Lynguistic Civilians bring Vermont hip-hop to Oak Bluffs this weekend

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The Vermont based hip hop group Lynguistic Civilians performs at the Lampost and MV Sound Fest this weekend. — Photo courtesy of Lynguistic Civ

The Vermont-based hip-hop group Lynguistic Civilians are playing two nights in Oak Bluffs this weekend, at the Lampost Saturday and the Martha’s Vineyard Sound Fest outdoor event in Waban Park on Sunday.

Who knew Burlington, Vt., has a vibrant hip-hop community? The four primary members of this award-winning hip-hop group have been making music together since 2009, and were voted “Vermont’s Best Hip-Hop” by Seven Days VT magazine four years running.

Their style has been referred to as a hip-hop hybrid, mixing funk and soul to create a sound that is all their own. They are a focused group of individuals with a passion for hip-hop and entertainment.

They handle their own productions and write their own lyrics. Producer and MC for The Lynguistic Civilians Scott LaValla had this to say about coming to play on the Island: “It means a lot to us to be able to play the Martha’s Vineyard Sound Fest this year. Playing on Martha’s Vineyard is special all on its own. It’s a destination, and you feel accomplished before you even hit the stage. To come this year and be able to play outside is going to be something special. We are very excited to see Dwight & Nicole, Crooked Coast, and all the other amazing acts.”

The Lynguistic Civilians have an approach to making music that allows the talent of each member to flourish. Since their initial debut, group members Walshie Steeze, Mike Fulton, LC, and Mr. Burns have performed over 300 shows throughout New England. They have captivated crowds of all ages, and have shared the stage with some of hip-hop’s greats, including Chali 2na, Lil’ Kim, DJ Rob Swift, Nth Power, Break Science, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Camp Lo, Masta Ace and eMC.

They are a family of MCs and DJs who have three releases to their credit, a 2011 EP, “A Hard Act to Follow,” the 2013 full-length album “Better Late Than Never,” and a 2014 collaboration with the Mangroves, “Urban Priorities.”

The Lynguistic Civilians bring a upbeat and engaging live show that they think will convince you these crazy fools are supposed to be doing what they do. Catch them at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, July 11, and at the Martha’s Vineyard Sound Fest in Waban Park on Sunday, July 12.