The experimental, engaging and bumping beats of Seattle hip-hop luminary, Onry Ozzborn, will be heard at an all-ages show at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret.
Onry Ozzborn is the stage name of Michael Martinez, a rapper and producer who is revered in the Seattle scene and beyond. He is a founding member of the alternative hip-hop groups Grayskul and Dark Time Sunshine, but his influence in the region extends back to the late 1990s. At that time, Martinez moved to Seattle from Arizona and became a founding member of Oldominion, a legendary hip-hop super-crew of MCs and producers that helped define the introspective and spiritual sounds of the Northwest hip-hop scene.
Ozzborn’s new album, “Nervous Hvnd,” is the latest in his prolific recording career.
The show is a coup for island musician and house concert producer Tyrel Stendahl, who has been a fan of Ozzborn’s music for many years. Last summer, Stendahl brought Martinez to Vashon for a house concert. Now, he says he is excited to invite more people — especially island teens — to the bigger show at the Black Cat Cabaret.
The show comes at an emotional time for Martinez. He recently took a short hiatus from his career to focus on his daughter, Violet Ofelia Martinez, who was diagnosed with cancer. In response to a GoFundMe page launched to help pay for the many unexpected costs of the illness, Martinez and his family received an outpouring of support from the Seattle music community and beyond.
Now that Martinez’s daughter is in remission, he has begun to play his first shows since March and has debuted and recorded new music about the experience, Stendahl said. One song, “V Girl,” is dedicated to his daughter and features her favorite singer, Reva Devito. The Seattle Times called the track “equal parts catharsis and rallying anthem.”
The show’s opening act will be Araless, from Black Magic Noiz. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the show; get tickets, $15, in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. The direct ticket link is onryblackcat.bpt.me.