May 3: CANCELLED – Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Paris and more at the Mystic Theatre


This Sunday, no true hip-hop head should be caught anywhere but at the Hard Truth Soldiers Tour, featuring Paris, Talib Kweli, Pete Rock, Planet Asia, Conscious Daughters, T-K.A.S.H. and more. Bringing together heavyweights and newcomers alike from the independent hip-hop scene, the lineup is headed for a month-and-a-half trek around the country together to spread the testimony of social justice and street poetry. Talib Kweli’s been around these parts before, as has Paris, but those in the know must allow some excitement over Pete Rock. With his back-in-the-day pal CL Smooth, Rock not only produced two albums of early ’90s boom-bap perfection but helmed one of rap music’s all-time greatest tracks, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” driven by an addictive Tom Scott saxophone sample. He’s made beats for B.I.G., Nas, Ghostface, Public Enemy and Mary J. Blige, with a handful of masterful crate-digging solo records released in recent years. Join him and the rest of the Hard Truth Soldiers on Sunday, May 3, at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $30-$35. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline

Sonoma County Library