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Minneapolis Hip-Hop Band Heiruspecs to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 18

RELEASED: NOv. 8, 2005

Hip-Hop band HeiruspecsEAU CLAIRE — Minneapolis-based hip-hop band Heiruspecs will headline a concert on Friday, Nov. 18, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Tre Hardson, formerly of popular hip-hop group The Pharcyde, will appear as a special guest. Doors will open at 8 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The show is open to all ages.

Making giant steps in the live hip-hop arena, Heiruspecs (pronounced high-roo-spex) has set necks snapping nationwide. The band's sophomore album, "Small Steps," was voted one of the Top 20 Records of 2002 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Heiruspecs has been profiled in such magazines as Jane and URB.

Formed in 1997 while its members were enrolled at an arts high school, Heiruspecs is consistently cited as one of the most promising acts in the thriving Midwest hip-hop scene. Performing with such groups as Jurassic 5, Busta Rhymes, Anti-Pop Consortium, the White Stripes and Mason Jennings, Heiruspecs also has served as backing band for Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, Oddjobs and Typical Cats.

Special guest Tre Hardson first introduced himself to the world as "Slimkid Tre," dazzling crowds worldwide with his infectious ability to wholly entertain as part of legendary rap quartet The Pharcyde. The Pharcyde gained notoriety with its 1992 debut, "Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde," which went gold with now-classics like "Ya Mama" and "Passin' Me By." In 1994, The Pharcyde released "Labcabincalifornia," with hits like the lead single "Runnin'" and the surreal "Drop."

Hardson went solo in 2000 and began performing with a live band. His debut solo album, "Liberation," was released through Artist Direct/BMG Records. It includes hip-hop material and introduces Hardson's singing abilities with songs reminiscent of Bill Withers-type love ballads. Hardson is currently in the studio working on his latest album, "SlimKid3's Cafe," to be released in early 2006.

Tickets are $6 ($4 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card) at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The show is open to all ages; proof of age is required for alcohol purchases. The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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