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Thee Phantom

When was the last time your ghetto blaster pumped classical music? Hook up your system with Thee Phantom, an MC who specializes in combining hip-hop with live orchestration by classically trained musicians. This is first and foremost a hip-hop show, albeit a genre-bending one, with an old-school feel. It may sound like a gimmick, but that’s just how Phantom has heard the music in his head — ever since he was 12 years old and first combined the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. He’s also been the first hip-hop artist to perform at Philadelphia’s prestigious Kimmel Center, and now he’s on tour to support his debut album Hero Complex (Invisible Man). Joined by his Illharmonic Orchestra (string quartet, brass quartet, pianist, a female vocalist, and a few other MCs) he’ll come to UB’s Lippes Concert Hall on Saturday (March 31) at 8pm, performing hits by Fat Joe, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, and teaming up with UB student musicians for one of the more unusual hip-hop shows you’ll ever see.