New this year, we had OUTTOWN readers to vote for their Top Promocialite of 2009 by emailing their favorites promoter/socialite. After tallying all the votes, OUTTOWN readers picked for The Top Promocialite of 2009:
COREY BLACK, poet, recording artist, self promoter.
This brotha was all over the place in St. Louis either hitting the poetry scene at various venues including Soul U, Cafe Soul, Suite Soul Spot as well as white venues such as Atomic Cowboy and Llwyelyn's. He also got the biggest crowd of his burgeoning career this summer opening up for Lupe Fiasco at Live on the Levee (along with members of the hip-hop underground group Made Monarchs) with over 30, 000 onlookers on the Archgrounds. He also released a popular single, "Finger in my Nose" that stirred up a popular hand greeting. Not to mention, getting initial recognition as a poet duo with star STL poet Xplicit with their rapid wordplay performances across the city and beyond.
Before we get into the Top 20 Promocialites, those charted were picked based upon the criteria as follows:
-Their frequency as promoters of events over the year
-Their listings each week on OUTTOWN
-Their event's lasting impact, memorability and the attendance.
*The countdown is for individuals who are not affiliated with radio, TV or print media who's job is to promote events.
Here are the prmoters/socilaites who didnt make the Top 10 but are ranked based upon the criteria:
17. Koncepts/Keith Harris
18. Imperial Events/Ezekiel Obasi and Meka Wilson
20. Major Brands/Elson and Tre Williams
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 PROMOCIALITES of 2009
This “sista power” promotions group kept their R&B showcase events coming each month even with the challenges of moving to three different venues (Lucas House, Old Rock House, and currently the Loft). They sponsored and co-sponsored memorable events involving national recording artists ( Al B Sure, Terell Carter, K Jon ) and two Michael Jackson tribute shows that were some of their greatest. Two of its members Soul and Brown also did their solo projects with Soul as a singer (Live on the Levee, Alive Fashion Week) and actress (Black Rep’s “Tell Me Something Good”) and Brown as a employee for concerts for Live Nation (Superjam 2). All three did their share of going to various hot events in St. Louis as well.
Its been a trying time for the King of the Hood this year. First, when Slim took ownership of Lush Nightclub earlier in the year, he had weekly weekend events (Best Damned Fridays Period and Sunday Night Shindig) hosted by Mocha Latte and the celebs who came through after their concerts (Keyshia Cole, Bow Wow). But the club closed in June after some license issues. During the lull, he put on parties outside of St. Louis (Miami) and locally he put on events with promoters like his promoter family, the Derrty Ent and UC ME (pictured is Kyjuan of UC ME) including the annual Derrty v Loose Cannon Basketball Game at Chaifetz. In September, Slim and former VOKALexec Yomi Martin reopened Lush under new name, Karma after a false grand opening weekend a few weeks prior with weekly events (Friday Night Fixx and Sutra Saturdays ) hosted by Latte and celebs coming through (Vivica Fox, Maxwell, Boris Kodjoe) and sometime on Sundays. They also host Monday Night Football event there as well. Slim--who was the TOP STL-ICIOUS male of 2009-- also was part of the Red Carpet premiere of the movie, ‘Streetballers” (that he also was an actor in) that was screened at Ronnies 20.It was also shown at the Tivoli as well as Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
This promotions team is the only veterans on the countdown (since 1995) and are still going strong on the upscale promotions and socialite scene. Their juggernaut 1st Fridays continued to be a popular networking event mainly for the college age crowd at various venues in the STL (including their own club, Exo). At Exo, the Friday-Saturday venue was where many of the promoters who are listed in the Top 20 (especially Major Brands) used to host their events , mini concerts were put on(Rahsaan Patterson) and many celebrity appearances (Steven Jackson of The St. Louis Rams, Dougie Fresh, Bill Bellamy). A first happened when the club was used as the broadcasting hub for the Foxxhole Radio Show in November. The duo also celebrated one year opening Exo in September. Of the two, Finley was the most visible on the social scene.
This promotions team, which consist of a dapper dressed socialite (Boone) and a popular STL singer (Spencer) and rotating female assistants, this group managed to have weekly events every week of 2009. They started off the year with the weekly Friday nite networking event Beautiful (with Koncepts) at Sleek (then moved to the City Lounge). They also created for a brief time the monthly Modern Luxury at F15teen that brought celebrity hosts (including Lisa Hartwell of the Real Housewives of ATL) After Beautiful ended, in the summer, they, along with Close to Famous, started Breathe another weekly Friday event at Exo Nightclub. Also at Exo, they produced, "Fashion For A Cause” an annual Fashion show to help build awareness of Breast Cancer. This year, Boone, who has several accounts with major alcohol companies (especially Nuvo), expanded his company to events in Kansas City sponsoring events at some of the clubs in that area including the Zen Nightclub. Spencer continued his singing appearances at Cafe Soul's monthly showcase and each member could be seen at many promoters events listed in the Top 20. At years end, the group brought back its popular event Zodiac Connection now presenetd in Kansas City. This year they added member model Sarah Bryant who replaced Treanna Kerney(who's still a member) who moved to Chicago.
AND THE NUMBER ONE PROMOCIALITE OF 2009 IS:
This new promotions team made an impressive dent in 2009 as well as individually. New to the countdown this spoken word/dee-jay duo created the most weekly events each month on a constant basis in 2009. Their event Soul Stages which showcases local and national poets was a popular event on Wednesdays that have survived many venues including House of Comedy (when it was located at Laclede's Landing), and now on Thursdays at its newest home STL Finest Bar and Grill (The event also celebrated its one year anniversary at the Grill as well). They also spun off the spoken word series with Soulace, a monthly Saturday event that was at Nubia and Not Just Another Bookstore and Soul Live, a monthly spoken word showacse for artsist to record their own CD that were housed at Cultural Cafe and Legacy Bookstore.