While reading my newsletter for things that happened in this current week in the 1980's and 1990's I came across something that had a resemblence to the Travis Scott tragedy in Houston, Texas earlier this year. At City College there was a celebrity basketball game that Heavy D and Puff Daddy helped to put on. As a large crowd thought they were getting shut out they started to storm the doors and 8 people sadly died.
The attorney that Puff Daddy hired was Kenneth Meiselas who would be the person if I was Travis Scott and Live Nation that I'd want to handle for a potential criminal case given how well Puff spoke in court according to this New York Times piece showcasing the horrors of the day and remorse for what happened. No charges were filed against Sean Combs or the promoters and it's something that I never knew about till today: https://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/24/nyregion/rap-producer-testifies-on-fatal-stampede-at-city-college.html
LL Cool J stands for Living Legend. He is also the one who came up with GOAT fittingly enough.
At the 2021 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee special in Cleveland, Ohio we got to here Dr. Dre share some other great stories about the New York rapping legend who is really true to his name:
At 17 he came out as a superstar for Def Jam and Dr. Dre was just geting started spinning Rock The Bells in the club where the audience went crazy, With 13 studio albums over a decade. From Around the Way Girl, Doing It, Going back to Cali, and its not where you're from it's where you're at as the legend says he lives in California now and Dr. Dre gives him some "California Love". While he stayed true to his roots in Queens New York the rare artist beloved by you, your mom, and how many other rap artists stay relevant after 30 years.
LL. Cool J is the one who came up with the phrase GOAT the Greatest of All Time. The Tom Brady's and Michael Jordans of the world are thankful for that!
Really though the LL stands for Ladies Love Cool James.
Hubby Bear / Darlin' / Colm/Sterolab was a review written in an English magazine that called their music "Dafty Punk" and thus the duo changed courses and history when they decided to go with the new EDM setup known as Daft Punk:
You may think it's crazy that in 20 years from now somebody who was born in 2020 perhaps your children or nephews and nieces will not recognize the top hits from today. If you take any present-day hit that’s culturally pervasive, such as “Old Town Road” or “Despacito,” we’d expect that someone born today will probably not recognize it twenty years from now. Sounds crazy but reading this article here that you can get very deep into if you're a 90's or 80's baby and it will start to make more sense: https://pudding.cool/2020/07/song-decay/
Miami commissioners have said no to renewing Ultra Music Festivals Bayfront Park location earlier today. The only comment on potential alternative locations was the Hard Rock Stadium which is quite far from the usual Downtown Miami location. If they would want to move the location that far away then here are some other venues and locations that may be a fit for 2019 Ultra Music Festival if they are unable to work out a deal for Bayfront Park:
1. Hard Rock Stadium - Home of the Miami Dolphins I don't believe is a great place for a music festival as rolling loud took place there and a Paint Party festival that took place in December. The area has no hotels and traffic would back up causing too many logistical issues. 20 minutes northwest or 15 miles from the current location.
2. South Beach - they could set up pop up tents and have a beach party bringing it back to their roots. They of course would also have to figure out permits and compliance.
3. Mana Wynwood - Same place that they hold the 3 points music festival in the art district. The festival would really have to slim down as I don't believe the capacity would be even close to what Bayfront Park Reaches.
4. Homestead Speedway - As we know from Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta and EDC Vegas motor speedways are great locations for holding music festivals as their size is immense and is 42 minutes south or 32.5 miles away from the current event location.
5. Miami Beach convention center - After seeing a show here I was impressed with what they can do here but this also completely changes the vibe and energy of the event.
6. Big Cypress Indian Reservation - This is one that I always wondered why they haven't done a big event here. Phish did an 85,000 person concert here and it would turn Ultra into a camping event. Issues that I've heard is that there is no signage and it's difficult to get in and out of. Also if its rainy then it will end up being a mud fest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Cypress_Indian_Reservation
7. Virginia Beach Key - Last year Rapture music festival was held on the Thursday before the music festival kicked off. While it may be rented for other Miami Music Week events this is a hidden gem that is a great place for events.
8. Gulfstream Race Track - In Hallandale Beach, Florida just north of Miami there is a horse racing track that could be setup to throw an event.
I personally don't think any location will have the flare that downtown Miami has but think that a Beach setup would be the next best thing in the area.
I'm a huge fan of 90's grunge and EDM. I know two polar opposites. I saw that the River of Deceit by Mad Season had hit page 1 on Reddit today and figured now would be as good of a time as ever to share with others bands that you may also like if you are as big of a fan of Mad Season as I am:
Temple of the Dog - Like Mad Season this "Supergroup" was led by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam
Malfunkshun - Considered the "Godfather" of grunge
Faith No More
Alice in Chains
Stone Temple Pilots
This is kind of like my Pandora recommendations. The most similar to Mad Season is going to be Alice in Chains (same lead) and Temple of the Dog (competing supergroup).