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O.C.T. the VIPs at MLK CD party

Whiskey Dick’s is pulling in special guests to help South Shore hip-hop foursome O.C.T. celebrate the release of a new CD over Martin Luther King weekend.

Canadian rappers Sweatshop Union and Kyprios will join O.C.T. at Whiskey Dick’s at 9 p.m. Sunday. The Vancouver-based hip-hop group also appears on the new disc, “Outta Control,” which O.C.T. wrapped late this fall and recently became available on iTunes.

“Everything I’ve heard has been dope,” a listener who identified himself as Johnny Mansfield wrote about “Outta Control” under the iTunes Music Store’s “reviews” section. “The whole thing is just first-rate. And on top of it all, they are ‘do-it-yourselfers’ that are really down to earth, humble dudes. … So try ’em out and give ’em the props they deserve.”



According to O.C.T.’s Web site, the group began with three members a few years ago near Detroit before the fourth, Flip, came along. All four members now live in South Lake Tahoe. “Outta Control,” which is what the band’s name stands for, is O.C.T.’s second release after “United by Divided Styles.” In addition to Sweatshop Union, the new disc features guest appearances by the likes of Living Legends, Swollen Members, One Block Radius and others.

Sweatshop Union began as a collective pooling resources to release an album. Kyprios, Dirty Circus, Pigeon Hole and Innocent Bystanders debuted with “Local 604” on Swollen Members’ indie Battle Axe label in 2002.



The group followed with “Natural Progression” in 2004, which garnered nominations for several Canadian music awards.The group has been touring in support of its third release, 2005’s “United We Fall.” Sweatshop Union toured the U.S. for the first time, adding 100 dates.

Sweatshop Union plus OCT (CD release party) and Kyprios

Where: Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

When: 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Tickets: $15 door, $12 advance at Whiskey Dick’s, Mad About Music, Tahoe Hemp Co. or at http://www.TicketWeb.com


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