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6 Gates Galore Is there a gate in your Jackson neighborhood’s future? Maybe, if you live in Avery Gardens. FILE PHOTO
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The way people talk, you’d think bonds are bad. But just how do streets and pipes get fixed? ery other day, Rooster’s daily for lunch and, on the weekends, neighborhood restaurants like Babalu. Wassilak has become an integral part of the music scene and formed close friendships with many of Fondren’s musicians. One of these musician friends, Bobby Sims, recently stepped in the shop to play with Wassilak and Harkins, and offered praise for the two and Fondren Guitars. “Me being a broke musician, they’re always ready to help out if I’m a little bit short,” Sims says. “Money is important, but the bottom line is they make good connections with their customers.” Indeed, Wassilak is more than just a businessman. He plays with several local cover bands and with some members of his church, Bellwether Church, where he plays each Sunday. He and Harkins also play for private parties, weddings and charities. He calls himself a fill-in man, usually jumping in to work the bass guitar or keys. The store’s next concert, which may feature Wassilak and Harkins (and free beer), will be Thursday, July 7, during Fondren After 5. In the meantime, Wassilak has enough to keep him busy. “Every day you come in, you might have to send a guitar to Japan, a guitar to Australia, make repairs, reschedule lessons,” he says. “But I can’t pick a favorite part of this business. … It’s been really good to me, I like where I’m at. I plan on staying here a while.” —Meryl Dakin
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ric Wassilak wears all the hats at Fondren Guitars, a business that serves as a hub for local musicians to buy, play, learn and repair their equipment. He’s store manager, handles sales and repairs, schedules lessons for 150 guitar students and heads the store’s eBay business. Owner Patrick Harkins calls him the “master of shipping,” handling all of the store’s international business. A Chicago native, Wassilak relocated to Phoenix to work for a corporate music store, citing his hometown’s cold weather as the main reason for the move. He transferred to Jackson in 2005 through his work but soon left the business, saying the corporate vibe just wasn’t for him. Wassilak got his start at Fondren Guitars the week Harkins went on his honeymoon in May 2008, quickly picking up all the shop’s duties. His presence at the store allowed Fondren Guitars to increase its Internet presence and become available internationally. Personally, Wassilak doesn’t feel the need to spread out much farther than the Fondren area. He ditched his car two years ago and walks everywhere he needs to go. “I live right around the corner, I work right here,” he says. “Everything is right here in the neighborhood, although I might work on getting myself a bike.” Fondren Guitars is one of his favorite haunts due to a small group that gathers to play the instruments (and the pinball machine). Then there’s Sneaky Beans’ coffee ev-
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Josh Hailey Josh Hailey is an artist and photographer from Jackson. He bounces all over these days from the West Coast to the Deep South and everywhere in between. Check out his work at joshhaileystudio.com. He took the cover photo.
Jordan Lashley A native of Philadelphia, Miss., editorial intern Jordan Lashley loves culture and the arts. She is an avid reader and animal lover. In the fall, she will pursue her master’s degree in English at Mississippi State University. She wrote a Talk and a music feature.
Meryl Dakin Editorial intern Meryl Dakin is a recent USM grad in English literature and an aspiring journalist. She looks forward to many long years of enjoying fascinating people, exciting travel and abject poverty in her chosen field. She wrote a Talk.
Jonnett Johnson Editorial intern Jonnett Johnson is a super cool senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She hopes one day to become a real-life Carrie Bradshaw. She wrote a music feature.
Tim Roberson Tim Roberson is a Jackson native and graduate of the University of Mississippi. He is the editor of the digital music magazine, Play Music City and the owner of Light Bulb Writing Studio in Jackson. He wrote a music feature.
Rebecca Wright Rebecca Wright is a Mississippi transplant from Michigan. She loves hanging out with family and friends, reading, and home projects. She has a passion for both human and animal rights. She wrote a music feature.
Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the mother of one cat. Her JFP blog is “The Bricks That Others Throw,” and she sells design pieces at zazzle. com/reasontolive. She wrote a music feature.
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Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. The JFP stylist spends her days dreaming about where to travel next. She enjoys life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She coordinated the FLY feature.
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Vow to the Music
arold Camping and his followers used the gay pride movement as a sign the world was ending last month. One week later, the closing of Be-Bop Record Shop supposedly marked the end of the music industry as we know it for some other people. Apparently, there are no more places to buy local CDs and mingle with the city’s other music connoisseurs. After 37 years of serving the Jackson area, Be-Bop may have closed its doors, but only to the shop. They didn’t take the music with them. Is it yet another sign of a failing music industry? Perhaps, but we should try not to look at it so pessimistically. Instead, see it as a call to action. We all know that people are downloading music more than buying albums from stores these days. This does not, however, mean that there is no hope. The concept of the album or CD is not dead, and hopefully, will never be dead if we don’t let it die. We must not forget about all the other places in Jackson where the music scene flourishes, regardless of the state of the larger industry and its problems. Coffee shops such as Sneaky Beans and Cups offer albums for sale from local musicians and have small free shows on occasion. Such places these are becoming the popular hangouts for music connoisseurs because they sell music and have live shows. The Jackson music scene is doing just fine. Artists continue to write music and produce albums despite the hardships of being a musician in general, just as they’ve always done. You can hear live music at numerous venues each weekend and during the week. The Jackson area has a core group of people whose faces can be seen at almost every music event. Now, we just need more to join us. Music goes beyond the computer and the Internet, and maybe people don’t realize that. Each decade seems to come with its new and improved way of doing things. Sadly, for whatever reasons, people forget about the old methods sometimes. CDs replaced cassettes and vinyl records for the most part, but they all serve the same purpose and continue to do so. Within the past decade or so, digital downloading has become a popular way of obtaining music. My concern isn’t about downloading’s effect on the music industry, but rather its effect on the way musicians create music and listeners hear it. I can still remember the first CDs I ever bought. It was back when BMG Music Group still existed, offering toogood-to-be-true prices. With “12 CDs for the price of 1” and other crazy deals, I frequented its website, and bought albums from all of the artists I had recently heard and enjoyed. I never understood how they
could afford to give away music like that. I was young and was just realizing how much I enjoyed listening to music and did not take it for granted. Linkin Park and New Found Glory were among the first in my album collection. After receiving CDs in the mail that I was looking forward to hearing, my entire outlook on life would cheer up. I vowed never to get a single fingerprint on the cover of the jewel case or on the CD. All my spare time was spent listening to the whole album on repeat. While I am not as anal about fingerprints today, I still do my best to keep each CD I buy in the best condition possible. I can honestly and confidently say that I have never in my life broken or scratched a CD to where it was unplayable. I also keep all of the CDs, rather than saving them on my laptop’s hard drive and tossing them aside. My CD collection is reaching 300 right now; it includes every disc that I have ever bought (including those from before my home was destroyed by Katrina). I haven’t illegally downloaded any of the music I own. This isn’t because I have loads of money to spend on buying anything I like. It’s because I deeply care about the music and have vowed to continue supporting artists who make quality products and never compromise the sound or album by downloading a few tracks that I heard on the radio. My CD collection, which I have displayed proudly in my bedroom in chronological order by purchase, is the only physical proof I have that I am following that vow.
Buying an artist’s album in hard copy is important to the way that I am able to listen to and interact with the music. Sitting in my room with no distractions, I devote all my attention to the album, taking in the artwork and lyrics provided in the liner notes while listening through the best speakers I can obtain. Listening to a CD, especially for the first time, is one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences in my life, and it requires almost no effort, just a willingness to support the artist. Buying albums also lets the artists know that people are actually still interested in hearing their complete product and gives them the means with which to do so. They won’t be discouraged and attempt to create only singles or guaranteed hits. My collection might not be proof that anyone other than me is buying albums today, but at least I do. And surely there are plenty of others like me. I continue to build my CD collection whenever I find CDs from artists that I enjoy hearing, even when I could just make a playlist of the songs from YouTube. This way, the music stays special. I have made an investment into each one of the albums I own, although some were gifts from those who know what I would buy for myself. There’s plenty of music in Jackson to be bought in just about every genre. When surfing the Web looking for music, there’s no reason to forget about the old way of doing it: attending shows and buying music there. Opportunities are around every corner and they seem to be here to stay. With our help, artists know how important they are and continue to bring us joy.
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Thursday, June 16 Ayman Al-Zawahri, deputy to Osama bin Laden and co-planner of the 9/11 attacks, succeeds Bin Laden as the new lead of al-Qaida. ... The Mississippi Supreme Court orders the suspension of Stone County Justice Court Judge Theresa Brown Dearman for presiding over a criminal case involving her nephew. Friday, June 17 Vietnam launches a $32 million joint project with the U.S. to clean up dioxin contamination from the spraying of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. … An unknown shooter fires shots into the home of Greenwood Sen. David Jordan. Saturday, June 18 Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to her hometown of Tucson for the first time since she was the victim of a shooting rampage in January. … Golden, Miss., native Army Sgt. Christopher Bell, who was killed June 4 in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, is laid to rest in Columbus. Sunday, June 19 Rory McIlroy wins the U.S. Open by eight shots and sets a new record for the golf tournament.
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Monday, June 20 The U.S. Supreme Court blocks a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Walmart that could involve up to 1.6 million women. … The Hinds County Board of Supervisors approves a fee increase for American Medical Response services.
Tuesday, June 21 Citizens and lawmakers attend a dedication service to name Jackson’s FBI building after civil-rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner who were murdered by Klansmen in 1964, and FBI Agent Roy K. Moore, who headed up the investigation into their deaths. … Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards appears in court charged with using campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair. Get daily news updates at jfpdaily.com.
Whitwell Scales Back Gate Plan
ard 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell is scaling back his citywide gated-community proposal to a single neighborhood on County Line Road to increase its chances before the Jackson City Council and the mayor’s office. Current city policy demands that 100 percent of a neighborhood’s residents agree to build a gate and that residents of the enclosed neighborhood take over street and infrastructure repair on everything behind the gates. Last month, Whitwell introduced an ordinance that would have released the 100-percent-approval requirement for the gate construction in addition to freeing gate seekers from the financial responsibility of maintaining infrastructure behind the gate. He warned on Twitter June 14 that denying his gate plan would increase “flight out of Jackson.” Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said, however, that taxpayers should not have to pay for infrastructure bills behind a gate that blocked other city residents from using a gated street as a convenient thoroughfare. Lumumba said the ordinance could be applied to neighborhoods on streets that serve as alternative travel routes when more heavily used roads are choked with traffic. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said gated communities represent a liability to city vehicles like garbage trucks that must maneuver through the gates, and that gates also pose a problem to city employees who must visit homes to read water meters.
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Wednesday, June 15 Insurgents fire a mortar round into Afghanistan’s National Police Training Center in Wardak during the new building’s inauguration ceremony, showing serious gaps in security. … Gov. Haley Barbour nominates John R. Kelly of Gulfport to serve on the state Board of Education.
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This week, Whitwell introduced his scaled-back plan. “Under this ordinance (residents) would not be responsible for the infrastructure as they are under the current administration’s procedure,” Whitwell said Monday. “It still has the public-access gate component which I believe is important, but it’s narrowed to neighborhoods that are adjacent to adjoined cities and that have a Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell is now tailoring a cemetery inside their subdivision. gated-community ordinance to apply only to the north To my knowledge, the only one Jackson neighborhood of Avery Gardens. that exists under those specifications is the Avery Gardens neighborhood.” The desired Avery Garden gate would Avery Gardens Homeowners’ Associa- open automatically to any vehicle or pedestion President Edley Jones said Avery Gardens trian that approaches. Jones said the crime is already separated from the rest of the city for deterrent lies in the gate’s ability to delay veall practical purposes, as a brick wall-enclosed hicles entering or leaving the neighborhood. community lining a circular avenue going no- Jones said drivers looking to dodge traffic where beyond residents’ individual driveways. citations from Jackson and Ridgeland police “All we want is a lawful, public-access commonly pull into the scenic neighborhood gate,” said Jones, who says a gate would deter wrongfully expecting it to have a rear exit. crime and calm traffic. “Private ownership and Planning Committee Chairman and coded gate scenarios can’t work with third par- Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber allowed ties who need to have easy access to their loved Whitwell’s original ordinance to die at the ones in the cemetery in the neighborhood, so Monday Planning Committee because Whitall we really need is a public-access gate. There well planned to introduce the revised version is a distinction here in how to address property of the ordinance. owners’ interest versus the public interest of “I think he’s removing the politics behind not being closed out, and we think it’s a win- the ordinance,” Yarber said. win for everybody.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
veryone has a secret song or two. You know the one: You wouldn’t want your best friend to know about it for fear of ridicule. We twisted the arms of JFP staff and interns for their secret iPod tune and here’s what they revealed: Royksöpp “Robot” ABBA “Take a Chance on Love” Cansei de Ser Sexy “Music is my hot, hot sex” Soundtrack from “Space Jam” Uncle Luke and the 2 Live Crew “Dance too much booty in the pants” Jay-Z “Big Pimpin’” Soundtrack from “Little Shop of Horrors” Sammy Davis Jr. “Rhythm of Life”
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n a recent Friday afternoon at the Opportunity Center at 845 Amite St. in downtown Jackson, most of the clients were in the midst of their afternoon siesta. One gentleman in the corner meticulously folded his khaki pants, taking great pains to get the creases perfectly straight and even. All the while he hummed the tune to Ray Charles’ “I’ve Got a Woman.” The large mural on the wall leading to the common area of the Opportunity Center depicts a gigantic, detailed hand Jennifer Jefferson fell on hard times but used resources at nestling a small image the Opportunity Center to get back on her feet. She now works at the center as a program coordinator and helps of the Earth in its palm. homeless men and women. The mural, illustrating the hymn “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” represents the cen“Fifteen people finished the program,” ter’s religious foundations and its mission: says Cathy Funches, the city of Jackson’s to help people get out of the downward homeless programs coordinator. “Today spiral of homelessness by getting them em- they are out of transitional homes and shelployed and into permanent homes. All of ters. One of our ladies recently bought her the center’s work serves this purpose. own house, so we celebrated with her.” In 1981, representatives from seven Without the services that Stewpot and Jackson area churches founded Stewpot the Opportunity Center provide, Jackson’s Community Services, an organization that homeless population stands little chance of addresses all levels of need for Jackson’s finding jobs or homes. homeless people. A division of Stewpot, the “If you get out on the streets, and Opportunity Center serves as a day shelter you’ve been there a long time, it’s hard to for homeless men, women and children get those people back,” Funches says. “So if while providing services necessary to ob- we can catch you … as soon as you get out tain employment such as computers, mail there and help get you back into a place, the stops, phones, laundry and showers. Em- less chance you have of staying out there.” ployees of the center help clients build their Jackson native Jennifer Jefferson is an resumes, fill out job applications, register to example of how Opportunity Center provote and contact potential employers. grams and connections can work. After fallClients seek shelter from the elements ing on hard times, she used resources availwithin the walls of the center every day. At able at the Opportunity Center, including least 10 clients use the Opportunity Center’s housing and financial programs, to get back computers, donated by Millsaps College, to on her feet. Today, Jefferson is an employee email potential employers, put together re- of the center, serving as the Opportunity sumes and fill out job applications. 2 Work program coordinator. She has staOn a recent Friday afternoon at the bilized her living arrangements and started Opportunity Center at 845 Amite St. in rebuilding her credit with a BankPlus prodowntown Jackson, most of the clients gram offered through the center. were in the midst of their afternoon siesta. “And now I am banking,” Jefferson says. One gentleman in the corner meticulously As a non-profit organization, the Opfolded his khaki pants, taking great pains to portunity Center operates on donations get the creases perfectly straight and even. and funding from various groups. RecentAll the while he hummed the tune to Ray ly, they obtained a small amount, $34,000, Charles’ “I’ve Got a Woman.” from the city of Jackson and another longThe center helps clients find housing, term source of funding from an anonymous provides drug and alcohol treatment, and donor. These sources are enough to sustain helps locate financial assistance. Recently, the Center for the rest of the year; however, BankPlus conducted a workshop on how it is always in need of additional funding to to begin banking and maintain a bank ac- provide essentials and services to Jackson’s count. Last month, the center hosted the homeless population. Transitional Jobs Program, where the staff For information on the Opportunity partnered homeless individuals with local Center or to donate, visit www.stewpot.org, employers and agencies to obtain job expe- or look up the group on Facebook. Comment rience and stable employment. at www.jfp.ms.
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What’s Wrong with Bonds?
ast week, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Tate Reeves (the current state treasurer) refused to pull a campaign ad that his Republican political opponent described as “misleading.” In his television ad, Reeves criticized state legislators for getting “into the habit of borrowing money for things that ought to be paid for in the annual budget.” Reeves declared in his commercial that the state has “got to get out of that cycle,” and that he plans to discourage borrowing money by being the “taxpayers’ watchdog.” It is a role Reeves said he has filled as state treasurer. His opponent, Billy Hewes, a Republican state senator from Gulfport, countered Reeves’ ad last week, complaining that the treasurer signed off on all the bond debt increases throughout his term. “He is telling the voters that he has been a staunch voice for decreasing government debt. But the record shows a drastically different Tate Reeves,” Hewes told reporters at a June 13 press conference at the state Capitol. “One would think our treasurer would be a little more accurate about his numbers.” Instead of pulling the ad, Reeves responded with an attack on Hewes’ record as a senator who approved most bond projects proffered by the Legislature. “After 20 years in the Legislature and hundreds of votes for more spending and billions more in debt, it’s heartwarming to know that Senator Hewes has now finally realized with 50 days to go in this campaign that we need to reduce our debt burden,” Reeves told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Hewes admitted that he promoted most of the bond issues as senator. He said, however, he was not claiming to have worked against bonds while approving them. As a member of the three-member Mississippi Bond Commission, Reeves did exactly that. The state Legislature approves new bond debt every legislative session for municipal projects such as infrastructure repair and economyboosting developments such as new museums. The bond commission gets the final say on which money the state will lend at low interest rates. It does not approve every bond proposal that survives the Legislature.
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Last September, Reeves refused to sign off on a $6 million low-interest state bond to fund critical water and sewer infrastructure repair for the city of Jackson, months after the city suffered a number of water pipe ruptures that effectively shut down the water supply to many state-owned buildings. Reeves used his opposition to the bond as a political spring-board last year, saying he and Gov. Haley Barbour had managed to keep the state’s bond debt low through their general reluctance to accept more bond debt. “In the first four years the governor and I were in office, we had less debt on the books at the end of that four-year period than we had in the beginning, and we completely curbed the growth of our debt burden,” Reeves told the Jackson Free Press in August. “We didn’t do that by running around, chasing people and begging them to take money.” Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson, slammed the two for demonizing what he considered to be an important step in funding local projects. “Too much debt is a problem, but you can’t take too hostile an approach on the use of bonding,” said Calhoun. “You’d think they didn’t know that just about everything in state, county and local government is paid for with bonds.” Calhoun added that either candidate, if they consider bonding an enemy of the state budget, will set local municipalities up for deterioration and disaster. “There’s always a need to revitalize or renovate school buildings or colleges and infrastructure. All of those things would rot down without bonding to keep them together. If you have to wait until you get the funds to make those improvements, it wouldn’t happen,” Calhoun said. “It’s like buying a house. Many of us would never get a house if we had to wait to save the money to afford a house. And things cost more to build later when factoring in inflation, so saving up for it may not be as costeffective. That boy’s confused, I think.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Teens take part in a cup activity that symbolizes the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases during an abstinence rally June 4.
After the activity, Hernandez asked for a show of hands from those who wanted to get married. Everyone raised his or her hand. While the rally portrayed marriage as the end goal and a destination that most everyone will reach, recent U.S. Census Bureau data show that not only are people delaying marriage, but that married couples represent just 48 percent of all U.S. households. In 2010, married couples represented just 45 percent of Mississippi households, a decrease from 49.7 percent in 2000. Americans are delaying marriage until later in life: 43 percent of white women ages 25 to 29 have never married, compared to 71 percent of black women ages 25 to 29 who have never married. The average age for marriage is now 28 for men and 26 for women. Lakendrick Brown, 14, is a freshman at Wingfield High School and a member of God’s Refuge. He had quite an eventful day at the rally. During the cup activity he got herpes, and later he performed in a skit. In the skit, Brown played the role of Marcus, a player with two girlfriends. In the end, both of his girlfriends found out he’d been cheating, and one of them ended up pregnant. “I wanted to go to college. There are so many things I had planned. Lord, what am I going to do?” he threw his hands up and cried out at the end of the skit. Brown said he planned on signing his abstinence pledge later that day when he got home, and if he had to pick an ideal age to get
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married, it would be his mid-30s. “In my 20s, I want to try and experience more,” he said. “After I have that, I’ll settle down and have a family.” Khitta Kommany, a student at Northwest Rankin High School, played the role of one of Brown’s girlfriends in the skit. “I want to at least be finished with college before I get married,” she said. A group of 13-year-old girls just giggled and shrugged their shoulders when they were asked when they want to get married. Mississippi Department of Human Services Special Projects Officer Jerry Vardaman also spoke at the rally. His slideshow presentation displayed herpes-infected fingers, swollen syphilis-infected eyes and lips covered with oral warts, causing many teens cover their faces and yell, “Eww.” Vardaman knows it isn’t a pretty sight, but he hopes teenagers will get the message: STDs are real. In 2010, the state reported the more than 29,000 cases of STDs. But Vardaman’s presentation wasn’t all serious. At one point he walked over to a church pew lined with candy bars. “Sometimes in a relationship, they may want to score with your Whatchamacallit or your Kit Kat,” he says as he picks up a corresponding candy bar. “…If you are sexually active and don’t take precautions, you could end up with Sugar Babies, Junior Mints, a Baby Ruth or an STD.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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arriage might be far away from most teenagers’ minds, especially as they relish freedom from teachers and textbooks this summer. But waiting until then to engage in sexual activity was the message more than 40 teenagers heard during an abstinence rally earlier this month. “Who we represent?” organizer Viola Watson sang as the rally began at God’s Refuge Christian Fellowship Center in west Jackson. “Jesus. J-e-s-u-s C-h-r-i-s-t Homeboy.” The majority-black group of teenagers clapped and swayed in the church pews. Most of the teenagers are members of the church, but others have come from churches as far away as Magee and the Delta. Nikki Hernandez created the program “First Love Alliance” to promote the message of abstinence and host rallies for teens after Mississippi ended its state-wide abstinence rally in 2009. The state ended the rally after the ACLU sued the state Department of Human Services for promoting religion at a taxpayerfunded event. Private sponsors funded the rally Saturday. While Hernandez admits that it is hard to measure the program’s effectiveness, she thinks it’s an important message that all teens need to hear despite the religious overtones. She’s planning more rallies throughout the city. LaRickie Robinson from the Northtown Child Development Center was the first speaker. She called six girls and six boys to the front of the pulpit. She then gave them small Styrofoam cups of water and asked them to gargle the water, spit it back into the cups and stand across from each other. The boys and girls then combined their water into one cup. This activity symbolized the act of sex, and the teens released embarrassed giggles as they read the consequences of their actions on the bottom of their cups. The consequences included herpes, gonorrhea, HIV and pregnancy. A few escaped without any negative consequences. “When you have unprotected sex, this is how your body transmits the different diseases,” Robinson said. She then passed out an abstinence pledge for the teens to sign.
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ttorneys for convicted lawyer Paul Minor are planning their next move now that U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate finally re-sentenced Minor and former judges John Whitfield and Walter “Wes” Teel. Wingate re-sentenced the three June 13, 18 months after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed some convictions in an alleged loan scheme in December 2009. “What he’s convicted of is not a crime under the new Skilling v. United States Supreme Court decision,” said former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz, one of Minor’s attorneys. A federal jury convicted the three of federal bribery and honest-services fraud in 2007, but Minor’s attorneys successfully appealed the bribery portion of the conviction. The appeals court found that the federal statute under which prosecutors snagged a corruption conviction did not apply to the Minor case, and vacated that portion of the conviction, leaving intact the charges of honest-services fraud, a charge alleging a scheme to deprive voters of the services due them by an official. With the federal bribery charges gone, Wingate re-sentenced Minor to eight years, Whitfield to about six years and Teel to four. Minor originally was sentenced to 11 years, Whitfield slightly more than nine years (110 months) and Teel slightly less than six years (70 months). With time served, Teel could be a free in a matter of weeks. Prosecutors argued that Minor guaranteed loans for the judges and then paid off the loans himself. Minor’s defense team—which includes Greenwood attorney Hiram Eastland on the corruption charges and former Supreme Court Justices Diaz and Chuck McRae on the honest services fraud charges—say that prosecutors never proved that Minor expected an exchange of services for the money. Wingate issued jury instructions in the 2007 trial that omitted any need to prove Minor derived benefit from the paid-off loans. “You may find specific criminal intent even though you may find that the rulings were legal and correct, that the official conduct would have been done anyway, that the official conduct sought to be influenced was lawful and required by law, and that the official conduct was desirable or beneficial to the
public welfare,” Wingate wrote. Eastland said prosecutors misstated the law required to convict Paul Minor by “representing to the district court that no thisfor-that quid pro quo was required to convict Minor of the federal bribery, honest-services bribery and RICO bribery charges brought against him.” Diaz, who was found innocent of corruption related to Minor’s loans in 2005, said without proof of an actual bribe, a jury could find guilty anybody who aids a judge’s campaign and whose interests appear in that judge’s court. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Minor’s appeal last year while he waited for resentencing, but his attorneys say that the courts may be more receptive to consider the appeal now that the resentencing stage is complete. Minor’s new appeal to the 5th Circuit now enters a legal world with a tighter definition on what constitutes honest-services fraud, since the ruling of the controversial Skilling v. United States case set new, stricter parameters. On June 24, 2011, the Supreme Court found in Skilling that the federal honest-services statute only deals with mail and wire fraud “bribery and kickback” schemes. Even though the court validated most of former ENRON CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s convictions in its decision, it jettisoned federal prosecutors’ attempt to apply the statute to schemes involving “undisclosed self-dealing by a public official or private employee.” (“Self-dealing” involves someone acting in their own interests rather than in the interests of a client.) The court decided that narrowing the application of the statute “to encompass only bribery and kickback schemes” was “not unconstitutionally vague,” and therefore proper. Last year, the Supreme Court overturned several cases with honest-services convictions, including Imad Hereimi v. United States, Jack Hargrove v. United States, Paula Harris v. United States and Mustafa Redzic v. United States, based on its 2010 interpretation of federal law regarding the ENRON-related case. It did not address Minor’s request for Supreme Court review, however, since his case was still awaiting resentencing by Wingate. Minor’s attorneys say that prosecutors convinced the jury to convict Minor in 2007 for the kind of scheme the Skilling decision undermines. Minor’s prosecutors never revealed one favorable court ruling that Minor’s loans allegedly purchased from the judges. Federal prosecutors, who argued that the men’s offenses were “serious” at the recent re-sentencing, did not have an immediate response to Minor’s plan to appeal. The government has 30 days to respond to Minor’s appeal after it is filed. Comment at www.jps.ms.
by Meryl Dakin
The Choice to Leave
Osiel Mendez spoke June 16 about seeking asylum in the United States.
tation of Alan Stwolinsky, the prosecuting attorney. AP also reported that the murder was retaliation for Stwolinsky helping seize 434 kilograms of cocaine from the Zetas. The unrest and violence in Guatemala has not abated since Mendez’s departure. “I hate all authority in Guatemala, but I’m happy here. I don’t want to return to Guatemala,”
he said. “I feel comfortable and secure here, and I feel a kinship to all Americans, since all of us share the same blood as Jesus Christ.” Mendez pledged his allegiance and appreciation for MIRA, saying he would do anything they asked him to do out of gratitude for their assistance. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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here’s a not-so-new trend in fast food these days that is truly as good for you as it tastes: the smoothie. In the late 1960’s, Steve Kuhnau began experimenting with mixing fruit, nutrients, and proteins at home in an attempt to remedy his allergies and low blood sugar. Kuhnau, a nurse, found his little concoctions began to have a big impact on his health. In 1973, Kuhnau opened Smoothie King a health food store, the Town & Country Health Foods in Kenner, LA, selling vitamins along with his signature healthy drinks, and the idea for Smoothie King was born. The Smoothie King mission is simple: to help more people achieve a healthier lifestyle. That’s not a difficult thing to achieve with so many delicious options to choose from. With favorites like Blueberry Heaven, Cranberry Cooler, Hearty Apple, and Mangosteen Madness, if staying healthy is your goal, a smoothie from “the King” will help you stay on track. What about you gym rats looking to bulk up? Trim down? Get energy? Smoothie King has just the right smoothie to help you reach your goals. Modern nutrition products give elite athletes and weekend warriors alike an advantage in meeting their goals. With sports nutrition being a billion dollar business, how do you know what you’re getting? Smoothie King carefully reviews what’s on the market so you can be confident that the short list of products offered at the King truly delivers. Don’t forget that it’s just as important to fuel up after your workout as before. The King carries post-exercise products specifically designed to make sure you recover and get the most out of your muscle development. It seems like every time you turn on the TV, a new diet pill promises quick and easy fat loss. How do you know where to begin your quest to trim the fat? Make Smoothie King your first stop. With plenty of options to get you jump-started, the King takes the guess work out of your weight loss search. You know what the experts say: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, now you can have your smoothie and drink it too…for breakfast. Smoothie King is open at 7 a.m. every weekday to serve delicious, healthy smoothies to start your day off right. From smoothies to vitamins, supplements to snacks and enhancers, Smoothie King has what you need to get healthy and stay healthy all in one place.
him attain asylum, and several years later, rejoined him with his family. Asked to describe how he felt upon their reunion, Mendez said, “Yo sentí muy, muy happy.” (I feel very, very happy.) Patricia Ice assisted him with his claim. He has no fear of authorities here as he did in Guatemala. “When I see police here, I don’t hide from them,” he said. “I’m not scared of them. I’m happy that I see them passing by.” In Guatemala, the police facilitate the drug cartels, Mendez said. Colom allegedly received $11.5 million for his presidential campaign from the Zetas. In December 2010, the Associated Press reported that the Zetas transmitted a radio message to Colom, stating: “We are the Zetas group and just wanted the country to know that President Álvaro Colom received $11.5 million before elections ended. He will pay for failing to comply, be it (via) guilty or innocent (people). … You, Mr. President, are the one who sold the country out to the Zetas. Now you will pay the price, surprises that will come with actions not words.” In May, the Guatemalan government attributed the slaughter of 27 people on a farm in Petén, Guatemala, to the Zetas. On June 13, the AP reported that federal officials in Guatemala found a video showing the decapi-
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uatemalan native Osiel Mendez sought asylum when he entered the United States in 2005, five years before his wife and two sons were able to cross the Mexican-American border to join him. He received asylum in 2008. On June 16, Mendez came to a meeting of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance with his family to share his story. “In the countries of South America, the worst people are the people in authority,” Paul Morris Jr., lead organizer for MIRA, translated for Mendez. “The worst person, the head of it all, is the president of Guatemala.” Mendez claimed that President Álvaro Colom used to be the leader of the Zetas, a violent drug cartel based in Mexico and Guatemala. Because of Mendez’s involvement with human-rights groups in his country, the Zetas targeted him in 2004, and he began receiving death threats by phone and through letters slipped under his door. He was attacked twice, and his oldest son was threatened as well. “What was my solution?” he asked his audience. “If I’d stayed in Guatemala another month, I’d be dead.” Mendez traveled through Mexico and joined a group of men in the desert who were trying to cross the border to the United States. When he arrived in Mississippi, MIRA helped
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To Be a Music City, Support Musicians
n the first issue of the Jackson Free Press nearly nine years ago, we ran a cover story written by Publisher Todd Stauffer called “Creative Class Rising.” He reported that development guru Richard Florida, author of the “Creative Class” books, had ranked Jackson high on his “creative” potential scale: No. 75 out of 278 cities studies. We came in higher than Memphis or New Orleans. We launched the paper in a hopeless climate filled with crime obsession, a pigeon-infested King Edward Hotel shell and a corporate daily newspaper that tended to bash the city and send locals out of town in its weekend “best bets” (and would famously call our nightlife “non-existent” in a news story). In contrast, we came out swinging with hope and a mission to help foster a creative capital city where young people wanted to gather and create and make music and write and paint and start small businesses. We would not accept no for an answer on the King Edward’s renovation—it had to happen, we proclaimed with wide eyes—and we started to dissect other media’s faulty crime coverage. And we brought the idea of stubbornly supporting locally owned business in our very first issue—and we’re happy to see that our “Think Local, Shop Local” meme has been picked up throughout the metro. Believing in our city’s ability to become a haven for artists, we immediately started heralding a Farish Street Entertainment District that would outdo Beale Street if for no other reason than it would be more diversely owned and operated. Not a decade later, we are seeing the fruits of the labors of all the urban warriors we’ve reported on for nine years. Our creative class is rising—with vibrant artistic scenes dotted around the city from Midtown to Fondren, Jackson State to downtown. It hasn’t been without struggles—and with any luck we’ll finally see Farish Street spring to life with a new B.B. King’s and other venues soon. Meantime, though, venues like Hal & Mal’s, Fenian’s and the George Street clubs have been plugging at this effort for years. But, they can’t do it alone. If we want to do what Austin did back in the 1980s and blow up musically, it will take our entire village to make it happen. Yes, that means attending live music shows (and booking shows early enough to get crowds on weeknights). We must also get creative, as Austin visionaries did, about ways to really support our musicians. Large-scale development is great, but let’s put our heads together to get artists in some of those empty downtown spaces and study smart efforts such as the Austin Music Foundation. We need a Jackson Music Office to help with bookings, attracting national acts traveling in the south, helping compile CDs (perhaps to go out in a welcome kit or maybe even our BOOM magazine), creating local music events and more. As we have from day one, the JFP stands ready to assist and promote such efforts: Who will step up in the public and private sectors to really make Jackson into the music city we should and can be? We believe; do you?
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rother Hustle: “Welcome to the Compensatory Investment Request School of Business and Entrepreneurship class titled ‘Beg-O-Nomics 101’ or ‘How to Acquire Capital for Your Business.’ This class is a prerequisite for the ‘Hustler International Street Vendor’ class and ‘Aunt Tee Tee’s Internet Solution Online Business’ class. “I know why all of you are here: You’re unemployed, broke and desperate. Every day, I witness the current plight of the middle and poor classes through television, newspaper, online blogs and talk radio. And thanks to a 18th-century French politician named Honore de Mirabeau, I know about four ways of living in society: beg, borrow, steal or get a job. “At the Compensatory Investment Request School of Business and Entrepreneurship, students must master the craft of accumulating capital for their prospective businesses. In ‘Beg-O-Nomics 101,’ students will learn how to acquire capitol (or hustle some money) from the rich. “The class starts with students learning business planning and marketing strategies, followed by brief lessons about using imagery, articulation and written communication to get enough start-up capital for the business. Sales demonstration and pitch drills will allow students to rehearse their presentations to potential money donors. Final lessons in capitalizing on capital teach students how to spend their newly acquired funds. “Avoid the hassle of borrowing money, serving prison time and looking for employment. Learn the art of gaining capital through Beg-O-Nomics. If the bankers, CEOs and private corporations can do it, so can you. 12 “Let’s get this class started.”
The Propaganda Machine
et me explain the difference between Eric Bolling and Jon Stewart. One guy is on a fake news show on Comedy Central. The other is on a real news network where they are supposed to deliver (ahem) real news. Deliver a well-placed joke on one network, and we laugh. Make an ill-timed one on another, and you may find yourself in hot water. Bolling continued FOX News’ association of the word “thug” or “hoodlum” with “black” recently when he suggested that President Barack Obama was having “hoodlums in the hizzouse” by inviting the controversial president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, to visit. First off, FOX, the suffix “izzle” shouldn’t be uttered on a serious news show. Second, we’ve stopped using “izzle” or its derivative “izzy” two Snoop Dogg albums ago. Third, you make yourself look utterly foolish and uninformed when you categorize some black people, hip-hop artists or young people in general as “thugs.” Just a few weeks ago, your network made a huge horse’s patootie out of itself when Sean Hannity categorized hip-hop artist Common as a “gangster rapper.” That collective laughter you heard was millions of folks doubled over at your spin. Anyone who’s a fan of Common or seen any of his movies will tell you that Common is probably the most un-gangster rapper alive. He’s a good and successful rapper but no “thug.” Birds don’t fly, and squirrels don’t run from this fella, yet FOX News labeled him a “threat to national security.” Let’s go over this again so we can be clear.
All young black kids are not “thugs.” A group of them gathered in a park are not a “gang.” A president doesn’t invite “hoodlums” to the White House. And unless you’re a comedian, suggesting that the commander-in-chief is “chugging 40s” while tornados ravage the midwest is not appropriate. Nor is it “cool” or “hip.” Now some folks will say we should throw political correctness to the wind. We should call things as we see them, right? Well, many of us are sick of being categorized because of our skin color, our clothes, the side of town we live on or the kind of music we listen to. This comes sincerely from a guy formerly described as a “thug rapper” who now frequents City Hall to stay involved in the inner workings of this machine called Jackson. Bolling subsequently apologized for his comments. And, of course, FOX was prepared to “move on” even though they ran the Common story into the ground and are on day 100, it seems, of Anthony Weiner coverage. Have we forgotten that both Bush administrations had relationships with influential Saudis and relatives of Osama bin Laden? Rapper Eazy-E visited George H.W. Bush while he was president and made a sizeable donation to the Republican Party shortly after his music was deemed “obscene” in Florida. Look it up. Or, is it just more slanted propaganda used to discredit a sitting president? And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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n May 27, 2011, the planet lost one of its sacred sons with the death of poet, author and soul musician Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away in New York City at age 62. Scott-Heron was an artist who transcended genre, and more fascinatingly, time and space. He was the literal embodiment of the line that connects African American music traditions today from their roots in Africa. A self-proclaimed â€œbluesologist,â€? Scott-Heron dedicated his life to being â€œa scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.â€? Although best known as a spoken-word artist, Scott-Heronâ€™s music encompassed everything from jazz and blues to funk and performance poetry. His poetry was rooted in West African griots, the holders of oral tradition who traveled from place to place to deliver songs and poems that spread news, satirized it and offered political commentary. As Amiri Baraka argues in â€œBlues People: Negro Music in White Americaâ€? (Harper Perennial, 1999, $13.99), the genesis of jazz and the blues can be traced back to African cultural aspects like the griots, but also to instrumentation, musical phrasing and viewpoint. Scott-Heronâ€™s songs and compositions always maintained and linked these traditions, and as such, he embodied and embraced his role as a cultural and musical bridge. His most famous work, â€œThe Revolution Will Not Be Televised,â€? has features of the griotsâ€™ poetic political commentary, the instrumentation of jazz, and the phrasing and pace of the blues. What made Scott-Heron a bridge was the fact that his music provided the groundwork and inspiration for other forms of music that would follow him, most notably hip-hop. Along with Harlemâ€™s Last Poets, ScottHeron was a harbinger of not only hip-hopâ€™s spoken-word style, but also its roots as a purveyor of political and social commentary for the African American community. Rightly so, hip-hop and rap historians know Scott-Heron and the Last Poets as the genreâ€™s godfathers. As many hip-hop academics have argued in the face of critical takes on the culture, hip-hop has a firm connection to all African American music forms, going back to the pre-American, African traditions. Indeed, Scott-Heron provided the vocal styling for rap, but more importantly, he helped to legitimize hip-hop through the connections his music made through time. Hip-hop artists are well aware of this
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legacy. Boogie Down Productions, Common, Black Star, The Coup, Little Brother and far too many more to name have carried Scott-Heronâ€™s tradition forward by sampling 601-397-6398 his songs and solidifying his legacy. And bringing it full circle, Scott-Heron sampled Kanye Westâ€™s â€œFlashing Lightsâ€? in â€œOn Coming From a Broken Home (Parts 1 and 2)â€? on his 1935 Lakeland Dr. final album, 2010â€™s â€œIâ€™m New Here.â€? 601.397.6398 In 2009, after years of musical and academic admiration, I finally got to see a Gil Scott-Heron show in Boulder, Colo. It will always rank as one of those defining moments in my music career, right up there with seeing Scarface come out on stage with De La Soul in Atlanta, Ga., in 2000, finally seeing Stevie Wonder, celebrating life at a Femi Kuti show, and the first time I saw Phish play â€œWilsonâ€? live. I was nervous going into the show, based on reviews of his inconsistent live performances that were commonplace in the latter part of his career. When the lights went down, though, Scott-Heronâ€™s unmistakable deep, smoky voice and tight piano playing guided the band through a whirlwind of classics, washing all my worries away. That would prove to 8/19A=<ÂşA@3/:@=19AB/B7=< be my only shot at seeing Scott-Heron live, but it was never about that. Scott-Heronâ€™s records provide a soundtrack to my earthly journey, while making me smarter and more spiritual at the same time. â€œWhitey on the Moonâ€? helped me understand the hypocrisies of structural racism at a young age. â€œLady Day and John Coltraneâ€? is my favorite Sunday afternoon song. And if ;]`SRSbOWZaOb rap is the CNN of the streets, as Chuck D eeeO`T[aQ]` says, then â€œThe Ghetto Code (Dot Dot Dit eee`]QY'!'Q][ Dit Dot Dot Dash)â€? was an early report from the front lines: Damn if I know. While Scott-Heronâ€™s death saddened me, I used it as a time for reflection and joy in the things he gave the world and me. Now, it is our turn as hip-hop heads, and music fans in /23:7B/AE/GAWQY 0:/19AB=<3163@@GEVWbSB`OaV;WZZW]\OW`S general, to make sure his legacy is passed on to 35G>B13<B@/:EVWbS@OPPWb ! the next generation by continuing the work he started. Gil Scott-Heron built the bridge and " A7FF/;:WSa]TbVS0SOcbWTcZ>S]^ZS led us over it; now it is our time to lead others # G3/@A4Wf;S across, with his music and vision as the guide. $ B63=@G=4/23/2;/<:]eZWTS Garrad Lee has a masterâ€™s degree in history from Jackson State University, and will be % 9=@<5SbC^ teaching history at Hinds Community College. & AB=<3A=C@2WUWbOZ2WRG]cBSZZ He grew up in south Jackson, but now lives in ' 0@3/97<503<8/;7<0Z]e;S/eOg Belhaven with his wife, dog and cat. His regular /D3<532A3D3<4=:2A]4O`/eOg JFP music column is â€œThe Key of G.â€?
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ven professional musicians constantly learn, adapt and experiment. Recently, the band French Camp from Brooklyn, N.Y., spent two weeks in Jackson to record at Byron Knight’s private studio. Knight knew the guys in the band, and the band knew his studio offers both digital and analog recording. They came for the analog experience, which Knight said offers better sound quality. “No musician who records at home could sound like that,” he said. “Bands always opt for analog. They don’t have any money.”
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Analog recording stores audio as a wave instead of numbers. It is more costeffective, but the equipment and expertise is becoming scarce. Knight got the analog equipment as payment for a job in Nashville a few years ago. One reel of analog tape that records 15 minutes costs about $350. Three or four of those can make an album. Knight calls analog recordings a “pure” sound. “You are not waiting on a computer to hold it,” he said. A digital home studio that could capture music close to that quality might cost as much as $20,000. Rohit Sharma, 21, hasn’t spent that kind of money. An amateur musician who studies English at Mississippi State University, Sharma spends hours working on
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tracks, uploading them to free websites when complete. In his bedroom, he has his own mini-studio: MXL 991 condenser microphone, Alesis Multimix 8 USB mixer, FL Studio and Adobe Audition software. He doesn’t expect much out of making music other than personal satisfaction. “I just wanted to contribute to the big ocean of music that’s out there,” he says. Building a Home Studio Home studios can be good for artists who do not want to spend too much money on recording and who feel comfortable using equipment at home. The necessary tools can all be bought for under $500. “It can be a computer, a good microphone, an interface to connect the microphone to the computer and some recording software. That’s really all you need,” Jackson musician Scott Albert Johnson says. “You get that, and you’ll have a home studio.” Knight, who owns Sneaky Beans coffee house as well as a private recording studio, thinks an aspiring musician might need to spend closer to $1,000 for a basic home studio. This is assuming the musician already has a computer, a guitar and electricity. He suggests Apple Logic software (about $200), Apogee Duet (a two-channel recording apparatus that runs about $500), and a Rode NT1 microphone (about $200). It’s not going to be the same quality as a $20,000 digital home studio, but it’s what aspiring musicians need. “Ten years from now, you wouldn’t regret buying this,” he said. A home studio helps a musician with the writing process. “It’s hard for a musi-
cian to tell whether it’s a good song or not,” Knight says. “If I get used to playing a song myself, I won’t know what is sounds like until I play (the recording) in the car.” A home studio is a good tool, but it has its down side. Knight said few people know how to record, so they often make poor recordings. To balance that, he recommends aspiring artists to play live music as much as possible. “If you want to put a record out, get it done professionally,” he says. Musical instrument and accessory retailer Guitar Center (1189 E. County Line Road, Suite 4, 601-956-8053) has also recognized the trend of home recording. Its free “Recording Made Easy” workshops cover rotating topics, including effects, mixing and publishing, signal flow and microphone techniques, and virtual instruments and loops. Workshops are open to the public and held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. (Call first to check the schedule.) “Overall, I think that it’s a good thing that this technology has become open to everyone. The barrier of entry has been made a lot lower,” Johnson said. “I think it’s a great thing that you don’t have to have a lot of money or access to a professional studio to make a record. All you need is the talent and that’s the way it should be.” Some musicians prefer to use a combination of professional studios and home recording. One method is to professionally record the rhythm track, which includes the basic drums and bass, and then take it home to work on. “Home studios are less expensive, and it’s more easily accessed since you’re not
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El Obo performed at the 2010 Esperanza Holiday Showcase.
The Downtown Harp and Juke Fest last October included dozens of artists.
Get the Word Out Many artists and aspiring artists recording at home share their music online on Facebook, and at sites such as thesixtyone.com, bandcamp.com and soundcloud.com. One most Jackson artists use is ReverbNation.com The sites give fans unlimited listening opportunities. They can download songs at the artists’ price. “Facebook is so much more streamlined, and it’s easier to keep track of what you’re doing,” Johnson said. “It’s the most integrated way of getting music out there and seeing where your fans are. Since it’s a social media website, it has the best chance of reaching the most people.” Cody Cox, a musician who plays with the bands Furrows and Liver Mousse, advises musicians not to rely on Facebook alone. “You have to tell people when you self-promote,” he says. Posters, flyers and telling people faceto-face about your next gig is great advertising. That’s not enough, though. “You’ve got to deliver when they get there,” Cox says. “Anyone can tell when a band is bored.”
Some instruments or techniques may need a more intricate home set-up or maybe even a professional studio to get the best sound. Drums, especially, need the right kind of room for acoustics. Professional studios are sure to have it, but some houses might not. Having a professional sound is important to the guys at Sonic Signature, a Jackson-based recording company. Leroy Jones, managing partner, says professional studios offer more options to fine-tune recordings. Achieving isolation between instruments is important, for example. “It’s key for having the right dynamics of having a live band recording,” he said. Sonic Signature offers workshops that cover how to advertise, how to get on the radio, marketing, publishing and producing. Join the Community Cox believes in making community with his music. He books other bands for Ole Tavern on George Street and Sam’s Lounge. Occasionally, if he needs a bigger room for a group, he’ll book them at Hal & Mal’s. His company, Elegant Trainwreck, produces albums and markets them as well as books talent. He has sold CDs at Sneaky Beans, Cups Espresso Café (where he also works) and Black Diamond Tattoo. “That works well for me. I’ve even
sold at Pizza Shack—places you don’t expect. It’s more eye-catching,” Cox said. Every time he works on an album, Cox has to decide whether to go for “lofi charm” or spend time and money up front. He advises musicians who want to go professional to spend as much money as possible on record quality and on packaging. He gets local artists to help him conceive and design his covers. Like Cox, Weems shares advice with other musicians. “More local artists have recorded in the past few years, and more knowledge is being built,” Weems said. “We collectively learn from each other’s mistakes.” All the technology and business plans are moot if a musician isn’t any good. How to you get to be good and get a following around town? “Practice,” Knight said. “Most people practice what they already know. There’s no sense in that.” While the democratization of technology has hurt record companies, Malaco Music Group director Tommy Couch Jr. says it can help aspiring musicians. Recording songs, posting videos on YouTube and figuring out grassroots marketing can create a small following. “You need to get music heard,” Couch said. “Do the best you can to play coffee shops, bars and jam nights.” Valerie Wells contributed to this report.
Sugarland June 24, 8 p.m., at Golden Moon Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 W., Choctaw). The award-winning country-music duo perform their new album, “The Incredible Machine.” Ellis Paul also performs. For ages 21 and up. $25, $150; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Forever Friday June 24, 10 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Enjoy local music, poetry and art displays. $10 before 10 p.m.; call 601-4548313. Telling Our Own Stories 2: Hip-hop Arts Edition June 25, 12 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Rhyme-N-Reason Foundation sponsor the event, which includes music by hip-hop and rap artists, food, presentations by graffiti artists and filmmakers, and a panel discussion on the U.S. prison industry. Free; call 928-961-0393. Beth McKee June 25, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The Jackson native and former member of Evangeline returns to give a homecoming show. $9.50, $13; visit bethmckee.com. Mississippi Music Foundation Youth Symphony Auditions through Aug. 30. The three-level symphony is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard. Members participate in a 25-30 week season including rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and master classes with guest soloists. Participants must be Mississippi residents. Call 662-429-2939. See more music listings on page 28.
dealing with an engineer’s time,” musician Jamie Weems says. He’s used both home and professional studios to record. “In a more established studio, however, the artist can put energy into recording and not have to manage the technical aspects.”
Jazz Night Live June 24, 7 p.m., at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Enjoy the sounds of Jazz Beautiful featuring Pam Confer and a cash bar with artisan beer, light wine, soft drinks and juice on the last Friday of each month. Light snacks included. Buy tickets at the door or at circaliving.com. $12; call 601-362-8484.
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The Be-Bop Metrocenter location closed in 2009.
he Be-Bop sign still hangs prominently in Maywood Mart, but the shelves inside are empty. Be-Bop Record Shop was once the largest record store chain in Mississippi, but the last Be-Bop location, in Maywood Mart, closed in April. â€œOur sales pretty much peaked around 1999 and 2000. We had eight stores at that time and were still growing, but along came CD burners and the penetration of the Internet into house holds,â€? Drake Elder, co-owner of Be-Bop, said. â€œFrom there, we saw a 15 to 20 percent decline in business each year in the early part of the 2000s and since.â€? Elder said by 2005, sales at Be-Bop had leveled out. The store enjoyed a steady clientele that continued to buy CDs, and sales of gospel and blues helped. Younger shoppers tended to buy digitally over the Internet, if at all. Several other factors, among them Hurricane Katrina, the economic downturn and spiking gas prices, helped Be-Bop end. Be-Bop is a microcosm of trends that have persisted
since the launch of Napster, the first prominent peer-to-peer file sharing network, in 2001. Though other services have stepped in to fill Napsterâ€™s shoes, each version further decentralized the peer-to-peer network to make downloads harder to track. Now, file sharing through websites such as BitTorrent.com are common. Even with the ease that consumers can find downloads for free, the sales of digital tracks and albums are still the only thing gaining ground, in an industry that has seen record sales slide every year since 1999. The numbers for 2010 are no better. Nielson Soundscan reports that the record industry lost 2.4 percent on sales of 1.507 billion units in 2010 versus 1.545 billion in 2009. Total album sales in 2010 slipped to 326.2 million units, a 12.7 percent decline over 373.9 million units in 2009. Digital sales, however, continued to climb, with 86.3 million digital albums sold in 2010, gaining 13 percent over 2009 figures of 76.4 million albums. Overall, the industry is changing its face as technology forwards the thinking of how music is produced and how fans consume. This process is changing the music business. Social networking and tech advancements allow musicians to record, distribute and promote through Twitter and Facebook. Independent musicians have discovered ReverbNation.com, a website that helps share music and information. â€œIn the modern recording industry world, the barrier to entry is much lower financially and otherwise,â€? Jackson-based artist Scott Albert Johnson said. This in turn, creates a greater number of artists that the recording industry has to sort through to find those it wishes to promote and whose albums you might one day find on iTunes. The greater number of artists creates hundreds of niches. The offerings are quickly becoming too much for a physical store to hold. Only digital space can provide what consumers demand. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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hen this group of musically oriented females came together to make music, the result was a powerful, soulful sound that they wanted to share with the world. The all-girl rhythm-and-blues group Calico Panache includes six members: Jessica Smith (piano), Olivia Walker and Amanda McDaniel (vocals), Chiquita Adams (bass guitar), Cherita Brent (drums) and Larissa Hale (keyboard, trumpet, saxophone and French horn). Adams, Smith and Walker met at Tougaloo College and discovered a common denominator: a passion for soulful music. In 2009, they formed Calico Panache. â€œCalico,â€? which means unusual and diverse, represents the different personalities and interests of each member. â€œPanache,â€? meaning style and flair, represents the groupâ€™s spirited sound and appearance. â€œThereâ€™s a certain essence when all of us are together,â€? Walker says. â€œItâ€™s just a vibe we canâ€™t feel anywhere else.â€? In January, Hale joined the lively four as their second keyboardist and brass and wind instrumentalist. In February, McDaniel became the bandâ€™s second vocalist. All residents of Jackson, the group plays in venues such as Level 3, Suite 106, Last Call, Dreamz JXN and many more. They also perform at events for Jackson State University and Tougaloo College. Recently, however, they have been out of the public eye and composing original music. Hard at work in the studio, Calico Panache is recording a mix-tape set to release this month. Calico Panache is planning a huge event that will provide exposure for local musicians. While surprise is key, the band encourages others to contact them for information. â€œWe donâ€™t want to give away too much information now and give away the surprise,â€? Smith says. You can also hear Calico Panache perform at the JFP Chick Ball July 9. For information, visit calicopanache.com or follow on Twitter @calicopanache.
Risko Danza by Briana Robinson
his time last summer, the members of Risko Danza had no idea that they would soon be part of a successful band. After meeting through mutual friends, vocalist and guitarist Matthew Nooe, 18, and drummer Perry Townsend, 18, started to play together, seeking a bassist to complete their line-up. â€œWeâ€™re in Jackson, and thereâ€™s nothing else to do, so we learned to play music,â€? Nooe says. â€œAfter getting good and learning that itâ€™s fun, we decided to make a band.â€? Risko Danza was complete after Jacob Lewandowski, 20, came in to play bass. In January, everyone in the band started taking the music more seriously. â€œItâ€™s been hard, especially to find
ackson native Donnie â€œDoeâ€? Hicks says he wants to put the capital city on the map for rap geniuses. Independent rapper Hicks, 25, has performed at just about all of the local clubs and is known for his high-energy performances. â€œEverybody loves my music,â€? Hicks says. â€œThe whole club sings with me.â€? While Hicks has been rapping since he was 15, his professional career only started within the past year. Living by the motto â€œwork hard, pray harder,â€? Hicks has already released four mix tapes, with another, â€œStreets or Beats,â€? coming out July 4. He is selling them online at reverbnation. com and iTunes. â€œIt was either gonna be the streets or the beats,â€? Hicks says about the motivation for his newest mix tapeâ€™s title. â€œI hope rapping works out so I can stay out of the streets.â€? He uses his music as an inspiration, showing him that a person can move forward in life. â€œIâ€™m hoping that God will bless me with something, so I can let the world see what I do,â€? Hicks says. He anticipates extending his tour to surrounding states and performing on television. In his short career, Hicks has performed with Rocko and David Banner and has collaborated with most of the local rappers. His music is a blend of local and national trends. Acts such as Outkast have influenced him. â€œMusic is life for me, itâ€™s all I got,â€? Hicks says. Constantly playing shows, he already has had four this month. He is part of Supa Kidz Music Group, FKMZ and First Up Fly Gang. His new single, â€œNo Booty Pads,â€? has been popular, and listeners can request it on WJMI-FM 99.7 and WRBJ-FM 97.7. For information, contact Doe Hicks directly at 601497-7811 or email@example.com.
venues because weâ€™re young and people assume that weâ€™re not serious about our music,â€? Nooe says. Theyâ€™ve played multiple times at Sneaky Beans, Cups, Wingstop on North State Street and at house parties, and they hope to find more places. Now, Risko Danza is making its way around Jackson, playing original songs and various covers ranging from blues to classic rock, and its original music, which the members write together, is somewhere in between. They have had nine live performances and released a CD called â€œLive,â€? that sells for $5. The band strives to touch on most genres, including indie, classic rock and blues but is mostly influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane and The Black Keys. For booking, call Matthew Nooe at
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usic lovers and Martians are abuzz about Jackson hip-hop duo Da A$tronautz, composed of â€œSir Flywalkerâ€?â€”Darrin Givensâ€”and â€œCo$ignâ€?â€”Cory Archie. â€œI do all the score and make all the instrumentals,â€? Flywalker says. â€œ(Co$ign) brings a different creative outlook. â€Ś I do the beats, and he constructs the songs. Itâ€™s kind of perfect.â€? The pair met in high schoolâ€”Flywalker attended Ridgeland High School and Co$ign attended Murrahâ€”while on a double date with their then-girlfriends. â€œI was going to sell him beats, just going to make money,â€? Flywalker says.â€œBut the way that he rapped on them, I was like, we can make some nice songs together.â€?
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ogan Mason says with a wide grin, â€œI would like to keep on playing. Just keep on playing as long as possible.â€? His blue eyes lit up in the rain as he introduced his girlfriend of two years, the harmonica-playing guitarist Jennifer Kennedy, and his violin-playing best friend, Redin Spann. Three of them make up Masonâ€™s new band, The Old Family Circus. The musicians have played together for three years, initially as Logan Mason and the Natchez Trace Bandits. They have been playing for seven months under their new name. Old records that his grandfather would often play inspired Masonâ€™s love of music. His piano teacher often pushed Mason to strive for the best in music. In addition to a background that gave him his passion for music, Masonâ€™s love for the Natchez Trace adds flair to his song writing. He pulled back his shirtsleeve to show a tattoo of the state of Mississippi with the Natchez Trace outlined in blue. â€œMy favorite song would have to be â€˜Jesse and Joeâ€™ because itâ€™s a story-telling song,â€? Mason says. Young Joe lost a gambling game to a man on the Natchez Trace, and he shot the guy he lost to. He became a better gambler as he got older, and he settled down with Jesse. Soon enough, his past caught up with him, and he was tried and hung. Heartbroken, Jesse hangs herself, too. Mason loves writing story-telling songs. His voice croons and echoes on songs such as â€œEula,â€? â€œMy Sweet Louiseâ€? and â€œRocky Springs.â€? He is working on releasing a record within the next two months. The bandâ€™s genre is folk and story telling. The bandâ€™s names point to influences on Masonâ€™s song-writing: the Natchez Trace, antique records and poetic lyrics. Mason has been playing all over Mississippi, especially in Jackson. Visit www.reverbnation.com/theoldfamilycircus to learn more about Logan Mason and the Old Family Circus
The two didnâ€™t see each other again for another three years, but reunited in the winter of 2009 and began making music together. â€œWe thought our music was regular, until people were like, â€˜this sounds like nothing like the stuff around here!â€™â€? Flywalker says. â€œThat (reaction) drove us to get in a group together and to keep making music together.â€? Flywalker says their music evades singular categorization. â€œA lot of people classify it (our music) as alternative hip-hop,â€? Flywalker says. â€œWe are talking about something of everything. We touch everything.â€? Flywalker is a self-proclaimed â€œjazzheadâ€? and lists his musical influences as John Coltrane, Naz, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. Flywalker says the band also draws inspiration from music in Bruce Lee movies. He adds that the name, Da A$tronautz, comes from â€œbeing different.â€?
â€œThe way we look at the music industry is that we try to go outside the spectrum,â€? Flywalker says. â€œWe really just used the solar system and space in saying â€˜weâ€™re exploring space like astronauts instead of just walking on the ground.â€™â€Ś (Weâ€™re) doing something different.â€? In spite of the implications of their name, the group realizes the gravity of music as a motivating force. â€œWe donâ€™t really rap about a lot of violence,â€? Flywalker says. â€œWeâ€™re trying to make positive look cool.â€? Da A$tronautz has performed at Hot Topic in Northpark Mall, Dreamz JXN, Jackson State University and this springâ€™s Skate MSâ€™s â€œKids Need Fresh Airâ€? CD release party at Sneaky Beans. The duo now plans to focus on graduating from collegeâ€”Flywalker from Mississippi
State and Co$ign from JSUâ€”and are working on a mix tape, â€œGrand Theft Audio,â€? to be released in September as well as an album, â€œNASAâ€? (â€œNot Another Sucker Albumâ€?)â€”to be released in January 2012. Contact Da A$tronautz at their website, daastronautzmusic.com, or email astronaut firstname.lastname@example.org. COURTESY DA ASTRONAUTZ
by Brianna White
he sweet sound of a guitar chord greet listeners on the Thomas Jackson Orchestraâ€™s new single, â€œAttack of the Mean Eyed Waitress.â€? The song is the essence of the band: a witty message combined with soulful rock to create good old southern blues. The three-member group, based in Hattiesburg, has entertained listeners since 2007 with blues-inspired indie rock. Dubbing themselves an â€œorchestraâ€?â€”with ironyâ€” the group creates a mesh of guitar solos and drum beats to evolve its unique sound. Influenced by Muddy Waters and Steely Dan, the Thomas Jackson Orchestra is comprised of bassist Sam Adcock, drummer Scott Street, and lead singer and guitarist Thomas Jackson. The group mainly plays in Hattiesburg, Jackson, the Gulf Coast and north Mississippi. Known for the wide range of genres they embrace, TJO gives fans a mix ranging from hard rock to pop. â€œWe write stuff that will appeal to a lot of different people,â€? Jackson says. During a show, TJO is likely to play pop-inspired â€œSuper Girl Blues,â€? an uplifting song about a former sweetheart, and the blues-driven, â€œDonâ€™t Be So Sad,â€? a melancholy song lamenting heartache. The Thomas Jackson Orchestra plays at local venues such as Hal & Malâ€™s, Fenianâ€™s and Ole Tavern on George Street, often wearing nifty pairs of shades. The group plays with a common goal: â€œto get better,â€? Jackson says. With three strong rockers, one full-length album and a new EP, the band is working hard to develop its music and fan base. To learn more or find out about upcoming shows, visit their Facebook page or email email@example.com
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Artists to Watch you don’t know them … yet.
by Rebecca Wright
by Garrad Lee
ustin Cook, of Jackson-based rock band Mr. Kid and the Brothers Fox, has a mean bass face on the stage. Off stage, he loves to cook great food. “I could probably wax philosophical about the interconnectedness of the two,” Cook says. “Or perhaps, I could blabber about sensory similarities between sound and taste. Not necessary. Food is good. Music is good. Enjoy ’em both, I suppose.” With that in mind, Cook, 29, shares his recipe for corned beef, along with the right music to listen to while you enjoy the fruits, or hunk of meat, of your labor.
JUSTIN’S CORNED BEEF The Protein
About 5 pounds of beef brisket, trimmed
June 22 - 28, 2011
3/4 cup kosher salt 2 teaspoons of saltpeter (Read up on it if it makes you nervous. Ignore the wives’ tales concerning male libido.) 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds 1 tablespoon whole juniper berries 1 tablespoon allspice berries 7 whole cloves 2 teaspoons ground ginger 7 bay leaves, torn
Rub brisket down, pressing berries and spices and whatnot into the meat so they’re stuck in, nice and tight. Place brisket in vacuum-sealed bag or a zip-top bag with as much air as humanly possible taken out. Place in bottom of the fridge (you know, where it’s nice and cold) for a week. Flip bag daily. After seven days or so (a few more if you feel like it and the expiration date allows), take the brisket out and rinse it off thoroughly. Place brisket in pot just large enough to hold the meat, and add enough water to cover. Cook it on the stove slow and low, with the water’s temperature hitting about 175-180 degrees. 10 hours of cooking will suffice. Take out, let cool, slice and serve in sandwich form or by its delicious lonesome. You’ll get bonus points for boiling cabbage, celery and potatoes in the liquid. Consume while listening to The Pogues’ “Rum Sodomy & the Lash.” Temper your Irish joy with knowledge that the Irish actually don’t eat corned beef. Forget such knowledge, and be blissfully ignorant. Drink Guinness or Irish whiskey.
The Narwhals by Brianna White
COURTESY THE NARWHALS
COURTESY COURTESY JUSTIN COOK JUSTIN COOK
Just Cookin’ With Justin Cook
Peewee’s music is available online at reverbnation.com and datpiff.com. For upcoming shows, follow Peewee on Twitter @GoPeewee, or find him on Facebook at “Go Wee Pee.’” For bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. COURTESY PEEWEE
ans know Adrian Jackson better as Peewee, an MC in the Jackson area. His latest single, “Go Peewee,” is in rotation on WRBJ-FM 97.7. Peewee, 25, is a Mississippi native who has always had a passion for music. He worked hard to get where he is and has no intention of slowing down. He works as a barista at the King Edward Hotel and is also a student at Jackson State University, where he is majoring in health and recreation. Between work and school, he manages to DJ, write, record music and perform his own work. The musician also works with children. He recently
helped to incorporate his song, “Go Peewee” into a program to help fight childhood obesity with music and dance, trying to get kids to be more active. He strives to be a role model to children and youth. “Go Peewee” has a hip-hop sound, but he doesn’t want to box himself into a specific genre. “I try not to classify my music, because music can go anywhere, and that’s the type of person I am. I really just label it as music,” Peewee says. “If you listen to my music, it varies —it gives you different styles, and I like that.” His passion as an artist is evident in his conversation and in his music. He recently released a mix tape titled, “Hello My Name is Peewee.” He will make a music video for “Go Peewee” later this summer and will release a second recording later this year.
ed by female singersongwriter Sarah Bryan Lewis, the Narwhals have brought a new kind of rock to the Mississippi scene. The Hattiesburg-based group formed last summer, and their journey since has been a whirlwind. The Narwhals’ lineup consists of Sarah-Bryan Lewis (lead singer and guitarist), Jaime Jimenez (keyboardist), Stephen Scott (guitarist) and Coday Anthony (drummer). A self-described “mid-level band,” The Narwhals’ folk-rock influences are The Mountain Goats and Bob Dylan. The band’s songs cover a wide range of topics, including societal conflict and relationships. “I want our music to make a statement,” Lewis says. A blaring statement can be found in “Another Statistic,” a track off the band’s latest live EP, “The Narwhals Live on WUSM.” In the song, Lewis croons about difficult relationships and the challenge to overcome mistakes: “Drink your wine / pop your pills / take it in till it kills.” The Narwhals have a deeper understanding of the music business because three of the band’s members—Lewis, Scott and Anthony— graduated as entertainment industry majors from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Narwhals’ music is readily available. You can find the band’s fourtrack EP on narwhals.bandcamp.com. Fans can name their own price for the EP, and the website offers assistance for the download. The Narwhals have plans to relocate to Los Angeles next January, but until then fans can catch them at Ole Tavern on George Street in Jackson and other venues throughout the southeast. For more information, email email@example.com, or listen to The Narwhals’ music on Facebook.
Santore Bracey by Alexis Goodman
COURTESY SANTORE BRACEY
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rom traveling back and forth from Jackson to auditions in Dallas, to writing music for stage plays and working on his album, Santore Bracey is a busy man. A Jackson native, Bracey began singing gospel in church when he was 5. At 14 he was backing other artists, and he realized that he was passionate about singing. “I just love seeing how music makes a person feel and seeing how people enjoy true music,” he says. Bracey is working on his first album and writing music for stage plays, including “Congregation Gone Wild,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Vengeance is the Lord.” Bracey often uses the stage plays as an outlet to get his own music in front of an audience. “Santore,” Bracey’s self-titled album, is scheduled for release in February 2012. “The album is about living, loving, and being happy and excited,” he says. “One day love can make you happy, and the next day you might not care about it, so I just want to get it that out there.” Bracey, 29, is not signed with a record label but is not bothered by paying for everything on his own. “Before my first daughter, I had a lot going on, but when she came along, it changed my whole outlook on life,” Bracey says. His three children are his biggest inspiration, he says. Bracey attended Forest Hill High School, Jackson State University and Belhaven University. He is working on a degree in business management to help his entertainment career. The most rewarding experience for Bracey has been to be able to grace the stage with famous artists. He has opened for R&B artist Dave Hollister and gospel artist Paul Porter, and has sung background for Porter. In May, he competed on FOX TV’s “The X Factor” where he made it through two rounds. “Jackson really has a lot of good talent, but no one is looking here,” Bracey says. “I just want to open the door for others, as well as for my own children.” Connect with Santore Bracey on Facebook.
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Artists to Watch
Topher Brown by Jonnett Johnson
Slimm Pusha by Pamela Hosey
June 22 - 28, 2011
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Not only is Slimm smart and funny, he also has a plan. Instead of nailing the songs on an album and pushing it into the hands of every radio station, Slimm took his time to learn the industry first. He then researched and developed a strategic plan for his music career, especially promotions. Slimm has a mix up (his rendition of a mix-tape) titled “The BingBangBata Mix-up” which is getting a lot of positive feedback. His next mix up, “IfPushComes2Shove” has 13 tracks, half of which are fun summer music, including the slamming summer anthem, “Pool Party.” The other half is music with strong messages. The song he is most proud of is “Lady Friend” To download “The BingBangBata Mixup” and to find out more about Slimm Pusha, visit his website at bingbangbatabow.com and follow him on Twitter @slimmPUSHA. COURTESY SLIMM PUSHA
limm Pusha (aka E’Sirah Harris) found his way to Jackson after living in Montgomery, Ala., Georgia, Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta. While studying English at Jackson State University, Slimm felt he wasn’t serving his life’s purpose: to produce and make music that everyone will enjoy. “Music has always been my passion,” Slimm says. He was playing drums at age 3, writing music at 13 and recording at 18. He also plays the piano. Without hesitation, Slimm says that he doesn’t want to be referred to as a rapper. At 25, his appearance is clean cut, and he doesn’t travel with a large entourage. He plans to keep it that way.
COURTESY TOPHER BROWN
FROM “M AROUND THE
y goal in life is to play music,” Topher Brown says. That is what he’s been doing since he started playing guitar 15 years ago. His musician father Ricky Brown and blues legend Robert Johnson, his musical idols, sparked a love of country and blues music. Brown, 28, grew up in Brookhaven and attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But when disaster hit, his love for music took over. “When Katrina came through, I hit the road and been on the road ever since,” Brown says. He formerly played with The Colonels. He became a part of The Band Perry, when lead singer Kimberly Perry, a good friend of Topher’s, asked him to join in 2010.
“They needed someone they knew and trusted,” Brown says. He’s been playing guitar with the folk/country, Country Music Television award-nominated band for a year. The Band Perry keeps Brown busy, but he also has his own band, Topher Brown and the Family Business. “We’re all really close friends. We hang out every day. That’s how I came up with the name,” Brown says, describing its music as a combination of rock ‘n’ roll and blues. Topher Brown and the Family Business play mostly in and around Brookhaven, sometimes in McComb and Jackson. “I’m kind of a fly-by-theseat-of-my-pants kind of guy,” Brown says. He is unsure of his future other than the fact that he will continue to play music. “It’s the one thing that truly makes me happy.” Visit www.thebandperry.com and the Topher Brown and the Family Business page on Facebook for more information.
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Monday:Hamburger Steak Tuesday:Grilled Tilapia or Fried Chicken
Wednesday:Roast Beef Thursday :Chicken Diane or Grilled Pork Chop Friday:Meatloaf or Chicken & Dumplings
(Sethâ€™s Birthday Bash @ Midnight ) THURSDAY 6/23
Spirits of the House (Traditional Irish) FRIDAY 6/24
Sherman Lee Dillon & The Dillonaires (Blues)
The Joe Carroll Gang (Funk & Jam )
Karaoke w/ Matt Open Mic with Jason Bailey
7INGS IN *ACKSON
June 22 - 28, 2011
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