Posts tagged Nashville's Finest

Me & @ToyaIsRandom
…Vibe’s pictorial with Vashtie got me thinking… I want an “Officially Crowned” photo shoot. So far, this is the closest I’ve gotten… LOL!
Happy Monday Toya!! S/O to Party Studio!

Me & @ToyaIsRandom

…Vibe’s pictorial with Vashtie got me thinking… I want an “Officially Crowned” photo shoot. So far, this is the closest I’ve gotten… LOL!

Happy Monday Toya!! S/O to Party Studio!


Nashville’s Finest :: @Lovenoise “Harder. Louder.”

There’s one name that is consistently associated with some of the best concerts and shows that Nashville has to offer, Lovenoise. Solely and through strategic partnerships, Lovenoise has been responsible for bringing some of the top artist in the industry to different venues throughout the city.

In January, Lovenoise kicked it off with the Stellar Awards, hosting concerts with a line up that consisted of Award winning artists and up-and-comings making their mark in the industry. From comedians like Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer, to hip hop legends Salt & Pepa, Biz Markie, Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, ?uestlove and newcomer Wiz Khalifa, to R&B headliners El Debarge, Eric Roberson, Chrisette Michelle, Miguel, Melanie Fiona and Marsha Ambrosius; the caliber of show formats and artists continues to improve and keeps getting better.

Tonight, Lovenoise hosts Big K.R.I.T., formidably one of the top rappers to come out of the South in most recent years. The Mississippi native is generating a buzz the industry can’t deny and word is, he’s going to bring it all to the Mercy Lounge stage. Next week on June 25, Cedric the Entertainer, will hit the stage at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Followed by Lovenoise’s annual Independence Day Bash which will get the city ready to host Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean on July 8. 

When The Queen’s Castle spoke to Lovenoise executive, Eric Holt, about the increased volume and quality of shows the company is offering, he shared, “We are at a place with Lovenoise where we are maximizing every opportunity. This year our motto is ‘Leave no show behind,’ and we are offering larger shows as frequently as possible.”  

If the last several months are any example of what we can expect for the rest of the year and years to come, Lovenoise will keep doing it best, but harder and louder, than anyone else in their industry.

For more information on Lovenoise or upcoming shows and concerts, visit!

For the Good of the Kingdom :: “Cupcakes for College” @CupcakeTweets Bus Tour!

Last year, The Queen’s Castle told readers about The Cupcake Collection, a bakery located in Nashville, Tennessee, that serves up the sweetest treats in the city! On any given day, the line for The Cupcake Collection goes outside the door and now by popular demand (and with a goal in sight), the bakery’s bus is headed to a city near YOU!

For one week, from Tuesday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 21, the Cupcakes for College Tour to benefit the store’s employees who are raising funds to attend college will travel to Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, Washington, D.C. and New York City before returning to Nashville! The schedule is below, don’t miss your opportunity to taste some of the BEST cupcakes in the land, while supporting a great cause! 

Tuesday, June 14 at 9am :: Arrive in Atlanta
Thursday, June 16 at 9am :: Arrive in Charlotte
Friday, June 17 (morning) :: Arrive in Raleigh
Friday, June 19 at 9 am :: Arrive in DC
Monday, June 20 at 9am :: Arrive in NYC
Wednesday, June 22 :: Travel back to Nashville

Be sure to follow the journey and get specific information for the location of the bus on The Cupcake Collection’s FaceBook page. For more information, please visit

@ChrisJohnson28 Foundation Brings @BillBellamy @BenjiBrown1 & @TrinaRockStarr

On Thursday, December 2, the Chris Johnson Foundation presents “A Night of Comedy” featuring comedians Bill Bellamy and Benji Brown, hosted by TC Cope. Doors to the LimeLight Entertainment Complex open at 7 PM, the show starts at 8 PM.

Bill Bellamy is the host of “Last Comic Standing,” “Who’s Got Jokes,” has been seen in a number of movies and on television, he’s also a former MTV host.  Miami’s “Main Man of Comedy,” Benji Brown has appeared on BET’s “Comic View,” Nick Cannon’s “Wildin’ Out” and Jamie Foxx’s “LaughaPalooza!”

Nashville, you definitely want to be in the house for this one, all proceeds will benefit the Chris Johnson Foundation. Tickets can be purchased locally at the following ticket outlets: Haddox Pharmacy (1508 Charlotte Ave, 615-329-3943); Elite Clothing (931 Richards Road, 615-331-9699). For VIP and table reservations, please call 786-493-4206.

To purchase tickets online, click here.

P.S. Don’t act like you don’t see the Rain Ultra Lounge after party flier!! <3

@USCafe presents “One Accord” with @AverySunshine, @RonJamesMusic, @Jon_Winstead, Jo Rozier, D-Revolution and Tia of Gravity

Urban Soul Cafe` hosted an evening of great music and spoken word on one stage at Dr. Bobby Jones’ Visions Production Studio in Nashville on Friday night. By providing a platform for talented local and national artists, Urban Soul Cafe is continuously offering their audience an opportunity to enjoy a night out, in a Christian based atmosphere, void of alcohol, smoking or cursing.

Jo Rozier, native of Georgia, opened the show, performing a medley of gospel hits that provided a great segue into D-Revolution’s set. Most know the revolution will not be televised, but D-Revolution is using his gift of spoken word to bring knowledge to the masses. Jazz saxophonist, Ron James, gave his instrument a voice by playing traditional hymns with an updated more current arrangement.

Tia of Gravity, delivered a spoken word piece so powerful, it brought tears to my eyes. As a mother of two and entrepreneur it was like she was reading the words of my journal as she spit lyrical fire for the crowd; she left us wanting more. Jonathan Winstead and the band showed up and showed out, bringing the best of soul to the stage; his performance was emotionally stirring as he shared a personal saga he’s dealing with through tears.

The headliner, Avery*Sunshine, opened her set with “I Got Sunshine,” which is on her album, and illuminated the room with her “Voice of Light.” After paying homage to artists that came before her with a musical tribute, she continued to share songs from her self-titled album, among them; “Pinin’,” “The Most,” “Ugly Part of Me,” “Today,” and closed with “All In My Head.” Joined by producer Dana “Big Dane” Johnson on guitar, and Ron James on alto sax, Avery’s performance was both honest and engaging.

She called her Mom, talked to the band, talked to the crowd, played her keys, sang her songs and held the entire room’s attention with her performance; if she performs near you, go see her — you will not be disappointed. Overall, it was a wonderful evening that brought immense talent to the stage, and I was happy to be a witness. Earlier in the day Avery and I sat down for an interview on behalf of Root Magazine, which will be on stands in January, keep your eye out for that special Stellar Awards issue.

If you want to keep up with Avery*Sunshine, go to her website here; she’s also on FaceBook, MySpace and Twitter. Ron James is on Twitter, FaceBook and MySpace too. Jo Rozier is also on FaceBook, here. If you’re interested in hearing more music from Jonathan Winstead, he also has a Twitter, FaceBook and MySpace. Spoken word artists D-Revolution and Tia are both on FaceBook as well.

@BoBATL @PlayBoyTre @BRich404 @TJsDJs — Off the Richter Scale at Vanderbilt’s Commodore Quake

Vanderbilt University’s Memorial Gymnasium hosted this year’s annual homecoming concert, “Commodore Quake,” bringing B.o.B, Passion Pit and Snoop Dogg to Nashville’s Music City. This post will focus on Atlanta native, B.o.B, who opened the show and who’s debut album, “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” has garnered phenomenal reviews and success for a freshman effort.

Playboy Tre opened B.o.B’s set. And while I may be introducing him to some, the rapper formerly known as Y.B.M. (Young Black Male) has 13 year’s experience in the hip-hop game, even boasting writing credits on T.I.’s Paper Trail. While Playboy Tre gave ears a lyrical beat down as he performed, “Earline’s Son,” “I Don’t Care,” and “In My Mind,” along with other tracks from his mix tape, B. Rich, of B. Rich Entertainment, commanded the crowds movement with the 1s and 2s.

A crowd of thousands applauded the opening, providing the perfect vibe for B.o.B to come out and show fans why the hustle is indeed so grand. His live show was worth the ticket price alone, he performed many songs from his debut album, including “Don’t Let Me Fall,” “Past My Shades,” and “Nothin’ on You,” to name a few. Then he brought Playboy Tre back on stage for “Bet I,” which was only one collaboration that would bring fans to their feet.

Just when the crowd thought the show was over as stage lights dimmed, they began cheering his name for an encore. B.o.B came back and lit the stage preparing to reveal a huge surprise as the track for his crossover single, “Airplanes,” currently on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop, Digital, Ringtones and Hip Hop charts to name a few, began to play. Not sure who would come out, since Keisha Cole (BET Awards) and Robin Thicke have previously been broadcast performing the smash hit with him, Nashville area native, Hayley Williams of Paramore appeared and began belting the song’s hook, the crowd’s response was off the charts. You can see the performance in the video taken by TJsDJs below.

B.o.B. gave fans a solid show, it was what I expected and more. The quality of his LP is comparable to the content of his performance. His guitar performances show a more soulful and thoughtful side of B.o.B’s artistry. The years of grind to get to this point is definitely reflected in his musical swagger, and if he’s able to maintain this type of velocity, he’ll be rocking stages for years to come.

Keep up with B.o.B at his website, on Twitter or MySpace.

@ElDeBarge Visits Nashville — One More Chance (Interview & Concert Footage)

El DeBarge was in Nashville on a promotional tour for the release of Second Chance, his first full-length album release since 1994. With a musical career that spans more than three decades, DeBarge has been candid about his battle with drug addiction and the incarceration that resulted in a pregnant hiatus from the charts. Just weeks before the new album drops on November 30, El visits Nashville’s 92Q and does an in-studio interview with Program Director, Kenny Smoov. Radio contest winners were also in attendance and allowed to ask El a few questions, some held tickets to see DeBarge perform later that evening.

Among the fans was artist Darrell Gilbert, he had El autograph one of his original works, a rendering of the recent Ebony cover featuring DeBarge. Ebony One fan brought the actual magazine for El’s signature. The room was primarily filled with people who love his music, interestingly enough they represent multiple generations; young and old, male and female. There was a lot of chatter until his voice came through the speakers, an immediate hush; he spoke briefly to Kenny in a different room before joining guests. El was greeted with camera flashes, giggles among girlfriends, and excitement when he walked in the room.

During the interview, he shared how it feels to reenter the music scene and the response to his return from other industry artist, the legacy he’s leaving to new El DeBarge fans with the new album and what he wants industry newcomers to learn about the business. He also revealed why he took one more chance at a career in music with Geffen/Interscope Records/Columbia Music Group and how his appearance on the BET Awards helped catapult his classic, signature falsetto and Second Chance to the masses.

Later that night, El headed over to perform at the LimeLight, which lies in the shadow of Titans Stadium, appropriate for the breadth of talent he brought to the stage helping to give Nashville’s ‘Music City’ nickname definition. Opening his set with the Notorious B.I.G.s “One More Chance,” El sang a medley of hits, including “All This Love,” “Rhythm of the Night, and “I Like It.” The venue was packed, 92Q and LoveNoise must have sold a ticket to half the population of Nashville. At times, it felt like the building was swinging from side to side as the crowd moved to DeBarge’s covers of “Brick House,” and “Ain’t Gon’ Hurt Nobody.” Closing the set with “Close to You,” from his forthcoming album, he bowed to a standing ovation and screams of appreciation from fans for giving them one more chance to witness a living legend.

To see more event photos visit the LoveNoise website, click here.

Freddie B TV was also in the building for the evening’s festivities, check out additional interview and concert footage below!

Keep your eye out for the upcoming post that will feature our one-on-one interview with El DeBarge! Shout-out to LoveNoise, Kenny Smoov and 92Q!

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