Rap, hip-hop and indie artists perform at DRC’s Thin Line showcase Thursday

Rap, hip-hop and indie artists perform at DRC’s Thin Line showcase Thursday

Rap, hip-hop and indie artists perform at DRC’s Thin Line showcase Thursday
February 22
09:23 2016

Kyle Martin | Staff Writer

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The Denton Record Chronicle’s music showcase at 9 p.m. Thursday at Dan’s Silver Leaf was cozy and intimate. Turnout was light compared to that of Oaktopia and Jazz Fest, but this is a film festival—music takes a backseat this weekend.

Four acts took the stage on a school night: King Pap, Wild Bill, tomkat and The BoomBachs.

King Pap

The first rapper of the night was Victor Jones, a.k.a. King Pap, a Denton native. Clearly at home under the lights, Pap had heart behind his lyrics.

Rapper “King Pap”, first performer of the night, works up a sweat. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

Rapper “King Pap”, first performer of the night, works up a sweat at Dan’s Silverleaf. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

With sweat streaming down his face and rhymes flying out of his mouth, the rapper bounced back and forth across the stage. His energetic and fluid presence filled the air and, especially on acapella verses, the rapper honed in on some serious talent.

Wild Bill

Wild Bill was something else, to say the least. Opening his set by voicing how upset he was with the crowd for not vibing enough, the 6-foot-6-inch, 350-pound ginger seized both the mic and everyone’s attention.

The hip-hop artist was wholly dedicated to his art and didn’t let it go unnoticed. Say anything about his character and his demeanor, call him insulting or abrasive, but the dude can rap.

He’s got a great flow, his lyrics are provocative and, apparently, he occasionally eats limes (peel and all) onstage and pours gin and tonic over his shirtless body.

Wild Bill, camouflage overalls, greasy man bun and all puts on a show.

The rapper “Wild Bill” draws the attention of a concert goer. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

The rapper “Wild Bill” draws the attention of a concert goer. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

tomkat

tomkat is an indie-pop electro band made up of musicians who really know what they’re doing. Band members Katrina Cain on vocals, Andrew McMillan on guitar, Mike Luzecky on bass and Jonny Harmon on drums have a sound that appeals to a generation desiring synth-pop and electronic influence.

Cain’s vocals were strong and captivating. Harmon kept a heavy pocket behind Luzecky’s tasteful bass lines and McMillan’s lively guitar work. They all grooved together, showcasing the band’s musical expertise.

Tomkat performs at Dan's Silverleaf during Thin Line. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

Tomkat performs at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

The BoomBachs

Closing the show was the BoomBachs, who (as always) rocked.

The hip-hop group played some personal setlist classics like “In the Morning” and “AlienNation,” but then let some new things loose. Much to the satisfaction of those in attendance, the group covered Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” (it was dope).

The Boombachs always put on a great show—and Thursday was no exception. The crowd was bumping the whole time, and nearly everyone was loving it.

This weekend is about supporting local artists and giving exposure to those that need it. It’s labeled as a film festival, but the musicians taking the stage this weekend will likely blow you away.

Check out some of the excellent films being shown, but don’t forget to grab a drink and catch a show at Harvest House, Dan’s, Andy’s or Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. There are some fantastic, local groups onstage, and Denton is in for some excellent shows.

Featured Image: Tomkat performs at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

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