JACKSONVILLE—Duval County’s very own home-grown hip-hop and headbeats crew, the Hater Frees, return to live performance next month after an extended hiatus, with two very different incarnations of the Hater FREEdom Fest slated for the weekend of March 10 and 11, brought to you by SnowMeDown Entertainment and New Style Inc.
Night 1, Friday March 10, sees the debut of the Hater FREEdom Fest, live at 1904 Music Hall (19 Ocean St.) in historic downtown Jacksonville. Impresario DJMatSmith leads a stacked lineup of local legends into the Urban Core for an all-ages show, including DJ Shotgun, DJ Snow and Dumbtron (comprised of Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr.). Joining them will be DJ Emcee, DJ Mercee, Steam Mechanics, DJ Puerto Rok and the city’s reigning battle-rap champion, Strife himself. While the older heads will be holding down the front/main stage, the back/patio stage will be designated “The Legacy Stage”, where a new generation of talent will have a chance to shine—a true “passing of the torch” moment—as the infamous Keser conducts a live graffiti session out back. Tickets are a steal, at only $10; doors open at 8pm.
Night 2 falls on Saturday, March 11 at Nighthawks (2592 Roosevelt Blvd.), which recently opened at the corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and McDuff Avenue. Topping the bill is a rare live performance of the Hater Frees (DJMatSmith, Alex Kearson, Keith Keller and Patrick Evan), in their first appearance of 2017. They will be joined by DJ Snow, DJ Jupita and #Krackajaxx (featuring Mad Mike, Will Doty and DJMatSmith). There will also be a late-night freestyle session to showcase the rising tide of local lyrical talent, and the infamous Keser returns for a gallery showing of his artwork. Tickets for Night 2 are just $7; doors also open at 8pm.
All together, Hater FREEdom Fest offers fans the chance to see some 13 of the region’s hottest hip-hop acts, in two very unique settings, all for an unbeatable price. The streets have been clamoring for the return of the Hater Free brand, and that time has finally come, so don’t miss a minute of it, and keep it HATER FREE!