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Monday, August 29, 2011

Old-school flavor and new school cool made One MusicFest a hit

Chrisette Michele served up gospel-tinged soul
Soulstress Chrisette Michele and old-school hip-hop faves the Pharcyde were among the acts headlining the second annual One MusicFest. at Park Tavern Saturday afternoon on Aug. 27. A good idea in theory, but an inconvenient move in practice.

While promoter and OMF creator Jay Carter kept the promises of good music, food and games, the execution left something to be desired. Patrons standing to the left of the single stage practically rubbed elbows with those standing in the impossibly long lines for food from the Crab and Shrimp Fest.

Last year, individual vendors made for much better access to food and drinks while still allowing full view of the main stage. No such luck Saturday. Fortunately, the logistical mess did not take away entirely from the fun. The acts still rocked, the food was still tasty (for those lucky enough to get some before it sold out), and the crowd was exceptionally polite.

The Pharcyde brought the Park Tavern crowd to its feet
Show highlights: Anthony David crooning and rhyming with host Phife from A Tribe Called Quest, Phonte of the Foreign Exchange singing, rhyming and joking about his appearance as a preacher in Anthony David and Algebra Blessett’s “Forever More" video. The Pharcyde taking it all the way back to ’92 with their classic “Passin’ Me By” and Chrisette Michele taking it to church with her gospel-tinged harmonies.

Kyron Leslie, Tortured Soul, Anoop Desai and the Cool Kids rounded out the full lineup.

The performances outweighed the inconveniences.

Here’s what some of the artists had to say behind the scenes:

“The '[American] Idol' thing, for what it was at the time, was amazing. I’ll always be thankful for it, but thankfully it doesn’t define me past that… I’m over it in the sense that I’m over middle school. It shaped me as a person and it will never go away.”
-Anoop Desai on coming to One MusicFest and getting respect after 'American Idol'.

“You don’t reach legendary status just because you’ve been around doin’ it for a long time. You gotta be doin’ it and doin’ good at a certain level. Some of our fans grew up and grew away. Now we got new fans, and they’re like 14 and 15 like my youngest son. And we’re like cool again and shit. It’s so weird.”
-“Uncle” Imani from the Pharcyde on being in the rap game for 20 years.

One of the kids on my block was taking a negative turn and he lived directly across the street from my grandmother. I had to talk to him ‘cause I know the energy of the streets. I pulled him to the side and said, "This ain’t you. I’m an elder to you, I ain’t your little runnin’ homie."
-Slimkid3 from the Pharcyde on keeping young people out of trouble.

"We're gonna get up on the stage, do what we do best: bring that energy and keep it cool."
-Sir Michael Rocks from the the Cool Kids on rocking One Music Fest.

“I don’t have to grow up now that I do this.”
-Chuck Inglish from the the Cool Kids on making music and performing.

“I may be singing, I may be yodeling, I may be tap dancing.”
-Phonte a.k.a. Phontigallo of the Foreign Exchange on what he’ll be doing for his upcoming solo album, Charity Starts at Home.

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