Local Music Notes

Published on October 8th, 2015 | by TLV News


Local Music Notes (TLV #239 – October 1, 2015)


HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hIt’s Anyone’s Scientific Wild-Ass GuessChadKelly-SwagWeb

Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly has certainly made his presence known on the gridiron this season. The Junior is in his first season for the Rebels but Chad Kelly was previously an All-American QB in High School, a standout at Clemson, and he took East Mississippi Junior College an undefeated National Championship last year. So why is Chad Kelly in TLV’s “Local Music Notes,” you ask?

Ah, well, Chad Kelly is also a rapper and his song, “Chad Kelly” is sweeping the interwebs and entertaining football fans left and right. The full version of the song is located on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/g5gi/chad-kelly but the Alabama-based website AL.com liked the song so much they recently created a short video to go with it: http://www.al.com/sec-cocktail/2015/09/the_rap_video_ole_miss_qb_chad.html.

The song starts off with “Chad Kelly #12, Swag. Under Armor All-American, Swag. Player of the Year, All State, Swag. Do it big… swag.” And he goes on to rap about his badass football-tossing self for three plus minutes, and he references his name “Chad Kelly” dozens of times throughout the ditty. But it’s Chad Kelly’s use of the word “Swag” that seems to have caught fans attention the most, which he also said dozens of times. The hastags #Swag and #SwagKelly are used regularly on Twitter in reference to the Ole Miss QB.

If Ole Miss keeps on winning and Chad Kelly keeps on top of his game, expect to hear “Chad Kelly” in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium by the end of the year.

HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hLittle B & Big D Have an EpiphanyDemetriosBillLocalMemphisLML

Bill Perry Jr. and Demetrios Brown, two of the musicians in local hip-hop act Fade2Blaq, have been hard at work at Pushbutton Studios in Oxford, recording their duo album David v. Goliath Vol 1: The Epiphany, with engineer and studio owner Matt Chambley. Bill and Demetrios described how their process for this album evolved from a perspective of social commentary. “Me and D had got caught up in a lot of dialogue online, about things like police brutality, the flag debate, and gay rights. All of that was going on throughout the summer as we were developing this album, and all of that stuff poses a catalyst for inspiration,” Bill explained. “We wanted to have this album speak more to us as people, getting along with one another, instead of getting caught up in all these divisive schisms that’s going on.” Demetrios elaborated: “The David v. Goliath thing came about from the idea: What if David decided not to fight Goliath, but instead to join forces with him?

The album follows a linear narrative, with Bill and Demetrios playing themselves—they emphasize that they wanted to create an album that would stand as a cohesive whole and demand to be experienced from beginning to end.

“With all the hip-hop stuff that’s going on, everybody likes to put out the one track that everybody’s feelin’—the club bangers and such. We wanted to just put out a complete thought,” Bill says.

The album is socially aware, jazz-tinged Southern hip-hop: thought-provoking without being preachy, and massively enjoyable while being light-years more ambitious than many of the vapid head-nodders saturating the rap game these days celebrating the virtues of prescription strength cough syrup and robust derrieres.

HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hLocal Sci-fi Webisode Series:

Speaking of Bill Perry, Jr., he is in the process of creating a series of short films. The series is entitled Bus Stop—about a guy named Devin who accidentally becomes a traveler through different timelines and alternate realities after waiting at a peculiar bus stop. Since that time, Devin has been trying to decipher the mystery of why this happened to him, and which bus stop will lead him back to his original time and reality. The first half of the ten-episode series is on YouTube (five episodes so far), and can be viewed on Bill’s profile:

HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hMusic Department Keeping Busy nairobi chorus

University of Mississippi Department of Music has some worldly wonders coming your way this month. First, do you love Bach? The Music Department presents The Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord by J.S. Bach. This special afternoon of German Baroque will feature two outstanding professional musicians, Lisa Terry, a New Yorker who earned her degree in cello performance at Memphis State University, and Joanne Kong, who is a recognized Bach specialist. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 4 at 3 pm at Nutt Auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 Students, $5 Children.

Then, on Monday October 12 check out the Kenyan chorus founded in October 2005 by Ken Wakia. The Nairobi Chamber Chorus (NCC) is the leading choral group in Kenya today. Their mission is to enable young Kenyans to participate in a high quality musical forum from which they can build their careers or expand their knowledge and interest in the arts. Since its inception, over 70 young people have participated and many are now leading musicians in Kenya, performing and teaching music across the country and beyond. The concert will be at The Ford Center and is free of charge.

The next day, join the Memphis-based PRIZM Ensemble and members of the University of Mississippi Department of Music for a generous helping of chamber music with a side of rock-and-roll. All of the pieces on this program were influenced by contemporary popular music and feature some of the most prominent composers of the present day, including Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Double Sextet” and Michael Daugherty’s bassoon concerto, “Dead Elvis.”

Students will appear side by side with professionals in a performance of Terry Riley’s landmark work, “In C.” This is a colorful and dynamic program not to be missed! Held at The Ford Center, tickets are $20, $10 for students, and kids under 12 free.

HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hGiving Back to the Blues MickKolassa

Mick Kolassa, Oxford resident since 1992 and long-time Blues fan, has released his second Blues album. It’s entitled Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel and is comprised of eight originals and four covers, all in varying Blues styles (our favorite cover is “Mama Told Me Not to Come”). Kolassa, also known as “Michissippi Mick,” is on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation. And he loves the Blues so much that 100% of the net profits from this album’s sales will be split between two of the Blues Foundation’s very important programs: the HART Fund and Generation Blues. To learn more about Kolassa, visit mimsmick.com. The Blues Foundation’s website is blues.org.

HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hPickin’ at the Lake grenada bluegrass group_01

The spillway at the dam may have been closed and the Yalobusha River may have slowed its roll, but the bluegrass music at Grenada Lake was going full force on Saturday, September 26. Local musicians Charlie Howe (upright bass), Bill Jones (fiddle), James Ralston (guitar), Doyle Hill (mandolin), and Jeff Tankersley (guitar) were pickin’ at the lake and taking advantage of the beautiful weather that has graced North Mississippi in recent weeks. The Best Group In Grenada (And That Ain’t No Lie) says they get together and play several times a week but never formally perform on stage because “that would be too much like a job.”

HeartMusicNoteICON_localmusicnotes_40hWhat’s new at the record shop:

The End Of All Music has a new vinyl listening station, filled with new releases, and classics like Air’s Moon Safari (so classic it was their July Record of the Month Club pick). The Local Voice Ligature


About the Author

The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑