Pictures of Sage:
I know. I was close.
by the way, here
is MC Squared's site. Check out his video from the Apollo. Even seeing it on video doesn't quite capture just how ridiculously talented this guy is. You have to see it live.
Solillaquists of Sound were excellent, Da Vinci (their drum player, kind of. He plays two drum machines) was the best performer. He'd start playing the drum machine with his nose, his feet, with his eyes closed, behind the back... Just looked impossible. Sole was Sole. His best song was a cover so I can't really give him credit.
Best line from the night... Sage was doing a freestyle to the "99 Problems" beat about how much Jay-Z had sold out, and ended:
Sage Francis wrote:If you hate hip-hop, I feel bad for you, son
I like 99 rappers but Jay-Z ain't one!
The place went wild.
All in all, it was definitely worth the money. I got to shake his hand afterwards and talk to him for a little bit, too. He's a pretty cool guy.