Return of 502 Headz @ Phoenix Hill Tavern

Friday, Sept. 30

Phoenix Hill Tavern
644 Baxter Ave. • 589-4630
$10; 9 p.m.

During a brief second residency in Louisville in 1997, the dance-record buyer at ear X-tacy told me about a crew of guys who were holding monthly parties with freestyle battles, b-boys and girls, and some of the better graffiti artists all in one building. Being relatively new to the area and a hermit at the time, this was too good to pass up. The parties were put on by a collective named the 502 Headz, founded by Element One Wise (Mike Kabel), while based at Fort Knox. These parties hosted first local appearances by a who’s-who of indie hip-hop’s past and present: Royce da 5’9”, Masta Ace, Blueprint, C-Rayz Walz, Mr. Dibbs and Grandmaster Caz. The shows dried up around 2004, and Louisville hip-hop was never the same. Fitting, then, that as Louisville is experiencing its great rap renaissance of 2011 that the 502 Headz are coming back together for one night only. —Damien McPherson

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