Next up, Rhode Island! We arrived in the late afternoon and set up at a little campground about 20 minutes or so north of Providence.
Driving in was a little confusing and led to some heated discussions and foul language delivered to our less than trustworthy GPS system.
After hiding my gear in the trunk, Zack and I explored a little of Providence. Like most New England cities, there were many brick buildings overlooking scenic water views.
We made our way to Psychic Readings around 8 and set up shop. The art space was eclectic and for lack of a better word, cool. Zack put up his Martian exhibit and went to get some Mars Bars from the trunk. He came back inside and asked me where the cooler was. I realized at this moment that our cooler must be on some sidewalk in Providence, since I had moved things around to hide my gear.
Not gonna lie, I was slightly emotional but Zack assured me that life goes on and it was a cheap cooler from Walmart anyways. The Mars Bars imported from Canada however….
Onto the show; We started things off with James Grant. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see so many familiar faces last night. The whole night felt like Monday of the Minds.
Anyways, James. JG on the mic brought everybody in and set the mood for the night. He was in charge of his space and owned the mic. Watching James grow over the last few shows has been an experience to say the least.
Peace Out Pat came up next. I was so happy to see Pat, he’s been absent from the last few shows and his presence has been missed. His beats remeniscient of the SNES, matched the scenery of the venue and brought levity to the night. Come Back Pat!
Stay On Mars was almost a little subdued. I suppose he was missing the Mars Bars. That said, he delivered, bringing his atmospheric brand of hip hop to an eager audience.
Up next we had Pink Navel. I had met Pink Navel at a previous MOTM about a month or so ago and I was happy to hear them again. Sporting a Hamtaro backpack and a wry wit, I really enjoyed his performance.
Jesse The Tree was an interesting fellow. Earlier, I believe he said something about sampling Spongebob and I laughed it off. After hearing his set, I honestly think he may have a track somewhere that does in fact sample Spongebob. He was at times funny and serious with a sense of humor that carried his set. I can’t wait to see him at a future MOTM.
After all this, I was starting to fade and fast. My tent was calling my name and I realized I would be thankful for my pillow and the hard, cold ground after this long day. The night wasn’t over though. Next up we had Drent and Illiterate Wordsmith. They killed their set and alarmed my camera as they explored the entire venue with their performances.
I will admit, I dozed off for a bit, there was a lovely couch in the back and the temptation was too hard to resist. Thankfully, everybody was more than understanding and I don’t think I snored.
We closed up the shop as we were surprised by a visitor; Eric Ruckus of the New England Zulu Nation. Stay On Mars and Ruckus are collaborating on The 5th Annual Maine Hip Hop Summit this August and it was nice to have a meeting of the minds. Seriously, everybody should check out the Summit next weekend!
After all this, we were exhausted and tried to find a Wendys to no avail, thanks to our lovely GPS (seriously, we need a real one, this is old.). Eventually, we got back to our tent a little after 2am and guess what? On the picnic table there was a very familiar looking cooler with some Mars Bars in it.
And so it goes.