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The Grouch brought friends from the Living Legends and Rhymesayers Entertainment on Thursday night for the fourth annual How the Grouch Stole Christmas tour at the Tropicana in Sacramento.
The line stretched far outside the Tropicana on Thursday, as some fans had to wait over an hour to just get into the venue. Although this is the third time the tour has come to Sacramento, it was the first time at the Tropicana and the sound quality, minus some occasional feedback, and stage provided a perfect atmosphere for the show.
The show opened with Los Rakas, a reggae and dance-inspired hip-hop group whose members are originally from Panama. Although the group uses mainly Spanish lyrics, the language barrier didn’t seem to stop the crowd from enjoying their short performance.
Living Legends member Eligh followed with a half-hour set that sampled tracks from his recently released solo album, “Grey Crow,” as well as earlier hits that showcased his on-stage talent and ability.
After Eligh’s somewhat short set, the Minnesota-based hip-hop artist Brother Ali took the stage performing tracks off of his relatively new album, “Us.” The recent loss of friend and Rhymesayers family member Michael Larson, aka Eyedea, led Ali to perform Larsen’s defiantly optimistic “Eyedea & Abilities track,” “Smile.”
Ali’s set was moving and a tough act to follow, but Grouch had no problem keeping the crowd going with hits from almost every one of his albums.
Grouch invited Eligh back on stage midway through his performance for a handful of tracks from the pair’s numerous collaborations, much to the delight of the crowd.
The night came to a close after Grouch’s set with a return to the stage from most of the night’s artist as they played the theme song they recorded for this year’s tour.
For tour dates, more information or to hear the theme song for the How the Grouch Stole Christmas tour, go to: www.therealgrouch.com.