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The hardest working stoners in the biz. Hello there, Kottonmouth Kings fans. Put down your giant bongs,

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The hardest working stoners in the biz. Hello there, Kottonmouth Kings fans. Put down your giant bongs, step away from the half-eaten bag of Cheetos and come up from your parents stank basement. Safely find your way down to the Midtown Ballroom for a night of worship for the Kings of your kingdom. The Kottonmouth Kings, a rap-rock crossover based out of Orange County, California, come to Bend to promote the green movement, and we're not talking sustainability and recycling here.

The Kottonmouth Kings have described themselves as "psychedelic hip-hop punk rock" and the band's latest, The Green Album, reached number five on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart and is the outfit's tenth full length studio album. The tracks range from the straight-up rap anthem "K.O.T.T.O.N.M.O.U.T.H. Song" to the more rock-influenced "Where I'm Going?" The Kottonmouth Kings are probably the hardest working stoners in the business-running their own record label, which hosts 24 other acts as well as their own clothing line.

If you're more on the straight-up hip-hop side of things, Vancouver, BC hip-hop heavy hitters Swollen Members split the headlining bill. In Canada, Swollen Members are one of the best selling urban acts of all time and have worked hard over the years to create a name for themselves in the international hip-hop community. The Members create hip-hop in which the strength lies in the songs, not in flashy grills and gimmicks. Which is probably why they've taken home multiple Juno Awards (aka the Canadian Grammy) for Best Rap Recording, most recording for their song "Black Magik."

Opening in support of these two crews is our very own homegrown rapper The Dirtball. The rapper, who sounds strikingly similar to Eminem, grew up in Central Oregon (but hasn't been back to town for a while now) and his latest album, Crook County, pays tribute to that. It's not too often we get to check up on our hometown boy, so be sure to make it out of the basement to catch him in action.

Kottonmouth Kings, Swollen Members, The Dirtball, Short Dawg the Native
8pm Saturday, Aug 1. Midtown Ballroom, 52 NW Greenwood Ave. $24/adv, $28/door

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