Gift of Gab

Big-name rappers performing in Santa Rosa aren’t all that common, so Friday’s (Jan. 10) appearance by Gift of Gab is worth noting.

Under the stage name Gift of Gab, Timothy Parker of Oakland is half of the Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious, with DJ Chief Xcel.

On addition to three albums with Blackalicious, Gift of Gab has recorded two solo albums and the 2008 all-star album, Mighty Underdogs.

He will perform at 10 p.m. at the Chrome Lotus, 501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The show is part of the monthly Freaky Friday series, started four months ago by Sonoma County hip-hop artists DJ Brycie Bones (Bryce Williams) and MC Pure Powers (Brendan Powers), who will both perform Friday.

The lineup also includes Dublin of Jazz Mafia and Shotgun Wedding Quintet, plus Hohokai, DJ Jacques, DJ Lazy Boy and Big John Stud.

Tickets cost $12 in advance at, or $15 at the door. Information: 843-5643,

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