Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Info for the People

Hopefully, all you fine folks are enjoying October so far. I’ve said before that this is my favorite month of the year, and for numerous reasons. October just has a certain vibe to it. It has a very distinct energy, atmosphere, etc.

In addition to being the month of my birth, October is also when a very good friend of mine, Shane Morrow (The Creative Underground/ MANIFEST: Art & Soul 1), is starting a monthly jam session/ open-mic called Eclectic at Blue Orleans in downtown Chattanooga. It runs from 8:30 to 11:30 on the first Friday of each month. Eclectic will actually be making its debut THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! It’s a good opportunity to be a part of something cool in the city.

Also, the MANIFEST: Autumn Nights Poetry Slam is next Friday, October 14th. Doors and sign-ups begin at 8. We've had two stellar slams so far this year, so I'm very anxious to see the talent that's going to hit the stage next week. Also, we'll be starting off the night with an open-mic, so feel free to break out a few pieces for the slam, the open-mic, or both!

In other news, Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian has signed on to host the new Battle of the Bands that’ll be coming to The Camp House later this month. Here’s the official spiel:

There will be five semifinal nights (Oct. 28,29; Nov. 5,12,19) consisting of four bands each. The winner of each night will be brought back for the final on Friday, December 2nd. Bands will be free to choose the semifinal date in which they perform; however, the dates will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Each night will be judged by a panel of three judges on the following criteria: musical ability, stage presence, originality, and crowd reaction.

Bands that win their semifinal night are guaranteed to take home $100 the night of the final. The prize schedule is as follows:

5th - $100
4th - $100
3rd - $150
2nd - $200
1st - $300 + Live Recorded & Mixed EP OR $550
(The live recorded EP will be recorded during a separate show to be booked later)


For complete rules please see our website:

For more questions please email me -

Band registration info is here:

Rules and regulations are here:

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now, fam. Do yourself a favor and listen to Phonte’s Charity Starts at Home and Evidence’s Cats and Dogs albums. You can thank me later.


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