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Reggae comes of Age: Meta and The Cornerstones

A few weeks ago, my partners and I hosted a showcase at Sullivan Hall.

I wrote about it in one of my posts.

Anywho, it was a smashing success.

We had a large boisterous crowd who had come to see any one of the various acts that hit the stage, including the Haitian act Zing Experience, the international crew Radical Revolution, New York’s own Malik Work and The Real Live Show, or the headliner, Meta and The Cornerstones.

To be honest, with the exception of Meta, I had never heard any of the bands play live before.

So I wasn’t sure what the night had in store.

When the first act, Zing Experience, hit the stage, I knew we were on to something.

As this was my event, I played host, receiving guests as they arrived, and generally manning the entrance to the floor.

I hadn’t planned on watching the show (if you’ve seen one reggae act, you’ve seen them all).

As such, when Zing Experience started to play, I was completely overwhelmed by the banging set that they threw down.

Radical Revolution came behind them, and nearly had me abandoning my post (I’m lying. I left the door and had to get my groove on one time).

Malik Work changed up the flow and dropped some classic hip hop on the crowd and set the stage for Meta.

For those of you unfamiliar with Meta Dia, get familiar.

This young cat from Senegal is the absolute truth.

First of all, he’s one of the most humble cats you’re ever going to meet.

Next, he’s surrounded by some really exceptionally talented musicians, that gel together onstage.

And, he’s got competent management, who have taken their time to develop his brand (shout out to Kalab Berhane!)

But the coup de grace is his music.

This cat makes some really dope music.

But don’t take my word for it.

Check out video from the show, and judge for yourself. Click the image to watch the video.

Meta rocks onstage at Sullivan Hall.

Meta clearly has what it takes to be a superstar, and we’re betting that this kid goes far.

The goal of the Restless Media Presents series, is to showcase talent like Meta, but also to pay homage to the artists that paved the way.

For example, on Sunday, September 26, Restless Media Presents: Derrick Barnett and The Statement Band, with special guests, Marcia Davis and Outro, featuring Ed Robinson, Stephen Souza, Devon Jorge, Scepta, Jr Drean & Alrica.

Derrick Barnett is a remarkable reggae bassist that has thrilled audiences all over the world. We were able to pull some strings and get him to perform for our series, so it’s a night not to be missed.

AND he’s coming with a busload of his friends, to make the night extra special.

Restless Media Presents: Derrick Barnett & The Statement Band

So don’t miss it!

Note: The Restless Media Presents series, is my return to working with musicians. The series represents an opportunity for up-and-coming artists to play in a major NYC venue, and make a name for themselves. Artists with promise will receive residencies and fixed dates to play at Sullivan Hall through 2011.

If you’re an artist with a following and you think you’ve got what it takes to pack and rock the house, please send an email with your contact details to info@restlessmedia.net. We’re booking dates for 2011. All genres considered. Serious artists only.

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Culture, cops and cockroaches.

Last week, I travelled into New York for what was supposed to be a day of culture, fun and family. You see the wife was browsing Barrista.net and came across Family Day at the New Museum.

Each first Saturday of every month, the New Museum hosts Family Day, complete with activities for the whole family. This particular Saturday featured an exhibit of an artist who was renowned for his landscapes, and the children were given paper, charcoal, and a view of the city to sketch.

After an hour, we had three masterpieces and three hungry children to boot. We decided we’d head to a NYC staple, BBQs, for lunch.

In my youth, BBQs was the spot for late night grubbation on a budget. With three kids in tow, my pockets were looking for a safe haven. BBQs was just such a haven.

We’d driven up 8th Street to where we thought BBQs was, but it wasn’t there. The wife remarked that she had seen a ‘BBQ’ sign, but it was further down the block (in the opposite direction) much closer to Gray’s Papaya.

So we looped around the block, and arrived at what was apparently the new location of BBQs. We parked and were led into a dining room with a view of 8th Street. We promptly ordered and waited for our food to arrive.

The kids ordered 1/4 barbeque chickens with macaroni and cheese. I ordered the half chicken and french fries, while the wife got the barbeque chicken wrap and coleslaw. Pineapple juice, a hot tea and virgin pina colada’s rounded out our order.

When the food finally arrived, we dug in hungrily. The food wasn’t quite as tasty as I recalled. The chicken was dry and totally devoid of barbeque sauce (umm, what gives?) But the kids were content and didn’t seem to mind.

That is until I looked out the window to see one of NYC’s finest issuing me a ticket.

Apparently my meter receipt was not turned face up, and despite my rushing out to flip it over (thereby demonstrating I had a valid parking receipt on my dash) the meter reader had already begun tapping out my ticket on his digital ticket-issuer-that-can’t-retract-tickets-once-he-begins-a-tapping and was duty bound to proceed.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, when I returned to the restaurant two roaches arrived (as if on queue) unannounced next to our table. I immediately ordered everyone to stop eating and demanded to see the manager.

And where was the manager? Stuck in traffic on his way to the restaurant. The best the waiter could do was take 50% off my ticket. Thoroughly defeated, and not prepared to fight for a completely free meal, I paid the 50% (the value of the drinks we had ordered that were presumably cockroach free), and bounced – disgusted.

And then got stuck in traffic heading out of the city…

And so what was supposed to be a wonderful day filled with culture, fun and family, ended up being a day of culture, cops and cockroaches.

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