Philly native Jeffrey McNeill is one of the few Rap artists who can legitimately promise listeners and those who attend his concerts something they haven’t seen or heard before.
Under the MC moniker Thee Phantom, McNeill hit upon the formula by mixing the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony … when he was 12! McNeill took the concept and ran with it, forming the “Illharmonic Orchestra” (essentially a rotating orchestral ensemble with whom he tours and records) and going on to garner attention from all over the world for his distinct blend.
This Friday, Thee Phantom and an Illharmonic featuring local players headlines Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park for its free, weekly “Friday Flow” concert.
The event kicks off at 7:10 p.m. with “Def Comedy Jam Poets,” Tracy Walker plays at 8 p.m. and then Thee Phantom takes the stage at 8:45 p.m.
A documentary crew is following McNeill on tour for the planned From the Hood to Carnegie Hall film, so be sure to look your best!
7-10 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.