“My hope is that Coolio is going to give us … some recognition,” said Deli Zone owner Jeremy King. “I’m hoping to get a cool reputation as a cool place to come see music.”

Longmont has Macias to thank for the engagement. He said he proposed the show to Coolio’s manager after noticing the rapper was scheduled to play at The Goose in Boulder the evening before. Coolio asked for $3,000, a bucket of chicken and a bottle of Petrón (he likes the Silver variety), and took the gig.

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