Introducing Voices From The Community

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Charlotte Community Radio is proud to introduce our second confirmed show: Voices From The Community with Bridget B..

She’s been delivering up two hours of jazz and international music here in Charlotte for a little over two years and volunteered at KBOO 90.7FM, a community-based radio station in Portland, Oregon, producing and hosting shows for close to five years so we think she might be a great fit for our internet-based community radio station. Oh yeah. She’s also the project manager for the station and she’s leading the charge on building this thing we’ve got goin’ here. 🙂

Bridget B. Sullivan

Feel free to hop on over to her site where she has several blog posts. You can listen to her shows via iTunes, Mixcloud or directly from the main page. On March 31st, our first beta testing day, you’ll be able to hear her live and soon you’ll see her blog post entries appearing here as well.

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Dom Kennedy Feb 9th – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

Dom Kennedy June 2013

Dom Kennedy June 2013 – Photo

In 2008, you couldn’t keep me away from I was the type to stay up until wee hours of the morning for a delayed mixtape release and then skip school the next day because I was too tired. Simply put: Meka and Shake were my ears guide to a lot of artists, especially from the West Coast. It’s not hard to miss Dom Kennedy’s charismatic flow nor the influence inner city LA has on his music. He has the ability to make every single day in LA sound like the best day of summer vacation and if I remember correctly, it was “Watermelon Sundae” off his debut, 25th Hour, which first caught my ear.

Despite releasing Get Home Safely—his sophomore LP in October, Dom is known for smooth summer soundtracks that elevate everyday events. With 6 solo mixtapes and 2 albums under his belt, he’s made quite a living off Other People’s Money (his label imprint) and many would say his first appearance in Charlotte, NC has been long overdue.

If you follow me on twitter (@its_Shae) then you might’ve seen my less than impressed remark about the crowd and the invisible stick up their asses. Yes! I know everyone came to see Leimert Park’s Finest, but opening acts are nothing new, so I couldn’t understand why people grew so impatient and close minded to new emerging sounds. I continuously must remind myself that this type of behavior isn’t just subjected to hip-hop; I heard Angélique Kidjo dealt with a similar situation at her recent show in Charlotte as well.

Opening acts are there to fill time while people shuffle in. No shame in that though, because it’s all about working your way up, gaining exposure, building audiences in different areas and putting yourself in a better position for future gigs. It’s a great opportunity, but sometimes (for whatever reason) the performance may not be reflective of the sound. First to take the stage were Charlotte, NC artists: Nevermind, Elevator Jay, Shome, and Senior collectively known as Hornet’s N.E.S.S. If you’re somewhat into the hip-hop scene here then you’ve surely heard about at least one of these individuals. If not, better late than never:

MasterMinds feat Lotta & BanksontheBeat (Prod x BanksontheBeat)

Though there were few technical difficulties, the guys kept it together the best they could. Keeping their energy alive, Banks brought out fellow Yachts member Frais for some assistance during the performance of their collaboration: Magic Johnson. Fayetteville, NC native Lotta rocked the stage for a bit until Shome re-appeared with a solo of his own, performing the Wister D!ce produced cut “Bourbon and Canal”.

Nick Nando

Nick Nando Photo

Next up was DMV representative, Nike Nando. I was floored when I got word that he’d be in attendance because I’ve been a listener of Nando for quite some time (since TheCarryOut2). He commanded the crowd’s attention as soon as he stepped on stage. Drawing us in one-by-one, everyone became all ears once he began spitting an undeniable freestyle over no instrumental; just him and a few slick metaphors. After a few oohs & aahs, his self-titled track “Super Nike Nando” blasted through the speakers, which I don’t feel was the best song to perform. However, he hit the nail on the head with “World Domination” from his latest release #SPRDLV.

Skeme Photo from article

Skeme – Photo

Not having heard Skeme’s latest album “Ingleworld”, I’m unsure as to what songs were performed and will go do my homework on the matter. I had high hopes that he would join Dom at a later time to perform “Play On”, but instead they blessed us with “If It Don’t Make Money”. With great delivery, tight production and involvement with the audience more than any of the other performers, he easily created a solid performance that I spent the whole time dancing to.

While everyone awaited the arrival of Leimert Parks Legend, DJ Ngenius kept the fresh West Coast tunes slappin’. You couldn’t help but notice the huge blue, green and red stripped OPM flag that draped over his set up. Before we knew it, it was showtime!

DomK8 Photo Taken by Frank 151 at Irving Plaza January 28th

DomK8 @ Irving Plaza, Photo By: Frank151 on January 28th

For a moment I started to imagine the crowd and what it might look like through the eyes of Dom Kennedy. I mean, it must be one hell of a sight to see hundreds of people packed under one roof and chanting your lyrics word for word. He opened the show the same way he opened the album, with “Let’s Be Friends”. He’s mentioned before that this was the first song he recorded for Get Home Safely and was in fact the foundation for the project. His set was around a hour long and he flew through tracks like: my type of party, south central love, still calling, gold alpinas, the crowds favorite “17”, and even went as far back as “1997” and “When I Come Around”. Would I recommend attending a Dom Kennedy show? Well, if you don’t mind all the songs being performed similar to recorded versions in a live setting or feeling detached from the whole experience then yeah, go ahead. Again, he might’ve excited the fans but I’m just a casual listener and I appreciate when a musician can give me something different than what I can experience on a CD. That being said, his performances of “Black Bentley” and an acapella rendition of “5 Yr. Theory” that wrapped up his set were the two tracks that stuck out to me the most.

Many thanks to the organizers: Nameus, MindBonics, AlexxKGray and F4mily Matters; The Fillmore and Dom himself for gracing the queen city during this tour. In a sit-down with ABlackTV, Dom even mentions Charlotte on his list of “ top 10 shows OF ALL TIME”. You check out that interview + the remainder of Get Home Safely’s tour stops after the jump:

2/25 Santa Cruz CA @ The Catalyst
2/26 Sacramento CA @ Ace of Spades
2/27 San Francisco CA @ Regency
3/1 Vancouver, Canada @ Fortune Sound Club
3/2 Seattle WA @ Showbox at the Market
3/3 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
3/6 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
3/7 Tuscon, AZ @ the Rialto Theatre
3/15 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

Introducing Sound Travels with Shawnice Stratford

Sound Travels with Sativa Jones

Charlotte Community Radio is proud to introduce our first confirmed show: Sound Travels with Shawnice Stratford, aka Sativa Jonesa tiny buddha with a vast love for music.

As a volunteer programmer, Shawnice wants to assist the station in every way possible. “That includes, spending time doing work that aims to benefit the community. My focus will be heavily on the up and coming, independent scene, because my generation (Generation Y) is now and happening. “Respect the old; embrace the new” is a statement I really want to keep in mind because I definitely want everyone to feel welcomed and find something that they can resonate with. I’m the fresh new ears on the block informing the community on all things music. “Let the music of your life give life back to music.””

About Sound Travels:

Shawnice Stratford aka Sativa JonesSpring of 2013, I wrote my very first concert review on Flying Lotus, Teebs and Thundercat at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. Then came along summer, I was asked to create an article about the seven benefits of attending live concerts. Those two pieces are the foundation of Sound Travels. With the raw energy live shows provide, you get to visualize not only the music, but the musician in a different fashion than normal. Centered around live and recorded music, festivals, their culture, art and more; Sound Travels will help shed light on new artists and sounds to a community of avid fans with discerning taste.

Forget all of the stress of the day that followed you here and focus on the music. You’re here now – right where you want to be. My name is Sativa Jones and to be honest, it all started with a highdea.

My first post will be out tomorrow.