Grounded by the smooth rhymes of Megz Kelli and the confident keys of Dougie Do, Austin, Texas-based hip-hop band Magna Carda has drawn comparisons to The Roots and Lauryn Hill. Blending the core MC-producer duo’s chemistry with drums, bass and guitar, the ensemble heads to Ellington Underground on Wednesday, May 9, at 10 p.m. Lyricist C. Shreve the Professor of local collective Free The Optimus is looking forward to opening for a like-minded act. “I’m always excited to rock with new talent, and they seem to have it together,” he says. “Feels like they should be a good fit for what we do live, as well. DJ Jet will be rocking with me and Mike L!VE might drop by for a guest appearance.” Fellow Asheville artist Dr. Ho-tron is also on the bill. $10. ellingtonunderground.com. Photo courtesy of the band
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