Saturday’s your chance to do the hump
VAIL – Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak may never again be as “funky” as it will be Saturday as West Coast hip-hop funksters Digital Underground bring their weird sense of style and humor, outrageous costumes and a parade of alter egos to the 2006 Honda Session.The free performance, part of the Vail Valley Foundation’s 25th Anniversary year-long celebration, is slated to get under way at 5 p.m. in the base camp, located at the base of the Session rails and slopestyle courses.”Saturday evening will be a full-on party at Golden Peak,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “The free Digital Underground show will be the kickoff for the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary celebration, with a similar type of special anniversary element as part of all or our events throughout 2006.”
While hip-hop was being consumed by the noisy political rap of Public Enemy and the gangsta rap of N.W.A., Digital Underground sneaked out of Oakland with their bizarre, funky homage to Parliament Funkadelic, building the majority of their music from P-Funk samples.Of all their alter egos, Shock-G’s Humpty Hump, a ridiculous comical figure with a Groucho Marx nose and glasses and a goofy stuttering voice, was the most famous, especially since he was immortalized on the group’s 1990 breakthrough single “The Humpty Dance.” The group’s role in popularizing George Clinton’s elastic funk made it one of the most important hip-hop groups of the era.Immediately following the free Digital Underground concert, at approximately 6:15 p.m., theslopestyle finals will light up the night skies over Golden Peak as some of the hottest riders on the planet will vie for the $80,000 cash purse.For additional information on the Session, visit http://www.sessionvail.com. For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit at http://www.vvf.org.
Crazy wacky funkyDigital Underground5 p.m. Saturday
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