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Brass-A-Holics Unveil Tracklist Artwork For New Mixtape

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Some may call it fusion; others may call it synthesis. The internationally renowned Brass-A-Holics, natives from the birthplace of jazz, call it a language being spoken between music colleagues. This language they are referring to manifests within their musical compositions on stage and recordings.

As a follow up to their debut album, “I Am A Brass-A-Holic”, Heat Magazine readers and faithful fans are soon to hear “Word On The Street-The Prequel”, an intriguing mixtape that serves as a precursor to their highly-anticipated upcoming album. Both the mixtape and album were recorded live in New Orleans. The Heat Magazine just received the tracklist artwork for the mixtape which is scheduled to be released as early as March 27, 2017. On March 30th, the Brass-A-Holics will be performing in Washington, DC at the Hamilton. Then, they will perform at the  Ardmore in Philadelphia on March 31.

As always, we wanted to share good vibes with our readers and Brass-A-Holics aficionados. “Word On The Street-The Prequel” will be available on most digital mixtape sites and reputable blogs.

The Heat Magazine: Why do a mixtape?

The Brass-A-Holics: We wanted our fans to have a tangible body of work that captures what we do best and that’s playing great music live on stage. Our audience loves the music we play that touches on various genres.

As a result, The Brass-A-Holics have created a phenomenal blend of well known songs but it is the manner in which they perform these melodic masterpieces that makes it unique.

“It’s not a whole lot a band can do with limited instrumentation when it comes to playing certain songs but our band has been able to produce a mixtape without restriction. We have guitarists, keyboardist, percussionist, and horns to assure our goals musically,” said Brass-A-Holics trombonist Winston Turner.
“The music is great. It sounds really good,” added Brass-A-Holics saxophonist Robin Clabby.

It’s a rare achievement for a live band to create a mixtape with so much rhythmic depth. “We can appeal to all audiences. The young and the old,” said Brass-A-Holics trumpeter Tannon Williams.
With such an eclectic fan base, The Heat Magazine is certain several music listeners will enjoy their body of work. We will be sure to feature “Word On The Street-The Prequel” mixtape audio once released.

In the meantime, check out the tracklist artwork here:

Follow the Brass-A-Holics @Brassaholics on Instagram and @BrassAHolics on twitter.

Four HBCUs to compete in the 10th annual Urban Invitational at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Wearing Negro League Throwback Uniforms: Southern University Jaguar Rickie Weeks (right) is congratulated by Head Coach Roger Cador (left) while running past third base after hitting a 3-run homerun.

With respect to Black History Month, the throwback negroe league uniforms will be worn this weekend in New Orleans.

Four Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) will compete at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy (MLBYA) in the 10th annual Urban Invitational, which is being hosted in New Orleans for the fourth consecutive year from Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th.

Alcorn State University (Alcorn, Mississippi), Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas), and Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) are returning to Major League Baseball’s round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed to highlight HBCUs and their baseball programs. This will be Southern University’s 10th Urban Invitational, making them the only school to have participated in every tournament. Grambling State will make its sixth appearance, with both Prairie View A&M and Alcorn State University making their third appearance each.
The four HBCU teams will be joined by teams from the University of New Orleans and the University Illinois at Chicago, which will be making its tournament debut, with additional games throughout the weekend being played at Maestri Field at Privateer Park, the home of the University of New Orleans baseball team.

The games played by the four HBCU teams on Saturday, February 18th will air LIVE from the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy on MLB Network and MLB.com, with play-by-play from Scott Braun and analysis from former All-Star Outfielder Cliff Floyd. Southern University will wear Negro League uniforms in commemoration of Black History Month. Below is the tournament schedule:
Date, Time, Teams, Location

Feb. 17, 11:00a.m., UIC vs. Prairie View A&M, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17, 2:00p.m., UIC vs. Prairie View A&M, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17, 5:00p.m., Grambling State vs. Alcorn State, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17, 6:00p.m., Southern vs. UNO, University of New Orleans

Date, Time, Teams, Location

Feb. 18, 1:00p.m., UIC vs. UNO, University of New Orleans
Feb. 18, 2:00p.m.*, Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 18, 6:00p.m.*, Grambling State vs. Southern, New Orleans MLBYA

Date, Time, Teams, Location

Feb. 19, 12:00p.m., UIC vs. Grambling State, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 19, 1:00p.m., Prairie View A&M vs. UNO, University of New Orleans
Feb. 19, 3:00p.m., Alcorn State vs. Southern, New Orleans MLBYA

*These games will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com.

In addition to tournament play, the New Orleans MLBYA will host youth-focused events before games on Saturday, February 18th. A PLAY BALL event will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by regional trials for the Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit and Run and the Jr. Home Run Derby skills competitions beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. The PLAY BALL initiative is proudly supported by MLB sponsors Chevrolet and Scotts.

Former Major Leaguers, including pitcher Marvin Freeman, catcher Lenny Webster and manager Jerry Manuel, as well as Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims, will attend various portions of the Urban Invitational, particularly the youth events throughout Saturday. Freeman (Jackson State) and Webster (Grambling State) are both HBCU alums. Manuel is a Youth Programs Consultant for MLB.

HBCUs have long offered quality educational and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of attracting outstanding baseball players. Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M) played in HBCU baseball programs. In 2015, Earl Burl III, who played for Alcorn State University and was the first player to be drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy, was selected. During the 2016 Draft, Tyree Thompson, became the second player to be drafted out of the New Orleans Academy.

MLB’s youth initiatives will be well-represented at the 2017 Urban Invitational as 12 players on this year’s rosters are alumni of MLB Youth Academies, RBI programs or MLB Development Camps, such as the Breakthrough Series. At least one White Sox A.C.E and RBI program alumni will be represented on each HBCU team in the tournament, six of whom have participated in the Breakthrough Series (BTS): Tyler Laux (BTS), Tyler Gordon (BTS), and Andrew Garcia (BTS) from Prairie View A&M; Reggie Johnson (BTS) and Robert Fletcher II (BTS) from Alcorn State; Marshawn Taylor (BTS) and Nick Wheeler from Grambling State; and Justin Freeman, son of Marvin Freeman, from Southern University. Southern University has two other RBI alumni in J’Markus George (Atlanta Metro RBI) and Niko Hayes-Saltare (Miami Marlins RBI). The Breakthrough Series will have eight total alumni, with three coming out of Southern University, three out of Prairie View, one out of Alcorn State and one player out of Grambling State.

Heat Exclusive: New Orleans Film Writer Teams Up With The Family Of Terrilyn Monette For An Upcoming Documentary

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Terrilynn Sheri Monette

The discovery came 98 days after Terrilynn Monette disappeared after leaving a Lakeview bar early on March 2, 2013. The search for the 26-year-old celebrated teacher, whose disappearance garnered national media exposure grew into a community task. Orleans police led the search efforts and perused a plethora of surveillance tapes in an effort to discover what happened to her.
The Heat Magazine understands the pain that family members continue to feel after a tragic loss of a loved one. Our staff is blessed to connect with a young man who decided to get involved and become a stakeholder in narrating the untold story of Terrilynn Monette.

Larry Panna, a filmmaker  from New Orleans, recently produced and directed a documentary “98 Days: The Terrilynn Monette Story, School Teacher of The Year” in conjunction with Monette’s parents and immediate family.

Larry Panna (filmmaker)

The Heat Magazine wanted to accumulate a more thorough understanding of Monette’s life and clarify any misconceptions. Panna’s latest philanthropic efforts serve as an integral element and The Heat Magazine wanted to feature his story as well as Monette.

The Heat Magazine: What inspired you to create 98 Days?
Larry Panna: As with most people, I was disturbed by what I was witnessing. It was, and still is the talk of the town. I was glued to the news and my ears were never far from a radio. I wanted to help but wasn’t quite sure what I could do.
A colleague of mine, Shedrick Roy, approached me about speaking with the family of Terrilynn Monette. He had been a part of the search for Ms. Monette and Ms. Toni Enclade, Terrilynn’s mother, mentioned to him that she’d like to have a documentary done about her daughter’s life and her being missing for 98 days.
“Is this what I am to do?”, I asked of God. Without any further thought, I jumped in 1000 percent.
The Heat Magazine: Do you plan on making this work available on DVD and online for purchase?
Larry Panna: As part of a drive to start a scholarship in Terrilynn’s name here in New Orleans along with the already established scholarship in Long Beach, California, sales of the DVD will be available. Digital download is also in the works and will be available on my website. A director’s cut of the film is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017 with new interviews and information about the case.
Larry Panna: All of this and more is being done to assist children’s educational needs. We believe that the youth of these communities need as much assistance as they can get with pending cuts in education coming down the line.
The Heat Magazine: What inspired you to get into film and cinematography?
Larry Panna: I actually began as a magazine publisher. My dad was a printer and when his employer no longer needed his services, they gave him the printing presses he used as parting gifts of sorts. I came up with the idea in my sleep…”WREC Magazine”!
The Heat Magazine: Nice!
Larry Panna: This lead to a television show on a local access TV network, WRECTv. This is where I honed my skills, teaching myself how to shoot and edit video.
The Heat Magazine: What is the most important message you want to send out to the public via film?
Larry Panna: I can’t stress this fact enough, if you want it, go and get it! I made lots of sacrifices. Being away from home, running from this place to that place was a difficult task. But the payoff will be rewarding.  We all are cinematographers. Look at social media! Pick up your cell phone and start shooting. Use Media Maker or iMovie and create your own Hollywood!
The Heat Magazine: Are there any other works we can expect from you in the near future?
Larry Panna: There’s several projects already in the making. A music video for a popular New Orleans artist, my project BuyblackTV is in production, and another documentary film about the homeless is in the works. Be on the lookout for the launch of my marketing and advertising agency as well.
The Heat Magazine: Terrilynn was a young and energetic teacher with a promising future. Does this film give us a look into her legacy?
Larry Panna: It absolutely does! It starts with the story of Terrilynn’s life as a child with videos and photos chronicling her steps to fulfilling her dream to become a teacher. Toni Enclade is the glue that holds this story together. She is the true champion of this film in terms of how the story is told. It is her and Terrilynn’s story above all.
The Heat Magazine: It is a powerful story and The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to gather a closer look at Terrilynn’s story.
Larry Panna: Not everyone can be nominated to be teacher of the year. Terrilynn turned that school upside down, implementing changes that created success for her students! What an honor it must have been to come full circle and complete your mission as Ms. Monette did.
The Heat Magazine: Does the family have any additional plans? What are their current feelings about the documentary?
Larry Panna: The pride her father (Terry), mother (Toni) and sister (Kandice) must have, even today after all that has transpired. There are hopes that we can have the bridge crossing the bayou renamed in her honor or perhaps having the day she was found proclaimed as “Terrilynn Monette Day”. My goal is to help the family spread the word and to keep Terrilynn’s legacy alive.

Brass-A-Holics Will Be Recording Sophomore Album Live At The House Of Blues

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

 

Brass-A-Holics Photo by Armon Dauphin of Dauphin Tales

 

It is not often a live band from New Orleans is able to maintain a unique identity and go beyond playing  traditional favorites. The Brass-A-Holics have been able to fuse various genres of music together and develop a style of their own. Refusing to be labeled, the talented group of eclectics are led by feeling and energy received from their fanbase. February 3rd at The House of Blues in New Orleans on Decatur Street, they will embark on a new milestone. The Brass-A-Holics will be recording their sophomore album live.  “We wanted to give our audience the true essence of what we do which is performing live,” said trombonist Winston Turner.

The Heat Magazine: What can your fans and our readers expect during the performance?

Brass-A-Holics: We will be recording original material and filming a documentary.

The Heat Magazine: What is the name of the album?

Brass-A-Holics: Both the album and documentary are titled “Word on the Street-Live From The House of Blues New Orleans”.

The album is scheduled to be released during festival season in New Orleans.  “We want our beautiful fans and friends to be able to bring what we do back home with them,” said trumpeter Tannon Williams.

 

In addition to being a great band that has performed nationally and abroad, The Brass-A-Holics are community stakeholders. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit the New Orleans Performing and Arts Society.

Doors open at 8pm and showtime is at 9pm. Tickets are available at houseofblues.com/New Orleans or Ticketmaster.com.

In association with Live Nation, The Brass-A-Holics live album will also include Tysson and Tonya-Boyd-Cannon.

Brass-A-Holics Photo by Armon Dauphin of Dauphin Tales

The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to be in the know about this epic event. Follow the Brass-A-Holics on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

 

Dappa Surprises Fans With New Mixtape: Rappapalooza

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Platinum songwriter Dappa surprisingly unleashes new mixtape “Rappapalooza ‘Hot Winter'”.

On the heels of his new video “Motivation” and a compelling “U Name It Challenge” performance on Sheba Turk’s 504 specialty show, Dappa creates feel good music. He hints with an oxymoron “Hot Winter” in the artwork and subtitle for this project.

Descriptive of his style, “Rappapalooza” includes a snowman near the shore of blue waters on the cover but it’s what lives within the graphics that will have fans connecting to the latest offering by the upbeat artist.

The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to hear it first. Dappa jumps in with an urban intro “Fresh Kings” and sets an energetic tone. Transitioning to a nostalgic ” Outchea,” the Fresh Music Group artist performs engaging lyrics and brings us back to carefree days in life over a “Mr. Telephone Man” interpolation.

Dappa stays true to the roots of authentic hip hop on “Give Up The Goods” while sharing bars with Alfred Banks over a classic Mobb Deep composition. Then, Dappa hypes it up for the fellas and ladies on “Bad and the Bourgeoisie” featuring Prince Asim. The witty rapper gains a nod from The Heat Magazine with this consistent product. Moving forward, this creative narrates an eclectic “Blood On My Notepad” with a unique and imagery filled display of lyrical ability.

“Over You” is a grown and sexy favorite as Dappa spits heartfelt lyrics illustrating the ebb and flow within a relationship and he asserts his personal standards as well as self-worth.

The mixtape is sealed with a groovy “1994 (Roxie)”. Dappa soulfully exhibits a myriad of skills. “Don’t play with them boys from New Orleans,” Dappa speaks on New Orleans artists and their ambition. On this particular record, he highlights the necessary mindset needed to realize an accomplished career as an artist.

All in all, the Fresh Music Group emcee delivers a quality over quantity mixtape and rekindles the essence of hip hop. Dappa provides a “lead by example” archetype during a time where the music industry has partially let listeners down with uninspiring releases.

Check out Dappa’s  project here:
http://www.freshmusicgroup.com/rapapalooza-mixtape/

National Rap Star Fiend fuses Hip Hop With Live Band

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

National rap star Fiend also known as International Jones fuses hip hop with live band.

The former No-Limit emcee has performed in London, Europe, Paris, and all throughout the United States since his gold and platinum success as a No Limit Artist.

Fiend became the first true hip hop artist to perform with Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with Nesby Phips. He has also performed with the Grid, a live band from New Orleans. With performances in Austin, Texas, California, New York, and other cities down south, Fiend promises to continue spreading positive vibrations. Additionally, Fiend has played live band sets with his Big Boy Records family at the Howlin’ Wolf and The House Of Blues.


In 2017, Fiend will be performing live with band colleagues in New Orleans and abroad. After his recent success with Jet Life Recordings along with Currensy, Fiend has stayed busy with new digital releases and mixtape on his Fiend Entertainment imprint.

Fiend has smoothly transcended as an artist, producer, and songwriter. Fans can look forward to having a good time filled with energy as well as witness the grown and sexy persona during his upcoming live shows.
The raspy voice of the south is now taking dates for live instrumentation sets and hopes to satisfy aficionados in the heart of New Orleans.

For booking, please contact Dion Norman.

President Obama Delivers Heartfelt Historical Farewell Address

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

On January 10 in Chicago, President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address with poise, credibility, and thorough reflection. He reminded American citizens of the accomplishments during his tenure but it was his ability to express his admiration for First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia that garnered the greatest response. Then, he granted a gracious example of gratitude to Vice President Joe Biden. Obama spoke on the bond that has grown between him and his colleague since they took on the top-tier responsibilities in the U.S.A.

Politically speaking, he charged Americans to get involved and run for office or become more active. “Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. Sometimes you will win. Sometimes you will lose.” Obama motivated listeners and viewers to shun away from radicalism and encouraged common sense approaches to continue to protect our democracy. Though cynics will attempt to disdain his farewell speech as cliche’ and continue to transfer total blame onto him for every past and current dilemma in the land of the free, Obama asserted “Yes we can, yes we did, yes we can!”

On the other hand, he tackled the uncertainty, disappointment, and division that exists since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Obama admonished Trump to officiate in a manner that caters to multiculturalism including Muslims instead of accentuating a global divide.

His farewell address was clearly a historical moment and the Chicago senator foreshadowed his continuous leadership and engagement in America’s political affairs. While many Americans from various parties yearn for a third term under Obama’s watch, the reaction to his powerful rhetoric indicated a majority approval rate of his legacy for the last eight years.

While none can profess to know what the future will bring in America as it relates to Trump’s presidential legacy and whether 21st century Americans will be led by additional minority presidents, Obama has served as one of the most important individuals to live in the White House.

His two-term presidency provided evidence of hope for change among Americans. While one individual cannot absolutely correct all disgruntlement related to political ideologies, Obama is definitely a loved leader by millions. Despite political naysayers, bigotry, and obstacles, he stayed the course. President Barack Obama joined the ranks of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an advocate for change.

17 year old New Orleans fashion designer Eric James Sewing Up The Game

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

New Orleans native Eric James, a seventeen year old student at Eleanor McMain Secondary School, decided to enter the entrepreneurial world at an early age. Once a running back at McMain, James has devoted his time into creating the LIVDON and E James brand. Unlike most teens who are totally immersed in wearing fashion, social media, and talking on the cellphone, James grows up rapidly by putting in hours designing and sewing new-wave clothing.

Visit his website http://www.ejamesdesigns.com and support his business.

In the city of New Orleans, it’s real easy to become distracted by the streets and peer pressure. However, James said he learned some valuable advice about staying focused on his passion. “You gotta really do it, no half-steppin’ at all.”

The Heat Magazine wanted to share a story about New Orleans youth attempting to do something positive. Check out the mini-documentary on Eric James directed by Malcolm J Studios here:

 

 

Lil Cali Links Up With Master P and Mista Cain on “Gangsta”

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Louisiana rap artist Lil Cali puts together a banger which includes Master P, Mista Cain, and Mouse On Da Track. With a roster of this sort, The Heat Magazine wanted to highlight Cali Pachino’s fourth quarter installment as he preps his fans and listeners for “Long Live The Game 2”.

Cali has been busy building his new imprint “Uncut Entertainment” while continuing to work with UTP and Travis James Entertainment.

According to Lil Cali, his upcoming project includes  a movie. The rapper, who recently blessed us with “Suppose To Shine”, is gearing up for a premium release with “Long Live The Game 2”.  For the few that may not be aware, Lil Cali made his mark into the industry on the YzGyz label with his debut “Long Live The Game”.  From there, he’s maintained a successful career and continues to hold his own professionally as an artist.

 

Check out the homie “Cal” right here. Stay tuned for upcoming details.

Jay Da Menace Unleashes “I Took Yo Beat” Mixtape

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Jay Da Menace, one half of Black Menace, a legendary rap group from the heavily talented area of Hollygrove, sends a message with his new mixtape “I Took Yo Beat”.
The wordsmith approaches the project by synthesizing popular urban instrumentals from both lyrically endowed artists and those who miss the mark. Nonetheless, Jay Da Menace layers the music with skillful rhymes and witty performances.

Whether it’s “Broccoli” creating a happier mood or the laid-back “Come&C-Me”, Jay Da Menace provides imagery that connects to faithful listeners. He switches gears with “Da-Other Side” by adding a darker bang to the project. “I Took Yo Beat” crosses geographically and demographically with “Hello” and Jay Da Menace shines as usual riding the wave of the beat comfortably.

This project is a pre-cursor to his spring-slated release “Real Rap”, a double album dropping March, 2017.
The rhyme spitter reflects on “Cut It” and shows admiration for “Dat Girl” along with his son Jay Jones, a young fiery emcee making moves in the industry. Jay Da Menace goes in by adding intensity to the street oriented production while Jay Jones adds the climax. “Real Rap with my pops Jay Da Menace let’s get it”.

Mista Meana of Partners N Crime serves as a guest feature on the clubby “I Promise” and he starts off with “I met her Uptown but she say she from the nine at the second line, can I get a minute of your time?”. Detailing the dialogue and development of an interaction with a lady the narrator is in pursuit of, Meana spits game on the track.

On “Sorry Not Sorry”, the Black Menace b-boy displays a raw set of bars and follows up with a lyrical answer on “Sorryyy”. The project features Mr. Meana, Jay Jones, Konsep, CHYNA, and Militia-Ko. This 21-song installment touches on diverse subject matter and closes with the heartfelt “Exchange” where Jay Da Menace shares his expectations of reciprocity in a relationship.

The Heat Magazine wanted our listeners to get a detailed look on the XLP distributed projects as the New Orleans rap artist prepares to release his double-album. Listen to the entire mixtape here: