Here’s how the Grouch plans to steal Christmas
‘Twas a few nights after Christmas, and up in the house, one creature will be stirring, and that is the Grouch.
The Grouch from Living Legends will make his debut in Tahoe at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon. The Bayliens and the Instant Messengers also will perform.
The Grouch wanted to make beats since he first heard hip-hop. His dad played keys, and he felt music was inside him as well, but he didn’t plan on being an MC. Coming from Oakland, he grew up on the likes of Digital Underground, Too $hort and Toni, Tony, Toné.
Around 1991-92 Del tha Funkee Homosapien and the Hieroglyphics were beginning to make noise in the Bay Area, and it was then that he felt he could make something out of music. A friend who rapped persuaded the Grouch to start writing and rapping in 1994. He met the Mystik Journeymen soon after, and it was on.
The Grouch’s first show as an MC was at one of the Journeymen’s “Broke Ass Summer Jam” shows in East Oakland in 1995, when he performed under his real name. The Grouch’s music influences range from LL Cool J to the Beastie Boys along with the Bay Area classics, and jazz, rock and soul music.
The Grouch has sold 150,000 units independently and performed for hundreds of thousands worldwide. His latest release, “Heroes In The City Of Dope,” which hit the streets last year, is his first collaboration album with Zion I, also from Oakland.
Tickets are $18 in advance at Whiskey Dick’s, Mad About Music and the Tahoe Hemp Co., and online at http://www.ticketweb.com. This event is 21-and-older.
The Grouch (Living Legends)
with the Bayliens and the Instant Messengers
When: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28
Where: Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Tickets: $18 advance at Whiskey Dick’s, Mad About Music, Tahoe Hemp Co. or http://www.ticketweb.com; $20 at door