Hometown // Baltimore
Current members // Jason Brown, keyboard; Lavar "Topix" Green, drum machine; Salim Heggins, MC; Sean "Sinseer" Davis, bass
Founded in // 2005
Style // hip-hop
Influenced by // Jay Dee, Ron Carter, Big Daddy Kane, Sonny Cheeba
Notable // The band looks to hip-hop from the '80s and early '90s for inspiration in crafting its own brand of smooth, live hip-hop. Its most recent album, Hip-Hop Revisited, came out last year.
Quotable // "One of the things that grabbed us was it was balanced," Heggins said of vintage hip-hop. "It showed a lot of the different faces of life. ... That balance that really reflected a realistic version of life was attractive."
[SAM SESSASee Salim and the Music Lovers performing with Wendel Patrick today at Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. The music starts at 8 p.m. $10. Go to loyola.edu. The band: salimandthemusiclovers.com.