Former holy hip hop producer/rapper Stikk (who banged out beats for cats like Southern Gospeltality, Lil Raskull, Enock, and others) is now rollin' with an electric guitar and taken the stage name of Stephen Oran.
The Engine Room has a definite funk/alternative vibe. A phone booth in the back of the club caught my eye due to all of the band stickers on it - particulary one from the Tunnel Rats' Tunnel Vision album from several years back. (It's on the left side, second from the bottom.) I guess some HHH fans/street teamers have already been there and left their mark.
You can't really tell from any of the photos, but dude's got an all-girl band with one on the keys and another on the drums. His explanation for it? "Cuz, I'm fly like that."
The very first time I saw Stikk was at the SGR debut release party at Glory 2 Glory (back in 1999?) and he was playing electric guitar for one of Son of Jesse's tracks.
Kinda cool to see it come back around to that now.
Tomorrow/today we celebrate the Risen Lord. I pray your celebration is rich with life, grace, and peace.
The Empty Tomb
20:1-8pp -- Mt 28:1-8; Mk 16:1-8; Lk 24:1-10
1. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!" 3. So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7. as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
10. Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11. but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12. and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13. They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14. At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15. "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." 16. Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). 17. Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' " 18. Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.
I'm mad, mad late with these pics of The Listener Project's show from *gulp* November(?), but still wanted to share. He's got a few shows in Texas this week (Katy tomorrow night / Austin later this week) for the SxSw festival so do check him out if you can.
Dean's Credit Clothing bar/club was the spot in downtown Houston
Event organizer Derrick Fury opened up with some rappity raps.
Listener and his wife Kristen
Yep, that's a washing machine and yep, they do use it as an instrument. Peep the YouTube clip below.
Mr. and Mrs. Fury
I love this dude's merch table. The ceramic pilgrims and wolves really set it off.
Catch my man bangin the washing machine in the clip below. About 1 minute in the camera gets in close enough for you tell what's going on.
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Check our photos from his last H-town stop by clicking here.
Sketch the Journalist is a freelance hiphop writer living in the thriving country metropolis of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas. Down with gospel rap since Stephen Wiley’s “Bible Break” in 1986, he has chewed, reviewed, and interviewed most of Christian hiphop’s major players. Sketch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Sam Houston State University and was once an intern at the New York Times Houston Bureau. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.