Music Seen: El-P

At the Asylum, October 8
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  October 21, 2009

Nearly two weeks ago hip-hop legend El-P visited Maine for the first time. Surprisingly, the show was not sold out. The die-hard fans who did attend got a rare experience that any Definitive-Jux label junkie would have paid way more than $18 for.

Making light of the smaller than expected audience El-P said, "Let's face it -- there's not a lot of us here," at which point he and hype man, The Mighty Quin, stretched the microphone cords out, jumped off the stage and performed two songs on the floor with the audience encircling them. Fans danced alongside them, hands in the air, singing along at the top of their lungs.

As if this intimacy weren't already treat enough, El-P announced that his father, a Maine resident, was in the crowd and asked that we give a big round of applause. His dad, a proud man with white ponytail, khaki fishing vest, and beaded Native-American necklace was a great addition to the warm experience.

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