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KickBack Boston fuses millennial socialization with eats, drinks and crowdsourced turntable choice.

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 / KickBack Boston was founded by two visionary, creative and passionate Bostonians, with one main mission – bringing together like-minded individuals who are tired of the same-old routine nightclub environment with long lines, overzealous VIP crowds and the monotonous Top-40 Serato-filled play lists.

But instead, The KickBack cultivates an organic and unpretentious space where a gathering of chill millennials can eat, socialize, take back a few drinks and vibe-out to a diverse rotation of live DJs.

The KickBack Boston events are hosted on a Wednesday evening in premier and emerging locales throughout the city of Boston.

The KickBack is only a 3hr event from 8p-11pm, and the agenda follows as such: 8pm – Party Starts // 9pm-10pm – People’s Choice // 10pm-11pm – DJ Set // 11pm – Party Done. Our People’s Choice segment is a list of songs our guest request to hear when they RSVP to The KickBack.

The DJ sets the backdrop and creates a mix blend with the selected songs. The choice to request a song closes 7 days prior to the event date which gives the DJ ampule time to curator a vibrant mix.

The first installment of KickBack parties was held on December 23rd, 2015 at Harborside Lounge. The event attracted roughly 220 local Bostonian professionals in various industries including, but not limited to – fashion, music, media, and art.

Since then we hosted our second installment at Vintage Lounge on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (8p-11p) which was also well attended with 150 guests.

This 2nd installment was our first themed event titled #gotthefeels RnB KickBack edition. We held our 3rd installment on April 20, 2016 and had another solid turnout of 170 in attendance at Ultra Lounge at Ascend Boston.

Here’s a quick rundown of how DJ’s are picked… our guest DJ’s are hand selected by the KickBack Boston founders. We carefully scour the city, and region to seek out emerging talented curators of sounds from electronic Hip Hop to alternative, contemporary hipster R&B vibes.

All events are open format except for our themed editions. For our launch we had Collective Boston’s DJ Yvng Pavl share his vibes with us and our second installment was emerging female DJ Guru Sanaal from Knights of The Round-tables. We hosted our most recent KickBack with Michael Christmas’ DJ, DJ Fresco and  DJ Normz of SuperSmash Broz.

On June 22nd KickBack returns back to Ultra Lounge at Ascend Boston to host our 4th KickBack with DJ Real Politikz.

KickBack Boston is anticipating roughly 150-200 patrons to attend. Please share this event with all like-minded individuals who are interested. We really want to build relationships early on with tastemakers to grow the KickBack vibe. We thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

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May 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

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World Music CRASHArts nabs $445K audience development grant.

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World Music/CRASHarts Selected for Wallace Foundation 

Audience-Building Initiative

To produce a global music festival

Grant Amount for the first cycle: $445,000


[BOSTON], April 15, 2015 – World Music/CRASHarts has been selected for the New York-based Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainabilityeffort – a new, six-year, $52-million initiative aimed at developing practical insights into how exemplary performing arts organizations can successfully expand their audiences, the foundation announced today. With the first year’s funding of $445,000, World Music/CRASHarts will complete preliminary audience research and inaugurate a global music festival to take place in the winter or spring of 2016.


“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to engage Boston’s diverse audiences in an exciting new way. Just as we approach our 25th anniversary, we are delighted to be recognized by The Wallace Foundation for our global arts programming. We are honored to be included among such remarkable arts organizations across the nation,” states Executive Director, Maure Aronson.


World Music/CRASHarts was one of 26 arts organizations from around the country that was selected to be a part of the Building Audiences for Sustainabilityinitiative and noted by the foundation for their artistic excellence. Each organization will design and implement programs to attract new audiences while retaining current ones, measuring whether and how this contributes to their overall financial sustainability. In addition to multidisciplinary performing arts institutions, the organizations represent a spectrum of artistic disciplines, from dance and opera companies to orchestras, and theaters. The selected partners will receive financial and technical support from the foundation to develop, implement, analyze, and learn from their audience-building work. The evidence gathered from our work will be documented and analyzed by a Wallace-commissioned independent team of researchers, providing valuable insights, ideas, and information for the entire field.


“The arts are essential on both a personal level, providing us with experiences that open us to new perspectives, and on a community level, helping us to find common ground,” said Will Miller, president of The Wallace Foundation. “However, attracting and engaging new audiences is challenging for arts organizations because, even as the number of arts groups has grown, national rates of participation in the arts have declined, arts education has waned, and competition for ways to spend leisure time has increased. We are confident that the 26 organizations selected from a pool of more than 300 identified by leaders in the arts nationwide will provide new insights that will benefit the field at large, helping to bring the arts to a broader and more diverse group of people.”


World Music/CRASHarts will receive grant support from Wallace to fund at least two “continuous learning cycles” of work. Over the course of four years, World Music/CRASHarts will receive funds to conduct initial audience research into our target audiences, develop and implement a new audience-building program (first cycle), conduct additional audience research, study the results and then use the findings to adapt and implement a second cycle of programs. This grant covers preliminary audience research plus the first cycle of work. Next phases of work will be funded through subsequent grants.


“We welcome The Wallace Foundation’s renewed support for the performing arts. Its potential impact on the performing arts field and on communities is very exciting, as it will fuel innovative audience-building approaches across the country. This initiative comes at a time when connecting to the arts in our daily lives is becoming more and more critical.” Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)


About The Wallace Foundation

Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is an independent national philanthropy dedicated to fostering improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone. It seeks to catalyze broad impact by supporting the development, testing, and sharing of new solutions and effective practices. At, the Foundation maintains an online library about what it has learned, including knowledge from its current efforts aimed at: strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement, helping selected cities make good afterschool programs available to more children, expanding arts learning opportunities for children and teens, providing high-quality  summer learning programs to disadvantaged children and enriching and expanding the school day in ways that benefit students, and helping arts organizations build their audiences.


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Susan Weiler 617-876-4275

Jennifer Fortin 617-876-4275


The Wallace Foundation 

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Public Enemy’s Chuck D at Berklee MLK event moved to 136 Mass Ave BPC

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Berklee College of Music ScanUpdate Jan 20th morning!!

There have been two changes for this event:

The event has been moved to the Berklee Performance Center at 136 Massachusetts Avenue and it is free and open to the public.

Wayne Dozier Henry, DJ Henry’s grandfather, will be speaking on behalf of Henry’s family [instead of Angella Henry].

Berklee Kicks Off its 2015 MLK Celebration on January 23 With Keynote Presentation Featuring Chuck D

The celebration, running from January 23 – 30, focuses on intersectionality in society.

Berklee’s MLK Celebration Keynote Presentation with Chuck D takes place Friday, January 23, 7:00 pm, at The Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA. The event is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call 617-747-2261 or visit

Berklee’s MLK Celebration Keynote Presentation with Chuck D takes place Friday, January 23, 7:00 pm

Musical performances by Thomas, faculty member Nedelka Prescod, and others are also planned. Thomas will present excerpts from “We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements.”

Visit for a full schedule of Berklee’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration events.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college’s first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing 105 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 300 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

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Best Web Streaming Free Jazz Site in Boston is

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JAZZBOSTON.ORG — What’s Your Jazz?


September 2011

JazzBoston Tent Again in the Middle of the Action at Berklee BeanTown Jazz Fest Sept. 24; Come By To Meet Boston’s Musicians, Make a Video
JazzBoston Holds First Music Media Meet-and-Greet Sept.22 at Darryl’s Corner Bar
Members Connection I: Win Free Tickets to James Farm, Hiroshima, Jason Marsalis, Grace Kelly, Atlas Soul, Kenny Barron, Robert Glasper, More
Members Connection II: Win Free Tickets to Lew Soloff at Coolidge Corner Theatre
Members Connection III: Win Free Tickets to John Coltrane Memorial Concert
Jazz Week ’12 Set for April 27 – May 6
Freebie Sampler: Roxbury Founders Day, Newton Jazz & Wine Fest, Stars at Berklee
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JazzBoston Tent Again in the Middle of the Action at Berklee BeanTown Jazz Fest Sept. 24; Come By To Meet Boston’s Musicians, Make a Video

Look for the black and white JazzBoston banners at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival next Saturday afternoon and come by our tent to meet some of Greater Boston’s most creative musicians, make a video for our What’s Your Jazz? campaign, or just hang out with other denizens of the scene. On Sept. 24, JazzBoston will make its fifth appearance at the festival and its second as an official festival partner. The free outdoor event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., takes place on Columbus Ave. between Mass. Ave. and Burke St.

Every half hour starting at 1 p.m., a different pair of hometown musicians will be on hand to talk with fans about their music and the scene. They’ll have their instruments with them so they can demonstrate the projects they’re working on. In the lineup so far: saxophonists Ken Field, Pat Loomis, and Cercie Miller; guitarist Antonio Loomis; pianist Yoko Miwa; trumpeter Jerry Sabatini; trombonist Bill Lowe; and drummer Yoron Israel. Also, percussionist Syd Smart, representing the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, which he co-founded in 1977; and drummer Ayeisha Mathis, accompanied by rising stars from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, where she is Director of the Music Clubhouse.

Also on hand to join the conversations will be Jazz Journalists Association president Howard Mandel, visiting from New York, and WGBH Radio hosts Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz.

Take a few minutes to stop by our mini TV studio, manned by Leroy McLaurin again this year, to watch music lovers of every persuasion as they answer the question, “What’s your jazz?” Or step up to the camera yourself and help us spread the word that jazz is for everyone.

Watch JazzBoston’s website and Facebook page for additions to the musician lineup. And click here to see snapshots of the 2010 scene at JazzBoston’s big tent.

JazzBoston Holds First Music Media Meet-and-Greet Sept.22 at Darryl’s Corner Bar

Attention music media professionals, students and teachers, and anyone else engaged in or interested in communicating about music — all kinds of music — or talking to those who do. JazzBoston invites you to a special Meet-and-Greet cocktail party with Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association; Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz, hosts of Jazz on WGBH; and an array of writers, broadcasters, cable casters, bloggers, photographers, and other music media maven and mavericks.

Sponsored by JazzBoston and the Jazz Journalists Association and hosted by Darryl Settles, it’s happening at Darryl’s Corner Bar, 604 Columbus Ave. in the South End, this Thursday evening, Sept. 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free appetizers and cash bar. Space is limited, RSVP required. Email to reserve your place.

Members Connection I: Win Free Tickets to James Farm, Hiroshima, Jason Marsalis, Grace Kelly, Atlas Soul, Kenny Barron, Robert Glasper, More

World Music/CRASHarts is offering JazzBoston members two pairs of free tickets to hear James Farm on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. The ensemble, which features Matt Penman, Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, and Eric Harland (l to r in photo left), is presented by World Music/CRASHarts in collaboration with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. World Music/CRASHarts is also offering JazzBoston members a 20% discount to the show. Discounted tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m., Sept. 22, by calling (617)876-4275 or online at To receive the 20% JazzBoston member discount, use the code JF20 upon checkout.

Scullers is offering JazzBoston members three pairs of tickets to each of these shows: Hiroshima, Sept. 22, 10 p.m.; Mark Rapp’s Melting Pot, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Sammy Figueroa & the Latin Jazz Explosion, Oct. 6, 8 p.m.; and the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.

The Regattabar is offering JazzBoston members one pair of tickets to each of these shows, all at 7:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland, Sept. 21; Obbini Tumbao, Sept. 23; Atlas Soul, Sept. 24; No Static, Sept. 27; the Warren Wolf Quintet, Sept. 29; Kenny Barron, Sept. 30; Tigran Hamasyan, Oct. 5; Francisco Mela, Oct. 6; Robert Glasper, Oct. 7; Pablo Ablanedo, Oct. 11; “Battle of the Saxes” with the Rusty Scott Quartet featuring Bill Pierce, Gordon “Sax” Beadle, and Tim Mayer, Oct. 12; Johnny A, Oct. 15; Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, Oct. 18; Sergio Brandao, Oct. 20; and the Jack Donahue Group, Oct. 21.

JazzBoston members are being offered three pairs of tickets to hear headliner saxophonist Grace Kelly along with gospel pianist George Russell Jr. and the Bethel AME Praise and Worship Team at the Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain at 8 p.m. on Sept. 23 in a special performance to benefit Rebecca’s Well, a South African nonprofit organization that confronts the mounting needs of the country’s disadvantaged women and children. In October Kelly will join the Boston-based mission to South Africa, where more fundraisers are planned.

JazzBoston members will receive a $5 discount either online (use code SAP2) or at door (just mention JazzBoston). Tickets are $40, $15 with a student ID, and available at

If you’re a JazzBoston member, write to now to enter the drawing to win free tickets to any of the events listed above, and please note which shows and dates you’re interested in. You must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win.

JazzBoston members receive discounts at Scullers, the Regattabar, Ryles, The Regent Theatre, the Amazing Things Art Center, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, Redline, the Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center, World Music/CRASHarts, Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge, the Vernissage Restaurant’s “Jazz Thursdays at Vernissage,” and Boston Pops jazz concerts at Symphony Hall. For discounts at all these venues, just show your JazzBoston card at the door, or when calling for reservations, give your name and member number.

The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston offers JazzBoston members a 20% discount on a wide range of seminars, workshops, and webinars geared to artists and arts organizations. To get information about a particular program or register online, email D’lynne Plummer, Director of Professional Development, and give her your membership number.

New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education is offering JazzBoston members a 15% discount on all classes, lessons, and ensembles in jazz and other genres, from private instrument instruction to full certificate programs. Jazz courses in the fall schedule include theory and ear training, composition and arranging, and jazz history. Click here for more information.

Click here to become a JazzBoston member now. Annual memberships begin as low as $20.

Members Connection II: Win Free Tickets to Lew Soloff at Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is offering JazzBoston members three pairs of free tickets to Evidence: A Jazz Creation, a multi-layered live performance on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.. The event features trumpeter Lew Soloff (photo left), bassist François Moutin, and vocalist and cellist Anne Sila, in collaboration with LA-based dancer/choreographer Courtney Giannone. If you’re a JazzBoston member, write to now to enter the drawing to win free tickets to “Evidence: A Jazz Creation.” You must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win.

The Coolidge is also offering JazzBoston members the special $17 Coolidge Corner Theatre member price for the performance, a $3 discount off the $20 general admission price. To receive the $17 ticket price, JazzBoston members must use the promo code JAZZBOS when purchasing tickets online at

Click here to become a JazzBoston member now.

Members Connection III: Win Free Tickets to John Coltrane Memorial Concert

JazzBoston members are being offered two pairs of free tickets to the 34th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) on Oct. 22 at Northeastern University’s Blackman Theatre, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, at 7:30 p.m. This year’s event, Coltrane’s Ashé III, will be hosted by WGBH Radio’s Eric Jackson and will honor José Massó, longtime host of WBUR-FM’s “Con Salsa” program and a member of JazzBoston’s Board of Directors. The concert revisits Ashé, Yoruban for the all-pervasive energy with which the Creator empowers humanity, and will showcase 21st century Afro-Caribbean stylistic approaches to Coltrane’s compositions.

Coltrane’s Ashé III features the John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble, an outstanding lineup of 14 prominent Boston-based musicians, many of whom have been the core of the JCMC over its 34- year legacy: Carl Atkins, Leonard Brown, Jeff Galindo, Tim Ingles, John Lockwood, Ricardo Monzon, David Neves, Jason Palmer, Bill Pierce, Ron Savage, Syd Smart, Joel Larue Smith, Stan Strickland, and Gary Valente. (In photo above, l to r, Bill Pierce, Stan Strickland, Leonard Brown.)

If you’re a JazzBoston member, write to now to enter the drawing to win free tickets to Coltrane’s Ashé III. You must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win.

Jazz Week ’12 Set for April 27 – May 6
It’s not too soon to set aside some days and nights on your calendar for next spring when Jazz Week returns for the 6th consecutive year from Friday, Apr. 27, to Sunday, May 6. Jazz Week ’12 will once again bring together Greater Boston’s entire jazz community in a 10-day celebration that offers jazz of every style in over 250 events, many of them free, indoors and out, in and around the city. Check out the info and photos of the scene from Jazz Weeks past on the JazzBoston site, and check in regularly for updates on Jazz Week ’12.
Freebie Sampler: Roxbury Founders Day, Newton Jazz & Wine Fest, Stars at Berklee

Late summer is in the air and a pair of free upcoming Saturday events offers a terrific way to hear some of the city’s finest musicians in the great outdoors. On Sept. 17, the Makanda Project with Voices takes the stage from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Roxbury Heritage State Park, 183 Roxbury St., Roxbury, as part of the Roxbury Founders Day celebration.

On Sept. 24, the second annual Newton Jazz and Wine Festival takes place at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St, Newton, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Scheduled to appear are the Rusty Scott Organ Group, Nathan Aronow Nextet, Leo Colon Latin Jazz Group and Patrice Williamson.

Berklee College of Music is featuring a number of major jazz stars in free events during September and October. Upcoming: drummer Terri Lyne Carrington at Café 939, 939 Boylston St., on Sept. 20 in a rehearsal, clinic, and Q&A session from 3 to 5 p.m. and in concert at 7 p.m.; bassist John Patitucci in concert at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.; pianist Eric Reed at Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St., on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.; drummer Peter Erskine at David Friend Recital Hall on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m., Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.; and pianist Randy Weston at David Friend Recital Hall on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

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September 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

Black Boston Music: three elevator pitches heading up.

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Cheers !! to  Black Boston Music. Can’t cover it all but here’s some highlights.  Roxbury, Ma was ground zero when people came together to produce New England’s First Urban Music Award Show. See our reviews of the UMA years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 right here –>  View the video clip where Maurice Starr and Skippy White of Skippy White records accepted  the UMA “Legends Award” and see  photos of UMA show  competitors.

Lotus Records, Inc artist Carmen Liana on Guitar

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She’s a Lotus Records, Inc. artist – MP3 tracks

1)  “Artist Live Boston” —  Is Officially Set To Launch Season Two — On November 1, 2010,  Major Music Exec Bernard Alexander to Guest Host & Introduce a Ten-Week Competition That Includes a Major Record Deal & Management Deal at Artist Live events across the river.  (details below)

2) Newbury Comics, recognized as the #8 best music store of 25 surveyed by Rolling Stone Magazine,   will be stocking “Who I Am,” an album by LA Lotus Records, Inc.  soul,  R&B artist Carmen Liana, in the Newbury  Street music store on November 2, 2010.  this webmaster wants to acknowledge NC for their interests.

Experience Carmen Liana at Boston’s – the iTunes/ charting “Taking Applications” single mixes for US and Japan markets.

3) Rusty Pendelton and Funky Fresh Radio – on Touch FM 106.1 is kicking hard out there with Boston Music Marathon (BMM) themed live performances. We’ve been there, taped some video and  spoken to artists  performing BMM dates at Great Scott music club (Allston) and the Middle East ( Cambridge). Listen to Funky Fresh Radio Live TOUCH FM 106.1 and check out Funky Fresh inspired live concerts when you can.

(*)  We’ve informally conducted live person in the street random surveys with people around Dudley Square and the Back Bay.  We were drawn to them because they appeared to be listening to music while riding the bus or when they walk with ear buds inserted. So, we asked these people “did you buy the music you listen to? Did you actually pay for it?”.

TWITTER @sdtmusic to discover what we learned doing the survey.



Boston, Mass.  (October 17, 2010) – Never before has the New England area experienced such a diverse and viable platform dedicated to featuring the regions hottest talent and showcasing America’s next music sensations.

“Artist Live Boston is back for its second season after a 20-0 thrilling first season – Bigger, Stronger and Better,” says Nick Chin, President of Brand Engine Media LLC, a visionary multi-media entertainment company, the founders of Artist Live Boston and Original Brand Manager of the successful RnB Live Hollywood (

“I’m proud and excited to make the announcement about the brand new 10 week competition that starts on November 1,” says Artist Live Boston President Ken Emmanuel.   “We are excited to give people the opportunity to showcase their talent to the nations’ top record labels and smash songwriters and producers, and to give them a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Artist Live Boston’s ten-week competition will take place Mondays at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA starting on November 1.   A panel of selected, distinguished judges will select one winner from each show. Those ten winners will go on to compete at a Grand Finale, and one winner will be given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Our official Season Two kickoff event will feature guest of honor Bernard Alexander, the head of Business Development for Artist Live Boston, who brokered the major record distribution deal with Bungalo-Universal.

Bernard Alexander has 20 years experience in the music business. Starting out as Manager of the legendary group EPMD, he went on to serve as General Manager and Executive Producer of the Hit Squad (Redman, Das Efx, K-Solo and EPMD). After co-managing UK group The Technotronics (along side music mogul Lyor Cohen) he then became the Senior Vice President at Das Communications (an Artist Management Firm which managed the careers of Nas, The Fugees, Meatloaf, Spin Doctors, Joan Osbourne, Brownstone, Biz Markie and Kool G Rap).  Following this he accepted another General Manager role over at Def Squad (Erick Sermon, Dave Hollister, Alfonzo Hunter, Keith Murray, Redman/Method Man and EPMD) where he again was the Executive Producer for each project. Shortly thereafter he set out to start his own entity which led him to managing upcoming rap star 50 Cent (while signed to Sony), Next, and multi-platinum producers Chucky Thompson and Rodney Jerkins. In the process he secured deals that would launch the careers of JoJo and Akon, both of whom are now multi-platinum superstars. In December 09 he inked a major partnership with Vincent Herbert (Executive Producer of Lady Gaga) Walter Milsap and Interscope for young boy super group Mindless Behavior (

“Having witnessed Artist Live Boston, I’m extremely honored to be a part of this major event,” says Bernard Alexander.  “I’m excited to see even more incredible talent and to help give them a once in a lifetime opportunity with a major record deal at the end of this historic competition.”

Also in attendance will be music executive Marvin McIntyre. Proficient in all aspects of the entertainment industry including management, tour management, artist development, record company and executive consulting, image development, style consulting, stage show performance, interview techniques, troubleshooting, market planning and strategic development and business management consulting. It has been stated that Mr. McIntyre has one of the most “creative” minds in the industry. A 25-year success rate in artistically developing, managing, tour managing, consulting and training some of the industries’ hottest stars: Brutha, B5, LeToya Luckett, Bobby Valentino, Sterling Simms, Johnta Austin, Teairra Mari, Bobby Valentino, Ciara, Sammie, Lloyd, Keri Hilson, Cash Money Millionaires, Lit’l John & the Eastside Boyz, T.I., Puffy, American Idol Finalist Diana DiGarmo, Blu Cantrell, Kandi Burruss, Monica, Usher, N’Toon, Pink, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, Dru Hill, Bell Biv Devoe, TLC, Boyz II Men, BabyFace, Pebbles, After7, Jeffery Osborne, New Kids on The Block, New Edition and many more.   McIntyre managed 1997 American Music Award winner Keith Sweat from 1996-1998 during his most successful album titled “Keith Sweat” which sold six million albums worldwide. He also managed Grammy Award winner Kandi Burruss from 1999-2001, when she won a Grammy in 2000 for writing “No Scrubs” for TLC and was nominated for writing “Bills Bills Bills” for Destiny Childs. Kandi also wrote “Bugaboo” for Destiny Child and “You Make Me ILL” for N’SYNC.

“Being a Boston native and being in music for the past 28 years, it has always been my goal to put Boston back on the map,” says Marvin McIntyre.  “People think about Boston about being boring and cold, similar to South Dakota and extremely isolated and I want to change that perspective.  I want the youth of Boston to see someone come off the stage at Artist Live Boston and become a major success, because that will help motivate them and show that they can do it too.”

Cambridge native and R&B songstress Phaedra, considered “Boston’s Diva” by many for her work with such musical notables as New Kids On The Block, Maurice Starr, Lady Soul (Hollywood Records), Najee, Walter Beasley, Chaka Kahn, Teena Marie, Faith Evans, Kanye West, Nisan Stewart, Mike City, and Makeba Riddick (the music industry’s #1 female songwriter) to name a few hosts the weekly event. “Artist Live Boston is an amazing platform for the exceptional artists in the area to get exposure and launch their careers. The level of talent that these musicians bring to the stage week after week is going to blow everyone away.”

Artist Live Boston happens every Monday night at 8p at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA. All artists must audition and be selected to perform.  Only the area’s top artists will make it to the stage for a chance to perform in front of their peers, local fans, as well as industry tastemakers, record label executives, and smash songwriters and producers. Come check out the hottest showcase New England has ever seen, Artist Live Boston, and experience the platform that will host the area’s best talent, and tomorrow’s next music stars.

Hear what leading industry executives are saying about Artist Live Boston:

“I love Boston for its rich history and vibrant atmosphere.  Attending Berklee College of music was a great experience and allowed me the opportunity to enjoy this amazing city.  It’s the perfect place for budding artists and young talent alike to hone their skills. I was once one of those new artists in Boston and I was heavily influenced by the constant flow of music and creativity around me, but there were few to no music industry executives scouting in the area at that time. Veteran music executive Bob Francis has created a much-needed platform to help launch the careers of the next generation of superstars with Artist Live Boston. It has heated the city up that much more, and I’m excited to see the new stars born from Artist Live Boston.”
-Makeba Riddick, Considered by many to be the #1 Female Songwriter in the world right now.  Songwriter to #1 Hit Songs, “Rude Boy (Rihanna),” “Live Your Life (T.I ft. Rihanna),” “Deja Vu (Beyonce ft. Jay Z) & “All I Have (Jennifer Lopez ft. LL Cool J).”

“Artist Live Boston is a no brainer; this is long overdue in Boston! I will be shopping for artists/songwriters & producers regularly there, while stopping by Legal Seafood.”
– Darrale Jones, Vice President of A&R, Atlantic Records, New York

“Boston is a great market; historically you have always had great music coming out of Boston. With groups like New Kids on the Block and New Edition, Boston has a rich history filled with talented artists, and is home to some amazing local radio stations. You also have Berklee School of Music and Emerson College. Boston is a great training ground for artists and home to talented music executives like Bob Francis.  As far as I am concerned, artists from Boston always have an open door to my office.”
– Naim Ali, Vice President of Urban A &R, Warner Bros Records, Los Angeles/New York

“It’s a great thing that Bob is doing with Artist Live Boston. Bob has been all around the industry from New York to Los Angeles and has put a dent in the industry. Making it in this industry is all about building relationships, and Bob has all the right connections. I have an open door to any artist Bob feels can compete in this game, he knows the game well and I will check out anyone he brings to my attention.”
– Maani Edwards, Vice President of Urban Creative Affairs, West Coast, Universal Music Publishing Group

“RnB Live Hollywood was a great vehicle for me as an A&R person to be exposed to the hottest upcoming talent in Hollywood and beyond. I could keep my finger on the pulse of what was hot and current, and I am excited for the launch of Artist Live Boston for the same reasons. I know Artist Live Boston, like RnB Live Hollywood, will be putting forward the areas hottest talent and I am excited for the opportunity to tap into it.”
– Darius Jones, 11 Yr. A&R Veteran/Major Music Supervisor, Capitol Records, Los Angeles

Event Details:

What: Artist Live Boston
When: Monday November 1 at 8pm (continuing every Monday)
Where: Ryles, located on 212 Hampshire Street in Cambridge Ma.
General admission to Artist Live Boston is $15.00 per person. For more information about Artist Live Boston and to find out where you can purchase tickets please visit: or

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October 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm

BET Music Awards Show hit home run

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Soul Train’s Don Cornelius moment was a highlight, I think.  Later, as the Ojay’s stretched out, you could see the younger artists taking notes and learning some new things from watching them perform.

Imagine the pressure BET producers  must have been under to change plans so quickly and come back with a nice tribute to Michael Jackson’s legacy within two short days.   Add in the humanitarian segments and the Jacksons appearances and it was all good.

Jay-Z’s statement song about  auto-tune philosphy added an interesting twist.  That song  reminded me of what one of Michael Jackson’s producers had said during one of the many CNN / Larry King Live reports.  Michael had asked the producer “why can’t we make a new musical instrument and use that.”

Interesting thought!

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June 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

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Wayne Shorter back after 5 years

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Wayne Shorter of Weather Report will be returning to Boston to perform live the first time in 5 years.

Jazz found its way to me via the “Weather Report,” introduced to me by Ginger who lived in Charlotte at the time.  Up to that moment,  I had only known Motown music and  used my mom’s wooden kitchen chairs to beat out riffs from The Supremes 45s to kill time and have fun with my sisters singing like Diana Ross. I ruined those chairs and splintered them. That’s so uncoool. Don’t try that at home anymore!

That was some time ago, but, I  have it right here:  Wayne Shorter and Weather Report, the Heavy Weather CD and the liner notes.  

seen live last ( with Ginger and her bf) — Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius in Greensboro, North Carolina.

About WEATHER REPORT – HEAVY WEATHER CD (published 1977).
It features the tracks: Birdland, A Remark you Made, Teen Town, Rumba Mama, Palladium, The Juggler, and Havona.

It’s amazing music with Wayne Shorter on sophrano and tenor saxophone, Zawinul on all kinds of analog synths, Acuma and Badrena on percussion,  and the late GREAT Jaco Pastorius genius on Bass.

The Heavy Weather album was game changer in the music business. It’s cross-over appeal is legendary. I think it pulled in people who were in R&B land, and probably changed their flow a bit, like it did mine.

this is new…

ON DEC 3, 2008 the Wayne Shorter Quartet will be performing in Boston, MA.
It will be his 75th Birthday Celebration! wow!

From the press office: “Saxophone legend and NEA jazz master Wayne Shorter celebrates his 75th birthday year with his first concert in Boston in over five years, featuring his quartet with drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci, and pianist/Berklee professor Danilo Perez.”

click here for tix Berklee concerts  or call 617.747.2261


NOV 16 – Berklee’s Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee continues with Daniel Lanois, the 10-time Grammy-winning and five-time Juno Award-winning producer and recording artist who has worked with U2, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, and others.

The main number for Berklee Performance Center information is 617 747-2261
.   Berklee concerts

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November 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm

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