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Legends live: Bay Area crew joins forces for all-ages show

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It seems that all the legends of Bay Area underground hip-hop are joining together for an all-ages show in Sparks.

The Legends Spring Tour 2008 brings together the entire Living Legends Crew ” Murs, the Grouch, Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, Eligh, Aesop, Bicasso and Scarub ” along with a solo set from Luckyiam plus guests Sweatshop Union and the Rebelz. In addition, Reno artist Stack Malone, creator of the Living Legends’ new album cover, will be performing “Liveworks” as he paints live on stage.

The tour will stop at New Oasis, 2100 Victorian Ave., in downtown Sparks on Saturday, March 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Living Legends crew began in the early 1990s as a family of independent hip-hop creators from California to Japan. BFP (now Sunspot Jonz) and PSC (Luckyiam) performed as Mystik Journeymen in the early 1990s and became legendary for their Underground Survivors parties in their East Oakland loft. The Grouch joined forces with the Journeymen in 1995, before their first European Tour.

In Los Angeles, the 3 Melancholy Gypsys (Murs, Scarub and Eligh) went their separate ways when the Log Cabin crew broke up. Their wanderings took them to the Bay Area, where they found Living Legends. Aesop came to Oakland from Fresno, Arata from Osaka, Japan, and Bicasso from points east, west and elsewhere.

The Living Legends shifted their focus to Los Angeles but maintained a presence in the Bay Area. All told, they’ve released more than 50 full-length albums and numerous singles, selling more than 300,000 albums collectively. Their newest EP, “The Gathering” is due out April 8 on ADA/Warner Brothers.

Sweatshop Union began as a Vancouver-based collective pooling resources to release an album, and transformed into a group in the process. Dirty Circus, Pigeon Hole, Innocent Bystanders and Kyprios, released their debut album, “Local 604” in late 2002 via Swollen Members’ independent label, Battle Axe Records. In support of the album, Sweatshop created three music videos and toured Canada with Jurassic 5, Blackalicious, and labelmates Swollen Members and Abstract Rude.

Sweatshop Union released its third album, “United We Fall,” in 2005 and launched its first U.S. tour, helping the group build word-of-mouth about its conscious lyrics, beats and high-energy live shows.


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