Monthly Archives: August 2016

REVIEW: Dru Hill 20 Year Anniversary @ B.B. Kings NYC

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It may be hard to believe but there was a time where groups dominated R&B. There have been several waves of this phenomenon, but during the 90s 4 part harmony was inescapable. Depending on who you ask, these were the good ole days when 4 guys from Baltimore named Dru Hill took center stage. For one night in NYC, they transported their adoring fans back to that special time in music.

The stage set up complete with a three piece band and four chairs (Woody is still gone) would have you think the guys have gotten old and can’t do that Tell Me hop step they were so famous for early in their career. You couldn’t be more wrong. Nokio, Sisqo, and newish member Tao took the stage to perform a few songs with some energetic choreography including the hit Tell Me. The show was pretty much a party from the start with other songs like In My Bed Remix and Big Bad Momma (but without Foxy Brown) causing a big sing along.

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When things started to calm down a bit, Jazz joined the rest of the fellas to sing Never Make A Promise. If there is anything that can be said about Dru Hill, it’s that they can sing. The newish member Tao holds his own, and his vocals make it easy to understand why he’s in the group.

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Sisqo absolutely commands the stage like the lead singer that he is. He wears his influences on his sleeve and a number of his dance moves are clearly inspired by the late great Michael Jackson. It’s surprising that he doesn’t lose his balance from all that spinning but he keeps the show going no matter what. Midway through the show Sisqo does a solo set with HIS OWN BACK UP DANCERS. These aren’t Dru Hill dancers. They ONLY come out for Sisqo solo songs.

The unexpected portion of the evening happened when Dru Hill paid homage to the artists who came before them, starting with Jodeci’s Forever My Lady and ending with Prince’s Darling Nicky. There wasn’t a bad song the whole night.

Of course the show had to end with that song that everyone thinks of when you mention Dru Hill, the Thong Song. Sisqo and his dancers took the stage to those violins when know so well and the place went crazy. The other three members came out to support their brother and end the night off right. If you are a lover of 90s R&B or just great R&B in general, this is a show you don’t want to miss.

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CES Music Contest: Open Call for all Musicians and Artists

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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is once again is hosting a contest for artists submit their music and have it featured as the soundtrack for the CES 2017 opening keynote video. Submissions can be made here. CES 2017 runs January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

The winner will be publicly announced during CES Unveiled New York on November 10, 2016 and receive worldwide recognition as well as a $5,000 cash prize, a two-night stay in Las Vegas during CES 2017 and the opportunity to perform their winning song live on-stage prior to the opening keynote address. 

Eligible applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, September 1, 2016 and meet the following criteria:


* Music must be an original piece
* Music must be at least 90 seconds in length
* Any lyrics cannot be offensive
* All genres of music are welcome
* The individual or musical group submitting the music must own the rights to the music and be willing to license the music to CTA in perpetuity for use in the keynote opening video, online distribution and for promotion purposes
* Individuals or groups submitting music must be 18 years old or have written permission from a legal guardian to submit the music
* Individuals or groups submitting must be legal U.S. residents
* Music submitted by stock or royalty free music suppliers WILL NOT be accepted

Questions should be directed to music(at)CTA(dot)tech.

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FUSICOLOGY: Unhooked (End of Summer Edition) by DJ Applejac

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Applejac has returned with a new quarterly mix from his Fusicology: Unhooked series. This mix features tracks from Yvette Rovira, Elements Of Life, Black Motion feat. Lady B, plus classic tracks from Bohannon, Sheena Easton, Stevie Wonder and more

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ART: New Print Release from MEAR ONE “The Awakening”

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THE AWAKENING
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EACH EDITION OF THIS SIGNED & NUMBERED FINE ART PRINT COMES WITH ITS VERY OWN COA (CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY) DESIGNED & SIGNED BY MEAR ONE, CELEBRATING THE ARTIST’S NEW STANDARD IN PRINTMAKING. BOTH THE GICLEE AND COA FIT STANDARD SIZE FRAMES AND ARE PRINTED HERE IN LOS ANGELES BY STATIC MEDIUM.

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The Awakening 3×4′ acrylic on canvas was originally exhibited with Thinkspace & C.A.V.E. Gallery for Beyond Eden in Hollywood, CA., Oct. 3rd & 4th, 2015.

The connection we feel that stops us from time to time and makes us face our deeper curiosities, that connection spans everything, connecting people to planets and stars within ever expanding systems. We are stardust and are such stuff that dreams are made on, the universe sparkles in our soul. And yet, we remain curious of everything we still know nothing about but daily desire to discover, our origins and purpose. The ancients too pondered these questions and developed robust theories and methods to penetrate life’s deeper mysteries, guiding their development of advanced technology to build megalithic structures and other tools for interpreting the universe with extreme accuracy. From the ancient Sumerians to the Olmec and Viracochas, the footprint of a once global culture that shared a proto-language has fallen to time and so we stand here today, disconnected, still asking the same questions. Some say we are currently experiencing a form of collective amnesia about the cataclysms of the past, and that our current condition is why so many of us seek an awakening to our unconscious and subliminal reality in a form we can relate to, symbols of our consciousness, logos of humanity, arriving at a point of singularity to an infinitely higher dimension and awareness of what is and isn’t our shared, lived experience here on earth.” – MEAR ONE

NEW RELEASE & INTERVIEW: Jimetta Rose “The Light Bearer”

Jimetta Rose: The Light Bearer, represents the idyllic mental projection of a world we deserve and a way of life we crave. In a time when peace and basic humanity is put on the back-burner by the mechanised cultural imperatives of state power.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:

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Beginning her journey of maturation at the heart of the Los Angeles music tradition, Jimetta Rose tackles a need for clarity through love in her mini-LP The Light Bearer. Produced entirely by kindred spirit and musical titan Georgia Anne Muldrow, the whole record is a master class in the hiphop/soul backed jazz that their city is credited with perfecting.

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Recorded, written and produced over a two week period, the record chronicles a bond between the two under-sung innovators expressed in a raw urgency characteristic of their most introspective work present in The Light Bearer. The narrative picks up in the beginning of Jimetta Rose’s personal journey out of the nest and into the open where loving is risky and growth is demanded of you. By the end you have a confident Jimetta, cracking the shell, expanding her horizons, being welcomed to the world.
 

The Light Bearer is a coming of age tale funneled through the imagination of a jazz romantic whose reality is rooted in the beat heavy soul filling the living rooms of South Central Los Angeles. In a music landscape dominated by male voices, this record promises to be one of the only testaments of truth from the two queens of LA’s allure.

 
Through years of singing in the underground jazz, hip-hop and soul circles of Los Angeles, Jimetta has collaborated with LA illuminates like Anderson .Paak, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Blu, Shafiq Husayn, House Shoes, Bilal, Sa­-Ra Creative Partners, Carlos Niño and many more. She is a fixture in these circles and regarded as one of the strongest sources of Los Angeles’ unique sound.

 

NEW RELEASE: GIRLS LIKE KAI – Sandbox (full album)

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Sandbox,” a new project from the Russian producer, GIRLS LIKE KAI, is an ambitious and joyous mashup of hip-hop, dancehall, electronica, and deep house. Still working on his own English, KAI recruits King Los, Rome Fortune, Lucy J, and a frequent Major Lazer collaborator, Mystic Davis, to emcee the party.

(also on TidalApple Music and Spotify)

Give A Beat’s International Youth Day – Events Across The Country! Friday August 12, 2016

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Join us for International Youth Day! Give a Beat and partners are honoring the UN Day with a series of dance music events spanning from North Carolina to Seattle during the weekend of August 12th – 14th.

The Tropical Events Boat Party will serve as the “anchor event” with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Give a Beat’s music and mentorship programs for youth.

8/12 Tropical Boat Party – Doc Martin, Lee Reynolds and Marbs, Wally Callerio, Mark Quark and Ben Annand

Thanks to all our partners for jumping on board to give youth a voice! Check them out, invite a friend and spread the word!

AFRO ACID & WildPitch Music Hall – Atlanta, GA
- 8/12 – Mr. V
- 8/13 – Chus & Ceballos

Bassment – Charlotte, NC
- 8/13 – Atnarko, DJ Matt Black

DANCEGRUV RADIO – Raleigh, NC
- 8/14 – Alvin Shavers, Dance From Above, Briddy, Slodrive, Twilight, Slipstream

Keep It Deep Miami – Miami, FL
- 8/13 – DJ Ben Del Sol & DJ Christina Calamia

Souleil – San Diego, CA
- 8/14 – Marques Wyatt, DJ Ala, Cris Herrera, Mikeytown, + more TBC

TV Lounge 9 Year Anniversary – Detroit, MI.
- 8/13 – Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts, Shady P, Bruce Bailey , Remote Viewing Party, Jeremy Kypta, Mister Joshooa

Uniting Souls Project – Seattle, WA
- 8/12 – Tait Collins, Shaun Whitcher, Brian Lyons, Karl Kamakahi, Eric Allen, Ramiro

Contact info@giveabeat.org to find out how to tie in your party.

International Youth Day Promotional Partners include: dailyKARMA, DJ Times, FUSICOLOGY, Green Galactic, EMA – Electronic Music Alliance, Electronica Life, and Universal Rhythm Productions.

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About the issues:

The deleterious effects of mass incarceration are particularly difficult for American youth in marginalized communities. Currently, 2.7 million children (minors under 18) in the United States have an incarcerated parent. In addition, the United States incarcerates juveniles at a much higher rate than other nations and spends $6 billion per year on juvenile corrections. On any given day, there are over 70,000 juveniles in custody in the US. Furthermore, the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that puts minors into solitary confinement, sends juveniles to adult prisons, and imposes life sentences without parole. And, perhaps most disturbing, at the current rate of incarceration, 1 in 3 African American youth will be in prison during their lifetime.

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What Give a Beat is doing about it:

Give a Beat’s DJ Workshops for youth are offered in collaboration with our existing partners, A Place Called Home, The Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club, and Girls Rock Detroit. We are currently expanding these workshops to Arts for Incarcerated Youth and Homeboy Industries. The workshops are designed to promote self-confidence, empowerment, individuality, and healing from trauma. They also celebrate and encourage positive forms of self-expression through dance music.

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About Internternational Youth Day:

August 12th is the UN declared International Youth Day. On this date each year, the UN recognizes efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society and also promotes ways to engage youth to get more involved in making positive contributions to their communities.