Oroville Mercury-Register

The Tackle Box is ‘Music Central in February

- By Bruce Smith-Peters

The Tackle Box is the place to be this month with five big shows, three featuring classic hip hop artists and two bringing country performers.

It all starts with The Ying Yang Twins on Feb. 4. The Atlanta rappers (Kaine and D-Roc) were at the center of crunk, which fused hip hop with EDM (electronic dance music) and became synonymous with southern rap in the 1990s.

The duo hit it big on Lil Jon’s 2002 hit “Get Low.” The next year Britney Spears brought the pair on board for her track “I Got that Boom Boom.” Then in 2004-05 their success continued with party singles “Salt Shaker,” “Wait (The Whisper Song),” “Shake,” and “Badd.” They haven’t released anything new in about a decade, but that doesn’t mean the show won’t be a party.

On Feb. 14, JMax Production­s brings Allie Colleen to The Tackle Box. The youngest daughter of Garth Brooks is out supporting her debut album “Stones.” The 26-year-old singer-songwriter is working to make it on her own and scored a top 40 country hit with “Ain’t the Only Hell (My Momma Raised)” in 2020.

Two days later, on Feb. 16 , Warren G hits the Tackle Box stage. The

West Coast rapper and producer is a pioneer of gfunk, a form a gangsta rap heavily influenced by psychedeli­c funk. He formed the pioneering hip hop trio 213, along with Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg in 1990. When he introduced his running mates to his stepbrothe­r Dr Dre, the rest, as they say, is hip hop history.

For his part, Warren G’s first solo release, 1994’s “Regulate … The G-Funk Era,” debuted at No. 2 and produced two Top-10 hits, and his second album saw three songs hit the Top40 in 1997. Nowadays, the committed family man is selling his Sniffin Griffin barbecue sauces and rubs.

Next at The Tackle Box is Afroman on Feb. 18. The L.A.-born rapper/guitarist is best known for his 2001 hit “Because I Got High,” and is currently on tour supporting his 18th album, “Lemon Pound Cake,” which dropped in September. Afroman (Joseph Foreman) also announced his candidacy for president as an Independen­t, running on a platform that includes legalizing pot. Surprise. Local favorite Mystic Roots opens the show.

Finally, country artist Casey Donahew is on his “Bars and Beer Joints Acoustic Tour” and will be stopping at the Tackle Box on Feb. 25. The Texan has more than 20 years in the business and a number of hits on the Texas Music Chart, which monitors radio airplay. His 2016 album “Party All Night” hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Country Chart and reflects the good-time theme on much of Donahew’s music.

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