House of Blues – Chicago, IL
The Dare 2 Dream show is a Benefit Concert & Silent Auction to raise awareness and funding for youth homelessness; Latino homelessness programs in Chicago.
I received a random call late Thursday night from a good friend of mine, Big Herc, asking if I was interested in going to the Cypress Hill show. Beknownst to me the night would be much more than just a show. When I finally reached the HOB Big Herc was having a drink over at the Crimson Lounge with none other than Sen Dog! There aren’t words to describe how cool it was to meet him. It was so laid back shooting the shit, talking about music, hearing about the days of Cypress Hill getting into the music scene. Being a kid growing up in the 90’s listening to Cypress Hill and here I am some 13 years later having a drink with Sen Dog, I can’t even explain the experience. Big Herc has recorded & toured with Cypress Hill in the past so business talk of “making it” in this industry came up and it all comes down to sacrifice. You have to do what you can to make it in this cut throat industry not only for yourself but for your family. It was humbling to hear about how Sen Dog & B’ Real would show up to clubs while a friend was spinning and try to get on the mic or how in the days of cassette tapes Julio would sample snippets of songs, hook up mics to a boom box and record onto tapes.
To hear about our fantabulous seats keep reading…
So the HOB has Opera Boxes and we got to be seated in Box 170 which is directly above the stage. When the curtains closed we could see what was going on backstage. We were above the sound board and caught a glimpse of the set list. Getting to see what goes on backstage is a trip. It was so bizarre to see Sen Dog checking out his phone in between verses. I think the most surprising site of the nite was during the last song. The crowd was an assorted group made up of hip-hop, goth, punk, & hipster kids. But somehow they all came together and started one of the biggest mosh pits I have ever seen at a hip-hop show.
Ok, here are some pics of the show, they are not Dead Hub quality photos but decided to put some up anyway. It was so hard to get a decent shot due to the smoke machine and the other natural smoke floating around.
Julio, B’ Real, Bobo
B’ Real & Sen Dog
-Backstage bathroom-I thought the one below was funny…