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Hip hop musician to play at StageOne

Published 6:42 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Fairfield Theatre Co. will present a performance by Tony Simon, aka Blockhead, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at StageOne, 70 Sanford St. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Simon, born and raised in Manhattan, found a fondness for music at a young age, particularly hip hop.

He began penning rhymes in his early teens and eventually was part of a group called The Overground with a

bunch of his friends, according to a release.

He soon pursued an interest in creating beats for rap songs and joined with his friend Aesop Rock to make music together and release it on the Internet.

In 2000, Aesop's album "Float" was released on Mush Records, after which Blockhead released a breakbeat album on Mush called "Blockhead's Broke Beats."

After a few years of making beats for rappers, Blockhead put out his first solo instrumental record on Ninja Tune records, titled "Music by Cavelight," the first of four albums he has since released on the U.K.-based label.

Blockhead is touring in support of his fifth studio album, "Interludes After Midnight," released in April of this year on Ninja Tune Records.

Tickets, $20 in advance, $23 at the door, may be purchased at www.fairfieldtheatre.org.