Swollen Members won’t stiff Tahoe despite shortened tour: Hip-hop trio to honor date at Whiskey Dick’s
Swollen Members’ recent change of plans won’t prevent the award-winning underground hip-hop group from keeping its date on the South Shore.
A scheduling conflict forced Swollen Members to cancel a number of shows, but they kept a handful of West Coast dates. The best-selling hip-hop group in Canadian history plays Saturday at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon in South Lake Tahoe, on the heels of Friday’s show in Telluride, Colo., before heading to Whiskey Creek in Mammoth Lakes for a show Sunday.
A ski-town favorite, the trio is touring in support of its fifth release, “Black Magic,” which won the band its fourth Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, this year. Over two years in the making, the disc features collaborations with Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), Everlast, Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics, Planet Asia, Phil the Agony and others.
Swollen Members dates to the 1990s, when Vancouver, British Columbia, rappers Mad Child and Prevail joined forces to release 12 singles on Battle Axe Records, Mad Child’s label. The group debuted with “Balance” in 1999, then followed up with “Bad Dreams” in 2001. “Monsters in the Closet” capped the hip-hop hat trick: three Junos in three years.
While Prevail and Mad Child are the core, the contributions of producer Rob the Viking led the group to make him an official … um … Member.
Though Swollen Members spent several years promoting and touring almost exclusively in Canada, it has sold nearly 500,000 records worldwide, all through the independent Battle Axe label.
Despite repeated calls to management, Swollen Members were not available for comment.
Swollen Members and Counter Productive
When: Saturday, Dec. 15
Where: Whiskey Dick’s Saloon
Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
More information: (530) 544-3425