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Mic Kellogg, Rich Robbins, Doses, Sean Sison


  • High Noon Saloon 701 West Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

UW-Madison alum Rich Robbins returns to share more conceptually rich hip-hop. Info/tix

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During the time he spent in Madison, studying in UW-Madison's First Wave program and sticking around a bit after graduation, Rich Robbins developed a rich conceptual voice as an MC and songwriter. His second album, 2016's All.This.Gold, found him threading his heady rhymes through a variety of approaches, including the austere thrum of "Down To Start A Riot" and the lush, meditative groove of "H.o.V." He's since moved back to Chicago, which is one of a few places he thinks of as his hometown, as he explains on "Growing Pains," the second track of his 2018 album Red Butterfly. The song's first lines touch on the time he spent in Philly and the Chicago area as a child, and the formative imprint of his time here: "West suburban done made me / Them Philly boys done raised me / Madison done changed me / Now Chi city finna pay me." From this simple autobiographical start, the song's lyrics expand into a self-aware look at the constant flux of relationships with others and with himself: "The point is, you can't touch everything," he says at one point. Other tracks on Red Butterfly feature collaborators with artists Robbins met in Madison, including Dequadray White, Chris LaBella, and fellow Chicago native Broadway. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 7
Wintersong VI
Later Event: December 8
Duelle (free)