Soon after Hurricane Sandy tore through the Eastern Seaboard at the end of October, Hamburg resident Gary Klumpp joined hundreds of other volunteers and headed downstate to lend a hand. The destruction and lack of supplies available to those affected by the storm was shocking, and Klumpp worries that the Buffalo area would be in a similar situation if a disaster like Hurricane Sandy were to occur here. Combine that with the holidays coming and the constant need for food and clothing at local churches and food pantries, and Klumpp decided to act.
“I just got back from Staten Island, about a month ago, and I realized, it’s never going to be enough,” he said. “People are suffering there until this day, and they’re going to be suffering for months to come.”
Klumpp wanted to get younger people involved, and, with his son, Jordon, put together the idea of a rap benefit concert. The Rap2Wrap event was born.
“A lot of these young kids, they like the rap music,” he said. “What do I know, I’m an old rocker. I’m a dinosaur, but I know that this music seems to catch and it seems to be the latest rage.”
The family-friendly Rap2Wrap benefit concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the New Angola Theater, located at 72 N. Main St., in the Village of Angola. Several local hip-hop acts will perform, including the group Jordon Klumpp is a member of, The Chronic Collective.
To Jordon, a student at SUNY Fredonia, the benefit serves a duel purpose.
“We wanted to do something to help the community and get our name out,” he said.
It’s important to note, Jordon said, that The Chronic Collective isn’t a typical rap group.
“Rap is kind of looked down upon,” he said. “We’re more about the lyrics and what you can do. We associate ourselves with a more positive message.”
Also on the bill is Scantron, a one man act featuring hip-hop, beat boxing and instruments. Daniel Reynolds performs as Scantron, and the Buffalo-based artist is excited to reach out to a new crowd.
“I’ve been looking to do things for charity,” he said.
Part of Scantron’s act is to teach people about hip-hop culture, and hopefully dispel some of the misconceptions about it. He’s played in several different countries, and is fluent in several languages.
“I do educational things now,” Reynolds said. “I want to show what true hip-hop culture is.”
Rastafarian rapper SkyWalker and DJ Neckbrace round out the bill.
The event, originally slated for the Hamburg Palace, is a first for the New Angola Theater. The theater hasn’t hosted a rap concert before.
“We’re open to anyone coming in and using our theater,” said Marcie Dolan, who manages the theater.
Admission to the concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good, a wrapped or unwrapped Christmas gift or a financial donation.
Klumpp would like to see several bins full of presents and food, and is looking to ship everything out to various churches and food pantries by Christmas Eve. “I’m going to be up against the clock, but I have to get them out,” he said.