Sat, Oct 16, Z-Man
Blue Lamp, 9:30 p.m., call for cover
Sacramento, CA 95816
San Francisco-based Z-Man, emcee of the alternative hip-hop group One Block Radius, has several musical side projects and released his first solo album, Dope or Dog Food, in 2004. Z recently signed with Bay Area label Machete Vox Records and has since been working on a second studio album, Six Pack of Dynamite. On his song “Street Cred Need Me,” the catchy sound of high-hat layered with electronic beats is a setting fit for his chorus: “I don’t need street cred / street cred need me,” Z raps with a confidence that borders on arrogance, yet he’s likable. Also performing is Random Abiladeze and more. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 455-3400, www.myspace.com/zmainey.