LA hip-hop band at Paradise Garage

LOS ANGELES hip-hop group, Pharcyde, formed in the 1980s, was popular on the underground LA club circuit for their talented choreography and dance routines. The group will be performing at Lisbon’s Paradise Garage on January 21.

It was in a LA club that the then trio, ‘Slimkid’ Hardson, Imani Wilcox and Romy ‘Boota Brown’ Robinson, met Derrick ‘Fatlip’ Stewart, the missing element needed to consolidate the project.

Reggie Andrews, a music teacher at a local college, persuaded them to record what would be their first album, Bizarre Ride II, in 1992, which sold 500,000 records in the US. As a consequence, Pharcyde was invited to be the supporting act for seminal soul groups such as De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest.

Two more albums followed – Labcabincalifornia in 1995 and Plain Rap in 2002. Following the departure of band members ‘Slimkid’ and ‘Fatlip’, Pharcyde reformed last year with the remaining duo Imani and ‘Boota Brown’. The Paradise Garage concert will revisit some of the band’s earlier material, as well as work from their latest album, Humboldt Beginnings.

• Tickets (from 19 euros) can be obtained via Multibanco machines, Ticketline (210 036 300) and Fnac.