Lancaster GhettoBlaster Blasts the Bourbon Theater with Old School Hip Hop Beats

Lancaster GhettoBlaster performs at the Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Photo by Jess Beck.

BY JESS BECK | Go Venue Magazine

It was a great day to be in Nebraska.

The Huskers won almost uncontested against an unranked opponent, and following the game, Lancaster GhettoBlaster took the Bourbon Theater by storm, pounding out hours of 80’s and 90’s hip hop classics. Both events took fellow Nebraskan’s back to the glory days when the Cornhuskers actually meant something to college football, and the music took us back to the nostalgic realms when life was a little more simple and music wasn’t awash with baseline mumble rappers jogging for a spot to see who can out mumble who.

From humble beginnings in a karaoke bar, the five piece comprising of vocalists Joe Clapper and Stan Washington, guitarist Lee Bowes, drummer Nick Broshears, bassist Jon Packard, and Manuel de la Torre on the keyboard/whistle, have been putting on some of the best shows in the Midwest, combining high energy with a classic feel that resonates with the audience.

Their first time at the Bourbon, the 5 piece took the stage to play to a crowd of seasoned fans and first time listeners. The crowd quickly got moving as GhettoBlaster opened with “Jump Around” by House of Pain, to which the audience began to…well…jump around!

“These are my types of shows man,” one fan said outside after lighting a cigarette. “I feel like since I didn’t get to go to the shows as a kid, these guys more than make up for that. They’re good, and honestly, they sound better than the original!”

During the first and second set, GhettoBlaster was assisted by Jade Richelle – vocalist for Miss Taken (more on that band in a future article soon) on tracks “Bust a Move” and “Hypnotize.” They ended the evening with “It’s Tricky” by Run D.M.C. to which there was a standing ovation. After the beats ended and the house lights came on, the band spent time talking with members of the crowd, who I’m sure, if they were anything like me, are eager for the next show!

All images © Jess Beck
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