Ghettosocks, Sontiago, Dilly Dilly, Gabe FM

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, March 28, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 2, 2008

Friday night showed why our Canadian hip-hop friends like to visit Portland so often. Our little city rolled out the red carpet (actually, just rolled back the snow for a night) for Ghettosocks, an MC from Halifax, Nova Scotia. It just missed a sellout, but the audience's enthusiasm took up all the space at SPACE.

Ghettosocks ripped through his tracks, accompanied by his “band,” a/k/a Fresh Kills and special guest Gabe FM. His beats hyped the crowd and provided fertile beds for Gabe’s cuts and Count Sockula’s pop-culture spit. The incisive “Steal From Walmart” tore through the aisles, turning over endcaps, and leaving shoppers screaming.

I hadn't seen Sontiago in a while; she has clearly reached a new level of performance. Her comfort in the spotlight kicked off her set with Dilly Dilly (who soloed what many called her "best set ever") and Gabe FM. Their R. Kelly “Real Talk” moment, with the women in Kell’s role, was fantastically engaging in its strangeness.

Related: Portland scene report, June 2, 2006, World tour, Sontiago + Gabe FM, More more >
  Topics: New England Music News , Entertainment, Hip-Hop and Rap, Music,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   KEEP YOUR SKIN ON  |  May 27, 2009
    Skinless, boneless cuts of fish are convenient — you don't have to clean them yourself — but getting rid of those "extras" takes away a lot of flavor, and a lot of the nutrition, too. Good news! It's easy to grill whole fish, and they make a great centerpiece for summer cookouts.
  •   A BETTER BRUNCH  |  July 19, 2011
    There is no worse fate than the purgatory of Sunday brunch. The scene is almost universally the same: after a night of aggressive drinking and merriment, boozy plans are laid to meet up in the morning for brunch.
  •   A CURE FOR ALL ILLS  |  April 01, 2009
    Gin has a massive public-relations problem, one that is centuries old and showing no signs of waning.
  •   PATRICK, THE POTATO, AND PORK  |  March 04, 2009
    In just a few short days, the life of Saint Patrick will be celebrated the world over with his namesake holiday, Ireland's most visible mark on the global calendar.
  •   AN AUTHENTIC VALENTINE?  |  February 04, 2009
    With a battalion of cherubs, a glut of roses, and a ticker-tape parade of hollow Hallmark sentiments, Valentine's Day may yet be the most reviled and expensive holiday of the year.

 See all articles by: TODD RICHARD