The crowd that came out to the Gramophone
on Friday night for Family Affair
's birthday celebration was eventually treated to an entertaining show. According to the flyer, the doors opened at 9 p.m.. I came in fashionably late at 10:15, at which time there was no sign of an MC or performer on the stage. In the meantime, DJ Spec worked the tables with a head-nodding mix of radio hits and underground rap. Finally, at almost 11:30, it was announced that the show would begin shortly.
The show opened up with some spoken word performed by a young lady named Inseparable Woman. She immediately got the crowd's attention, and started the show off with class. She was followed by Potzee from U-C-Me (St. Lunatic Murphy Lee's label), an artist best known for his 2006 single "Dat Girl." Next up was crowd favorite Rockwell Knuckles, who never disappoints. Family Affair joined Rocky onstage at one point for a collaboration, which was a standout track of the evening. Most of the opening sets were limited to a couple of songs.
Family Affair: "For tha Love"