It was a who’s who of RVA music at The Camel last night to celebrate the 2nd birthday of RVA Playlist. If you are not aware, RVA Playlist is what I call, “the RVA music people’s music blog.” It is run by my friend Andrew Cothern. Andrew and I met in January of last year thanks to the Richmond Comedy Coalition and we have been friends ever since.
Last night the RVA music scene came out in full force to support Playlist and to see some amazing RVA bands: Against Grace (helped out by my man Doe the Paperboy), Dead Fame, and Marionette. Let me just say, I had never seen Dead Fame or Against Grace play live before and I am sold on them both. I first saw Marionette play last year at the K&B showcase and they are great. Andrew did a great job with the line up and on best of all, the show was free.
Side Note: It’s always nice to meet a fellow RVA blogger that I feel like I know from twitter and Facebook – S/O to to Your Hear That blog. So great to meet you last night.
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE GREAT PARTY LAST NIGHT!
Everyone is going in on G40 photos and I am no different – this event is so awesome that everyone should be getting in on it…taking photos, talking to artist, doing it big…with that said, I’ve been trying to limit my photos until I turn them over to the crew and I want to capture some different stuff than just the standard — here is a quick sample of the direction I’m going:
I needed to test some new editing plug-ins over the weekend and this is the end result. This was filmed at the Black Girls vinyl release show at Kingdom featuring: White Laces, The Trillions, NO BS! Brass, and of course, Black Girls. S/O to Bucky and the team at Worthless Junk for the hook up. Like the Cheats Movement on Facebook (Click Here)
Here are a few photos from the Black Girls release party at Kingdom Friday night. The show featured: White Laces, The Trillions, NO BS! Brass Band, and Black Girls. It was my first time seeing Black Girls live and they did not disappoint. It was also my first time seeing The Trillions live and I really enjoyed them too. No way around it – NO BS! KILLED IT. They are flat out amazing and really left their mark on the night. And the fact that White Laces (sorry guys my lighting was a bit off for your set – I will make it up) lead off the night made this show one of my early favorites of 2012. All of these bands are worth seeing live. I’m working on a 30 – 60 sec short video of the night so I don’t have many photos. Keep checking back, SHARE THIS POST, and Like The Cheats Movement on Facebook for more updates.
A 2012 Cheats Movement project is to post new music, artwork, and videos from RVA’s creative community. Therefore, I’m starting The Cheats Movement Club. A series of picks from “friends” of the Cheats Movement. If you are an artist and would like you new work considered for the club, send it to TheCheatsMovement@gmail.com.
THIS WEEK IN THE CLUB: DAMAGED ANDY, SUPERSTAR SPITAZ, ARTIK PHREEZE, SMOOTHMATIC, RYAN EASTER
ARTIST: DAMAGED ANDY ALBUM: PSYCHOSIS TRACK: ROMANS WHY: Damaged Andy is a RVA hip-hop vet. He took some time off to focus on what he wanted to accomplish in music and the result of his internal joureny was Psychosis. Check out the track Romans below and check out the album by clicking here.
ARTIST: SUPERSTAR SPITAZ X ARTIK PHREEZE VIDEO: YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS WHY: What’s next in RVA hip-hip? You can never tell but these two gentleman, Phreeze and Spitaz are working hard to carve out their spot. They were kind enough to invite me down to West Coast Kix to shoot some behind the scenes – check that out by clicking here. Below is the official video.
ARTIST: SMOOTHMATIC VIDEO: 2011 YEAR END PROMO WHY: I give credit where credit due and Robert Roby AKA SmoothMatic absolutely killed the 2nd half of 2011 with video after video. He is always doing quality work for RVA artist. Check out his year end promo below.
ARTIST: RYAN EASTER VIDEO: RORSCHACH’S JOURNAL WHY: I’ve only met Ryan Easter one time (and it was brief) - after he killed a show at the camel last year before he went to Berklee College of Music. I ran across this video on my facebook feed and really loved the RVA visuals and the groove. Salute to Ryan Easter reppin RVA.
Again, if you want your work considered for the club send it to: TheCheatsMovement@gmail.com — all art, music and videos.
Face Melt Fridays at Strange Matter keeps getting stronger. Face Melt V brought its most enthusiastic crowd to the series. Hosted by Azrael Onassis and Black Liquid, I’ve got a few photos from the part of the night I was there — S/O to the New Juice Crew, OMG, Swordplay killed it, Cameo by Octavion Xcellence. I had a real nice talk with Conrizzle – fresh off of his Big Sean performance — big things coming from him. Click HERE to see all the photos.
RSVP by clicking HERE!!! We just landed Chris Ryan too. All kinds of interviews will be happening!
Face Melt Friday is always a fun shoot — a lot of love and support for each other and hip-hop. I’ve been crazy busy preparing for RVA HOT SAUCE on Oct 21st! Make sure you come through and support the fam. BUT I did manage to leak a preview of the Face Melt Shoot…for now click here to enjoy the leaked 6.
Last night I stopped by The Camel to check out Charged Up Ent….The Rebirth. Always good to see local talent being showcased. Charged Up does this show every month. The night was hosted by Noah-O and the lovely Tan Carter. It was a fun night, Swerve 36 was on the wheelz. Streetz Deep, J-Nero, Black Liq, BCMusic1st, Big Nat were all in the building. S/O to Joe Threat and Rah Scilla (Imma get photos of you — I promise) And of course my man Black Reed — looking like the man in this photo series. Click HERE to see my photos of the night.
Last night, I stopped by Bogarts to see one of my favorite Richmond bands Beast Wellington. They were celebrating the release of their latest CD with a large number of supporters, family members, and friends. Mark, Samantha, and the BW crew did not disappoint. Check out all of my photos from last night by clicking here. Also, I met some very cool photographers last night and even a few people that are familiar with this blog. Thanks so much for the support. A very fun night indeed.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue did their thing at Friday Cheers. Listen to Shorty blaze Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On. He also treated the crowd to James Brown and Louis Armstrong. Treme was in RVA last night – Amazing!
The Carolina Chocholate Drops cover of Hit’em up Style is amazing (see for yourself). They are great live and really brought their style to the National. If you can see them in the future…DO IT!
I can honestly say that I had never seen anything l ike what Sleigh Bells did Friday night. It was the most hyped I’d ever seen a concert crowd. The show was short but if it went any longer there would have been serveral heart attacks in the crowd.
The multi-talented [and super beautiful] Rhiannon Giddens lays down the vocal and newest Chocolate Drop Beatboxer Adam Matta kills it at the National.