Here it is The Cheats Movement 2014 logo! Operating at the intersection of Community X Art X Culture. What do you think of the new logo?
Cheats Movement photos of the final Face Melt Friday of the year are now posted on The Cheats Movement Facebook Page. Visit the Cheats Movement Facebook page – Like the page and share the photos with your friends! Also, Sunday December 8th at Gallery 5 is RVA HOT SAUCE. It will feature a live hip hop cypher – if you want to get down buy a ticket – show up – and sign up on December 8th. WE SEE IT!
It was such an honor to be a part of TEDXGraceStreet. My TED talk was about Defining RVA’s Community and the Community Week project we did right here on The Cheats Movement Blog in March. Take a look at the talk and please give me your feedback. I think right now is an important time in RVA. I encourage the community to use platforms like TEDX, social media, and of course, good old community involvement to make an impact on the future. THIS IS OUR RICHMOND – WE SEE IT!
CLICK HERE to see all the amazing speeches from TEDXGraceStreet.
This week Design Rebels, a socially conscious design class at VCU, is promoting tolerance in the Richmond community by distributing their coffee sleeves at two local coffee shops in RVA: Crossroads by VCU (26 N. Morris Street) and Crossroads on Forest Hill (3600 Forest Hill Ave – AKA Club Crossroads).
The series of sleeves (4 designs total) include a photo and quote from various members of the LGBT community. The goal is to encourage acceptance of and compassion towards the LGBT community. I hope you will visit these locations this week and pick up a sleeve. There is no place for prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. I’m proud to support a more inclusive RVA. For more information visit the Design Rebel website at: http://vcudesignrebels.wordpress.com/.
The people that live, work, and play in Richmond make this a great city. We have illustrators, brew misters, actors, musicians, chefs, a giant flying squirrel, you name it. Pretty impressive when you look back just a short distance into the past. So, lets take a look back, way back. In the study of life many scientists emphasize the importance of the cambrian explosion, the time when life seemed to suddenly burst into many varieties in rapid succession about 530 million years ago. Look at how far we’ve come since then, everything from molds to ducks to penguins to you and me. Well, similarly speaking, there’s a good chance that we’re experiencing a cultural version of the cambrian explosion here in the river city. In the past decade we’ve seen a tremendous amounts of changes in the way we think about ourselves. The booming art scene, vibrant museums, breweries, various athletic activities, a thriving nightlife, sports teams, and much more have all become a regular occurrence here, seemingly in a pretty short time. However, taking a tip from the story and flow of life, perhaps the citizens here could also acknowledge the vast unknown future that this ‘explosion’ has yet to produce. That notion reminds me that we currently have a golden opportunity to shape the future like never before.
Technology and an immensely diverse and growing community make it nearly impossible for anyone to run out of options for new things to try, new ideas to hatch, new friends to make, and new goals to set. While we explore these new happenings we must keep in mind that there are still daily needs for a healthy city that often go ignored because, well, they’re the real life tough issues that can’t be cutely marketed, hash-tagged, and solved in a jiffy. While we are exploring these new connections and cultural growths we must take time to acknowledge the incredibly hard working people that battle some of the city’s most difficult problems every single day. The humanitarian services are one of the most vital parts of keeping a community strong, vibrant, and healthy. They are a part like all the rest. We need musicians, comedians, chefs, and other such careers as well, the city’s diversity is contingent on us all having our part. While we can carry on with our paths, we also have the ability to occasionally slow down and take a moment to give thanks to those that do the many things that we do not.
With that said, I am proud to announce a fun new campaign that me and the rest of the folks at My Glasses Rule, Overcoast, and Hardywood Brewery have dreamed-up together to celebrate the diversity of this town while giving thanks to one of the city’s unsung heroes, HomeAgain. This non-profit emergency shelter and homeless service provider works around the clock to provide service to the many homeless citizens of Richmond. An energized and devoted staff runs this organization every single day of the year. This year, we want to take a moment to stop and thank them for the amazing work they do by launching our community development campaign, #GiveThanksRVA. This is the first year we are doing this and we could not be more excited to have the opportunity to help the lovely folks at HomeAgain. This is how it works and here’s where you can help. From Friday Nov 22 – Sunday Nov 24, Hardywood Brewery has been generous enough to donate proceeds from beer sales to go directly to HomeAgain. The beer’s worth the trip alone, but there’s a whole weekend’s worth of happenings that will show off this town’s cultural diversity and allow you to drink a beer for a great cause. The weekend is going to be awesome. Friday Nov 22 Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade will grace the stage, Saturday Nov 23 we’ll have Hypercolor and The Trillions making a beautiful commotion, and on Sunday Nov 24 the Richmond Comedy Coalition will attempt to make beer come out your nose. This is going to be a great weekend and it’ll help a fantastic organization. We’re asking you help by letting people know that our city is in good hands when we have good people looking out for one another. HomeAgain does amazing work everyday and we’re asking you to join us as we #givethanksrva!
HomeAgain - http://www.homeagainrichmond.org/
My Glasses Rule - http://www.myglassesrule.com
Overcoast - http://www.overcoast.com
Hardywood Brewery - http://www.hardywood.com
From Nov 22 – Nov 24 at Hardywood Brewery. Proceeds from beer sales go to benefit HomeAgain.
The Cheats Movement Blog is all about discovering what’s happening in RVA. I don’t have followers – I have friends – I have family. We are family because of what we do together. I want to follow you and hear from you. Send me your instagram handle and I will follow you – send me your twitter handle and I will follow you – email me: Cheatsmwc@gmail.com…and I’ll more than likely email you back. And if you see me on the street – you better say what up! #WESEEIT
I took the Cheats Movement camera to document the early scene at yesterday’s March Against Mass Incarceration in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond. I didn’t know many details about the March besides it was organized by a Richmond activist group called Collective X. I must admit, I was very intrigued by the number of people that said they were planning to attend the rally on Facebook – it was nearly 300 before the event and I wanted to see if that number would hold.
While I certainly have my own opinions about the best way to improve the criminal justice system, most of them focus on funding successful rehabilitation programs, the parts of yesterday’s rally that I photographed were peaceful and educational. The Richmond Police were on scene and very respectful. The images tell the story themselves. The count number I saw was around 100 people – NBC news reported 150 at the max.
Coming live from the Southside, Radio B’s new album “Whole Foods” hit the streets yesterday. What started as “bridge the gap” album between “Live Good and Be Great” and the next installment of that series, “Whole Foods” was suppose to be a lower profile album – but in the true form of his click Association of Great Minds (AGM), Radio couldn’t just do “any” album, so Whole Foods organically turned into something much more.
I sat down with Radio at The Shop – in the Manchester section of RVA – earlier this summer – following AGM’s classic performance at Epic Fest – and he told me about the motivation he has to make good music and elevate the city’s hip hop scene.
One of the first things people need to understand is that Radio Blitz is a true fan of hip hop. His knowledge of classic records, beats, rhymes, and culture is something that most people won’t fully comprehend unless you draw it out of him – one on one. Our conversation ran the gambit: from Tribe to Jay to Nas to AZ – but what really struck me about Radio’s approach to Whole Foods was his goal of reaching a particular “classic” feeling, “I want to provide a pure, authentic and organic hip hop experience. Something nostalgic – that reminded you why you fell in love with hip hop and to remind me why I started rapping.”
The most appropriate review I can give of “Whole Foods” is that it’s quality hip hop from top to bottom. Radio really shows his range and diversity as an MC. The track, Live From the Southside – produced by Trac-Qaeda – gives you a real introduction to the record and Radio’s heady rhyme style. I think of Radio – both rhyme style and presence – as the AZ of Richmond. He’s not the most acclaimed feature on a record but it’s often his verse that you find yourself repeating over and over again.
Live From The Southside – Radio B
He gets his swag on talking – what MC’s talk on the Nickelus F produced track “Dixie Normus” and then gets his Nas/Slick Rick story telling on with his brother Nick F on the track, The Cart B4 The Horse.
Whole Foods is the first album that Radio has work with wide range of producers. Don’t worry – AGM super-producer NameBrand still has the title track – but production really comes from Cashby, Trac-Qaeda, and Nickelus F. Radio takes you into a “Public Service Announcement” moment – without the reintroduction – on the Ohbliv produced “Journal Entry.” Radio is clear on, “If you can’t see my motivation/I don’t need to bring you around…”.
When speaking about his peers in RVA hip hop and, particularly those in AGM, Radio was candid, “It’s healthy competition within our group – I see what my brothers are doing and it motivates me to work harder – go further. My brothers in AGM is who I look at and listen to – to really spark that fire within me.” He went on to say, “sometimes we (AGM) can come across as misunderstood a bit – like we are too into our own movements – and that’s not really the case. We really motivate each other and that competition pushes us to the next level. We’re never pulling others down – we’re about elevating our music.” That sentiment comes across in Whole Foods because the real highlight of the album is the Whole Foods cyphers – 3 editions – spread throughout the album that features 17 local spittas. I’ve never seen anything like it on record in RVA hip hop. The cyphers alone is reason enough to support the album but the album itself is the real gem. Radio B delivers a classic for RVA. #WE SEE IT
I’ve never rated an album before – so this is a Cheats Movement first: 4.6 mics out of 5. The best Radio B album to date – and in my 2013 RVA Hip Hop classic albums of the year.
Radio B will be performing at The RETURN OF RVA HOT SAUCE on December 8th at Gallery 5. Tickets are available right now at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-return-of-rva-hot-sauce-tickets-9233715291?aff=eac2
My brother Mikemetic put in serious work on this documentary short featuring his son Meechi – and their trip to Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz in NYC. Mike has been putting in work all over RVA social media and is making a splash with his newest social media project NATIVES – make sure to visit the site. WE SEE IT!
“About 6 months ago Meech and I took a trip to NYC to visit the international graffiti museum 5 Pointz. The building has been in a legal struggle the past couple of months as developers and the owner of the property want to demolish it and turn it into high rise condos. I put this short vid together in support of 5 pointz and as a preview to a more expansive street art retrospective coming out December 2013. Check it out and visit 5ptz.com to see how you can help.”
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9233715291/es2?rank=1&sid=a16d1b8f487211e3acdd22000aa821d4
I’m so excited to announce the return of RVA HOT SAUCE! RVA HOT SAUCE is one of the best live events in Richmond, hosted by The Cheats Movement Blog. Think RVA David Letterman on steroids. HOT SAUCE was first done in 2011 at The Shop. This year we are taking the event to Gallery 5 and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best live events of the year.
(SO FAR) The event will feature live performances by: Photosynthesizers, Anousheh, J.D. Haze, Ohbliv, Radio B, Michael Millions, and Noah O. Along with a performance by the Coalition Theater, a kindness mission from Kindness Girl Patience Salgado, and in HOT SAUCE fashion – an open mic hip hop cypher. And that’s not all, there will be information available and commentary presented by some of the most active community organizations in RVA. RVA HOT SAUCE is a can’t miss event so mark your calendar for Sunday December 8th.
WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2013 – Doors open at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Gallery 5, 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220
PRICE: $10 at the door – $8 in advance
FAMILY: JOIN MAYA AND SHAKA SMART RAISE AWARENESS AND MONEY FOR THE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN!
Family – I absolutely love this! This is a true example of good people making a positive impact in the community. Let’s help Maya and Shaka Smart raise awareness and money for a great cause, the FRIENDS Association of Richmond. FRIENDS Association for Children has been serving Richmond for more than 140 years and offers services that help children gain critical literacy and developmental skills. FRIENDS operates child development centers in Jackson Ward and Church Hill, serving nearly 1,000 children, with a broad array of services.
The Smart Family just started a 30-day fundraising campaign – along with Richmond T-Shirt start-up Bonfire Funds.
The long/short of it is that you can click this link CLICK HERE and buy a FRIENDS RVA T-Shirt. It goes to the amazing goal of raising $100,000 for FRIENDS. In March Madness fashion – you can organize (or coach) your own team and sell shirts for your team. The winning team gets an amazing prizes. Also, once teams reach certain selling goals they get some very cool prizes, like dinner at one of my favorite restaurants The Roosevelt with Shaka, “55″ Samsung Smart TV, or an amazing print from Doug Orleski (RVA Coffee Stain).
It’s really a great cause. Please visit the Bonfire site and buy a shirt to support the campaign.
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History was made last night at the Old Towne Civic Center in Petersburg. The God Emcee Rakim was in the building. Thanks to Soul Logistics Radio – S/O the brothers J.D. Haze – Doug Evans – Rodney “Soul Singer” – and everyone that work so hard to make a historic night happen. In addition to Rakim the night featured performances by Narubi Selah, Rodney “Soul Singer”, J.D. Haze, & Jasmine.
The evening was hosted by Doug Evans. I had a minute to catch up with Doug after the show and asked him why it was so important that this event came to the Burg, “There is a a lot of shooting – a lot of killing – and a lot of wanna be rappers in our community – so I thought if I bring the God Emcee – the best of the best Rakim – he would enlighten the town and give people hope an inspiration.”
J. D. Haze echoed those comments, “Us being emcees and inspiring emcees, Rakim defiantly had an impact on us by having a righteous posture and keeping it funky for the people. With all the negativity that goes on in our community it is important that we can show that we can have fun in hip-hop in the original way it was intended: peace, love, unity, and having fun, and that’s what we did tonight.
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I made my first ever trip to The Listening Room last night. I’d heard about the monthly music session – held at the Firehouse Theater – earlier this year, I think from my buddy Shannon Cleary. The group of volunteers that run the monthly event always books some of the best talent in RVA and last night stayed in-line with that tradition. It was exciting to see JJ Burton play live. The trio of Scott Burton, Reggie Pace, and Devonne Harris (DJ Harrison) have been making waves with other projects in RVA (and beyond), last night was the first time they’ve played live as JJ Burton – or whatever name you want to suggest – they are open. The current name is spawned from Burton’s work with NOLA artist Jneiro Jarel of JJ DOOM. Burton and Pace (NO BS! and Bon Iver) also play together in the amazing band Glows in the Dark. Harris has been generating a buzz all this year with a combination of different projects that span several musical genres. I’m looking forwarding to seeing exactly what this trio can pull together in the future.
Following JJ Burton and closing out the evening were Listening Room alums Bonnie Staley and Josh Small (above). I actually use to play hoops with Josh during our VCU days – I’ve been a fan of his music but last night was the first time that I was able to see him play live. He is truly an amazing talent. I love the chemistry between him and Staley, you can tell instantly that they enjoy playing together.
The Listening Room is a wonderful series. I highly recommend it to all music lovers. I will warn you that they take the music seriously – there is not talking during the performance and even if you’re not talking – some people consider photos a distraction – so be warned – I have learned from my rookie mistake. To see all the photos – visit the Cheats Movement Facebook Page and while you’re there click like to follow along. WE SEE IT!
Yesterday I visited with Movement Family at the First Annual Harvest Festival presented by Renew Richmond. The Green Harvest Festival celebrated healthy food, urban agriculture and community health. Despite the unpredictable weather and some outdoor sound issues we gathered at Jerusalem Connection Community Garden on Richmond’s south side to bond and enjoy some good food and music. Any day that I can hear one of my favorite songs “The Call” performed live by my brother JD Haze – it’s a good day. I was able to capture some special family moments on camera. To see all the photos from the event – visit and LIKE the Cheats Movement Facebook page.
There something really special happening in RVA right now surrounding urban gardening and producing healthy food in areas designated as food deserts. One of the people leading these efforts is my brother Duron Chavis (pictured above). Make sure you follow him on Facebook and twitter to learn more about his urban garden efforts in the RVA Community.
JD Haze (above) Any day I can hear The Call performed live it’s a good day
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It all started with a completely random tweet:
And it ended with me rappelling 400 feet down the SunTrust Building in the heart of RVA.
“Never again,” I yelled as my feet touched the ground. I could not believe I had just done something that I told myself I would never do. Ya see – I don’t understand those folks that do “extreme” adventures for fun. I don’t really understand those who pay money (a lot of money) to run marathons. I don’t knock them but I just don’t get it. And now – thanks to that random tweet (which I later found out I have Paul Spicer of Richmond Grid to thank for that) I am one of those people, rappelling 400 feet in the middle of the morning. And though I yelled, “Never again,” I’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
So why did I do it? Two reasons: 1. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve never had such an amazing opportunity before and that is important to me to share the experience on behalf of the Cheats Movement fam. I don’t take that for granted. 2. The cause is just too good not to be involved. I went Over the Edge – to highlight Over the Edge. It is an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia. Special Olympics VA started Over the Edge Richmond in 2009 as their inaugural Over the Edge event.
Over 100 people are going Over the Edge during the two-day event and all of them have a great story & connection to the amazing work of Special Olympics VA. Following my trip Over the Edge, I was able to speak with Rick Jeffrey, the President of Special Olympics Virginia, who put the entire event in the right perspective, “These events will challenge (you) but also remind you that our (Special Olympic) athletes face incredible challenges everyday: rejection, discrimination and others and their challenges last a lifetime.”
I met and visited with so many great people this morning – way too many to S/O but a very special S/O to: my dude Grid Guy, Holly Claytor, Columbus (and the entire team that hooked me up on the roof), Checkout Girl, Paige Stevens, Karen Phel and all the amazing cats on the 20th floor. #WESEEIT
Family, This weekend was amazing. I married the love of my life and now we are taking a brief break to recover from all the epic activities of the weekend However, have no fear. The Cheats Movement Blog (and family) is growing stronger and upon our return will be even more dedicated to promoting the positive aspects of RVA to the fullest. There is so much epicness ahead. It is my prayer that all of you will continue and share in the crazy ride with us. This blog may be hosted by me but it’s truly a shared activity. Words cannot express how much both Aria and I love RVA – the people that make greatest place for us to be. We Love You! WE SEE IT!
I often struggle with post I write on The Cheats Movement that deal with “hot” topics surfacing around the city. That is not the case with this post. It is not the case with this topic. The Cheats Movement Blog – The Cheats Movement Family has always been about bringing people together and celebrating the best aspects of Richmond’s culture.
As you are aware, a group is raising a 15 by 15 Confederate battle flag today on a unspecified tract of private land – along interstate 95 in Chesterfield County. While I understand that I can’t stop the group from raising the flag, they can’t stop me from helping support a better decision for Richmond. A better movement.
Untied RVA is offering a positive alternative to highlight who we are as a city and who we can be moving forward. I hope you will join us in supporting this effort. United RVA is raising funds on social media to blanket the city with the American flag and positive symbols of unity and inclusiveness.
The way I see it, RVA is not perfect, it’s not. But the goal is to improve everyday and move forward together as a city, community, and family.
It’s very easy for this whole issue to get muddle. The Confederate flag is a lighting rod for controversy. That is why the group decided to use the flag and this approach to drive attention to themselves.
I’m not in the business of opposing division with more of the same. There is a better way to voice disappointment. The best way to overwhelm hate is with an overwhelming abundance of love, right? The best way to overwhelm division is with an abundance of unity, right? So let’s do that RVA.
There is a better flag to support, The American flag. The American flag is the only flag that represents the freedoms we all live under today. This country is not perfect, RVA is not perfect…but we need to strive be better. Where do you stand? What do you stand for? The Cheats Movement stands for unity, diversity, tolerance, and an inclusive community. WE SEE IT!
I was not able to spend a lot of time at this year’s Street Art Festival but here are a few photos from my visit Sunday. Let me know which mural you think is the best.
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I know that it has been a minute but I have so many photos from Fall Line Fest, I can’t drop them all on the blog. I will have them up on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page. Like the Cheats Movement FB Page and check out all the photos. Fall Line Fest was a huge success for RVA. I can’t wait until next year. Thanks to all that performed and supported. #WE SEE IT. This is exactly what RVA needs. Lovin my city right now!
The entire Cheats Movement X Fall Line Fest photo album will be on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page!
I hope you have heard by now about TEDxGraceStreet happening this Friday, September 20th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Richmond Times-Dispatch building at 300 E. Franklin Street. Tickets are available and only $25.
Earlier this year, I was introduced to TEDx events by TEDXRVA. The event made a huge splash in RVA , taking over the Power Plant Building and producing a TEDx on par with some of the best in the nation. I was there, got to know some of the organizers, and was glad to be a part of the online community at the event. And while I look forward to the next TEDxRVA let me tell you a little bit why I’m excited about TEDxGraceStreet.
1: I’m speaking! I’ll just get that out the way first. I am one of the 12 speakers so far announced for the event. While I’m still working on my talk right now, it will be about the project we did early his year on the Cheats Movement, where nearly 50 Richmonders posted about what community means to them. I’m excited to highlight some of the answers and focus on what we can learn from these answers to move RVA forward. I’ve wonder since March how to keep the project alive and I think TEDxGraceStreet will be an amazing boost for this project.
2: TEDxGraceStreet is “clearly” Richmond Focused: TEDxGraceStreet is described as a special TEDxCity2.o event that will showcase local experts and innovators in arts, education, urban planning, civic engagement, social justice and economic development. The key word here is local. Friday’s event is not a national event featuring a mixture of local speakers, it’s entirely focused on the Greater Richmond area. I think that is very important that we support events that are focused on improving Richmond from within.
3. The speakers are outstanding! I’m a huge fan of the speakers announced so far. If you haven’t heard about Angela Patton and her work with Camp Diva, you should come Friday. If you are not familiar with Ross Catrow and how he is moving the needle at RVANews.com, you should come Friday. if you are not familiar with Damon Jiggetts, Prabir Mehta, and Christy Coleman, you should come this Friday. The speakers are amazing and again based right here in RVA. National speakers will come – make a splash – and then go. You’ll be lucky if some of them follow you back or twitter but these speakers not only will you be able to see after this event, you should be able to actually meet with them and work with them to improve RVA.
4. Ticket price! I was fairly vocal about ticket price before TEDxRVA so I feel it’s necessary to mention it here. The tickets for TEDxGraceStreet are $25. I’m okay with that – I’m actually really good with that. I would love for it to be free but I understand there is a cost and I think $25 is worth it. I’m also very happy to know TEDxGraceStreet is setting aside tickets for non-profits. I won’t revisit the past with regard to ticket price at other TED events but I think $25 is a very reasonable price for attendance.
5. Finally, I’m excited about TEDxGraceStreet because it is yet another opportunity for Richmond to continue this crazy/amazing momentum that we have created and held over the last 2 years or so that RVA is a place we are proud to call home. As we transition from summer and move solidly into fall, think about all that is happening in RVA, the public events, the festivals, the art, the music. The creative culture of Richmond is thriving and TEDxGraceStreet provides another opportunity for us as Richmonders to capture what’s happening and keep it going.
Family, tickets are going fast for Friday. The limit in the room is 100 people so please log-on to the TEDxGraceStreet site and buy your ticket now. See you there #WESEEIT.
The interactive Light of Human Kindness mural debuted last night as a part of the RVA Street Art Festival. Richmonders from all over came out to test out the first of its kind mural project created by Richmond’s Kindness Hero Patience Salgado.
Strangers, friends, and family joined hands last night to activate 1,000 LED lights on the Light of Human Kindness mural. The technology was produced by the Martin Agency and the mural design was completed by HAM?, along with a great number of volunteers.
After nearly a year of planning and fundraising, Patience Salgado turned her idea into a reality with the first of its kind interactive mural in RVA; powered by kindness missions and human connection.
The LOHK mural is located at: 2401 W. Cary Street. The RVA Street Art Festival started yesterday and is going all weekend. Please visit both the Light of Human Kindness website and The RVA Street Art Festival site for updates. #WESEEIT
Why I Love RVA Today: The Horn RVA’s video on this weekend’s Fall Line Fest. There will be more recap and photos to come this week on The Cheats Movement and The Cheats Movement Facebook Page. WE SEE IT.
With Fall Line Fest (FLF) fast approaching (this Friday and Saturday), I am very excited about the potential of this new festival. The highlight of the weekend will certainly be the music: 5 venues and over forty bands – headlined by Big Freedia. There has been a lot of media behind this festival and I’m really excited to do my part in spreading the word. Yet with so much information out there I want to boil down a few points – just for my Cheats Movement Family. Here are a few points I want to make about this weekend’s Fall Line Fest:
1. BUY NOW TO SAVE: If you buy a FLF ticket online (before Thursday at midnight) you save enough for 10 McDoubles. That’s right. If you buy a ticket now online it’s $20 for the entire weekend and $15 for a day pass. If you wait until the weekend the price goes up to $30 for a weekend pass and $20 for a day pass. I know there are “reasons” not to get a day pass BUT if you’re in RVA this weekend – there is not a good reason. Even if there is nothing that appeals to you on one of the two days – buy the weekend pass. It’s a better deal and it gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and see a new band.
Ohbliv Performs at 7:30 PM on Saturday at the Hippodrome
2. THIS IS YEAR ONE SO THE LOGISTICS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL NOT BE PERFECT: I know you think that every festival is run by super-professionals that never screw anything up. Well, I got news for you. This is the first year of FLF and there will undoubtedly be “something” screwed up. I don’t know what it is but I’m telling you now – don’t let any minor thing throw you off your mission of having a good time. The organizers of FLF are bringing an amazing festival – SXSW style – to RVA. We’re going to have to roll with the punches and enjoy the ride.
Dead Fame Performs Friday at 7 PM at the Hippodrome
3. THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Look at the FLF schedule. There is just about every musical genre covered. There are a ton of local bands and some cool national performers. If you’re a fan of music, you should be able to find something you like on both days. With that said – there are amazing local bands that are not on this year’s bill and there are some genres not covered ie. R&B/Neo Soul to name a few. To that – I again say, “this is year one.” I”m not sure how everything will work down the line but for year one, I am excited about the make-up of the festival.
Black Liquid performs on Friday at 10:15 PM at Love RVA
4. FALL LINE FEST IS NOT JUST MUSIC: In addition, to the live music shows, there are a number of restaurant deals (Pasture, Sasion, Ipanema, Rappannock, The Well), visual art exhibits – including a live mural installation by Hamilton Glass, and a food panel on Saturday at 1 PM at the Camel. In addition there are a number of “unofficial” events – associated with the FLF this weekend. The First Friday’s art walk on Friday. Live at Ipanema hosted by RVA Playlist on Sunday. And so much more throughout the weekend.
Mikemetic (Left) will be bringing his Afro Beta energy to Love RVA on Friday.
5. YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE: I think most people don’t get the most out of festival because they are locked into one venue or a few events. That is a formula for a good time but not an amazing time. In order to get an amazing time – you need to move – you need to explore – you need to turn up. What do I mean? Get your ticket early on Friday – hit the First Fridays art walk – hit Love RVA to see Mikemetic, Rattlemouth, and Black Liquid – hit the Hippodrome to see Dead Fame and White Laces – take in the live art on Saturday – hit the restaurant panel – hit a restaurant deal for dinner – and then hit not just one venue but several venues. That is the path to get an amazing return on investment.
HAM? will be painting a live mural all weekend.
There it is family – some family talk about this weekend’s Fall Line Fest. I think Fall Line Fest is going to be amazing. Hit me up on The Cheats Movement Blog and let me know your thoughts.