The Independent Grind Tour rolled on up through the northland for a stop at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fans offered praise in response to the show, some even saying it was the best one they had seen yet. A special appearance was also in store, as Compton native and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Brandon Jennings showed up for Jay Rock’s set. Tech N9ne, Kutt Calhoun, Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob, Jay Rock, E-40, and Glasses Malone head out to Madison for a show at the Capital Theatre.
REPORT FROM ZACH MURPHY, STRANGE MUSIC BLOG CONTRIBUTOR:
Last Friday, Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour took place at The Rave in downtown Milwaukee. The Rave is infamous for being a supposed haunted venue with a dark history.
The eerie venue combined with the crowd of a significant amount of Juggalos, Technicians, and everything in-between made for a very atmospheric setup. But there wasn’t anything dark or tragic about this show.
Tech N9ne made a breathtaking entrance as he emerged out onto a raised stage prop with a brightly lit backdrop, and then busted into “The Industry Is Punks”. The Strange crew ripped through a set-list mostly comprised of hardcore hip-hop and high-energy party songs with lightning precision.
Things got particularly thrilling when Krizz Kaliko exerted his own electricity while performing a handful of upbeat songs from his newest album, Shock Treatment. The temperature was definitely raised to high levels throughout the duration of the show, and it wasn’t until songs like “Anxiety” and “Blackened The Sun” blasted through the speakers when temperatures dropped as the music sent chills down the backs of many and created a spine-tingling emotional experience.
All of this led to a brilliant climax of Tech N9ne performing his passionately haunting song “Come Gangsta” while sitting atop the escalation machine. The set ended with a full-blown punch of Strange anthems such as “Areola” and “I’m A Playa” as the crowd absolutely erupted with jubilance and intense moshing—making this show one of the wildest and craziest spectacles to date.
At the end, Tech N9ne pointed to the crowd and proclaimed: “You guys built this!” This was yet another demonstration of Strange’s dedicated fan base, as well as Tech & company’s dedication to the fans. The Tech N9ne chants continued among the crowd well after the end of the show and upon exit. Whether any ghosts or spirits decided to make an appearance for this show or not, there is a pretty good chance that they were rocking out all night.