A3C’s DoubleCuppedFears Showcase at Space 2 Featuring @Lil_Wyte @Miscdaboss @FrayserBoy @TheFakeJSands @PreauXX @ToriWhoDat & @PlanetAsia

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051 Edgewood and Boulevard052 Select-O-Hits053 Double Cupped Fears054 Double Cupped Fears055 Double Cupped Fears821 Select-O-Hits056 J Sands057 J Sands058 J Sands059 J Sands060 J Sands061 J Sands062 J Sands063 J Sands064 J Sands822 Double Cupped Fears823 J Sands065 Ace, Wyte, Tori and Frayser066 Ace, Wyte, Tori & Frayser068 Edgewood Avenue824 Tori WhoDat069 Planet Asia070 Planet Asia071 Planet Asia072 Planet Asia073 Planet Asia074 Planet Asia075 Planet Asia076 Planet Asia077 Planet Asia078 Planet Asia079 Double Cupped Fears825 Ace, Wyte, Tori & Frayser827 Wyte Crew080 Miscellaneous & Lil Wyte081 Frayser Boy, Miscellaneous & Lil Wyte082 Frayser, Miscellaneous & Wyte083 Frayser, Miscellaneous & Wyte084 Frayser, Wyte & Miscellaneous085 Frayser Boy & Lil Wyte086 Lil Wyte087 Frayser Boy & Lil Wyte088 Frayser & Wyte089 Tori & Wyte090 Frayser, Tori & Wyte091 Frayser, Tori & Wyte828 Planet Asia092 The Heineken Pyramid
One of the more important Thursday night showcases at A3C was called Double Cupped Fears, an event held at Space 2 on Edgewood Avenue and sponsored by TRDON, the record label/production company that works with Memphis rapper Preauxx, Select-O-Hits, and Travis McFetridge’s Great South Bay Music. The rather diverse line-up included hip-hop lyricists like J. Sands and Planet Asia, relatively new lyrical Memphians like Tori WhoDat and Preauxx, and classic Memphis headliners like Lil Wyte, Frayser Boy and Miscellaneous. Unfortunately, the showcase got under way about thirty minutes late, and as a result, was cut short at 2:30 AM, when the venue said they were required to close due to a city ordinance. But Lil Wyte and company left the crowd hyped and eager for more.

A3C Brunch & Negotiating The New Music Industry Panel @A3C @GSBMusic1 @SelectOHits @FORTKNOXLIVE @irgpublicity @BigTah

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001 A3C Brunch002 Midtown Atlanta003 DJ Tephlon004 Fort Knox006 Fort Knox & DJ Tephlon008 Downtown Atlanta009 A3C011 Beatminerz Radio012 A3C Brunch013 Reebok at A3C800 A3C Brunch801 A3C Brunch014 A3C802 Fort Knox & DJ Tephlon803 Downtown Atlanta806 A3C Brunch807 Negotiating The New Music Industry Panel016 Negotiating the Music Music Industry Panel018 A3C808 Wyte Swag
I had heard that the second day of A3C would be kicked off with a VIP Brunch which would be open to panelists, so I texted my homeboy Fort Knox about it, and headed down to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where the event was being held. The brunch was on the 25th floor, but proved to be not so much a brunch, but just a table of fruit, danishes, bagels, coffee and juice. However, the view from there was beautiful, and DJ Tephlon was spinning on the north side of the room. On the south side were some exhibits, including a display of new Reebok shoes, and a Microsoft gaming exhibit, and Beatminerz Radio was providing the music on that side.
Since there was very little actual food at the brunch, my fellow panelist Travis McFetridge from Great South Bay Music and I headed out north to Buttermilk Kitchen for a very late brunch that was really good, and then back to the hotel for our “Negotiating the New Music Industry” panel, featuring him, Fort Knox, Big Tah, Latisha “Ms. NuNu” Manigault, attorney Andrew Krems and myself. The panel, which was intended to give artists strategies for coping with lost revenue from the decline in music sales was literally so crowded that nobody else could enter the room. Several people told me that they considered it a success, so I was pleased with the outcome.

Indianola’s Blues Legacy on Church Street

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050 Gin Mill Grill, Indianola MS051 Gin Mill Grill, Indianola MS052 Gin Mill Grill, Indianola MS053 Gin Mill Grill, Indianola MS054 Gin Mill Grill, Indianola MS055 Blues Corner Cafe, Indianola MS056 Blues Corner Cafe057 Blues Corner Cafe058 Blues Corner Cafe059 Blues Corner Cafe060 Blues Corner Cafe061 Blues Corner Cafe063 Blues Corner Cafe064 Church Street, Indianola MS065 Church Street, Indianola MS066 Blues Corner Cafe067 Church Street Heritage Festival068 Travis at Blues Corner Cafe070 White Rose Cafe071 White Rose Cafe073 White Rose Cafe074 Thug For Life075 Do Not Stand In Front of the Club076 Church Street
Our whole goal for the afternoon had been to make it to Indianola for lunch, but we were in for a disappointment, because when we got there, we found that the Blue Biscuit, where we had intended to eat, was not open for lunch on Wednesdays. So we went across the street to the Gin Mill Grill instead, and then over to Church Street, which was the traditional street for juke joints in Indianola. We found that the walls of the Blues Corner Cafe (or Cozy Corner Cafe) were painted with interesting murals full of wit, wisdom and portraits of Delta life and blues legends. The murals were also found on the adjacent White Rose Cafe, which is now the Motor Mouse Motorcycle Club, and even included a 2Pac portrait with the words “Thug Life” and “Only God Can Judge Me.” A banner in a nearby vacant lot promoted the Church Street Festival, which is being held on Saturday June 28th, as a way of celebrating the historic Black neighborhood’s legacy. The event is being organized by Charles McLaurin, a former Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and COFO leader, and perhaps not coincidentally will take place during the 50th Anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project.

Charleston, MS: Gateway to the Delta

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001 Main Street, Charleston MS003 Chocolate City, Charleston MS004 Chocolate City, Charleston MS005 Club Old School, Charleston MS006 Main Street, Charleston MS007 Main Street, Charleston MS008 Main Street, Charleston MS010 Boclair's Bar & Grill, Charleston MS011 Boclair's Motel, Charleston MS012 Tallahatchie Heroes013 Tallahatchie County Courthouse, Charleston MS
My homeboy Travis McFetridge, the owner of Great South Bay Music publishing firm, was down from New York City for an event sponsored by the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy in Jackson, Mississippi, so we decided to drive down through the Delta on Wednesday June 11, and I decided to go backroads so that he would see a different Mississippi than that offered by I-55. Once we left the interstate, the first town we came to was Charleston, Mississippi, a town that I had been to only once before, and which is one of Tallahatchie County’s two county seats (the other is Sumner). Charleston has the traditional courthouse square that is typical of so many Mississippi towns, but what was more interesting was the painted mural honoring three legends from Tallahatchie County, actor Morgan Freeman, jazz musician Mose Allison and blues musician Sonny Boy Williamson. The town also has some interesting-looking clubs and jukes, which suggests it might be worthy of a deeper investigation on a future trip.

SXSW Day 4: Reflecting at Breakfast on a Night of Tragedy

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My homeboy Travis McFetridge, owner of Great South Bay Music, had invited me to join him for a brunch at the Driskill Hotel which was being sponsored by SESAC on Thursday morning, so I agreed to meet him there, and until I did, I wasn’t even aware that there had been an incident on Red River Street the night before in which two South By Southwest attendees had been killed. Apparently a man who was driving drunk was being pulled over by Austin police at 10th and Red River, and deciding that he didn’t want to go to jail, the driver crashed through a barricade and careened down Red River Street running over pedestrians. Two were killed instantly, and 14 others severely injured, including some who lost limbs. It’s not the sort of thing that one expects at a music conference and festival, and there was something of an appalled silence among people on Thursday morning. There were even those who called for festival events or showcases to be called off, but fortunately, South By Southwest declined to cancel events that were not directly impacted by the incident and where it occurred. Even so, I was shocked. I had just been at Cheer Up Charlie’s earlier in the afternoon, and could have very easily been on Red River Street when the tragedy unfolded.

The Plantation All-Stars Live at Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall on Beale Street, Memphis @GSBMusic1

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My homeboy Travis McFetridge was in town from Great South Bay Music in New York, and wanted to check out Beale Street, and my homeboy Antonio Motley (who is one of our city’s best young drummers) was filling in for the regular drummer with the Plantation All-Stars at Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall on Friday afternoon, so I took Travis there, and although there was literally nowhere to sit, we enjoyed a good half-hour of authentic Memphis blues and soul. Another blues band was playing on the outdoor stage in Handy Park as well, and yet another further down Beale in front of the New Daisy. I don’t think I’ve heard so much blues on Beale in one day as I did Friday.

Day 3 of Cutting Edge NOLA Music Business Conference

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Saturday was the day of the marketing and distribution panel at Cutting Edge, so I grabbed an early breakfast at Surrey’s Cafe on Magazine and headed up to the Old Mint for what was to be the first panel of the day, featuring myself, Rico Brooks from Atlanta who had been Gorilla Zoe’s manager, and Travis McFetridge from New York representing a publishing firm called Great South Bay Music. Although our panel began at 10 AM, it was better attended than I had expected, and we managed to get quite a bit of useful information into it. Afterwards, Rico and Travis and I headed over the river and south of Marrero to Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point for a seafood lunch. The restaurant backs up to a bayou, and we saw at least three alligators in the water or sunning themselves on the bank.

First Day of the 20th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference in New Orleans @CuttingEdgeNOLA

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For 20 years, Cutting Edge has been the only comprehensive music business conference in Louisiana. Although it has seen some changes, like a move from August to September, and a couple of changes of location, Cutting Edge offers music industry professionals in Louisiana an opportunity to network and learn, and it offers local musicians a chance to showcase their talent to the larger music industry.
This year, Cutting Edge’s daytime panels, workshops and showcases were housed in the Historic U.S. Mint, in the French Quarter at the foot of Esplanade Street. The new location was extremely convenient, and parking was relatively cheap and plentiful compared to some of the past years. I was also thrilled to see that our Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy had agreed to sponsor some of the events, since New Orleans professionals are members of the Memphis chaper, as there is no New Orleans chapter.
In the afternoon, I ventured out around the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, and ended up meeting my fellow panelists Rico Brooks (an artist manager from Atlanta) and Travis McFetridge (a New York-based publishing executvie) at Drago’s for dinner.