The Herbalists, a rap trio out of Battle Creek, MI, had their third performance this past weekend; this time at Papa Pete’s in Kalamazoo. Shade, Devon and Manny came together with incredible energy. Unfortunately Papa Pete’s wonky XLR’s used for the microphones couldn’t keep up with the Herbalists wild stage presence, occasionally cutting out. Monitors were precariously perched on wooden boxes next to the stage, shaking from the consistent movement. But they didn’t only push their equipment to the limits: they also pushed themselves.