Gig of the Week 

Kamphire Collective, October 21

While there are certain types of music I love, there are always bands or songs that spill over into my favorite genres even though it may not be the stuff typically in my MP3 player. Even though I'm not a diehard follower of hip-hop, I do recognize its influence in all aspects of our culture--art, music, fashion, literature and all other artistic expression. But, too much exposure can be as bad as not enough. What artists need is that thing that makes them unique. They need to dive into a genre and mix in their own sounds and ideas, so that what surfaces is something great. Kamphire Collective seems to have done just that.

KC is a local group. They are a live hip-hop band, with Origin and Timbuk 2 on vocals, Big Boy on guitar, DJ Flow the scratch master, Doobage on drums and bass by The Jake (if these are their real names, these guys have got the coolest parents ever). On their site, the Collective doesn't really have much to say about themselves. Not a problem, though, because they let their music do the talking for them.

Mixing hip-hop, reggae, funk, soul and pop, Kamphire C stands out among their musical peers. Their rhymes are tight and clear and they not only write their own words they create their own music. They have several shows coming up in the next couple of weeks which is good, because even if you aren't into hip-hop, once you hear Kamphire Collective you will be.

Friday, October 21, 8 p.m., $3, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.

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