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Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan to hit Bangor on March 28

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Raekwon, one of the most successful and celebrated artists in rap and hip hop, will bring 'The Lost Jewlry Tour' to Bangor on Thursday, March 28, for one performance at Tantrum Nightclub and Lounge on 193 Broad Street.  

Raekwon (his real name is Corey Woods) joined the nine-member Wu-Tang Clan in 1992 and helped shape their first major label release 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' issued by Loud/RCA the following year. To date, recordings by the group and its individual members have accumulated more than 17 million in combined sales.

Sean Smith of Queen City Entertainment says that Raekwon's upcoming appearance in Bangor is 'a major coup' and one that had him jumping through hoops to make it happen.

'Anybody who knows anything about hip hop knows that Raekwon is one of the most lyrical rappers in the game today,' Smith told me in a phone interview last week. 'He is considered an A-list talent, and it is very exciting to have someone of his caliber in Bangor.'  

Smith has been producing hip hop shows in the area since 2001, when he and Alex Gray of Waterfront Concerts joined forces to book entertainment at the former Ushuaia club in Orono. Among other acts, the duo brought 50 Cent, G Unit and Sean Kingston to the area. 

'One thing I've learned from doing shows in this market is you've got to have a brand behind you,' Smith explained. 'Wu-Tang Clan is a brand that you can trust. They've been around more than 20 years and have sold millions of albums. Raekwon is, by far, the best lyricist of the Wu-Tang Clan.'

Raekwon made headlines on Feb. 20 when he announced on MTV 'RapFix' that a Wu-Tang Clan reunion could happen soon, but only if the group were 'in harmony.' 'Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion,' Raekwon said on the show. 'Who wouldn't? I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony.'

In January, Raekwon released 'Lost Jewlry,' a free 12-track EP, as a precursor to his solo album F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) expected later in 2013 on his own label, Ice H2O Records.  

Promoter Sean Smith sees the upcoming Raekwon show as a calling card for other major hip hop names to play in Bangor. 'This kind of set the tone for the things we want to do,' Smith said. 'Bangor is no longer off the beaten path;' it is now seen as a viable secondary market, and they're calling me to book shows here. I used to have go to New York and beat doors down to get these guys here. It's not like that anymore.'

Opening for Raekwon at Tantrum on March 28 will be Green Tank, Ian Matthew, Haze, Frontline and Brandon Ross. 'I take great pride in putting some local acts on the bill to open for someone like Raekwon,' Smith said. 'For Brandon Ross, who goes to Hermon High, to see his name on a billboard next to Raekwon that's exciting. For those who don't know what's going on in local hip hop, it's going to be great to see the opening bands.'  

Ross says that opening for Raekwon is 'an amazing opportunity.'  In a message sent via Facebook, Ross told me that he sees it as a big step forward for his career.  

'I can't even explain the excitement that I'm feeling for the show,' he writes. 'I'm so heavily influenced by the Wu-Tang clan and Raekwon, and am very excited just seeing my name on the same poster as him. It allows me to see that my hard work and perseverance with my music has paid off.'

According to Smith, the house band for the evening will be The Jump Off, billed as 'Maine's #1 live Hip-Hop/Rap Band.' 'They are the premier hip hop band in the state,' Smith said.  

Tickets for Raekwon, live at Tantrum on March 28, are available now at Tantrum and at Bull Moose for $20 (21 years of age and older) and $25 (ages 18 to 20).  

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Last modified on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:26

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