Paid Dues Tour
03/03 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
03/05 - St. Louis, MO - The Gramophone
03/06 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
03/07 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
03/08 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
03/09 - Salt Lake City - Kilby Court Gallery
03/11 - Boise, ID - The Neurollux
03/12 - Missoula, MT - The Badlander
03/14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
03/15 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
03/16 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
03/17 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
03/20 - Reno, NV - 1Up Bar
03/21 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
03/22 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
03/23 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
03/24 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55
03/26 - Bakersfield, CA - B Ryders
03/27 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Co
03/28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
03/29 - La Jolla, CA - Porter's Club
03/30 - San Bernardino, CA - NOS Events
Paid Dues Festival
Somehow, this Paid Dues Festival goes hand-in-hand with the Smokeout Festival (see next item). More artists to be announced later, but in the meantime legendary Wu-Tang Clan is headlining.…
Murs is the headliner, and he's brought together Fashawn, Black Cloud Music, and our friend Kosha Dillz to the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis last night, March 2nd.
BLACK CLOUD MUSIC
Anyway, the two seems like an unlikely pair as they traded singing duties. They ended their set with "OhMyGod".
Set included: "Everything is Kosha", "Cellular Phone", "Garage Sale", "Hangin' Out", "They Don't Know", (freestyle), and "The Future".
My favorite was the freestyling portion. This is the part of the show where audience members were encouraged to put whatever they have in their pockets on stage and Kosha Dillz would just come up with raps off the top of his head based on those objects.
Incidentally, when I found out that he was from Fresno, I kept thinking about "Fashawn" Fair. That's a joke for any Fresnian.
Finally the man of the hour closed off the night. DJ Foundation introduced Murs as he came on asking "whatupdawg?"
While most people will probably list "I Used to Love H.E.R." or the Nate Dogg homage as their favorite of the night, I was more drawn to the funnier "67 Cutlass." According to Murs, this is based on a true story that happened to him. I did think he embellished the story a little, but the more factual aspect is that he had a pipe dream of making mad money by buying two pounds of pot in Mexico and driving back to Los Angeles with intent of selling and distributing. Of course, a sheriff pulls him over. The song takes it on a more comical point of view.
Road to Paid Dues is the tour. If you can't make it to the big music festival this year, catching the Road to Paid Dues is a pretty good indication of what you'll get at the stadium show - but on a smaller and more intimate scale.
BONUS: Be sure to listen to my interview with Rami, aka Kosha Dillz. He confirmed on the recording that his new project will be under Rami Rules name. The name has a double meaning, that he "rules"/awesome/in charge and that there are "rules" you follow.
Murs at Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis (03/02/13)