Nappy Roots to take the stage in Madison
Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Multi-platinum selling hip-hop artists Nappy Roots will play to a sold-out crowd at the Electric Lady on Friday.
The group, which originated in Bowling Green, Ky., was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 and is known for its "Po' Folks" and "Awnaw."
The show is for those 21 and older and sold out in less than one week. Tickets were $17 for general admission and $48 for VIP passes.
Promoter Chris Schirmer said 150 tickets were sold online, while another 100 were sold at the venue. Those with VIP passes will have access to the balcony and have a chance to meet the group.
The Electric Lady can accommodate 250 guests.
Schirmer said the tickets went on sale Thursday, and since then, he has been promoting the show through social media and radio.
"We had posters made up, too, but we sold out so fast, that we didn't have to hang them," he said.
The concert is part of the group's "The Rolling Stoned" tour.
Two acts will open for the Nappy Roots, which is expected to take the stage no later than 12:30 a.m. The doors open at 9 p.m.
The opening acts include Isaac Lightfoot, of Bloomington, and rapper Sleep of Cincinnati.
Schirmer said it's rare to see a hip-hop group tour to Madison, especially one with such high accolades.
"It's a good step," he said.
The group was approached by Schirmer's promotion partner about hosting a show in the area - one of the group's members is from Louisville.
Schirmer referred to the Nappy Roots' music as more in-line with alternative storytelling than traditional hip-hop.
He said the goal of the show is to expose local residents to a different style of music. When tickets were on sale, he said people from a variety of places and variety of ages made purchases.
"It seems like it's going to be a nice, intimate crowd," he said.