So on Sunday while doing my best to get the event going, I gained a new appreciation for what Big Rob, MC Lyfe, Epyk and all the other promoters that I work with all the time do. I was heavily involved in running the West Coast Avengers' Inland Empire Strikes Back record release show in May and some others we’ve done but this was simultaneously the most difficult and one of the most rewarding because it actually turned out as good as I envisioned over-all. It almost cost me my sanity and I melted on concrete a few times but this was a dream come true to gather local artists for a nerd-themed show at a comic book expo.
Nsmokiee’s distinct delivery and aggressively philosophical lyrics drew comic nerds and village onlookers alike as he poured himself onto the stage in the mid-day sun! Was great to be in Claremont with the Raw God again
The Herbalistics were funny and fun as always. Replacing their rascally references with the word “comic books” in the spirit of the event, making fun of each other and doing family friendly versions of some of their jauntiest songs, they never fail to entertain!
Cldmkrs keep it crackin’ with dope beats, rhymes, energy and interplay. Tree, Erf and Thesis were kind enough to form like Voltron for the last sets of the event with recent favorites like Lawst, Win or Lose, Mind in Another World and more!
Shout out to Dean from SoCaliSounds for zoom recording the whole event! Videos with good audio coming soon!
Photography by Ipyani Lockert of MotivationalRealizations.com, Javier Romero, Samuel Oxymoron of Caterpillar Flight & Tristan Acker for JooseBoxx.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Tristan “Tanjint Wiggy” Acker is a staff writer for JooseBoxx and member of the Inland Empire’s West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on twitter @Wiggism or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.