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Gramatik pairs elite beats, live guitar for easy sandbox grooves

Ramon Ramirez

Dressed like T.J. Lavin (black shirt, cap, shades), Slovenian producer Denis Jasarevic (stage name Gramatik), made an overcast dreary Sunday put its hands up during a fiesty Miller Lite Stage set.

The guy is an intricate hip-hop purist that dashes an exported touch of dubstep flair and live guitar to West Coast G-Funk, and DJ Premier-inspired drums. As such, he played hand-waving sorcerer to a breezy, overcast Miller Lite Stage Sunday. It proved an ideal soundtrack to many casual sandbox games of cornhole.

He’d toss in Stevie Wonder and James Brown. Guitarist Ales would shred over “Superstitious.”

“This is pretty awesome five years later,” the ACL vet said.

Gramatik is supporting July’s “Beatz & Pieces, Vol. I” and an overheard conversation best described its appeal and functionality: “Yeah we put this on when we freestyle.”

He pressed play on Jay Z’s 11-year-old lion roar staple “Public Service Announcement (Interlude).” They call that swag.