By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Jul 06, 2006 at 9:14 AM
The Digital Underground, led by the flamboyant Shock G, stopped by the Jackalope Lounge in the Third Ward last night.  In many ways, it was exactly the type of scene I imagined it would be.

The group rolled in around 11 p.m., and their procession ambled their way up the stairs to the VIP area. No less than a dozen scantily clad women, hangers on and well-wishers followed the group to their table -- which, of course, was stocked with Hennessy and caraffes of wine (and lots of lemons, for some reason).

Shock G, who wasn't done up in his Humpty costume, sat at the back of the table and made a little polite conversation while dorky white guys like myself introduced themselves.  Promoter DJ Rock Dee introduced me to the rap icon, who was surely wondering why I was sitting at his table. I told him that my favorite Underground song was "It's a Good Thing That We're Rapping," and the song was a soundtrack for my college friends.

Shock G thanked me and said that George Clinton once told him that was his favorite Underground song, too.  I asked him if he'd play it at his Thursday night show at Summerfest, and he said he'd see what he could do -- if he could remember all the words.  Non-committal, but good enough for me.

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.