Brisco, DJ Laz, Evergreen Terrace, and Madball Among Musicians to Play Miami Tattoo Expo This Weekend
Madball (photo via the band's Myspace page)
Beyond the unending, dentist-office-like whir of hundred of tattoo needles buzzing on and off, the Miami Tattoo Expo will feature another soundtrack -- an impressive lineup of local and national musical acts. While other South Florida tattoo conventions have relied mostly on rockabilly cover bands and the like, the Miami expo has garnered a reputation for putting on full-on shows on its various stages.
Because tattoo collectors comprise an ever-broader swath of the populace, and because the expo is sponsored by such divergent music-related businesses as Power 96 and Eulogy Recordings, the musical lineup is, thus, equally eclectic. Years past have been heavy on hardcore and punk; this year features more of the same, but also a surprisingly heavy dose of street and even Latin-flavor hip-hop. For the sake of fans who mostly stick to one genre or the other, likeminded acts have been grouped together by day. Here's a rundown of the schedule.
Friday's entertainment is clearly dominated by sponsor Power 96's aesthetic, kicking off in the afternoon with reggaetonero/rapper Jay Vega. Meanwhile the king of Power 96, DJ Laz, has a new album to push, and doubtless will rely mostly on cuts from that album. Hopefully, though, he'll bust out some of his old-school bass jams, which always go down well with any crowd. The highlight of today, though, is Opa-locka rapper Brisco. Considering his association with the Poe Boy camp, and heavy airplay of his latest single, "Just Know Dat" featuring Lil Wayne, this may be one of the last times he performs such an intimate show before he goes the way of longtime pal Flo Rida.
Saturday, January 10: La Vieja Guardia, The New Threat, Thick as Blood, Evergreen Terrace, and Madball
If Friday belongs to Power 96, Saturday truly belongs to Eulogy Recordings. The local talent featured here includes the searing, Spanish-language, old-school hardcore kick of La Vieja Guardia, as well as the brutal breakdown-soaked quintet Thick as Blood. From a little further up north comes the New Threat, an Orlando trio who keep alive the flame of breakneck, Eighties American skate punk a la Minor Threat and Descendents. And finally, avid mosh bros will want to do some extra pre-pit stretches for the evenings headliners: Jacksonville's crushing metalcore fivesome, Evergreen Terrace, and the legendary New York old-schoolers Madball.
Sunday, January 11: The Shoreline, Macallee King, JT Money, and Jim Jones
The final and shortest day of the expo also boasts the more random and less exciting musical lineup of the three days. The early afternoon features the neon-bedecked, studio-polished pop-punk stylings of the Shoreline, an Orlando-based quartet heavy on Warped Tour-ready, radio-friendly hooks. Strangely, they're followed a couple hours later by the likes of JT Money -- the Miami rapper you may remember by his major hit over a decade ago, "Who Dat." More interesting is the appearance of Jim Jones, one-sixth of the beloved Dipset.
-- Arielle Castillo