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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Doug E. Fresh kicks off Soul Train Awards week at ATL Live (Mon., Nov. 8)

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I guess before I recap the night I should let you know that I moved to Atlanta from L.A. and that Soul Train in L.A. was truly a good time. I have party stories I could tell for days. Some even include Atlanta's finest.

I remember one Soul Train Awards where there was a party at the Hollywood Athletic Club, which was a pretty sizable venue for L.A. The thing about L.A. is you have to be on time. Things are a tad bit smaller so capacity is an issue. I've seen well-known stars in their prime on the outside — not because the folks didn't want to let them in, but because they couldn't. Fire marshalls and LAPD are on it out there. At any rate, at this particular soiree Atlanta's very own Usher was sitting outside chilling because he couldn't get in.

But I digress. I didn't make it to Straits for Monday night's Ginuwine listening party, but I heard mixed reviews. Someone thought it was a bad sign to see Khia of "My Neck, My Back" fame there. I did, however, make it over to Park Tavern, rather late albeit, for an event benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. It seemed rather nice over there in the Piedmont Room. I spotted V103's Frank Ski and his lovely wife Tanya after the event. I missed a heck of a performance from Eric Benet, I hear. I love that "Sometimes I Cry" cut so I was really bummed, but maybe if I move the right way I can catch him with Fantasia and Kandi at the Fox this Thursday. I am told that his performance will be viewable at soultrain.com. If I get a definitive word, I will definitely circle back.

I wasn't mad at ATL Live on the Park. I won't lie and say that I was overly excited to see Donell Jones, though he and I hail from the Chi, but he turned out to be cool. I'd heard horrible Twitter reviews regarding his voice. It wasn't extraordinary but it wasn't bad either. Those reviews made it seem like the man had lost his chops and that was not the case. When he hit that line, "Me and my people be rolling," from his late-’90s hit "U Know What's Up," the retro vibe was on and poppin'.

There were impromptu performances from Nicci Gilbert and Ronnie Devoe as well as Rhonda Nicole and Rodney Jerkins' group Purple Reign. But Doug E. Fresh was the best few minutes of the night. Cali Swagg may have ESPN's Skip Bayless doing the Dougie on-air, but there's nothing like the original, and Doug E. did that. You know you have a reputation for rocking the party when people jump out of their seats with camera phones and video in hand to rock with you before you've even grabbed the mic.

Guess I should mention that our mayor, Kasim Reed, was in the house, as well as Kawan Prather and his artist Yelawolf, Frank Ski of V103, Rodney Jerkins, of course, Dallas Austin, Chaka Zulu (looking extra dapper by the way), Mychael Knight, BMI's Catherine Brewton, Soul Train CEO Kenard Gibbs, Sister 2 Sister founder/publisher Jamie Foster Brown and I'm sure a few others. Kenny Burns was the host with the most and even played Slick Rick to Doug E. Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols seem to have a good thing going. The next installment is Dec. 14!

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