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Just Bus Tour makes a hip-hop stop in Boone

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Article Published: Jan. 23, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 31
Just Bus Tour makes a hip-hop stop in Boone

Quanstar will perform Jan. 30, as part of the Just Bus Tour stop at Boone Saloon.

Photo by Wendy Englehart

To further promote the styling of independent hip-hop artists, the Just Bust Tour is gearing up for a pair of stops in Western North Carolina, including a highly anticipated show at Boone Saloon at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

Tickets are $5. All attendees must be 21 or older.

Headlining the tour is A-Plus from the celebrated hip-hop group, Souls of Mischief.

Supporting acts include Quanstar and Everyday RAW, along with Boone’s C. Shreve the Professor and C. Pitt.
The mission of the Just Bust Tour is simple: Promote independent artists who don’t always get the deserving airtime of their more widely acclaimed counterparts.

The Just Bust Tour’s purpose is to be the engine that helps independent hip-hop artists connect with their audiences on the most basic level, according to a news release.

The grassroots-like effort pairs internationally touring and regional talent together and caps it off with old-fashioned hip-hop at the end of each show, according to

One of those locally connected artists is Chris Shreve of Free the Optimus.

“I’m excited about this show for a number of reasons,” Shreve said. “First of all, anytime we have an FTO event at Boone Saloon, it’s a packed house full of incredible energy, so I think myself, DJ Jet and Last Boss (all FTO members) are all really excited about that most of all.”

Shreve is also looking forward to sharing the stage with some of hip-hop’s legends.

“Souls of Mischief’s landmark album, ‘’93 to Infinity,’ is pretty much the definition of a hip-hop classic,” Shreve said. “Having the opportunity to provide A-Plus with the crowd he deserves (and to set the tone for his set) is what it’s all about.”

Performing with old friends makes the show even more special, Shreve said.

We’ve been doing shows with Quanstar and C. Pitt for a while now,” Shreve said. “DJ Jet and myself have done a number of Just Bust Tour dates with Quanstar, and it’s great to see it building momentum and hitting new locations.”

Shreve hopes the energy of previous performances shines through particularly strong at Boone Saloon.

“C. Pitt and I have a ridiculous amount of chemistry on the live stage,” Shreve said. “We have songs together, as well, so there will be plenty of shared time with us performing records and lots of improvisation and freestyling back and forth, too. All in all, this is one of the most talented lineups we’ve ever put together, and we’re really excited to put this on for Boone.”

Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

Additional Images

Quanstar will perform Jan. 30, as part of the Just Bus Tour stop at Boone Saloon.
Photo by Wendy Englehart

Boone’s own C. Shreve the Professor will join in an evening of hip-hop Jan. 30.
Photo submitted

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