The Guardian made a short film of the Second Line which lead into our HBO / Treme event yesterday with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dancingman504, Henry Butler and lots more New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) partying, with catering provided by Evangeline Cafe. Check out some great photos from Stephen Abbott and Dwayne Hills.
"By the time Dirty Dozen took the stage around 4 p.m., the crowd at the Ghost Room had devolved into a cauldron of beer-drinking, hoo-rawing, handkerchief-waving, dirty-bop belly-rubbing, hoarse, sweaty humanity..." - Statesman
The folks at Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) want to send you on a trip full of free gifts and culture. For the weekend of April 16th - 18th, you'll be put up in the Doubletree Hilton with free tickets to local Philly events: Questlove with Keren Ann (4/17), the Rennie Harris Puremovement dance company (4/16) and free admission to the Free to Be exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia (4/17), which looks at African American expatriate artists during early 20th Century Paris, including Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Josephine Baker.
Let's discuss this snowballing Tribe documentary situation... The Sundance Film Festival premiered the documentary Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Fans wondered why the group wasn't promoting the film and it became controversial; they seemed to be disassociated from the project. Phife attended the Sundance festival, but he was not happy and openly expressed regret that his bandmates were not there to share the moment. More internet rumors and rumblings suggested that Tribe was not happy with their producers, or the end result. But differences of opinion are hardly unique obstacles in film production. So the extent of Tribe's participation was called into question because the group was practically silent about it.
Finally, this week, MTV's news reporter Sway interviewed Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed (with Jarobi on speaker phone) to "Break the Silence" about the documentary. The video above was released today - it's only Part Two of the interview. The real shocking statements came in Part I of the interview, confirming rumors that it was a clusterf#ck of a project. [Watch Part 1]In Part I, Q-Tip shares some internal dialogue from the producers of the film, mainly Michael Rapaport, who has been very outspoken about the documentary since the Sundance Film Festival. It revolved around an email which was mistakenly sent to the group by one of the film's producers (probably on autocopy, thank you technology!) Even though the entertainment industry has never been known for tact, honesty or good business, the email #fail was inflammatory and upsetting to the group and its real fans.
We have some Tribe action to look forward to now, including the rest of this MTV interview, the documentary (which will be featured soon at Tribeca Film Festival) plus a new album from Q-Tip, and a "director's cut" from Michael Rapaport.
Update 3/18 - MTV has posted the full 7-part interview here.
We'd be remiss not to post about the current global crisis after Friday's severe earthquake in Japan. Music-related charities would usually be our suggestion - the Lady Gaga-designed bracelets, for example, or the auctioned items of Blink-182 and Linkin Park- but this goes well beyond the music world. And newly-formed relief efforts sometimes don't yield the results needed.
Our thoughts are with the people affected during this time, and we urge everyone to give money to a well-established charity, where your donations will be used most effectively. The Japan Earthquake efforts from Direct Relief, AmeriCares, and International Rescue Committee are all great options.
The Miami New Times published a review of our event with Questlove in their coverage of WMC and as we witnessed, he rocked South Beach on Saturday night. Our party packed The Florida Room at the Delano with "a motley crew partying as one. From typical Miami Beach mamas to Rastafarians..."