You see, when Person People launched into a loud-as-all-bejeezus set in the Parrilla Grill parking lot on Friday night to benefit the Divison Street Skatepark Project, the PBR was flowing like, well PBR. Not long after the band wrapped up a quick but radical set, there wasn't a tall boy (Parrilla's signature beverage) to be found at the venue's outside bar - a true testament to abilities of the boisterous band of PP Heads that come out of the woodwork to pack the venue.
But beer consumption issues aside, Person People, Bend's hip-hop crew of record, hit the stage with their local anthem "Oregonize" pumping a strain of palpable energy through what may have been about a square mile of the Westside. With only drummer Jarrod Forqueran (David Bowers Colony, etc.) and new bassist Shane Thomas (Empty Space Orchestra) fitting on the stage, Person People's MCs mingled right up with the constantly gyrating crowd (with Sorski sipping on a PBR, just like his fans) while rifling off lines from tracks that as far as we know, were relatively new - and hopefully a taste of what we can expect on PP's forthcoming album. Unnamed sources within the band said we can expect the album in either late October or early November, but a definite release date has yet to be nailed down.
After a few solid cuts, including "Warship" and "Sickworld," Moon Mountain Ramblers' fiddler Jenny Harada got up into the mix, plugging away with soaring violin licks that somehow never sounded out of place with the heavy PP beats. The jam grew and the tempo raced and soon what was once a hip-hop crew with sounds akin to Jurassic 5 or Blue Scholars, now had vibes of old Leftover Salmon newgrass. It was strange but oh so fitting for Bend to hear Jason Graham (aka The Rook, aka Mosley Wotta, aka I'm getting tired of writing aka when discussing this dude) say, "We need more violin in the monitor speakers." That may have been the first time such a request was uttered at a hip-hop show.
PP continued on with "Smoke" from the new Mosley Wotta EP, highlighting Graham's poetic prowess and with fellow PPs on the mics, the track took on a new life. When the show came to a close, the MCs hinted at a set to come by their DJ Barisone, but instead the night wound down, sending masses out onto the streets happy with their PP ration.