Elliot Seng: Dassaro Returns with Dra-La
Steamboat Springs — Expressing my deepest sentiment for original hip hop in the Yampa Valley, it’s fair to say we’re lacking. With an abundance of rock, country, bluegrass and jam band styles to choose from it’s rare to have any R&B acts grace our stages. Luckily, Dassaro caught my ear through the years and will be gracing the Colorado High5 Bar stage this Saturday night to help celebrate local DJ Dra-La’s birthday.
He’ll be giving Steamboat a much needed dose of conscious-minded lyrics. His originality shines through his up-beat, about-life lyrics. Looking back on his life growing up in New York City and northeast Pennsylvania, poetry and lyrics were always there for him. After going through a rough period in his teenage years freestyling became an outlet. He practiced without accompaniment and made it his own.
“It helped through the rough times, and enlightened the good times,” Dassaro said.
Moving to Florida, back to Pennsylvania, and by the age of 25 he found his way to Steamboat. Having been riding a snowboard since the age of ten he fit right in. “I did a lot of growing up in Steamboat, musically and mentally. It gave me time to realize what was important to me”.
Moving to Denver a few years back, Dassaro started taking things to the next level. “I owe it to myself to keep growing.” Playing past shows in the Denver area including well-known Cervantes Other Side he begins his October tour at High5 here in Steamboat this Saturday.
He’s also actively participating in the nationwide rap competition. He currently stands in seventh place out of 4,000. You can find all of his music online at Soundcloud.com/dassaro. Looking down the line he’ll continue making music and hopefully produce a full album in the not too distant future. Working with Denver based, once-Steamboater Jeraff through the month, hopefully we can see a more streamlined project come to fruition between the two.
So why not check out a hip-hop show this Saturday? And no, this is not the type of stuff you hear on the radio. This is an original MC with a lot of heart.
“I’m really excited to be next to this guy on stage,” said Dra-La. “I couldn’t ask for a more fun birthday set!”
Free pizza will be served at midnight in light of Dra-La’s birthday.
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