Creston might not be known as a hub for hip hop music, but one local duo is doing its best to make a name for itself.
In conjuction with The Twilight Zone, 129 N. Pine St., The Beatnicks will be hosting the first hip hop event in Creston’s history, 10 p.m. Friday.
The event is free to attend, but is limited to those 21 years of age or older.
The Beatnicks consists of Creston residents Rick James, 29, and Durrell Haynes, 31.
Including The Beatnicks, there will be nine hip hop acts performing at The Twilight Zone.
The group formed Nov. 29, even though they already had a show booked before forming.
“I called him (Haynes) up on Nov. 29,” James said. “I said how about this for the group name and he was on board. Then, we got the album put together in three weeks.”
Since then, the pair has done two shows, and has been offered a record contract, which they declined.
“I felt like it would limit us to the possibilities of what we could do,” Haynes said. “It was the first offer we received, and we preferred to kind of stay ourselves right now.”
The duo wanted a name that was unique.
“Beatnicks, that’s a really good brand name,” James said. “It stands out and it’s something everyone remembers. It has retro qualities to it, and that’s kind of what we’re bringing to the table, too, with original hip hop.”
James and Haynes have each been making music for more than 15 years, and during that time, have worked with a variety of names in the music industry.
The duo approached The Twilight Zone about hosting an album release party and Creston’s first hip hop event.
“I have a pretty good relationship with the owners of The Twilight Zone — Danny and Sherry Hayes,” Haynes said. “I talked to them about possibly doing a concert, and Rick went in and talked to him recently, and he was on board for it and everything.”
Since the community has helped James and Haynes, they wanted to give something back.
“It’s just giving some life back to the community,” James said. “To actually get the community involved in what you’re doing, that’s huge for the town itself.”
Haynes said The Beatnicks have other events planned within the community.
“I know we’ve got some summer events planned — park concerts, Beatnicks barbecue,” Haynes said. “I’ve got a fundraiser for the skate park as well; to help some of my little guys to get more stuff for them to do out in the park.”
The group is also participating in a cancer fundraiser in Omaha, but plan to hold a similar event in Creston.
“We put everything we do close to heart and close to home,” Haynes said. “That’s why it was really important for us to do a show in Creston.”
The eight other acts performing at the concert come from all over western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
Performances begin at 10 p.m. Friday.
Local performer Jimmy Mitchell, Creston, is among the performers.
The Beatnicks will begin performing around midnight.
James encouraged people to come early to meet the performers and browse the merchandise stands.
The Beatnicks can be found on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/thebeatnicks1.