Fame's Fortune 5 of 2005
Happy Holidays.....Christmas, New Year's, MLK Day, Presidents Day, ALL OF THEM! :) I started writing this on February 2nd, 2006, and was constantly distracted. I am embarrassed to say that this entry was completed on March 6, 2006. At least its finished.
Boy I tell ya! Its been a long time since I've been able to sit down and put my column together. I've missed being able to communicate with you in this forum. So much has happened, but I hope and pray that all is well with you, the reader of The Fortune Five. A lot of people have told me that they've read the past entries, and I'm happy to report that the response has been positive. So much so that in a short period of time, I will be doing write-ups of DJ's, promoters, up-and-coming artists and anyone of interest in this business we call music. Let me again say this: THIS COLUMN IS NOT POLITICALLY INFLUENCED! Talent recognizes talent, and good people recognizes good people and there are a few good people in this game. Stay tuned.
I had originally intended to give a list of the top 10 events that I hosted in 2005. But due to the fact that this is now the middle of February, it would be smart to cut that list in half to 5. Let's take a stroll back to last year...it was only six weeks ago.
#5 - Xctassy/NVUS/Industry Tuesdays @ Lobby: Tuesday September 27th, 2005
Even though the great hate of last year against me grew from this party that I helped to start back in March 2004 (not from the promoters), I was glad to have the opportunity to work the last hour of reggae on this night. Why this night? Who would've thought that this was to be the last night of this long running event? It was. So perhaps it was fitting that the classic combination of myself and DJ Will played the last hour of one of the more successful, crowd pleasing weekly events that this city has ever seen. An unceremonious ending to an event that I'm sure would've made its two-year anniversary. When you talk about "The Honey-Comb Hideout @ Aria", or "Soul Groove 2nd Fridays @ Metronome", or "Sundays @ NV", or "Savior Fare Sundays @ The Vue", or ANY EVENT at the Social Club, YOU MUST PUT TUESDAYS @ LOBBY in this mix! So this is my way of saying that this night should not, and will not be forgotten.
#4 - (tie) Share My World @ The Canal Room: Sunday October 9th, 2005 and Made In New York II @ Blvd: Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Normally, a yearly event like "Made In New York" shouldn't share a rating, but I was double booked that night doing something else so I wasn't there for the full effect of the night. But please believe, "MINY" is the 4th of July standard around here, and this edition didn't disappoint. More than 1,000 people in BLVD (YES BLVD) can't be wrong. Just as important, I felt, was the one-off event that was held this past Columbus Day weekend at the Canal Room. Here's my reasoning for this one: The Canal Room has never been rammed like it was on this night. A good holiday crowd with a lot of energy made it all the more better.
#3 - (tie) Electric Avenue/Blow Pop Fridays @ Eugenes: Friday September 9th, 2005 and Friday October 21st, 2005
These were two great days in Eugene's history. September 9th was the night of DJ Fine$$e's birthday, which also featured David Banner jumping all over the place and Shaggy doing an impromptu concert. Bananas! October 21st was Black Rob's album release party. But....you just have to see the pictures from THIS NIGHT to fully understand why THIS NIGHT gets the ranking its getting. Here's a hint: the tradition of women dancing on the furniture started from THIS NIGHT!
#2 - Bon Voyage: All White Affair @ The USS Intrepid Museum: Saturday July 16th 2005
This event was truly historic, and I was glad to be a part of it. It was the first ever hip-hop event on the deck of the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. YES, ON THE DECK! You can't say that you've partied on the deck of the Intrepid every day. The unique setting alone made this night memorable. There had to be close to 2,000 people or maybe a little bit more than that, and it was a great summer night! But what was most impressive about the night was how the event ended. No beef.....no problems. Two great DJ's (Scratch and Goldfinger) that worked together for the good of the event; no egos. However, people were having such a good time, and drinking so much that they couldn't contain themselves and EMS had to shut the party down. NOT the police and NOT the fire marshall, but the EMS. That has got to be a first! There's nothing to be ashamed of with that. It just showed that people had so much fun, they couldn't contain themselves.
#1 - The Wendy Williams Dons And Divas Extravaganza VI @ Crobar: Thursday December 22nd 2005
Never mind hosting the event, this was my first time ever attending one of the D&D events. Let me be crystal clear: this event is worth the hype. Actually the hype doesn't even do it justice. I got there at 11:00. (This is not a misprint: 11:00 PM not 1:00 AM.) At 11:00 PM there were over 1,000 people already inside. DJ S&S put on a clinic with the music. People danced the entire night...THE ENTIRE NIGHT and there were performances by Bobby Brown, Trey Songz and Big Daddy Kane. This was a great event, party, celebration, whatever you want to call it. I hope it will not be the last D&D event I host. Chances are it won't be the last.
So here's to the great year of 2005. It flew by didn't it? Here's to the remaining 10 months of 2006. Here's to the hope that everyone who has a hand in this business does everything they can to make this business better than it was yesterday. And most importantly, here's to you the people who make our business what it is today.