Attention Local Emcees: Spring Is The Time To Rhyme

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All of those late nights with your eyes glued to your laptop screen and your fingers flying through Pro Tools are about to pay off. The Spring Hip-Hop Festival is happening again this year on Saturday, May 14, and will feature a number of local emcees/groups, as well as a national headliner.

If you would like to participate (or go and watch), open tryouts in front of an audience will be held on Friday, March 11, at the Knitting Factory for all local hip-hop groups and solo emcees, ages 18 and older, who want a chance to rock the mic at the festival and open for a national headlining act that will be announced on the day of the tryouts.

Tryouts are limited to 20 applicants, first-come first-served, who will be judged on a set of criteria that includes audience reaction (determined by a decibel reader), stage presence and the quality of the beats, which means you don't have to produce your own beats, but they do have to be of high quality.

To submit, select three tracks that you will be performing (no more than 10 minutes total play time) and e-mail them to representboisehiphop@gmail.com. A hard copy of a CD can be left in a Don't Sleep Boise drop box at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St.

The Spring Hip-Hop Show is looking to become an annual staple in the local hip-hop community, and opening the show up to Boise emcees is a big step, so don't miss out.

9 p.m., FREE, The Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com

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