Monthly Archives: October 2007

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE 2007 : New Orleans City Park : October 26 – 28


Near-perfect weather set the tone for the 9th Annual Voodoo Music Festival (VME) last weekend at the sprawling New Orleans City Park, not to mention killer performances opening day from M.I.A. and the highly anticipated Rage Against The Machine. And while Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals delivered a woodsy sundown set fueled by empathy for New Orleanians in the wake of Katrina, encouragement for the people to “not feed on the false hope” perpetuated by the present American administration, and his signature cover of classic Motown Marvin Gaye… Smashing Pumpkins, well, didn’t deliver. Great outfits, cool light show – lame new material. The Pumpkins shoulda stuck with the patch. Today is most definitely not “1979″ anymore.

The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, and a few other local faves rolled through during the early parts of the days to keep the local flavor spicey, and, as expected, they never fail. You just can’t beat warming up your day with a ‘lil “Aeidie, Aeidie – Oh!” from the Rebels, and a ‘lil Second-Line in your step for the rest of the day never hurt anybody.

Speaking of local faves, NOLA’s own Galactic have certainly landed on the worldstage, especially with their latest funk-hop release, “From the Corner to the Block,” already gaining press, and they have officially made the “Ones to Watch” list without a doubt, their Voodoo performance definitely solidifying the hype. Another performance that had us rollin’ was Detroit’s Sista Otis & her Wholly Rollers who reminded us that there’s some darn good folk-funk-rock out there, and she too is “One to Watch.”

Quite possibly one of the most inspiring and interactive acts though, was (personal favorite) Zap Mama and her tribe’s unique blend of Afropean funk, afrobeat, hip hop, and soul… always bringing new meaning to “fusion.” With their retro-galactic garb, infectious beats, and killer dance moves, Zap Mama and crew nailed it. Always bringing something a little different, and reliably good, she left our dancing bodies left wanting more.

Yet, it was, of course, Common’s headlining set that drove us home closing night. His politically-charged charisma and effervescent wit charmed the pants right off the ladies – as usual. But perhaps his usual “F*#$ Bush” moniker tonight resonated a little deeper for the people of New Orleans who got to bounce to Common’s quick lyrics on the Saints, Reggie Bush vs. President Bush, and several other Nawlins’ isms, rallying the young crowd into a fit of team spirit. Not long though, before the master Chicago-bred MC put his skills back to work in the name of “real hip hop.” He “proved” that this hip hop star respects his women, “approaching them from the front, rather than the back.” Still sweating the fight against negative rap media, this Common Sense is determined to deliver a message… that true hip hop lives because one thing we can all agree on is hip hop… “we all love hip hop,” and “Kanye loves himself.” (!) The closing track appropriately dedicated to the late, great J Dilla.

Wait! You know we just couldn’t end a festival without an official Fusicology VME afterparty, could we? So of course we headed on over to the legendary Frenchmen St. corner to rock out with Common’s DJ Dummy at the Blue Nile, courtesy local promo wizards, Monopoli Projects, with big ups to DJs Real & HC for warming up the joint, and Jerome Holmes for catching a few snaps of the intimate wrap-up. Peep the pics @

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WMC dates, CMJ blog, Urban Organic + Spoken Word Fest

The 1st Annual Cornbread Spoken Word Festival in Oakland starts Oct. 31st

Fusicology is proud to participate as media sponsor in this year’s 6th Annual Urban Organic Festival downtown Detroit , November 15 – 18 | Press Release

Jay-Z’s coming with 2 releases on Nov. 6th a new full-length album PLUS the American Gangster Soundtrack. Click onto our music page to pre-order.

CMJ Music Marathon in NYC was hectic and fun! We represented by throwing a few parties and being on a few panels – check out our blog here

Next Walks for Dilla Saturday Nov. 3rd: San Francisco and DC.

Miami Winter Music Conference dates announced: Mar. 25 – 29, 2008

SHARKWATER, hits theaters next Friday Nov. 2 more…

Sharkwater, HOPE Benefit w. Maya Azucena

SHARKWATER, hitting theaters Nov 2, is an award winning, box-office breaking documentary about sharks, how the oceans are being destroyed before our eyes, and how this is the single greatest issue facing humanity today. more…

CMJs in NYC thus far have been amazing! We will have our full blog wrap ups and event photos next week, stay tuned! Maya Azucena’s HOPE Benefit raises awareness for Domestic Abuse. Join her and friends on a very special night This Tues in NYC | more… Next month: Ad:Tech Nov 5-8, sign up now and get a 20% discount.

Next Walks for Dilla This Saturday: Chicago and Atlanta STAND UP if Dilla changed your life!

Social Bookmarking, 2K Sports & Hip Hop Honors

The Hip Hop Honors in New York last week were phenomenal! Read the review from DJ Spinderella herself plus highlights from the show, red carpet and countless afterparties! more…

Next Week in NYC: The CMJ Music Marathon kicks off in on Tuesday. selected panels | register now

The Nationwide Walks for Dilla continue. North Carolina represented well last weekend. A special thank you to 9th Wonder and his True School crew. Read about J Dilla on new 2K Sports soundtrack by Dan the Automator. View all Lupus Walk Dates | Ongoing Photos & Reports.

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CMJ’s, Walk for Dilla, Cocktails for a Cause Atlanta

CMJ Music Marathon kicks off in NYC Oct 16 – 19. Check selected panels with Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, DJ Dummy, Mrs. Maureen Yancey (J Dilla’s mother) and many more. There is still time to register!.

Next week: VH1 Hip Hop Honors show review and party photos from this weekend’s festivities coming up!

The Alliance for Lupus Research continues its Walks For Dilla. Participate, Support + View all J Dilla Project Walk with Us events here. NYC is next – represent October 13th.

In Atlanta, Fusicology & The Garner Circle PR presented: Level Vodka Introduces Atlanta to Cocktails for a Cause, this past Monday with the premise to “toast with a purpose, drink with intention, sip with sentiment, reach the next level” | view photos | see invite

Last day to vote for Tanya Morgan, one of the 5 finalists for the Myspace XM Radio “Show Us What You Got” Contest. Vote Now, polls close at midnight!