Get ready to swig pints and "jump around," people!
Everyone's favorite hip-hop hooligan turned bluesy troubadour, Everlast, will headline Jazzbones Saturday night, the latest old-school M.C. to visit the venue that's brought Tacoma Tone Loc, Coolio and KRS-One in recent years.
But how rowdy and how old school will Everlast get this weekend? As a rapper, Everlast (born Erik Schrody) made his national debut in 1990 as a member of Ice T's Rhyme Syndicate. "Forever Everlasting," his solo debut for Warner Bros., was a flop. But undaunted, he recruited high school friend, Daniel "Danny Boy" O'Connor and DJ Lethal and formed House of Pain, one of the most ubiquitous rap groups of the early ‘90s.
The trio brought their kiss-me-I'm-Irish ruckus to three full-length albums and, with Helmet, made a strong case for rap-rock not completely sucking. (Hey, "Just Another Victim." YouTube it.)
But we know which song is stuck in your head right about now. For the next hour, you have no choice but to hear that screechy loop and imagine knuckleheads in Celtics jerseys pogo-hopping around the pub. You're welcome.
"We made ‘Jump Around' and that album was so successful, my only goal was to go in other directions," Everlast told the Dallas Observer last year, in the midst of a House of Pain reunion shows. "I wasn't trying to start a formula, making the same album again and again and again, because there were a lot of bands that were guilty of that. Music for me has always been about exploration."
Enter: Whitey Ford, the introspective, guitar-toting alter ego that emerged after House. Like Beck before him, Everlast explored a new pop sound that paired hip-hop break beats with hooky acoustic melodies. The heart attack he suffered during the recording sessions for "White Ford Sings the Blues," the result of a congenital heart defect, further colored his second solo album with melancholy.
That disc album spawned the world weary "What It's Like," Everlast's biggest hit to date. And the following year he won a Grammy for "Put Your Lights On," a collaboration with guitar hero Carlos Santana.
His output has been sporadic since those career high points. But based on last year's "Songs for the Ungrateful Living," fans should bet on hearing more from Whitey Ford than the Everlast of old; you know, blue-collar anthems about the recession, maybe a little pedal steel guitar.
But House of Pain did adapt its back catalog to a live band for last year's reunion shows last year. So who knows? A little "Shamrocks & Shenanigans," maybe? That awesome Butch Vig mix, please.
Everlast with special guests Sarah Cronce, Sweetkiss Momma and MIKEDRASTIC.
7 p.m. Saturday; $28.50 general admission; Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave. Tacoma, 253.396.9169.