Five Turntables and Four Microphones
Jurassic 5 Spins Out of Control At Spring Weekend ConcertBy Brian Loux
Associate Features Editor
Johnson Athletic Center
April 26, 9 p.m.
Ithink OK Go’s lead guitarist put it best: “When Jurassic 5 gets on the stage and tells people to clap, every last person claps.” The show had so much power and electricity that the entire crowd was simply reacting to the music.
Even OK Go’s band members stayed for Jurassic 5’s set as a show of respect.
And that’s how the band wanted it. Every so often Chali 2na would call out to the people sitting in the Johnson seats and ask them if they were still awake. “They’re just studying,” commented Marc 7.
The group has tried its best to avoid pinning itself down into one category or another. Known for having no one fixed style of song, the MCs displayed their versatility by running a gamut of beats with hints of jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, and traditional rap. Though all were impressive, the group seemed to perform the faster paced and quick-lyriced songs with the greatest comfort. Chali 2na especially seemed to love his solos where he would articulate the last few syllables after a slew of rapidly spit lines, to which the crowd almost always screamed in approval.
In between the MC songs were the two DJs, Cut Chemist (clad in an MIT hooded sweatshirt) and Nu Mark doing their own version. Nu Mark played a song called “The Sounds of the Thirties,” in which he took what appeared to be two sound boards with pegs and played with them as if he was scratching vinyl. Along with their five turntables was a modified school seat that became a musical instrument in Nu-Mark’s hands.
J5 covered both of their CDs, the older Quality Control as well as Power in Numbers, occasionally plugging the latter as the concert wound down.
The only downside to the show was a rather mediocre and unimpressive lighting set. Sure, the disco ball was cute for two songs, but the lack of anything else interesting lightwise simply left it us with, well, colored lights.
But that really was not a problem. The show was a music show foremost.
To top off the show, Rahzel, fresh from Friday night’s Get Sprung party, made a brief appearance right before the last song and did his own rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Ironman.”
The show ended with the MCs sending out a brief message of peace, unity and respect for the music.
Jurassic 5 was flat out impressive. It certainly felt like the Johnson lights went up far too early.
See page 12 for interviews with Jurassic 5 and OK Go.