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September is a big month in music history. On Sept. 17, 1923, Hank Williams was born. Elvis made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show on Sept. 9, 1956. On Sept. 13, 1960, the practice of payola (giving gifts for airplay on the radio) was outlawed. And on Sept. 24, 1991, Nirvana released Nevermind. These shows are certainly a good way to celebrate September’s musical importance.

The Sugar Hill Gang, made up of Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, is widely credited with the first official Hip Hop song in history (“Rapper’s Delight”), and somehow, they’ve managed to parlay that fact into a career that has spanned almost 30 years. Well, 30 years, minus the difference from 1985 to 1999, when they were on a “hiatus.” The group returned with a rap album for children called Jump On It in 1999 and is eking out a living playing “Rapper’s Delight” to nostalgic 40-somethings all over the world. Just like you. Sept. 6/Gothic Theatre/8 p.m./$20/303.788.0984

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