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cial viability that warrants bringing it above ground into “legitimate” venues that could remove the threat of liability that understand- ably has concerned the city and the university for a long time. Well, the aforementioned show was more of a treat than a worry as it kicked off with the multi- racial, Latin-driven rap ‘n’ rock band Offkey Lifestyle in a set that must have made Curtis Mayfield smile in music heaven. Conga player Evelyn Da Costa’s rhythms are so strong, the band doesn’t bother to use a drum kit to pro- pel its passionate rhymes and eclectic melodies. Co-fronted by rapper-vocalists Skip Thomas and PJ Allen (also a human beat-box), Offkey Lifestyle exudes fun and a love for music. Thomas needs to grow more comfortable on stage while guitarist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Ryan Rejaei solo, but Allen is a charming pro whose skills include impersonating a trombone. The heartbeat and cen- terpiece of this band is Da Costa, however, whose rock rhythms and Latin flourishes make Offkey Life- style a unique treat. Before this evening, I had seen Secret Mountain twice before, Offkey Lifestyle NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 3 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 132