Hip-Hop, Dub and Funk at @Bristerfest with C-Beyohn, @Tyke__T, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, @SuavoJ, Otis Logan and S.O.U.L.

Bands, entertainment, events, music, videos

Bristerfest is a Memphis festival of music, art and film that raises money for Grow Memphis, a worthwhile organization that encourages neighborhood gardens in the inner city of Memphis. Formerly held at the Levitt Shell, Bristerfest moved this year to the former church-turned-performance loft called The Abbey at Cooper and Walker in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown, and featured two indoor stages and an outdoor stage over three days in May the weekend after Beale Street Music Fest. I was especially impressed by the rap and hip-hop line-up on Saturday night May 10, where C-Beyohn performed with the excellent reggae band known as the Chinese Connection Dub Embassy. They were followed by up-and-coming Memphis rap artist Tyke T backed by drummer Otis Logan and trombonist Suavo J of the band 4 Soul, and the young hip-hop duo S.O.U.L. that has been getting some attention locally over the last year. I must add that attendance seemed very good indeed for this year’s Bristerfest, and hopefully a lot of money was raised for Grow Memphis.

Decatur CD: What A Record Store Should Be

Atlanta, music, Record Stores, Shopping

For years I somehow missed @DecaturCD. I thought of it as an indie rock store, and I wasn’t wrong, but I was wrong. They have a great selection of indie rock, but that’s only the beginning. Add to that the best selection of jazz discs in Atlanta, and decent sections for soul, blues, Louisiana music, folk and reggae. Then imagine a decent selection of vinyl. Fans of the super-cool reissue label Numero will be pleased to find a complete stock of Numero releases in a special section in the store. Of course if you don’t live in Atlanta or get there frequently, you may feel disappointed, but don’t, because Decatur CD cheerfully accepts orders over the phone, and ships anywhere in the world. This is truthfully one of the best record stores in the South, if not the whole country. Visit them at http://decaturcd.blogspot.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Decatur-CD/210532542327753 or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/decaturcd