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Drake Drops New Album While You Were Sleeping

So #WhileYouWereSleeping my cousin Mr Drake (only because he's from my hometown, TDot represent! ;-) ) politely places his new album/mixtape (not sure what we are calling this yet) on iTunes entitled "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" and as soon as I woke up and checked my phone at 5:30 a.m., social media was going crazy. I was like "Wait...What new album?" With 17 hits including 6 God, Company ft Travi$ Scott, and 6PM in New York (BANGER!), this album is definitely one we are going to talk about for a while.

Have you downloaded it yet? Tweet us at @CuzEventsRock and let us know what you think!

#CuzEventsRock #NewMusic, #Drake, #IYRTITL #HipHop

BERGiveaway: Tickets to Jazz in the Gardens

Win a pair of weekend tickets to the 10th Anniversary of Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival. You & a guest will get a pair of general admission tickets for Saturday & Sunday shows. Co-hosted by D.L. Hughley & Rickey Smiley, this year’s artists include:

Toni Braxton

Maxwell

Erykah Badu

Run DMC

R Kelly

Sheila E

Brian Culbertson

Valerie Tyson

Men of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, & Freddie Jackson

 

How do you win?? Here’s How:

1)      Like BecauseEventsRock.com on Facebook

2)      Follow @CuzEventsRock on Instagram

3)      Tweet us @CuzEventsRock who you want to see and why

4)  SHARE THIS POST

We will randomly select two (2) people on March 6th, 2015 to win these highly anticipated tickets. Good luck and we will see you there! #CuzEventsRock #JITG10 #BERGiveaway

Art Basel Arrives in Miami for 13th Edition

Art Basel announces strong selection of galleries and artists for its 2014 edition in Miami Beach Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach returns this December for its 13th edition with 267 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. 2014 will mark the debut of Survey, a new sector dedicated to precise art-historical projects. In addition to showing premier artworks ranging from Modern masters to the latest contemporary pieces across five gallery sectors, many galleries will present works in Art Basel's project-based sectors: Kabinett, Public and Film. The Art Basel show in Miami Beach, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 4 to December 7, 2014.

 

Florida Classic 2014 Event Guide Lineup

We are days away from the 2014 Florida Classic in Orlando, FL. We here at BecauseEventsRock.com have already selected our event destinations and now picking up our last minute outfits to set off the weekend! But just for you, we put the best events in one location so that you can join us at these events and see what’s going on in the city. S/O to all of the promoters and event producers for putting together a host of events this weekend but here are our picks for this weekend’s go to events.

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Thursday, November 20th

Cloud 9 Classic Kickoff @ One80 Grey Goose Lounge

Rhythm Method w/ DJ M-Squared @ Bar Louie

 

Friday, November 21st

I’m So FAMU Happy Hour @ ONO Nightclub (5-10pm)

The Mixer hosted by the Paul C Perkins Bar Association @ Aloft Hotel (5-9pm)

Crown Royal Black Affair hosted by Raheem Devaughn @ Tier Nightclub

Premium w/DJ M-Squared and DJ Mannie Fresh @ the Plaza Penthouse

The SET @Harry Buffalos

#Worst Behavior @ Vyce Lounge (10pm-2am)

 

Saturday, November 22nd

Ciroc Pineapple Party @ Ember

Black Power hosted by Omari Hardwick @ Majestic Orlando

 

Sunday, November 23rd

Aloft on Sunday @ Aloft Hotel

 

 

 

Jazz in the Gardens 2015 Line Up Announced

The City of Miami Gardens is proud to announce dates for the 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium. The two-day multi-genre show will happen on March 21 and 22, 2015. The weekend will get started with the 2nd Annual Friday Night Pre-Party on March 20. 

The 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens (2014) broke attendance records with more than 68,000 tickets sold for the weekend music and food festival. Fans from all across the nation and abroad enjoyed performances from LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Mint Condition, Anthony Hamilton, Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Farrell and Boney James. The festival was hosted by D.L. Hughley. 

2015 will be no exception to the excitement of headliners for the 10th Annual event. Back by popular demand, D.L. Hughley will host the show along with newcomer Rickey Smiley. The festival lineup includes: Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Men of Soul featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Pebo Bryson & Freddie Jackson, Maxwell and Brian Culbertson with more to come.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com for Saturday, Sunday and 2 Day passes.

For more information about 2015's 10th anniversary edition of Jazz in the Gardens, visit www.jazzinthegardens.com, fb.com/becauseeventsrock, twitter.com/cuzeventsrock and instagram.com/cuzeventsrock. 

 

We will definitely be in the building! #BERApproved

Usher: The UR Experience Tour Announced

 

With his new songs "Kisser" and "She Came to Give It To You" and his performance at the MTV Awards recently, it was inevitable that Usher Raymond gave the fans exactly what they wanted...A Tour! Announced yesterday, The UR Experience will be in 28 cities this fall starting September 9th in Brooklyn for Fashion Rocks at the Barclays Center. Other artists on the bill include DJ Cassidy and August Alsina. Well I guess if Trey Songz and Chris Brown didn't scoop August Alsina up on their upcoming tour, Usher would (smart move on both camps). Check out this concert in your city coming soon and purchase your tickets! We all know Usher is going to give us a great stage show!

     #CuzEventsRock #BERApproved

DATE CITY VENUE EVENT
9/9/2014 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center *Fashion Rocks
9/19/2014 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena *iHeartRadio Music Festival
11/1/2014 Montreal, QC Centre Bell Centre  
11/2/2014 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre  
11/4/2014 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburd Hills  
11/5/2014 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena  
11/7/2014 New York, NY Madison Square Garden  
11/10/2014 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center  
11/11/2014 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center  
11/13/2014 Boston, MA TD Garden  
11/14/2014 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena  
11/15/2014 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall  
11/17/2014 Chicago, IL United Center  
11/18/2014 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center  
11/22/2014 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena  
11/24/2014 San Jose, CA SAP Center @ San Jose  
11/26/2014 Seattle, WA Key Arena  
11/27/2014 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena  
11/30/2014 Edmonton, BC Rexall Place  
12/2/2014 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center  
12/4/2014 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena  
12/5/2014 Houston, TX Toyota Center  
12/6/2014 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Arena  
12/8/2014 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum  
12/9/2014 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena  
12/12/2014 Orlando, FL  Amway Center  
12/13/2014 Miami, FL  American Airlines Arena  
12/14/2014 Tampa, FL  Tampa Bay Times Forum  

 

Maxwell gives us a little Sumthin Sumthin at Summer Soulstice Tour

 

Orlando is showing out this summer with bringing hot musical acts to the area. On August 2nd, we got a chance to check out Maxwell's Summer Soulstice Tour at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Attendees from all over Central Florida came out, dressed for a night out of feel good music and entertainment.  Maxwell's opening act, Kevin Ross (@krossonline) was definitely a pleasant surprise. Honestly we had never heard of him before but by the end of his performance, he got you very intrigued on his upcoming EP. When the light hit the stage and Maxwell came out in his all white, the crowd went wild and he didn't even sing a single note yet. But when he did, he gave us a show! Check out scenes from the Summer Soulstice Tour and let us know what you think! We had a BALL!

#CuzEventsRock

 

 

Respect the Media... My Macy's Music Festival Experience

You know, I am usually the cool, calm and collected one when *ish hits the fan in any situation. I have an amazing game face and I try to resolve the issue and get things back on track. In this instance, I wasn't so cool.

I attended the Macy's Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH during the National Urban League Conference and at first I was pretty excited that I got word that I was approved for covering the event. This was my 2nd major festival outside of the state of Florida and I would get to see some of the artists that I was curious to see (K. Michelle... which by the way did a great job) and admired. 

I arrived at the media entrance with one of my newest contributors Kamilah (after walking around for 15 minutes trying to find it) and was greeted by the Media manager. We got our "tickets" and was escorted by two volunteers to one of the suites. Now why we went to the suite was beyond me but we went there. After 5 minutes, I along with the rest of the media that came in at that time left the suite and headed to the stage area (which was a maze in itself). Now this is where it get's interesting... 

We get to the gate near the stage as we were preparing to set up in front of the stage but come to find out per security we needed 1) a wristband and/or media pass to get into the area and 2) a professional camera. At that time, we did not have either and had to convince this security guy (who was just doing as he was told) what I do and why my iphone would suffice. If I had known I needed my professional cameras, I would of brought them no questions asked.

Anyway, so we still had to get this wristband from the area we entered from to make sure we were identified as a media outlet (and yes, I did have my own media credential just in case). One of the crews that walked in with us walked into the office and within minutes and no questions asked, they got their band and walked on out. When it was my turn to get mine, the show producer just got word some attendees were not happy with their seats and wanted their money back, etc. Now at this point I switch to event planner mode and can empathize on the situation she had to deal with so I stay quiet for a minute so she can handle her business. In the midst of that, I introduce myself to her and let her know the situation about the bands and how we needed it to be in the area. She says ok but she needs to talk to her media manager and she will be right back (she had to escort the mayor to the stage).

So we waited about 7-10 minutes and when she arrived back she said I am waiting for my media guy to contact me back and I will let you know what he says. Now at this point I got a little suspicious... why do you need to talk to him when the other crew came in with no problem and got their stuff and no credentials needed to be verified. By this time 30 minutes roll around and I am getting anxious. I have already missed a good portion of Chaka Khan's performance and I need to see the rest and this STILL has not been resolved. 

In the midst of the time we had been waiting, another media outlet person came up to get their band and with no hesitation they get the special band and continue to cover the event. So by this time I am pissed. I walked in and said "hey look we have been here for over 30 minutes and I still need this band." The lady snaps at me and says "You are going to have to wait. I have not heard from him yet. Can you wait outside?" I looked at her like "did she just SNAP at me?" By this time I could care less who was on that stage and I was ready to go off. But the professional that I am said to self "Karen just walk away before you show out!"  

After another 5 minutes, Mr Media Manager comes around and he gets an earful from me about how I was treated, given the run around, and how I have missed part of the concert because of this foolishness. He finally went in to talk to this lady and within 2 minutes he granted us these bands. 

I write this post to say this, treat the folks that are going to talk about you and share their experience with others with enough respect regardless of how big or small they are. You have no idea who they know nor who will actually read what they have to say. My whole intent was to talk about how great the performers were and how they showed out on the stage but its showered by the experience as SOON as I arrived at the Paul Brown Stadium.