A fixture of Bay Area hip-hop since the early ’90s, Andre Nickatina launched his career as Dre Dog, releasing two albums—The New Jim Jones and I Hate You With a Passion—under that moniker. The rapper then changed his name to Andre Nickatina and proceeded to drop numerous albums, including Cocaine Raps, Tears of a Clown and Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2, that have secured his place as a Bay Area legend. On March 11, Nickatina heads back to Santa Cruz for his annual birthday bash.
INFO: 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $23/adv, $27/door. 423-1338. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Monday, March 6 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.