cole, Sayer and my favorite, Ashkon. After LFG’s set, Talib came out for an hour and half and gave a rocking show, doing all sorts of music from Blackstar, Reflection Eternal, and his own albums. At one point, he’d called on all the b-boys and b-girls to come on stageand a dude jumpped on to the stage and started dancing. Security walked over to the dancer and started to pull him down off, but Talib came up and brushed the guard off, which made the crowd go wild. He also did a song over the Beatles’ All the Lonely People, rapping with the beat and hook of the original.
After the show was over, we went with Joe over to the Red Room, which is a little bar in Santa Cruz. Sayer had told Talib and crew that there was an after party there, and lo-and-behold, Talib showed up and it turned in to the most fantastic Tusday night ever. Talib went over to the DJ, asked him to throw some records on and the place went nuts. People were saying, “oh crap, is that Talib Kweli?” He was rapping for a bit in to the headphones, hooked up in to the mic on the mixer. It was unbelievable, hanging out and partying with Talib after the show. Epic Tuesday night.