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A Grim Christmas



9 p.m., Markham 801. $5.

When family time becomes oppressive on Christmas Eve, Grim Muzik is there for you. For the fourth year, the local rap collective hosts a mammoth Christmas party, replete with two DJs, a free buffet and live performances by at least nine acts. Shew. Better hope your family is up for moving Christmas morning to Christmas afternoon. The party kicks off at 9 p.m., with DJs Tre and Ham-Ten on the ones and twos. The concert follows at 11 p.m. Shea Marie, who's angling to fill the local female rap void left by XXzotic, performs solo, as does Little Rock's most compelling and prolific rapper, 607. Doing the “Jump Rope” and other club favorites, local duo Dre & Jontai also perform. Otherwise, the bill features nearly all the largest local rap cliques: impressive high-school age crew Combination, longstanding innovators Backyard Ent., rising crew Conduit and street-focused collectives Tho'd Studio Ent. and 501 Entertainment. Then, of course, there's Grim Muzik, the Wu-Tang of Arkansas. Sixteen members strong, Grim is loud and menacing and never boring.

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