By the very nature of it’s inception, Hip-Hop has always been a community-based culture. Online music sharing and media have changed the definition of community and the concept of underground music altogether, but there’s something undeniably authentic about gathering local artists to benifit the community they reside in.
Talilo Marfil, well known for organizing and showing out at a rap show in Portland’s Pioneer Square last summer, has put together a pretty impressive local line up for a benifit concert tomorrow at the Lotus Seed in lower NE Portland. All proceeds go towards the care of his little sister, Lilliana Mae Bertalot, a 14 year old with down syndrome currently battling hepetitis C and thyroid cancer.
That said, what better reason to get out on a Saturday and enjoy some great music?
Sleep (of Oldominion) headlines the daytime event, with strong support from Mic Crenshaw, Mic Capes, and Glenn Waco. Sets from Swiggle Mandela, Ed-Word Bernier, Roulette Delgato, Elton Cray and Talilo himself are in play earlier in the day along with some breakdancing and a scratch off. An all-ages event complete with live art auctions and filipino food for sale, attendees should feel free to bring the whole family. There will also be raffles for 2-hour recording sessions at Momentum Studios, courtesy of Zebulon Zak.
It’s really dope to see local artists with clout rallying to support the immediate family of a member of their hip-hop family. The definition of community is evident in the execution of the culture, and that makes me proud. Now all we have to do is show up!
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