Bend barbershop hosts Those Guys

Local hip-hop group performs tonight

By Ben Salmon / The Bulletin / @frequencyblog

Published Mar 6, 2014 at 01:21PM

Every few months or so, we have news to report about a former member of Person People, Bend’s late, great hip-hop collective that put out a handful of solid albums and played a whole bunch of local shows in the early 2000s before dissolving a couple years ago.

Mosley Wotta, KP, Mindscape, Barisone … these are names that pop up in GO! Magazine on a fairly regular basis. But the group’s primary DJ, A-Bomb, has been relatively quiet since Person People came to its untimely end.

Now, however, A-Bomb — known to his fam as Adam Rojas — has a new project that seems to be gaining momentum. It’s called Those Guys, and the songs at www.soundcloud.com/thoseguys-music bear unmistakeable A-Bomb beats: “Can We Get This” revolves around a repeating jazz sample, and the melancholy minimalism of “Can’t Keep Us Down” could’ve fit in nicely on Person People’s 2007 album “Seven Ways.”

But enough about A-Bomb’s old group. He has three band mates in Those Guys; Gary Daktyl, JDubb and Shakes ably handle the rapping. Together, they’ve already opened for Latyrx and Nappy Roots, and they’re currently working on an album. Tonight, they’ll do a free show at Bishops Barbershop downtown. Local artist Sierra Marie will display her work, and there’ll be free beer if you’re of age.

Those Guys; 5:30 tonight; free; Bishops Barbershop, 130 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend; www.bishops barbershop.com.

— Reporter: 541-383-0377, bsalmon@bendbulletin.com