Tech N9ne and Jelly Roll head to Tahoe for 4/20 concert

Tech N9ne — Aaron Dontez Yates — will perform on April 20, in the MontBleu Theatre.

What’s a Four Twenty celebration without a blast of music?

What, indeed. LateNite Productions announced today that Tech N9ne and Jelly Roll will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at MontBleu Theatre on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Guests must be 21 or older and tickets are now available HERE.

“LateNite” Billy Drewitz has been “Keepin’ the Vibe Alive since 1995.” He had the muster up all his power to keep this show under wraps until today’s high-noon announcement.

“Got any plans for 4-20-20??! Save the date — we got something coming you ALL have been waiting for!” the promoter teased on Facebook two weeks ago. Fire emojis followed.

Aaron Dontez Yates, 48, hails from Kansas City, Missouri. The rapper, producer, actor and a founder of Strange Music Inc. is best known by his stage name, Tech N9ne. He has been prolific of late, releasing four recent studio albums: “Special Effects” (2015), “The Storm” (2016), “Planet” (2018) and “N9na” (2019).

Followers are still talking about “The Storm,” which featured guest appearances from Jonathan Davis, Boyz II Men and Gary Clark, Jr., and included fellow Strange Music rappers Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone and Big Scoob. The work is an aftermath of sorts –his first-ever studio album was 1999’s “The Calm Before the Storm.”

Tech N9ne said he built upon his musical foundations in approaching the recording. “I knew if I named it ‘The Storm,’ it would push me to do the best music I’ve ever done,” he said in press material.

The album features “Tech N9ne delivering 20 stellar songs that fit into three sonic worlds,” a release said. “(It) kicks off with the ‘Kingdom’ section, a showcase for the rapper’s narcissistic side. He then travels to ‘Clown Town,’ which finds him at his darkest. The set closes with the ‘G. Zone,’ a nod to the gangster side of his personality.”

Jelly Roll

The work was well received by fans and critics alike. No more “calm,” apparently.

Concert opener Jelly Roll, 33, is not a creation from the Food Network. He is, well, a big guy. His press bio tells the story: “Checking in at 6 feet 1 inch tall and over 350 pounds — not to mention covered in tattoos — it’s impossible to ignore Jason “Jelly Roll” DeFord in a room. And that’s before his booming, country-twanged voice enters the conversation.”

The artist himself elaborates:  “I’m just a regular fat piece of white trash with some real people that relate.” His mother gave him the nickname. He was raised on the rough edges of Nashville, the southside neighborhood of Antioch, Tennessee.

Jelly Roll is touring in support of his 2019 album “Crosses and Crossroads.” It was a good year for the artist, with more than 86.4 million streams on Spotify.

“It’s hard to articulate how much this amazes me,” he shared with Facebook fans. ” I have never had a social media marketing team … never had a publicist … I have just been lucky enough to connect with an organic and authentic group of people who feel exactly how I feel.”

— Randy Hashagen

About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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