On Sept 6 & Sept 7, the first ever Fall Line Fest invades in downtown Richmond. The festival features 5 venues: The Hippodrome Theater, The Camel, Strange Matter, Love RVA (Friday only), Gallery 5 (Saturday only) and over 40 bands. The Cheats Movement Blog is excited to play a small part of this inaugural festival. In the spirit of SXSW – one wrist band gets you into every venue – that’s right – one wrist band and you can get a band for $20 right now: http://falllinefest.com/2013/#tickets.
I’m excited that several members of the family – extended family – and bands that I’m just a fan of are playing. Here the first in a series of FLF previews that I’m hype about:
Ms. Proper – Saturday September 7th – Hippodrome Theater – 6 PM
Ms. Proper (shown above): has been one of the my favorite MCs since I started the Cheats Movement Blog in 2011. Always laying down for RVA (though she has recently relocated to the ATL), Ms. Proper has consistently carried the torch for female MCs and RVA as a whole. Her show always brings a level of energy and excitement that is worth the price of admission. GET THERE EARLY on Saturday September 7th. I guarantee if you miss Proper’s set you will regret it.
Ohbliv – Saturday September 7 – Hippodrome Theater – 7:30 PM
I don’t know what I can say about Ohbliv that really hasn’t been said. He is getting to legend status in the game right now. The most truthful thing I can say is that Obliv is RVA’s most popular best kept secret. Hard to explain, I know, but this brother has been on Hot 97.com, he’s doing shows all over the country, released a record in Iceland and yet RVA – I’m not sure you realize what you have right here. If you’ve seen an Ohbliv set – I don’t have to tell you but if you’ve never seen this brother live – be there at 7:30 PM at the historic Hippodrome. Ohbliv will make you move.
DOE the Paperboy – Saturday September 7 – Hippodrome Theater – 6:45 PM
I’ve been so impressed with DOE the Paperboy over the last two years. He reps Petersburg to the fullest. DOE is constantly pushing the boundary of what Central VA hip hop can do. He is a artist and mogul – representing the DOE brand everywhere he goes. His rhyme style puts him in the upper levels of the game and his visuals and production have been off the chain. DOE has really extended his live shows, recently headlining The National with his friends Against Grace. Most Def a great addition to FLF.
Photosynthesizers – Saturday September 7 – Hippodrome Theater – 8:15 PM
One of my favorite bands (period). Photosynthesizers has it all: great music – a great live set – personality – talent – they are just a complete band. One of my favorite bands to be around and I’m excited that they are working on new material to get out to the world. Versitilty is the word that comes to mind when I think of Photos. You can’t put them in a box – you want to go lyrics? Bar Codez got you. You want to go Soul or even Rock? Sam Reed can handle that – DJ’s? New addition Billy Nguyen is on it. And that’s not even mention J. Bryant, Data and Chelsea. Photos is ready to break out.
Finishing the night at the Hippodrome are the amazing NO BS! Brass Band and New Orleans’ Big Freedia. September 7th will be an amazing night at the Hippodrome – don’t wait – buy your ticket to the entire Fall Line Fest right now!
NO BS! Brass Band Plays the Hippodrome at 9:30 PM (Photo taken from NO BS! Brass FB page)
No BS! Brass and Big Freedia photos taken from their Facebook fan pages. All other photos shot by Cheats
“Look at where we at….we here,” DOE said to no one in particular. It was minutes before he took the stage at the National. He was in front of a hometown crowd and for a brief second, he was standing alone. His high school classmate and friend Wes Tatum had just led Against Grace through a energizing performance and after about 4 hours of rock bands – the only artist left to perform was the hip hop musician/mogul representing the Burg.
I didn’t confused his self-talk for nerves. It was clear to me that DOE was not nervous. He was humbled. He was taking it all in. If you’ve ever seen him perform before you’d know that he is a seasoned performer. His performances are high-energy and he carries a strong stage presence. But this night was different. His name was outside on the marquee – DJ Foot was on duty – and there were a lot (a lot) of D.O.E. shirts in the audience. They had come out specifically to see him. This show was different – it is exactly where DOE The Paperboy wanted to be. It’s what he has been working for – it wasn’t nerves it was just a realization that he was where he wanted to be. And he was about to rip the stage.
The show itself was a bit of a blur..DOE pulled out all the stops and spared no expense to make his performance one of the best of his career. I had several favorite moments but none better than DOE pulling a dedicated young fan/and fellow emcee out of the crowd to go toe to toe performing one of DOE’s tracks. It was an amazing moment during a hip hop show – you just don’t see that type of support for a so-called” local” artist…that moment is what superstars do. It was unique and really cool.
DOE also brought out one of my favorite artist, Ms. Proper, to rock with him on stage. Ms. Proper holds it down not only for RVA (though she has recently relocated) but she holds it down for female emcees. I was glad to see her rock the stage with DOE -and get ready because it is set to happen again this year at the Fall Line Fest in September (more on that in the coming weeks).
To wrap up the evening, I will finish by highlighting what I think the key to DOE’s success is – it’s his motto: Drive Over Everything. It’s well documented that he has been through some challenges but it’s his drive that pushes him forward and keeps him focused. The ability to create your own path is a rare trait. DOE has that trait and has been using it forge a new way not only in hop hop but in everything he does. There was a moment at the end of the show where it looked like DOE was just going to break down – like he wasn’t going to be able to continue – the emotion of the evening had gotten to him but then he held his head high – pounded his chest and pushed through. Stay tuned – DOE is still pushing and there is much more to come.
This Saturday, DoethePaperboy will be headlining the The National with his friends Against Grace. I caught up with Mr. DOE Nation himself to get his thoughts on the upcoming concert. More on that in a minute – I’ve followed Doe’s moves for about two years now and I’ve seen first-hand what he’s done – not only to build his fan base – but also to build his business and brand. I believe Doe’s grind moved into overdrive in early 2012 when he hooked up with Soul Live Media and dropped two of my favorite videos, Picasso and If I Had It. The more I learn about Doe Nation the more I understand that he is much more than a musician, he is a entrepreneur with a hustlers spirit. Check out my interview below with a true Grindaholic: DoeThePaperboy.
Saturday is a big show – you’re at the National with Against Grace, tell me how did the two of you link up?
I’ve been rocking with Against Grace for 4 years now – Me and Wes went to school together (Petersburg High School), so I always knew him. We just ran into one another at a Show in Petersburg – at a Spot Called Wabi Sabi. We exchanged numbers and later found out we have great chemistry and the rest is too be written.
I can tell that you are very excited about Saturday night, what makes this upcoming show special for you?
This show marks about 3 years since I headlined with Against Grace back in 2010. They are my favorite band so I’m really looking forward to their performance. And also this is a chance to bring everything we offer as a team into a great venue for more exposure.
For those who don’t know about you, it’s not just about music, tell me about the DOE movement you have going right now?
Right now we have been afforded the opportunity to be branded and marketed under AINIGRIV ADORN. Ainigriv is just VA backwards – so we think opposite – and Adorn is beautiful – so Va beautiful. Being under such a great company D.O.E has been able to create a sneaker, watch, jewelry and countless other pieces of apparel. The movement has been worldwide for a while now and has been seen represented in many countries outside of The United States. We will continue to make the brand more powerful, that’s our bargaining power.
How did you discover your love and spirit for business?
My passion about all we are doing is fueled constantly by our worldwide support system. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have been told that this movement is for the greater good. The ability to maintain just comes from self determination, the will to be successful, and understanding that failure is character building.
What’s next for you and your team in 2013?
2013 and beyond – we’re going to explore new markets and make a greater effort to focus on community involvement.
Come out to The National this Saturday to see the entire DOE movement live. Doe will be headlining with Against Grace – DJ Foot will also be in the building on the ones and twos. The show starts at 7 PM.
The Epic Fest photo vault is now open! This is only photos of Day 1. Photos of Day 2 are done but I need about 10 more likes of Facebook before I post them. So make sure you CLICK HERE to like the Cheats Movement on Facebook. Please share these photos online. I got some real special photos from a very special night. Enjoy – and like the FB Page. I can only keep this blog going with your support and support for content I’m posting.
This defiantly a cool edition of, Why I Love RVA Today. I’m posted two amazing videos: The first is directed by my dude Robert Roby. He is doing his thing with Soul Live Media. He hooked up with Doe The Paperboy a while back and together they have killed 2012 with music and visuals. Rob dropped a tweet a few weeks ago telling RVA that the Picasso visual was going to be a game changer. He did not lie. It’s one of the best videos I have seen from any RVA artist. I’m looking up at it myself and shaking my head. Well done to both Doe and Rob on this instant classic.
The second video is courtesy of my friends over at Dirty Richmond. It was created by Bree El over at Style on the Move. I don’t make any bones about it – I’m a huge fan of Dirty Richmond. Brian’s site was once again voted the Best Blog/Tumblr in RVA by the readers of Style Weekly. It is very cool to see him grow and see how Dirty Richmond had grown in the last 2 years. This video is great example of how much of a force Dirty Richmond is in RVA. Both Brian and Bree have been featured on The Cheats Movement before and I am sure we will continue to work together in the future.