Shows, From Here to Christmas


Tonight, Brooklyn legend Skyzoo will be rocking The Monkey House in Winooski along side an all-star lineup of 802 openers. It’s a big deal. You should go.

It’s also the beginning of a surprisingly busy December, and the rest of this week is especially packed. On Thursday, Dec. 6th, Sidebar will be hosting the Vermont Beat Cypher Vol. 2, which is another VMB Productions jam. The lineup is choice: Dokowala, Crusty Cuts, Flip Physics, Iman, Old Gold and Jarv — who will not be rapping. Learic, however, will. 9 pm. 21+. FREE SHOW.


Friday, Dec. 7th marks the Grand Opening for AnteGallery, a graf supply store and the latest project from the tireless crew at Anthill Collective. This runs from 5-9 pm — come and celebrate with tons of new art, and DJ Kanga holding down the tables.

On Saturday Dec. 8th, the Swan Dojo team will host another party: their Showcase & Open House Fundraiser. Admission is by donation, and Swan Dojo is fundraising for a bigger, more ambitious 2019 — learn more here. They’ve been a serious asset to the hip hop community and they’re involved in far more than that.

Also Dec. 8th, but far from the 802, Judge Da Beast will be appearing at the Love And Loyalty Weekend 2018, a huge Lo-Life party in Miami that is being presided over by the great Thirstin Howl The 3rd. That’s a good look. Props.

Thursday Dec. 13th marks the debut edition of a new Hip Hop Open Mic at Drink, hosted by Colby Stiltz. More on that soon, but it’s a promising development with a highly qualified host. 18+. FREE SHOW.

Dec. 14th: Charlie Maynes Goodbye Party at Sidebar. Charlie Mayne, a/k/a Chyse Atkins, has already headed out west to seek inevitable fame & fortune. However, the Goodbye Party is apparently still on, and a Friday evening of hip hop at Sidebar is always worth checking out.

Dec. 15th: DJ Buttons and Jibba Ugly B-Day Bash at Sheri’s Place in Springfield. Following the success of Jibba “The Gent”s recent experiment doing a video shoot / concert / meet & greet with New Jersey beast Ren Thomas, the So.802 crew is looking to make it a monthly event. First up is a homestyle birthday party with an ugly sweater contest, and a killer lineup: Dilyrium and Brodie James of 656 Records (Maine, bud) will be performing alongside Selfish Presley and Causin’ Effect. A big Saturday night, in other words. 7-10 pm. FREE SHOW.

That same night, Mister Burns and Maiden Voyage will be rocking at The Snowshoe Lounge & Pub in Montgomery. $5 cover.

On Dec. 20th, 3rd Thursdays at The Monkey House will reconvene with the Joint Manipulation crew hosting. No word on the lineup yet, the rumors are … very interesting indeed. Stay tuned on this one.

The next night - Friday, Dec 21st - it’s time for Maiden Voyage at Windsor Station. Those five words are a reliable recipe for a great night, and they will not need much help packing the venue once again. If you know, you know.

That same evening, Omega Jade will be hosting and performing at HoliDaze, a mix of hip hop and comedy — adult comedy — at Nelly’s Pub & Grill in St. Albans. 9 pm. 21+. FREE SHOW.


Justin Boland