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Open Mike Eagle Returns Saturday, On the Brink of Full-Blown Celebrity

The groundbreaking rapper and artist will play the The Evening Muse

The groundbreaking rapper and artist will play the The Evening Muse

Open Mike Eagle returns to The Evening Muse this Saturday, April 6 and it could be the last time we see him at a venue this intimate. He’s on the brink of full-blown celebrity with his Comedy Central stand-up comedy/live music hybrid show, The New Negroes, set to debut later this month.

Much has happened since his last visit in late 2017: his breakthrough album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream appeared on every music critic’s “Best of” list. He did a Tiny Desk Concert. He dropped a new, critically acclaimed EP, What Happens When I Try to Relax. And he made history as the first rapper ever to land a perfect hurricanrana during a Pay-Per-View wrestling event under the coaching of WWE Hall of Famers Mick Foley and Mr. Anderson.

2019 finds him with his last toe remaining in the gulf between stardom and struggle. It’s a place he describes often on the new EP, with bars like these from “Southside Eagle:”

Got in beef with a website
‘Cause they don’t get that my life’s real every night
I’m getting bread but I’m still living in the red
If you gon write about me get it airtight

Saturday will be the fifth time he’s played a show in Charlotte. The last time he came, he sold out the venue. He said this about what we can expect Saturday:

“Every time we do a show in Charlotte, it feels like we’re among family. I’m very excited to feel that again and to show the people this version of our show which will make you laugh, and cry, and laugh, and dance a little.”

We can also probably expect it to be the last time we see him working his own merch booth and shaking hands with every fan.

Open Mike Eagle w/ Video Dave

Saturday April 6, 2019

Doors: 10pm, Show: 10:30pm

The Evening Muse – 3227 N. Davidson St.


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