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Tonight: Golden boy Gallo, Vokab Kompany celebrate in Tahoe

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Burkey Baby, left and Rob Hurt in Tahoe onstage at the 2015 Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival at the Hard Rock Outdoor Arena. They will be back on Saturday, this time inside at Vinyl.
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It’s becoming a Vokab Kompany tradition: Robbie Gallo, aka Rob Hurt, returns to his old hometown for a birthday celebration and concert.

The San Diego hip-hop band Vokab Kompany, fronted by MCs Gallo and Matt “Burkey Baby” Burke, will perform Saturday in Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Last summer, the group performed at Live at Lakeview.

Gallo, who will turn “golden 37,” started Vokab Kompany in 2006. A year later, the band added a bouncing Burkey Baby. It plays Tahoe and Reno often, but sunny San Diego is the permanent home.

“I moved to La Mesa 15 years ago and migrated west and have stayed put on the beach for seven, eight years,” Gallo told Tahoe Onstage. “Never do I complain flying back into San Diego, but I get that same vibe when I return to Tahoe.

“We considered moving to L.A. a few times during our career because its s so close but I’m glad we didn’t because we were able to establish San Diego as our home base and the vibe we represent. There is a good hip-hop scene in San Diego. I think that can come across in our music. We’ve got a good live energy that transmits whenever we’re on the road and this summer’s been pretty successful for us. So far we’ve played a number of festivals up and down the West Coast.”

Vokab Kompany also played at the electronica- and jam-filled Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. During one of the five days it performed, the band played from sunset to sunrise, with sets at 10 p.m., 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

More big summertime date include reuniting with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the For The Funk Of It Festival Aug. 11, in Belden, Colorado. Recently, Vokab Kompany toured with Denson on a 14-city homage to Run DMC. Gallo and Burke were the white MCs in Adidas garb.

Vokab Kompany plays Friday at the Powerhouse Pub in Folsom followed by Saturday’s show at the Hard Rock. TYMK and Beatkarma open the show at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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