Sage Francis an exciting late addition to the Mission Creek lineup

Sage Francis with AWTHNTKTS

Blue Moose Tap House — Thu., Apr. 7 at 9 p.m.

Sage Francis joins Mission Creek lineup
Master lyricist Sage Francis will play the Blue Moose on Apr. 7 as part of the Mission Creek Festival.

Rapper and spoken word artist Sage Francis played Iowa City last summer, to a packed house at Gabe’s, and Mission Creek is bringing him back this year to perform at Blue Moose Tap House. Francis slides into the spot recently vacated by Fatlip and Slimkid3’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, who had to bow out due to unforeseen circumstances (those tickets will be refunded through MidwestTix). His show, with AWTHNTKTS still opening, will move to the Blue Moose’s upstairs space; tickets are $15.

Francis is founder of independent hip hop label Strange Famous Records, founded in 1996. He has also released three albums on Epitaph Records; he was the first hip hop artist to sign with the famously punk rock label. He has achieved success on the slam poetry scene, as well, serving on national slam teams for the Providence, R.I. poetry community and hosting a weekly slam for several years at CBGB in New York.

He has released six studio albums, the most recent being 2014’s Copper Gone. His masterful lyrics have earned him the moniker “forefather of indie-hop.” His work is steeped both in the deeply personal and in wise and clever allusions to literature and history.

Having just recently finished almost a year and a half on the road for his Going Through Hell tour, Mission Creek is one of only a few select shows that Francis will be playing in 2016.

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