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Jurassic 5, Rahzel and Naughty By Nature ring in the spring April 29

April 13, 2006

Jurassic 5 will be featured at MCAB's annual spring concert.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - On Saturday, April 29, the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) will present three powerhouse performances for its spring concert, headlined by the formidable vocal harmonizing and amplified funk beats of Jurassic 5.  The self-defined "vocal percussionist" Rahzel and the Grammy-winning rap trio Naughty By Nature will also perform.  Open to the public, the concert will begin at 8 p.m., in Kenyon Arena.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The underground Los Angeles hip hop group Jurassic 5 matches old school rap styles with inventive, funky beats, according to Seattle radio station KEXP's musical director Don Yates.  "Jurassic 5 simultaneously rock the party while throwing down thoughtful, progressive rhymes that leave most of the c


ompetition in the dust," said Yates.  The group's Web site characterizes Jurassic 5 as embodying rap's traditional stylistic flourishes and "spirit of making good music that connects with the people."

MCA records describes Rahzel as the undisputed "Godfather of Noyze" who has re-defined and perfectly mastered the quintessentially hip hop art form, the beat box.  Billboard Magazine proclaims: "Everyone should experience his fascinating rhythms . using just his lips, cheeks, gums, and Adam's apple he recreates, with amazing

Naughty By Nature

accuracy and detail, tracks from the magic mixing desks of Pete Rock . and others.  His mockery of instruments and arcade of sounds leave audiences captivated, wondering, 'Is he for real?'"

The spring concert's third offering is the New Jersey-based Naughty By Nature.  The group came on the music scene in 1991 following their successful breakout single "OPP," and won a Grammy Award for best rap performance with their self-titled debut album.  Rolling Stone magazine's Web site called Naughty By Nature's recordings "some of the catchiest, radio-dominating hits in the history of the rap game."

The concert will be held in the Middlebury College Kenyon Arena on South Main Street (Route 30).  Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for Middlebury College students, faculty and staff.  The general public may purchase tickets online at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 17, at  At noon, tickets will also be available to the general public by phone at 802-443-6433, or at the Middlebury College Box Offices in the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30), and in the McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road, off South Main Street.

Tickets will go on sale to Middlebury College ID holders on Saturday, April 15, at 1 a.m., online at  For student cardholders only, tickets will go on sale in the college dining halls from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on April 17.

For MCAB members only, tickets are $15, with a limit of two per MCAB cardholder.  MCAB tickets will go on sale from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on April 13 in Proctor Dining Hall.

For further information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or visit online at