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Serengeti

May 3
10 p.m.
$10-$12
Electro Pop, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

Chicago’s Serengeti is one of the most creative minds in alternative hip-hop, unrestricted by notions of rap music’s supposed boundaries. At his most conventional, he delivers abstract verses over off-kilter production, but he can get even weirder: 2013’s Saal, recorded in Germany with experimental classical musician Tobias Vethake, wasn’t really even a rap album at all. But ’Geti is best known for embodying his goofy character Kenny Dennis, an aging MC with a bushy mustache and ridiculous accent reminiscent of SNL’s “Bill Swerski’s Superfans” sketches. Working with producer Odd Nosdam, ’Geti has released too many Kenny Dennis projects for this to feel like a mere comedy act — it’s more an opportunity for the MC to demonstrate his gifts for storytelling, character development, and zany humor. ’Geti’s also been a prolific collaborator, releasing records with Sufjan Stevens, Open Mike Eagle, and Why?’s Yoni Wolf. Ceschi, Chisme, and Moodie Black open.