Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s resident rapper is hitting the road for an 11-city tour, and will headline the world-famous Whisky A Go Go Club in Los Angeles.

Matt Almendinger, the 23-year-old better known as Matty, is kicking it off tonight at The Ike Box in Salem, and is playing shows all over Oregon before heading to Tacoma, Wash., Colorado Springs, Las Vegas and Whisky A Go Go on LA’s Sunset Strip.

“It worked out perfectly with the travel and they had an open date,” said Matty, who will be playing at the same venue where The Doors were a house band and countless acts ranging from The Who and Led Zeppelin to Metallica and Guns ‘n’ Roses have played. “It’s definitely an honor just to be in the same venue, be on the same stage that those people have been on. Just being able to say I’ve played there is a pretty big accomplishment.”

Matty released his new album, “That Moment,” which features artists like Illmaculate and Scarub of Living Legends. The album mixes in Matty’s flow with not just hip-hop beats – jazz, soul and rock elements pervade the album.

He’s been working on it for the better part of two years; it’s his fourth album. He’s also put out several mixtapes since releasing “The Good Years” in 2009.

Almendinger graduated McNary High School in 2006.