Brand New Heavies Feat. N'Dea Davenport Announce U.S. Summer Live Dates | @BrandNewHeavies

Brand New Heavies Feat. N'Dea Davenport Announce U.S. Summer Live Dates
New EP:  'TBNHND'  Out Summer 2016
The Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 2 Expected in 2017

N'Dea Davenport is one of the seven wonders of the world. she doesn’t just sing lyrics, she inhabits them.” - Billboard

May 23rd - New York, NY - Brand New Heavies featuring N'Dea Davenport will be playing select American dates this summer showcasing brand new music to be released in 2016 and 2017. The band plan to release and EP of new material, entitled TBNHND (Ear Music/Edel) as well as the sequel to The Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. I originally released in 1992. The album featured collaborations with Guru of Gang Starr, Grand Puba, Main Source, and The Pharcyde to name a few and Brand New Heavies will be recording the next volume in New York City next month, announcing collaborators soon. This batch of new music follows 2014's Sweet Freaks

The Heavies are also excited to announce the return of vocalist N'Dea Davenport who last worked with the group in 2013. The line-up is rounded out by original founding members, producer writers, Simon Bartholomew on guitar and Andrew Levy on bass, in addition to 12 year collaborator/ keyboard master, Matt Steele all combining their eclectic musicianship to bring the band's patented blend of acid jazz, soul, funk and Disco.

Brand New Heavies Live Dates (More TBA):

June 3rd    New York, NY - B.B. Kings
June 5th    Columbia, MD - Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion     
June 15th  Detroit, MI - Chene Park Amphitheater
June 30th  New Orleans, LA - Essence Fest at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
July 2nd    Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theater
July 3rd     New Orleans, LA - Essence Fest at Mercedes-Benz Superdome          
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Pioneers of the London Acid Jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies translated their love for the funk grooves of the 1970s into a sophisticated sound that carried the torch for classic soul in an era dominated by Hip-Hop. Formed in 1985 by drummer/keyboardist Jan Kincaid, guitarist Simon Bartholomew, and bassist/keyboardist Andrew Levy – longtime school friends from the London suburb of Ealing – The Brand New Heavies were originally an instrumental unit inspired by the James Brown and Meters records its members heard while clubbing the rare groove scene in vogue at the moment. The trio soon began recording their own music, gaining enormous exposure when their demo tracks were spun at the influential Cat in the Hat Club.

Eventually adding a brass section, the Brand New Heavies built a cult following throughout the London club circuit, surviving the shift that saw the rare groove scene fade in the wake of acid house. After an earlier recording deal with Cooltempo yielded the single “Got to Give,” the Heavies — now including vocalist Jay Ella Ruth — signed with the fledgling indie label Acid Jazz; recorded on a tiny budget, the group’s self-titled LP appeared in 1990 to strong critical acclaim, resulting in a licensing deal with the American company Delicious Vinyl. With Ruth now out of the band, Delicious Vinyl hand-picked N’dea Davenport as her successor, insisting the Heavies re-record tracks from their debut for their first U.S. effort, also an eponymous release that appeared in 1992. The rest Is history!

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To Someone Special... The Main Event has a crush.

I'm in a sentimental mood. Actually, I am kinda smitten with a certain young lady. Ok, so I'm in it bad for this woman and its pretty damn sad. I was getting out of a long relationship. I was pretty much the worse for wear, there wasnt a day I didnt think about the ex. I could'nt shake it. I didnt know how to get over it, I would take trips to Blue Ridge and Rabun County just to get away. It didnt help, nothing helped.

 That was until I saw her, I had just moved to a new shift at work and I pretty much just stayed to myself, focused on work and the Tailgate Crew. I didnt know what to say I didnt know what to think. I wanted to stay professional,yet let her know I was serious about getting to know her. We go back and forth with each other everyday.  

 I could not get that smile, those eyes, her smart assy-ness and just her glow out of my mind. I try so hard not to make a fool out of myself on a daily basis but I find myself stammering over words, thinking of the correct word to say rather. I know I am stammering right now but I wanted to give a background of everything.

 Its like this, I am smitten with you, I don't put myself out like this because I'm afraid of getting myself hurt or I screw it up. This time screw it, I'm gonna put it out there for thousands of people to read.




The Maine Event's Ode to April

 Whats up tailgaters! Its been weeks since I have given you a blog but I am back and with a vengence...

The month of April has rained a lot of joy to a lot of people, Juventus winning Scudetto #34, Villanova men and UConn women bringing home National basketball championships, Warriors winning 73 and Kobe dropping 60 to say goodbye. The calls of play ball! and the smell of freshly cut grass, new drawn out lines. The crack of baseball bats and shoulder pads, yep, Baseball and Football are here again.

The month of April has bloomed touching moments, from 90 year olds scoring six at spring football games, marriage proposals on the pitcher's mound and did I mention Spring Football? From Georgia's 93KDay to OH... I-O!!! Stadium packing 100K. Stars being born and stars saying so long.

April has brought sadness, Merle and the Pearl, Phife Dawg, WWE's Chyna and Prince, left us way too soon. From the sounds of Purple Rain, to Bonita Applebaum and Okie from Muskogee. To the sleek smooth shot of the Pearl and the hard hitting bumps in the ring from Chyna, April has given us as well as taken from us to absolute happiness to improbable somber.

Thanks to April, for keeping me on my toes. For making me smile and making me cry. You made me put music and sports in perspective by taking nothing for granted. What we think are treasures in this world are made into everlasting gifts in the eyes of God.

Farewell to April and hello to May, lets see what treasures you will bring.

This weekend on the Tailgate Crew, I will review the GGG boxing card and UFC 197. Talk football and the NBA playoffs, some soccer and all things sports. Join in for all the fun. Lets go Tailgatin'!!!

Jermaine Houston, Host of The Tailgate Crew




Visionary hip-hop artist iLoveMemphis highly anticipated EP, The Turn Up Kid, featuring his breakthrough platinum single "Hit The Quan" and trending fan favorite "Lean and Dabb." The 6-song EP produced by his hometown producer Buck Nasty also includes party anthem "Milly Rock" as well as previously unreleased "Problems," "WCW" and "Instagram Girl." The Turn Up Kid EP is available via RECORDS/Rush Hour/Palm Tree Entertainment and is an iTunes and Apple Music .
"I can't tell you what a blessing this past year has been," says iLoveMemphis. "This project is something special I'd like to give my Fans who have supported me. I wanted to show a different side of me so I also added some singing records... anyone who knows me, knows we always have a good time and dance it out. If my success can inspire someone out there to go and try to do something new and different, then it's all worth it."


Fans can also rock out with iLoveMemphis where he will be co-headlining the Let's Dance Tour alongside Silento ("Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)") and DLow ("Bet You Can't Do It Like Me"). The tour hopes to encourage today's youth to stop the violence and start dancing. Full list of upcoming dates below.
Be sure to tune into MTV's upcoming 8th season of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" for a special performance of "Hit The Quan" and "Lean and Dabb."
3/18   Detroit                 Fox Theatre
3/19   Chicago                 Aragon Ballroom
4/1    Oklahoma City           The Criterian
4/2    Dallas, TX              Southside Ballroom
4/3    Houston, TX             Revention Music Center
4/8    Las Vegas, NV           Pearl Theatre
4/9    Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Paladium
4/10   San Francisco, CA       The Masonic
4/15   Indianapolis, IN        Pam Am Plaza
4/22   Wilkes Barre, PA        Ali Baba Lounge
4/23   Syracuse, NY            Henninger High School
4/29   Washington, DC          Constitution Hall
4/30   New York, NY            King's Theatre
5/1    Philadelphia, PA        Fillmore
1. Problems
2. Milly Rock Party
3. WCW
4. Instagram Girl feat. Tovie 
5. Lean and Dabb
6. Hit The Quan

iLoveMemphis struck platinum success with his viral phenomenon "Hit The Quan" which he performed on Ellen, The Real Daytime and the BET Network. The "Hit The Quan" video has over 19 million Youtube views propelling the platinum certified single and dance craze to over 300 Million combined YouTube views, landing at #14 on iTunes and #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song Chart.
Most impressive is the viral craze for the song and its fun signature dance. When Kendrick Lamar and Terry Crews' "Hit The Quan" it quickly became the highlight of his new video "These Walls." Meanwhile, The Rock hit the gym with "Hit The Quan" and caused a social media frenzy that was then picked up by Good Morning America, USA Today, ESPN's SportsCenter and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.  Ellen Degeneres  invited iLoveMemphis to show her audience how to "Hit The Quan" too. The ladies of The Real Daytime also joined in on the movement and learned the dance craze from the innovator himself. Amazingly, "Hit The Quan" has swept the nation with superstar Chris Brown, athletes Mike Tolbert and Antonio Brown, UFC Fighters and even the Memphis Action News anchors all joining in on the fun.

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DJ Paul "Loud Loud" ft. Lil Wyte from #MasterOfEvil - @DJPaulKOM @Lil_Wyte_

DJ Paul KOM rolls out the new video for "Loud Loud" featuring Lil Wyte. This song appears on Paul's #MasterOfEvil album, which is available on all digital and select retail outlets.

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Coca Vango x Lil Uzi "Outta Nowhere" via DGB - @CocaVango

Our friends at Dirty Glove Bastard found this previously unreleased gem from Lil Uzi and Coca Vango, as the song title says, "Outta Nowhere" - and now we are sharing it with you! Enjoy!

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The Tourney Weekend That Was

 What's going on Tailgaters, my name is Jermaine and I am addicted to March Madness. Jeez!!! What a weekend. Much like last weekend, I had to buy a new pack of batteries and a defribulator for my heart. There is so much to talk about, upsets, birth of new stars, and the end of some college careers. Newcomers to the big time and some who are no strangers. Let's get started, shall we.
 I think I will start with Thursday, and it started out with a wow, 5 seed Baylor was basically out played throughout that game against 12 seed Yale, who got their first NCAA tournament win ever. Wichita St.ran Arizona out the gym, UA-Little Rock wins on a last second shot in the 2nd ot over Purdue. Thursday gets sooo much better... Later in the night I watched the USC- Providence game to end my day. That game did not disappoint, it was so well played yet mistake laden as both teams played tight down the stretch. It was last second layup for Providence to win that game. AHHHH!!!! Thursday is over. 

Friday, the weekend just got that much better, the second day proper of the NCAA Tournament. It was basically a continuation of Thursday, the upsets continued and the games got even better. The first game I really looked at on Friday was the Michigan St.- Middle Tennessee game. I was so shocked and mad that my bracket went to Hades after Sparty went down. The next game I watched was the Syracuse-Dayton matchup. Eventhough I didnt think that Syracuse even deserve to be in the tourney, they made themselves definately worthy of a bid, which just made me put my bracket in a shredder and say forget it. 

  To me some of the best tourney games were on Friday night, the early primetime games Wisconsin- PITT, Notre Dame-Michigan and Stephen F Austin- West Virginia. The most action packed of all of those games was Notre Dame-Michigan. Michigan was another school I didnt think should not have been in the tourney. Like Syracuse, they made a believer out of me. That game was like a heavyweight fight, each team took the other's best shot. Michigan just didnt have enough, as they went down. 

 Wisconsin- PITT was so sloppy and both clubs could not make a bucket. I mean when you score 16 points in one half and still win, either you played good defense or the other team played like garbage... you take your pick on that one. 
 I would like to personally welcome coach Brad Underwood and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks to the big time in college basketball. That team in the last three years have lost 1 conference game and the last three Southland Conference championships. The Jacks basically made West Virginia's trademark press their... well, you know what I'm saying. Thomas Walkup, the Jacks' emotional leader put the team on his back and carried them to the promised land. With some of the openings now availiable in the BIG 12, does Mr. Underwood start getting interviewed? I think so... stay tuned.

 The last game I watched was actually the game I was most interested in, Texas-UNI. Northern Iowa has been the story of the month, with buzzer-beaters to win conference tournaments and last second shots to win games have been their M.O. This game was no different, this game was a game of spurts for each team. Texas jumped out to an 11-2 lead early, then UNI had a 22-4 run, gaining a big lead at halftime. Texas again had a run to retake the lead in the 2nd half but went cold again. This game was a lot like Wisconsin-PITT. The game was decided on a halfcourt buzzer-beater. I dont think it should've counted... he didnt call bank, haha! Dude, we arent even into the bulk of the weekend yet!!!

 Saturday was something special, you saw matchups in the round of 32 that you would normally see in the Elite 8 or Final Four. Kansas-UConn, Indiana-Kentucky. College basketball royalty meeting this early is unprecedented and the games associated with them did not disappoint as Kentucky was dispatched by the Hoosiers in what came down to untimely missed shots and important defensive stops. Kansas-UConn was identical of that of the aforementioned game. Just scrappy performances and nonstop fight from UConn was what made this game so entertaining to me. We all knew what the outcome was but Kansas just couldnt put them away. Kevin Ollie is just a winner, even in a loss. 

 Saturday still isnt done, I couldnt help but throw this in, the NCAA Wrestling Tournament was so great and the competition was as deep as ever, I could not stop watching. It was so compelling and the main event of the evening lived up to the billing. Ohio State's heavyweight Kyle Snyder against defending national champion and holder of the nation's longest win streak Nick Gwiazdowski. Snyder, the youngest American world champion, was due to redshirt because of training for the Olympics. Gwiazdowski, 3 time all american, took an early lead and displayed some excellent top control but could not stand up to the constant pressure of  Snyder, who came from behind to win in overtime. 

 Later in the night, I watched the UFC card from Brisbane, and that card did not disappoint. All six fights on that card exceeded expectations, except for the main and co-main. Those are contenders for fight of the year and knockout of the year respectively. Lets start off with Hector Lombard- Neil Magny. Magny got rocked early and basically survived the first round then returned the favor in the second round, landing 100 ground strikes in the fight finally getting a 3rd round stoppage. 

 In the main event, Frank Mir returned to the octagon against Mark Hunt. It was Mark Hunt who put the lights of Mir out in their fight. It was a walkoff right hand behind the ear. Frank Mir at 36 has been TKO'ed in 3 of his last 4 fights, hes had a long and distinguished career, maybe its time he hung up the gloves. 
 Sunday was just as filled as Saturday, I woke up early in the morning to watch Derby Day in the northeast of England and Manchester. It was a privilege to see such great soccer being played, the emotions shown and the fight of some players. I was especially interested in the Manchester Derby, city vs. UNITED. Being the big Man United fan that I am, I was so excited to see my Red Devils win. Marcus Rachford scored the only goal of the match and ran his legs off.

The afternoon was a bit of a bore, I did watch the replay of the Formula 1 race from Australia. I used to love watching Formula 1, when it was competitive and not dictated by 1 team. It did pass the time until the NASCAR race came on, which was fun to watch, even if I didnt want Jimmie Johnson to win. He wins there all the daggone time. It was competitive, unlike its Formula 1 counterparts, you actually saw three wide in some parts and relatively clean... well, the Danica Patrick wreck was a bit douchy, can I use the word douchy?

Phew!!!! There it is, my weekend in sports. I love March and Springtime as a whole, the flowers bloom and the sports are abundant. You have gots to love it. This weekend on the Tailgate Crew, I will have a special guest in Lanett High School basketball coach Richard Carter talking about his storybook season. Also Audrey Gunther of and will be on talking basketball among other sports. Tune in. Let's Go Tailgatin'

Jermaine Houston, host of the Tailgate Crew

The Championship Weekend that Was

I am coming out of a sports coma where the weekend was full of heartaches and heartbreaks. From Friday to Selection Sunday, this weekend was absolutely awesome!!!!

  Friday was THE BEGINNING. Just like a friend told me, it wouldnt be March Madness without UCONN being in a multiple overtime game in their conference tournament. I swear my heart couldnt take it and that was around 2pm! Later in the day I kept seeing replays of Wayne Seldon doing an NBA Jam redux by dunking over the Baylor player in Kansas' Big 12 Semi win, it gets even better...

  Davidson and St. Bonaventure had a classic where leads were changed left and right, where Davidson wins in overtime. West Virginia and Oklahoma had one of the best Big 12 games of all time where West Virginia shut Buddy Hield down and held him to 2 points. But it was the end of the game that everyone is talking about. Hield almost saved the Sooners with a halfcourt heave. It didnt count because he didnt call bank... too soon for the Sooners? Noticed what I did there, nevermind, that was a dumb joke. Moving on, Friday is still not done. I stayed up until 3 am watching the Utah-Cal game that was just absolutely wonderful, it was so well played and much like all the other games of earlier. Friday was a day of classics, I only hoped Saturday would be much the same.

 Saturday, was so good, so good! Maybe not the classics of Friday but a solid day of Basketball nonetheless... I mean Seton Hall, Seton Hall? Probably had the biggest upset of the weekend when they beat Villanova in the Big East final at Madison Square Garden. How about Stony Brook, Hawaii, and Weber State making waves for the mid-major conferences. As for other schools, because of upsets on Saturday set the stage for Sunday.

 Sunday was just the icing on the cake, Michigan State and Kentucky solidified themselves as tourney favorites by winning their respective conference tournaments in dramatic and team galvanizing fashion. Selection Sunday was a joke, the number 1 seeds have a combined 23 losses, the most since 2000. The Pac-12 got seven schools in was wrong, Michigan and Syracuse made the tourney... Syracuse? Didnt they lose to St. John's and by 12? Further let's me know that the NCAA is as bad as FIFA, that was so wrong of me. The WCC should've gotten another school in St Mary's and possibly BYU. This is another story for another day. The tourney's First Four gets started Tuesday and I will be tuned in definately. This was probably the best weekend of the year in sports and I am excited for the next weekend!!!

 This weekend on The Tailgate Crew, the NCAA tournament gets started and we will break down some of the surprises and upsets, I imagine there will be some. In the Pressbox, special guest Audrey Gunther of and will be on with me with her bracketology expertese. Tee Rexc will check in from Spring Break. Call in and talk with Audrey and myself 646.378.0298. As always, Let's Go Tailgatin'!!!!

Jermaine Houston, host of The Tailgate Crew 

The Weekend of Upsets

What's up Tailgaters, the weekend that was in sports was in one word, Upset City, ok thats two words. I had a Charles Barkley moment, bear with me... On on hand, I was very surprised, but on the other, this is the nature of any sport. In other aspects of life, parents lost children, children lost parents and people have found themselves, well lost. Sorry I digress but lets begin, shall we?

My Friday was the same as most as any other Friday, kind of uneventful eventhough I did watch the Bellator Main Event as Joe Warren, former champ in the featherweight division, was looking for a way back to a title shot was completely destroyed by Darrion Caldwell. Winning by rear naked choke that was so bad that he didnt tap, he went out. That set off a chain-reaction of events that rocked the combat sports world.

Saturday night, one of the better UFCs in a long time happened and both the main and co-main ended with chokes. Holly Holm, who stopped the train known as Ronda Rousey, was upset by Miesha Tate, which sets up a thrilling trilogy with the aformentioned Rousey. After two embarassing losses to Rousey, this upcoming third match is very, very,very interesting.

Later that night, Conor McGregor was beaten by a very game and very tough Nate Diaz by 3rd round stoppage due to a choke. This is the new candidate for fight of the year, this fight was back and forth, tit for tat, but it was the younger Diaz that took the fight over and pulled the upset. Eventhough the fight was at 170, I think if the fight was at 155, this couldve been a bit different. They will dance again... I guarantee it.

Overall, the big winner was Bellator, eventhough, one of the best fighters on their roster was beaten, that was better than the two champions of the UFC that lost... hmmm. Never thought I'd ever say that.

Sunday, the weekend of upsets continue as the Warriors was beaten by the Lakers... yes I said the Lakers. Maybe it was a gift to Kobe from Steph for a happy retirement. Steph and Klay could not buy a shot and it hurt the Warriors to the tune of a sound 112-85 beatdown. Alot of people are calling that the single bigeest regular season upset ever. I call it a fluke and tell me who will be back to back NBA champs in June.

We also welcomed the return of MLS, the first spring training baseball games and the beginnings of championship week in college basketball. All in all, it was a fun weekend of sports and I'm looking forward to next weekend.

Before I go, I know that this is supposed to be a sports blog but, I think I would be remissed if I didnt give my heartfelt condolences to Atlanta based rapper Trentavious White aka Bankroll Fresh. Young man was only 28 years old and the victim of senseless violence. Young men and women of today need to know that life and time on Earth is precious and valuable. We need to put the guns down and show the next generation the values of real love, real respect and hard work. You should learn something from the tragedies of Trayvon, and cities of Cleveland and St. Louis and let those be a lesson. Become better people and become conscious of whats real and whats not.

This weekend in the Pressbox, we will talk about all things college basketball as we are getting to the business end of the season. Also, Audrey Gunther will be back talking bracketology and all things sports so check it out The Tailgate Crew 10am-noon As always lets go Tailgatin'!!!  

Jermaine Houston, host of the Tailgate Crew