Nite Owl and Team Nitro, with Reach, Shadow
What happens when you've signed a national recording contract, have a catalog of songs and an unquenchable urge to perform live? If you're former University of Central Missouri football standout and hip-hop soul man L.A. Maclin, aka Nite Owl, you bankroll your own regional tour through Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, expanding your fan base and giving audiences a chance to see one of the Midwest's more accomplished live acts. Strapped with vestiges of classic hip-hop intelligent rhymes, thought-provoking hooks, an effervescent flow Nite Owl brings to Kansas City a six-piece band (Team Nitro) and flattering comparisons to rhyme wunderkind Lupe Fiasco. Also part of Nite's onstage crew is James Christos (see his CD review this week).