Local Happenings – Rodeo Tunes

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Most students know the Ellensburg Rodeo exists but a lot of us don’t know much more than that. The Ellensbrug rodeo is more than just a “rodeo.” Aside from being named one of the top 10 rodeos in America, rodeo weekend includes a fair, parade, hoe down and more. The history of the rodeo dates back to the year 1923 and is now the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour and hosts the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour. Today the rodeo features over 600 contestants and prize money exceeding $400,000. More about the “down and dirty” of the Ellensburg Rodeo is featured on an episode of Central Scoop currently on-air.  Ellensburg Rodeo

The Kittitas County Fair opened today and features the usual rides, animals and fattening foods. The fair closes at 10 p.m. everyday with the exception of Sunday, when it closes at 6 p.m.

Music will play a large role in the rode weekend festivities. The music will start tonight at 8 p.m. with the Hoedown in the Downtown at the Rotary Pavilion. This event will feature opening act Better Day and feature act The Dusty 45s. Hosted by the Ellensburg Downtown Association, this is an all ages event with pizza provided by Pizza Rita and a beer and wine garden available for those of age. The concert is free and all are welcome.

The Dusty 45s

The Dusty 45s

The Dusty 45s is a group that is well known in the Ellensburg area, but also has a statewide presence. The group has performed at venues such as the Showbox, Triple Door and current tour dates include shows in Massachusetts, and the band has opened for grammy award winning artist Adele. Their music image can be described as a mix of honky tonk, jump blues and rock and roll. Blending electric guitars, upright bass, drums, and trumpet makes for a sound not often found in today’s popular music scene.

The Dusty 45s won’t be the only music featured this rodeo weekend. Visit ellensburgrodeo.com for a full rodeo schedule of all the exciting events going on this weekend.

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Rap Reborn

When you think of a battle of the bands competition you may think rock, you may think alternative you may even think folk but you probably won’t think of hip hop. Clifton Del Bane is hoping to change your perception of hip hop by participating in this year’s ‘Burgstock.

The three man group doesn’t fit into the “money and bit****,” derogatory and violent, pervasive rape culture rap scene that artists like Rick Ross and Too $hort have embraced. No, Clifton Del Bane is part of the hip hop scene that is changing and bringing a different message to the world. It’s not about a beat, it’s about the lyrics, it’s not about demeaning others it’s about telling a story.

Like Jason Clifton Says: “Hip Hop is becoming conscious of itself,” and Clifton Del Bane is part of this movement.

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CDB is made of three members, Jason Clifton, Tom Dell and Kyle Bane. The group formed in Ellensburg about three years ago but all three have very different backgrounds and experiences in music and life in general.

Jason Clifton was born in California but moved to Ellensburg when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t until Clifton moved back to Cali during high school that he fell in love with hip hop. An avid skateboarder (for a brief period he ran a skateboard shop in Ellensburg) and graffiti artist, Clifton was introduced to hip hop through the culture  surrounding those hobbies. Clifton has been in various hip hop groups including Hocus Focus and Log Hog with CDB member Tom Dell. Now a solo dad in between jobs, 33 year old Clifton is reexamining his life, planning on going back to school, and wants to “be the change we [CDB] want to see in hip hop.”

Clifton calls Kyle Bane the “Prince” of the group, referring to Bane’s ability to play multiple instruments, produce and compose music. An Ellensburg native, Bane is the youngest of the trio at 25 years old and became interested in music at a very young age. Bane took up the drums when he was in third grade and started playing guitar and piano around fifth grade. Bane’s musical tastes are wide and varied. Originally inspired by Metallica, Bane then progressed to Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and indie rock in general. Bane continued to expand his music and learned more and more instruments along the way, becoming particularly favorable to folk. Originally, Bane was the beat-master of the group but after contributing some of his own word, Clifton and Dell encouraged him to rap. Now Bane raps on almost every CDB track.

Tom Dell is the oldest and hence wisest member of CDB. Dell was born in Reno in 1974 and moved to Ellensburg as a teenager. A 2000 graduate from CWU with a philosophy degree, Dell has worked at the CWU library for 16 years. With a quiet nature about him, humble attire and laid back demeanor, it’s hard to believe Dell is a legitimate rapper who just happens to be a librarian. It’s even harder to imagine that Ice Cube is the reason Dell decided he wanted to rap after hearing The Predator album.

Still young, but not inexperienced, Clifton Del Bane is hoping to perform more in the Northwest as their music portfolio grows. They are expected to release an album tentatively called “The Catalyst” this summer and their music is available for your listening pleasure on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Check out ‘Burgstock on April 27th, at Prosody Events for a chance to win Sasquatch tickets and see Clifton Del Bane perform live!

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