Two weeks ago, Miike Snow showed why he’s one of the best live acts around, bringing a sock-sharp, synth-accented 70s-rock sound to not one but two soccer stadiums on the same night. This time around, up-and-comer Maverick Sabre will take the stage at Nationals Park on July 20, with Tech N9ne opening the show. You can catch him on our review of his debut album, “Welcome to Negative Space.” There will be an encore performance at the 9:30 Club on July 24.
How this young emcee made his mark in the fashion industry is a good question. He hails from the East Village. He spent years at Catholic University in Washington, DC, dropping hardcore with brand-new dudes like Joey Bada$$. He was involved in a number of different hip-hop and rap-soul projects. Then he dropped his latest album, “Tranceloop,” which received an overwhelmingly positive reception from listeners and critics. “Excuse My French” is one of its most memorable tracks.
It was partially due to the reception to his last album that Sabre was invited to appear at a hip-hop concert on “America’s Got Talent.” Host Tyra Banks, bless her heart, asked him if his secret is a lot of “babysitting money.” “I’m not wearing a shirt, so no, that’s not a secret,” he said. Not surprisingly, Sabre got no votes.
As he enters his third year in the biz, Sabre will have plenty of opportunities to put in work. The estimated ticket sales are around 18,000 for the 6 p.m. show. A limited number of $115 lawn seats are available, with a portion of the profits benefitting cancer research.
If you go: Mascaraneofwindycity.com. Tickets are $65.