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It’s 2016, and my heart is pounding as I enter 502 Bar. I'm opening for Sage Francis, one of the godfathers of DIY indie hip-hop, and I'm obviously nervous. It would become a pinnacle point in my indie rap career, and as I checked out the room to scope the vibe, I notice this tall red-headed dude talking to 502 Bar owner Deric Wynne.
“Holy shit, is that Matt Bonner from the Spurs?” I think to myself as my palms literally begin to sweat. I laugh at myself as I think of that infamous Eminem line from 8 Mile: “Palms are sweaty / knees weak / arms are heavy / there’s vomit on his sweater already” – you know the one.
Thankfully for me, I have not had a plate of my mother's spaghetti and approaching Wynne after the red-headed giant walks towards the back I inquire if, in fact, Matt Bonner is at a show I’m about to perform at. Wynne informs me that yes, that was Bonner and he’s actually a huge Sage Francis fan.
This was the first time I had heard that Bonner was into indie music, but apparently in some circles the Red Mamba is known as the NBA’s indie ambassador.
If you’ve ever been curious to know what artists and bands this former Spurs player gets down on, you’re not going to want to miss Bonner on KRTU tonight as the station replays the former pro-basketball player talking about songs and experiences involving his favorites indie artists.
According to KRTU’s blog, Music For Listeners host, Michael Thomas tracked down Bonner at a local show a few months ago and booked the Spur for guest hosting session, which Bonner showed up ready with an extensive curated playlist and a personal backstory for each song.
If you’re a nerdy indie music lover like us, or you just love Spurs everything, or you know, both, definitely tune into KRTU 91.7FM tonight at 10pm to hear our favorite red-headed former Spurs player get nerdy on some indie tunes.
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