Despite the incident, the High Noon is keeping a cool head, recognizing that the problem is not necessarily Hip Hop in general.
For instance, tonight the venue plays host to indie-hip hop and spoken word legend Sage Francis, one of the artists that made me pay more attention to Hip Hop in general. Sage Francis definitely broadened my mental scope in regards to what Hip Hop can be (i.e. whatever we want it to be).
My friend Austin Duerst did a great interview with Sage for the Onion A.V. Club, in which they talk about everything from violence at shows to beard growth.
Ironically, the poster for the show tonight features Sage with a large handgun, which is mentioned in the interview:
AVC: Aesthetically, in the posters all over Madison, you have this happy-go-lucky look on your face, but then you’re pointing this gun at the viewer. So it’s almost like you’re saying, “Hey! Come to my show! But if you don’t, I’ll fucking kill you!”
SF: [Laughs.] Now that you told me there was a gun that went off at the club I’m playing at, I’m thinking maybe that wasn’t the best advertisement.
AVC: People are going to think it’s a gun-friendly concert now.
SF: Well then the gun is a metaphor, actually … for my dick.
AVC: I’m glad this interview clears that up, then. It’s not the gun-toting you want at the show, but the sex addicts.
SF: [Laughs.] Clearly. Bring broccoli.
It’s a fun read, and if you’re in the Madison, WI area you should get your butt out to the High Noon tonight for an awesome evening of deftly crafted rhymes and beats.
Show starts at 9pm, tickets are $18, Ages 18+
Read the full interview here:
Interview with Sage Francis (via the Madison A.V. Club)