Knowledge Lives Forever @ The Alley, Sparks, NV 2011

Chari Knowledge Smith of Knowledge Lives Forever

Chari "Knowledge" Smith of Knowledge Lives Forever performing @ The Alley, Sparks, NV...

As the lights dimmed and the stage announcer introduced ‘the best live hip-hop band in Reno’, we had no idea what exactly to expect from Chari “Knowledge” Smith and her band Knowledge Lives Forever, which includes guitarist/bassist Gia Torcaso, Kris Stosic on drums and newcomer Kim Radzik on guitars.

The group played an energetic opening set for an audience steadily growing in size in anticipation of seeing the legendary DJ Quik take the stage as the headlining act later in the evening.  The band’s performance was full of thick, live hip-hop beats, dripping sweat beads and the guy behind me yelling, “you’re the s—” after every song.  In short, it was amazing.

There was also a memorable cover/reinvention of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes played near the end of the set that really got the crowd movin’ out on the dancefloor.  We would *highly recommend* checking this band out next time they’ve got a live show here in Reno … or in your town when they roll through!

Scroll down for a couple of our favorite shots and a link to the full gallery.  Also make sure to follow Knowledge Lives Forever on Twitter and give ‘em the ‘ol thumb’s up on Facebook while you’re at it!

Gia Torcaso of Knowledge Lives Forever performing @ The Alley, Sparks, NV

Gia Torcaso getting her fretboard strum on...

Kris Stosic of Knowledge Lives Forever performing @ The Alley, Sparks, NV

Kris Stosic banging out the drums...

Kim Radzik of Knowledge Lives Forever performing @ The Alley, Sparks, NV

Kim Radzik busting out the grungy licks...

VIEW THE FULL KNOWLEDGE LIVES FOREVER GALLERY HERE


Camera(s) Used:

Nikon D7000

Lens(es) Used:

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D



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