When: Wed., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. 2018
If you’re a connoisseur of fine hip-hop (as opposed to the bullshit that sometimes passes) and you haven’t heard of Connecticut’s Ceschi, you’re gonna want to remedy that immediately. Born Julio Francisco Ramos, Ceschi has been a staple in the underground community since the early aughts. Blending elements of indie rock and folk music, Ramos’ unique singer-songwriter-rapper work features plenty of acoustic guitar and folksy instruments for a combination that’s unlike any other rapper we can recall. Fans of Sage Francis, MewithoutYou, and The Mountain Goats will dig it. Also on the stacked, outsider hip-hop bill is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with in hip-hop, Sammus (pictured), a female rapper, former educator, and academic from Ithaca, NY with woke bars and a flow that demands listeners’ attention. Seriously, turn off Lil Pump or whatever wack-ass rapper you’ve got going on in your headphones and peep some real shit from Sammus.