Live hip-hop music MCs performing alongside an actual band is rare these days, unless you count VH1's annual attempt with Hip-Hop Honors and the ever-present Roots crew. However, in Miami this dearth of live hip-hop is not a problem. Trailblazers such as Mayday! are paving the way for the next-school, including the six-member band Artofficial, which incorporates sax, keys, bass, and drums in addition to two MCs. Playing live not only allows the groups to give the crowd a fresh interpretation of their recorded music, but also adds an organic element missing in hip-hop and gets butts moving.
State of the Art featuring performances by Artofficial, Buddha Gonzalez, Inner City Bonfire, PFM, and Kems begins at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, December 23, at PS 14, 28 NE 14th St, Miami. Admission is $5-$7. Call 305-358-6500 for more information.