If you doubt that the power of Atmosphere remains strong after all these years, take note that this First Avenue appearance sold out within a single day. Sandwiched between dates throughout the state as part of the second "Welcome to Minnesota Tour," this performance will likely find rapper Slug and his backing band high on local pride. Using their power to bring attention to other pockets of the local scene, Atmosphere recruited certified hometown legends Kill the Vultures and Big Quarters, as well as promising rookie MaLLy, for this tour. As with last year's Prof, Los Nativos, and Mr. Gene Poole collaboration, the four groups have joined forces for a promo track called "Somebody, MN" (available free from the Rhymesayers website), which is sure to make for a big moment when played live. With Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters, MaLLy, and BK-One. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., 2012