It’s A Mixtape Riot!, Miz Metro, Project Art and Scotty Barnhart at The King Center

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Dammit I’ve run out of PG Tips again and I’m writing this while simultaneously having a discussion on Twitter with Yahoo Music about the current state of Cassie V Rhianna, Eminem and Nick Cannon amongst other issues- stuff I’m so clued in to and care so much about(not) 

I’m also getting ready for a swinging black tie SESAC event which I’m nowhere near ready for and…Let’s see- trying to raise money, working on business proposals and

Iooking to hire folks and recruit a business partner! In other words…I’m busy!

And….Friendfeed is picking up steam….Lots of heads are subscribing to my feed so appreciate that!


I’ve added ‘She’s So Fresh’ w/ Bless Roxwell, F.C Globeblogger and ME TIME Rituals w/ Simone Kelly and other surprises coming soon!

My Bloom Blog is hot and don’t you forget it!!!



Dopest party in the City for real- fresh name, dope concept, great talent and most importantly- a great fun rewarding experience…In fact – I always see dudes and dudettes hooking up these joints!

Mixtape Riot- I can say I’ve been down from day 1…Love The Beatards- Love the party!!! Mixing, Juggling, Energy, Dopeness, Fresh and hot performances!

Launched back up recently with the website launch party and now we’re back!!!

TONIGHT 10PM-11PM Drink Specials FREE

Featuring: K-Swift and Chen Low w/ Soul Imperial, Chuck Wild and DJ O on the decks!!! Beauty Bar– 231 E. 14th…. Grab me and I’ll tweet you !!!


Boston-based MC Mr. Lif has been bouncing off the walls, spreading the word far and wide about his thought-provoking, pertinent new escapade I Heard It Today.

The new full-length, available now on iTunes and in stores everywhere via his own Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises imprint, sees the rhyme-schemer taking on these increasingly troubled times, turning political faux pas into prose with fierce vernacular and sharp delivery. Lif uses his platform to inform rather than gloat, to help empower and energize listeners towards meaningful civic action. His targets? A collapsed economy, a massive bailout bill, a housing crisis reaching far and wide, a troubled black community and the apathy, fear and angst that go with all of the above.

I Heard It Today confirms Mr. Lif’s latest is, in every sense of the word, relevant.

There are 2 videos off the album in the works. ‘The Sun‘ and ‘Collapse These Walls’.

The rapper speaks without hesitation on the record’s 15 tracks, which feature guest spots from the likes of Bahamadia, Metro, Scanz and more. On this, his fifth overall LP, he blends a slew of established and up and coming producers such as Edan, Headnodic, J Zone, Willie Evans Jr., Batsauce, and Therapy. And lastly, in an effort to give fans and newcomers alike a taste of the record’s political prowess, the Bostonian himself has, with the help of one Dj Statik (aka Mr. Sonny James) created a monster 34 minute mix containing a first listen of new I Heard It Today material, along with classic Lif-age and new verses spit over Madlib and Flying Lotus beats. Get it below, along with the album’s track listing and a full set of tour dates.

So go cop Mr. Lif’s ‘I Heard It Today’- I promise you will love it and btw!!! I have listened to ‘The Sun’ on repeat about 30 times already today! Call me crazy!


The Bloom Blog is growing. Lots of colorful content, edgy, fresh and always reporting/writing before anywhere else or nowhere else!

Shouts to the talented artists affiliated:

Bless Roxwell w/ She’s So Fresh, Miz Metro Mondayz, F.C GlobeBlogger, Me Time Rituals with Simone, Dred Scott rants, Kissey Asplund and soon to be Mixtape Riot!!!

The Bloom Blog is also affiliated with MOG. A great resource for exciting and vibrant blogs and the blog world!

If you’ve got interesting stories, feeds – send them to me and we’ll see whats up! Can’t promise I’ll publish but if it’s interesting and cool then you have a great shot!


Miz Metro is sizzling- heating up– you’ll be hearing her name a ton- mark my word…I’ve heard most of the tunes off her debut album ‘UNLIMITED’ and it is a STUNNER!!!

I’ve watched her evolve- started working with her developing her or mentoring her I should say since she was about 18…Now she’s 21 and finally ready!

She’s been honing her craft- working on songs, structure- her stage presence, getting really comfortable playing out with her band The Makebelieves and she’s gearing up for the big big coming out. Album Release Party- Save The Date: Wednesday, July 8th- SOB’s! It’s going to SELL OUT!

In the meantime- she’s got an exclusive music and art performance that Blu Ellis of the Round Table has curated with open bar on Thursday, May 21st at Chacala in Soho. 7PM-11PM Tickets $35.00 include Open Bar and Hors D’oeuvres Tickets at

Miz Metro is also the co-producer along with Crosby Coolest of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop Howl SXSW Takeover which is being well-received and is available for DOWNLOAD- FREE – special thanks to IMEEM for all the great support….Download it now- 28 fine tracks from some of the best in indie Hip Hop and R&B!!!

Miz Metro’s in D.C May 19th.. LA for Strictly Social– June 17th at Little Temple and in Chicago- July 31st!!!

Also- Hip Hop Howl’s mixtape SXSW Takeover is the featured playlist today on IMEEM.


Very excited to be working with Entity Entertainment new series Project Art. Really cool multi-media installations with music and all the elements. Project Art has partnered with Hennessy Black in this series.

It takes place at Climax Lounge featuring Lupe Fiasco’s recording artist Hey Champ on 1st and 15th Music.

The 2nd and 3rd dates take place June and July TBA featuring artists: Miz Metro, Hollywood Holt, Brittany Bosco, Million $ Mano, Shala and more!

Project Art raises awareness for the alternative art scene through Paintings, Graffiti, Photography and other mediums while all being intertwined with Live Music, Live DJ, Dance and Breakin. PA Chicago is a unique platform where artists can submit sculptures, paintings, pictures, 3-D Models, a video or modern art but make it beautiful, colorful, clever, amusing and outrageous. Innovation being KEY.

The series kicks off May 22nd at Climax Lounge and powered by Hennessy Black, with additional support from Fiji Water, Vapors Magazine. Yelp, and Fusicology.

It’s Free- 21 and Over– 9PM-2am!


I’m very proud and excited to be re-united with one of the very first artists I ever started working with all those years ago. Jazz Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart.

Patience and persistence finally paying off as Scotty Barnhart’s debut album ‘ Say It Plain’ is finally coming out….May 19th…It’s absolutely STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!

Can’t say enough great words about this incredible project and I’m so proud and honored to be working and representing Scotty and this Masterpiece!

‘Say It Plain’ is released on Unity Music and distributed through Ryko Distribution. It features distinguished musicians Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jamie Davis, Marcus Roberts, Clark Terry and others.

The song with Clark Terry called “Pay Me My Money” is an anthem and I can see it being several theme songs for stations, music players, ring backs/video- you name it!

‘Say It Plain’ is a combination of standards and originals. Musicianship is top notch high caliber and I hope for ‘Best Jazz Album’ at The Grammy’s!!! You heard it here first!

He’ll be in Atlanta for his release party at The King Center– 7PM Friday, May 29th….$20.00


We’re back June 20th at Frank’s Lounge! The other night with Carolyn Harding, Collette and Paul Rivers Bailey was packed and super hot! My hosting skills were off the chain!

Come see me before I land a slot on Def Comedy Jam!

Saturday, June 20th features The Jaspects from Atlanta…Very excited about introducing them….Super great group! It’s also their album release party!

Also on the bill is Kimberly Nichole and Stacie Aamon. Always somebody hot at Nu-Soul Series…. Get in if you fit in!!!


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Subscribe to my blog- The Bloom Blog if you know what’s good and….

And tonight!!! I dress fancy schmancy for SESAC Awards dinner! Always a fab event!!!!

Thanks for supporting…You know you Rock and you know- I LOVE YOU!!!!!




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SXSW is drawing upon us and it’s always hectic getting all last minute details together on all the cool parties, shows you absolutely can’t miss, the artists I’m repping and trying to meet with folks I want to meet for new business and overall networking….Not to mention- all the great panels and roaming the exhibition booths….

It’s a ton and just when you think you’ve mastered it- you realize you’re more overwhelmed than last year and it’s clearly impossible you’re able to get even 1/2 of the stuff you want accomplished…

In other words…Don’t fret….Take a deep breath…However you take it in—-however you tackle SXSW- It is your own personal very own SXSW Experience and that’s the beauty of it. So if you end up seeing 30 great artists out of 2000 and attended 12 parties out of hundreds– You’ve done alright!!! It’s whatever you make it…

With that said…..There seems to be tons of World Music this year which I’m excited about and a large overseas contingency…So I don’t feel bad I missed MIDEM this year….MIDEM folks are at SXSW….. Womex is all over SXSW this year too with a stage and panel….

I have to shout out super supporters of The Bloom Effect for this year’s SXSW. Fusicology, IMEEM, Soul Commune, Giant Step, Nu-Soul Magazine

Also, my Severe 70 hottest buzz bands must sees! Published in Digital Media Wire. This is the 3rd year my hot list is published….

So check out what’s happening at SXSW. This will be my 20th or so year….Lost count really!

So every year Urban at SXSW increases. There’s a few Soul/R&B acts this year on different showcases…
One dedicated SXSW Soul showcase which mixes some of the best Soul and Hip Hop artists under one roof.
Artists include: Wayna, Maya Azucena, Mojoe, Neckbone, Kendra Ross, Bavu Blakes ft Karma Stewart. Brett Koshkin of Waxploitation DJ’s holding it down on the decks…
Wednesday, March 18th. Mohawk Patio(Outside) 8PM on
Hope to see you all there….
Other soul acts I’m excited about down there. Zaki Ibrahim, Yarah Bravo, Janelle Monae, Eyeris, Peter Hadar and Alice Russell.

Singer/Songerwriter Wayna gearing up for Texas….Her ‘ Higher Ground’ album continues to receive critical acclaim…
She’ll be at SXSW SOUL– 10PM on Wednesday, March 18th…. Then off to Dallas – March 20th at the Bishop Arts Theater Center and then to DJ SUN’s hot Monday at THE FLAT in Houston- March 23rd…
After Texas- Wayna hits WMC in Miami and performing at Giant Step’s party- Saturday, March 28th…
She’s back in NY at Blue Note which will be a sold out show I’m sure….Friday, April 3rd- Late Night Groove Series…11:30PM….
Wayna will be doing press days- Wed/Thursday in NY – April 8 and 9th….Hit me up if interested…
Lots going on with Wayna including recording material for a new EP release and collaborating with an Ethiopian producer Abraham who recently signed to Akon’s production team…
Over 35,000 spins for ‘ My Love’ on Youtube and Wayna will be hitting The Congo for a festival early July….

The 3rd Annual Urban Meet and Greet is going to be a great hang for all the Urban heads rolling through Austin.. It’s all about building/networking with great music….
Brought to you by Foundation Media, Spectre Music and The BRMG Group…. Great sponsors down to help the event with community outreach and great socializing….
Everyone from Audible Treats, Digiwaxx, The Bloom Effect, Beat Society, Hard Knock, Acid Flyers, Xero World, SoulSpazm, Delicious Vinyl and others have contributed to make this one hell of a fresh party…
DJ’s Amp Live, 14 KT and 88 Keys with the musical bisquits. Free
Thursday, March 19th…. 3PM-6PM Barcelona.

With the rapid growth and accessibility of digital technology comes the chance for artists worldwide to get their message out and their music heard. They are not singing about girls and money, but about political strife, economic crises, and real life issues they face every day.
Join us on Friday March 20 to explore this phenomenon and how it is creating social change. This panel, moderated by Ben Herson, CEO of Nomadic Wax, will feature the women of the Muslim hip-hop/spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage – Sukina Abdul Noor and Muneera Rashida. Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam, filmmaker Magee McIlvaine and myself will also offer insight.
Friday, March 20th….11am….
Should be an interesting discussion…. See you there!

Miz Metro has been busy performing, blogging, writing and crafting quirky pop songs and studying multi-media/social media for quite some time now…
She’s super cool, super talented, artistic, innovative, funky, young and super smart….In other words- Miz Metro is a Rock Star or soon to be….You’ll see…
Not only is she creating an exciting brand of her own vision/art but she’s also building community and helping create a movement of young budding stylish/artsy music types like herself along with fellow curator/programmer Crosby…
Together- Crosby and Miz Metro have brought together this fabulous Hip Hop Howl Mixtape concept and will be showcasing this amazing mixtape line up at SXSW for the first time…
Friday, March 20th….4:30-8PM. It’s free to get in and free food for first hour… Literally 25 + acts- the best of Indie Soul and Hip Hop coming together and showcasing in mixtape spirit– for the most part- 1 song each and a couple artists get a 2 song feature…
This all goes down at Lucky LoungeDJ Melo X on the decks mixing the entire event and bringing the tasties..
Please check The Bloom Blog for full line up!

I’ll be in Austin but wanted to spread the word here. I’ve been a fan of Art For Progress for a few years now and supported their Cause.
After all the great submissions they got in art across the board from around the world- Out of all the amazing finalists– winners will be chosen that night and awarded great prizes…
Come see great art- witness a diverse array and spectacular views of the Hudson River. Sponsored open bar and light food.
Saturday, March 14th 7:30PM 320 Studios.
Have to shout out Miz Metro in music who didn’t make the finals but she did get an honorable mention. Next year!
To purchase tickets log on to Art for Progress.

All the way from Paris, France- this progressive free form Jazz collaborative called EOL TRIO will be rocking in U.S making their debut in NY and at SXSW.
They’re also performing tonight in Toronto at Canadian Music Week.
EOL TRIO have a debut album called Mister K which mixes electronica fused with funky atonal jazz chords and improv. Made up of 2 brothers- Dennis Girard and Xavier Girard and Laurent David who also plays with Yael Naim.
EOL Trio will be playing in NY on Tuesday, March 17th at DROM. 7PM LiveWired acts Ka’a Davis and M.Nahadr will also perform….
EOL TRIO go on around 8PM… DJ Lovolution on the decks with the musical treats.
If you’re into improv, experimental, progressive and electronica- or if you’re a straight up jazz fan- I recommend you check them out….Who knows when they’ll be back as they’re touring requests overseas are very Extensive.

So that’s my SXSW Edition….Hope you enjoyed the read and more importantly hope to see you in Austin for some networking….

Would love for you to come to my events- no need to RSVP- just show up…We love you!

SX parties I’m really keen on: SPIN at Stubbs. I go every year. Fader/Levis- I haven’t missed this either

Red Bull Moon Tower- someone hook me up! Perez Hilton- Need a hook up!

Otherwise I’m straight on all the party action!!!!!

BBQ, Booze, Music, Friends and Discovery…. That’s SXSW for you!

If anyone has any leads on SXSW tips/party invites they want to share- holla at this chick right here!!!!


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Thursday February 12th, 2009
No Cover, 8 PM
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WAYNA’s WORLD it is, Grammy build up, SOUND IN COLOR, and life in 2009!

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Where do I start? Since coming back from Miami this past weekend spending New Year’s with UK’s Firin Squad massive and my girl Sharon Carpenter– I’ve come back hit the road running and it hasn’t stopped!Oh- my holiday cheer poem was a big success so it seemed as I got tons of emails saying how enjoyable it was and glad to put a smile on all your faces! So glad in fact….I’m writing up another one in next week’s blast- yeah, yeah- I know you all can’t wait!

More and more readers on my blog- starting to leave comments- very exciting! By now- you’ve all peeped Wayna’s debut video ‘My Love’- otherwise you will now…

We’re judging a Remix Contest this Friday w/ April Hill- stay tuned….

and I locked down SOUND IN COLOR which I’m super excited about as Maya Azucena is hosting and one of my faves is debuting in NY- Monica Blaire!

I’ve been going to the library lately. It’s a wonderful thing. I’m trying to make it a goal to read 2 books a month. Wish me luck. I also have to hit the gym or some sort of regimented work out and….Got to eat better- more healthy! Oh to do to do what’s a woman to do! And I’m nearly at my Facebook Friends Quota. Get me while you can!

Addictive TV out of UK have remixed and mashed up Slumdog Millionaire trailer- It’s brilliantly wicked! Check my Bloom Blog to view.

Karsh Kale at 92Y in Tribeca on Friday- 11PM.. Q-Tip at Santos Party House- Friday Midnight.. Saturday- Tomas Doncker at Barnes&Noble Lincoln Center- 7PM
Globalfest on Sunday- Webster Hall Tamara Wellons at Alvin Ailey Dance Studio– Sunday
Mama O’s Kimchee Salsa tasting at Jeffrey’s on Saturday… 2PM-7PM Essex Market.
Shouts to Kissey Asplund, Miz Metro, & Dred Scott I’m looking for more contributors….Hit me up if interested….

I’m getting tons of traffic on the blog so thanks for spreading the love…Bookmark it. Keep coming…. The Bloom Blog.

I’m also launching a Blog Contest on The Bloom Blog- Once a month kicking off with next Monday’s contest supported by Eb Did It Gift Baskets.

Winner will receive a beautiful custom made gift basket courtesy of Eb Did It. Thanks Eb!

No stopping Wayna. She’s on a roll and the next few weeks is all about Grammy’s. She’s also performing at several inaugural balls/events in D.C Jan 17-20th…
Her debut video ‘My Love’ is garnering a lot of praise/attention… Performing at SOB’s SOL VILLAGE– Feb 18th
Wayna will be in LA during Grammy week doing promo, performances, after parties and anything else we can pursue. Hit me up if you have any ideas.. Save the date: The Blue Note- Friday, April 3rd….
So nominated for a Grammy in the Urban Alternative Performance category. This is pretty remarkable and pretty much unheard of for an indie artist…What a unique story! Go Wayna!
‘My Love’ will have a world premiere on BETJ’s Soul Session inside the TOP TEN.
And…Lots more in the works…After all, it’s Wayna’s World!

Locked down the first show of ’09 and so excited! Shouts to Adriel of Ill-Literacy and The Funky Pixel for hooking up the dope design.
I’ve been wanting to bring Detroit crooner Monica Blaire for the longest and logistically it never worked until now and thus- her NY Debut….
The night is hosted by the fabulous and lovely Maya Azucena. This will be my first time seeing her in front of the mic not performing but giving some flavour to the night and verbal entertainment rather than vocal! Can’t wait. Also on the bill all the way live from Holland- Postman and one of my faves Kameron Corvet.
The night is powered by Thisisrealmusic, ONUTSS, Fusicology and Rebel Soul.
Friday, January 23rd- Joe’s Pub– Late Night Series 11PM
Hoping to have some goodies locked in TBA and handed out all night- stay tuned!! Can’t wait to see you all at SOUND IN COLOR.

Speaking of Maya hosting Sound in Color– we’re very excited to participate at the premiere screening for Maya’s debut video off the new album called ‘ Get It Together’.
DJ Center will be on the decks and there will also be a special intimate acoustic performance.
Wednesday, Jan 28th at 7:30PM at MADIBA in Fort Greene and sponsored by Fort Greene Film Society and The Bloom Effect.
The video is directed by Seth Kushner.
So show some love! ‘Get It Together’- Maya will be happy you did!!!!

Heston’s ‘Storyteller’ has a Europe release in the Spring. It continues to do well in the States online/downloads and critically…
He’s appearing on Soultalk Radio this Thursday at 10:30PM w/ Duane Simon so tune in…
He’s at Blue Note Late Night Series- Saturday, January 31st. Midnight...

April Hill’s Remix Contest for ‘ The Search’ is well under way with over 150 submissions already from various DJ’s, producers around the world…. After extending the submissions deadline to December 31st we finally got all the tracks in and uploaded…
There’s a big cash prize! Who’s going to be that lucky winner—- Well– the judges are sitting down(yes I’m included) this Friday at 5PM and we’re videotaping the entire event….
The decision will be made soon enough!
April just collaborated with Italian soul/jazz/funk act Live Tropical Fish. Look for their release soon and a tour in Italy!!

I’m a big fan of Art for Progress. They have some great initiatives and they’re a not for profit. If you’re not hip to them- get to know them…They’ll be your best friend…. Art for Progress is committed to celebrating the arts, cultivating emerging artists, and developing a diverse, creative community with an on-line presence.
They’re gearing up for Clash of the Artists- in its 3rd Year. Now in it’s third year plans on raising the standard of artist competitions across the world! At Art For Progress, they inspire exceptional international talent to get involved and support art education while having the opportunity to win fantastic prizes geared for the career artist. Here’s your opportunity to show the art world, peers, and fans your best work. The world will decide who makes it to the finals for the BIG EVENT in New York City in March 2009.
The annual competition encompasses genres of visual art, film, fashion, live music, DJ’s, and the exciting open category, “creative”. The interactive judging process allows the on-line community to view short films, listen to music, and see the work of artists and designers from Australia to New York. Over a five-week voting period, three finalists will be chosen in each category.
Deadline for submissions is this Friday…Jan 9th… No more submissions after this date and the voting begins on the 19th….. Stay tuned for where the Big Event will be in March 2009 and you can be sure that The Bloom Effect will be highly visible and participating….

So I’m helping this crew out from CT and MA doing shows up there- They’re looking out for me too with Sound In Color.
Saturday, Jan 24th in Springfield, MA at Holiday Inn, Penthouse Suite. 8:00PM featuring Leemy Waiters and the lovely Abby Dobson..
Organix Soul does all the Soul shows and they have radio shows too so definitely reach out to D.Moss and James!

So that’s my week so far- so much for starting out slow- I just jump right in! Can’t wait for anyone or anything….I’m on a roll and I need to stay here!!!

Follow me on Twitter if you’re not already…

I didn’t make the final nominations for the Shorty Awards which are being held in Feb in NYC but I did ok! Came in at #18 in the Ent Category- Not bad… I’m going Top 5 next year!!!

So I’ll be in LA…Can’t wait- I’m long overdue – Last time was there taking Anthony David around and now look where he is!!!

I’m working on another edition of SXSW SOUL! Look out!

I’m almost maxed on friends on Facebook. There’s a 5000 limit! I was told today by a staffer at Facebook that I need to do a celebrity page! Damn! Alright then!


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