By Jocelyn Turner
Amherst Daily News
AMHERST – Hip Hop is about to try and take Amherst by storm. ‘Put it in the A’, a hip-hop concert is going to be held at Teazer’s Pub.
“I’m from Amherst originally, and every time I come to Amherst, I want to bring a little bit of hip-hop with me,” said Mike Dow, stage name MDB, the organizer of the event.
Dow’s love of hip-hop music runs deep. His home in Moncton is used as a recording studio for local hip-hop artists.
He promises the concert will be great for fans of the genre.
“It’s going to be a live hip-hop event,” he said. “I’ve got seven of the best Maritimes artists I could find to come down, two of which are from Amherst.”
Dow said too many people think negatively about the music.
“It’s about bringing out a culture of music that isn’t really present in Amherst,” said Dow. “I want more awareness about what hip-hop really is instead of the stereotypes: violence, drugs, just a bad image. The darker side of music is hip-hop apparently and I’m hoping to shine a little light on that. We’re all good people from good homes, we just like to rap.”
One of the local Amherst artists who will be performing at the concert is Blaze “Burner” Thorburn.
“I started writing when I was 15 just as an outlet and I started getting really good at it and started recording when I was 17,” he said. “I’ve come a long way since then. I just have to get my name out there.”
The concert will be at Teazer’s Pub Aug. 17 and will feature Amherst hip-hop artists Burner and MDB as well as Maritime artists The Cauldron Project, Phat Stacks, Northface the Ace, Tripp and Eko Advocate.