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Otha Major plays River City

Otha Major is a beatboxer who doesn't spit. Every now and then an artist comes along who stands out. Whether labeled as hip-hop, world, or experimental music is of really no importance because this style defies the generic limitations rigoriously imposed within the confines of conventional genres. This Friday Hood River gets its taste of Major’s sound with a 9:30 p.m. show at the River City Saloon.

The premise is simple, yet effective — one microphone, one mouth, one mind. Under most circumstances this would be a recipe for disaster, but here the result is an intricate soundscape composite of a vast variety of tones, rhythms, and feels. Learn about it.

Indigenous to West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood, Major has been working on his unique brand of vocal percussion since the ripe age of four. Over time his style has evolved from a toddler's awkward noises to polyrhythmic explosions and improvised orchestrations of a grown man. The outcome of twenty years of training is reflected in the groove onslaught of Major's live performances. Those who have witnessed Major perform in Seattle venues such as at “The Nation,” “Mr. Spot's Chaihouse” and various open mikes can vouch that the live performance is something to be experienced to be believed.

These sounds personify the multitude emotions one experiences in a lifetime, including joy, ecstasy, sadness, humour and happiness. Besides a variety of vocal bass and treble sounds, everyday noises, such as coughs, moans and even flatulence, are employed to rock your speakers. For more information on upcoming River City shows, visit www.rivercitysaloon.com

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