St. Pete’s Green Bench Brewing Co. hosts a jazz-driven J Dilla tribute on Friday

Yes, there’ll be doughnuts.

click to enlarge St. Pete’s Green Bench Brewing Co. hosts a jazz-driven J Dilla tribute on Friday
Photo by Roger Erickson via Stones Throw

UPDATED: 02/06/20 4:36 p.m.

Popular music—especially hip-hop and any strain of pop that seeks to celebrate on the greatness of Black music—owes a gigantic debt to late producer J Dilla, whose life of hermitude (by choice, because of his love of finding unknown music; and by circumstance because of lupus) launched the careers of many (De La Soul, Pharcyde and Busta Rhymes to name just a few) and made for some of the best samples in rap history (if you love, Common’s Like Water For Chocolate or D’Angelo’s Voodoo, then you should bow down to Dilla, too.)

The Detroit-native died at the age of 32 in 2006, but two of Tampa Bay’s more exciting bands—Sugar Cane and Prince Tanuki—deliver an homage at this tribute show alongside hip-hop artists Perception and Bargod. And yes, features free doughnuts.

And if you miss this Friday gig, know that Ybor City's Ol' Dirty Sundays at Crowbar is hosting its own Dilla Day celebration with Spon and Slopfunkdust.

Honor the legacy of Dilla and help MaDukes by donating to the J-Dilla Foundation.

Dilla Day: Sugar Cane w/Prince Tanuki. Fri. Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Free. Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg. Greenbenchbrewing.com

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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