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Music Maven Review: Masters of the Mic

Written by Karen Freeman • September 2015

Stir Cove closed out their 2015 season with the biggest and best Old School party I have ever participated in.  The near capacity crowd was ready to get their hip-hop groove going and it started promptly at 8 pm and didn’t end til nearly midnight.  What a fabulous way to send out the season.

Masters of the Mic was how this night was billed, and some of the pioneers of rap and hip-hop graced the stage giving us hit after hit that made them the stars of the genre that they created.  It started with Kool Moe Dee and included Kid N Play, Doug E. Fresh, Naughty by Nature and Salt-n-Pepa.  Wow, it was a scene to behold and a thrill to be included.

While there were tons of references to other favorite rap artists throughout the night, the sounds that came from the platform were the sounds that we all came to see.  There was dancing all over the stage and all over the muddy lawn, and nobody wanted it to end.  One of the best moments of the night was the beat boxing of Doug E. Fresh – it was just phenomenal and the fans screamed and applauded and cheered him throughout his performance.  The man is amazing. 

We learned how to do the Dougie, we waved our hands to “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray”, we grooved to “Shoop” and “What a Man” and by the time we got to “Push It” we were sated.  Each act delivered as much enjoyment as another and the quality and delivery were just as crisp and plucky as it was years ago.  Each performer was gracious and appreciative – not just for the chance to share their talents with the audience, but to be able to share the stage with one another.  I didn’t have a ‘favorite’ act as each one gave me the moments I was hoping for.  There were no disappointments; it was just pure and perfect.

What a reunion, what a party, what a night.

And this is the point where I need to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to the Stir Cove.  The staff at the Will Call Booth, the Security at the gates, the hard working bartenders – each and every one of you is friendly, patient, kind and caring.  The experience at Stir is one I cherish and I am never disappointed.  The Marketing team does the most amazing job of lining up talent for their season, and each year it is as wonderful as the year before.  So again, thank you for another fantastic year, and can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

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