Nobody Beats the Liz’s 10 Most Memorable Events of 2010

So after much reflection, I present to you my 10 most memorable events of 2010. This list consists of shows, events and even a backyard BBQ! It was fun going through my photos and reminiscing about how these events were the kind that can’t really be explained in words – if you weren’t there, you missed a rare moment.

In no particular order:

1. Wordspit – Rise of the Illest @ Santos – 1.11.10

Hosted by Stuff Fly People Like, Wordspit and his manager David Hamilton put on a hell of a show at Santos. I think this was the first show of 2010, and what a way to kick off the new year! The downstairs room at Santos was packed out to see Wordspit perform and debut the video for “Poet’s Haiku.” I still talk about how this was the show where I was first introduced to  Mr. Reed of Sound House Band and how Dirty Souf Yankee cried tears of joy during Wordspit’s performance. Such an unforgettable night! Check out my photos on, as well as the video for “Poet’s Haiku” if you somehow have been under a rock for a year…

2. Kampe Ansam Benefit Show for Haiti @ Southpaw – 1.24.10

Only 12 days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Trezure Empire, Cynthia St. Juste and myself, along with a host of friends and colleagues, organized a benefit show at Southpaw. It was an emotional evening, and I’m so grateful to everyone who participated and donated their time and talents. Two performances that stood out for me were from Gotham Citi and Trezure Empire. Gotham Citi’s rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Trezure singing a song in Creole will go down as two of my favorite performances ever – they still make me smile…Check out my photo recap and videos of the aforementioned performances. Thanks to NattyNight for the footage!

3. Donuts Are Forever 4 @ The Bell House – 2.6.10

Last year was my third year attending Donuts Are Forever. It’s an event that I look forward to every year. It doubles as my anniversary of meeting Brokn.Englsh, DJ Evil Dee and Fly Lady Di =) Last year was my first time meeting Ma Dukes, J Dilla’s mother. As with every year, I always get goosebumps at some point in the night from all the love and positivity in the room, and it’s always and emotional evening. To say that the place was packed is an understatement! Special thanks to Rare Form for allowing me to cover this event. I’m looking forward to DAF5 at Santos next month! Check out my event recap here.

4. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival – Salute the DJ @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – 7.8.10

A night of great music from some of the best DJ’s in the game, people who actually came to dance and a turntablist demonstration by DJ Rob Swift that was one of the BOOKS! All hosted by Torae and organized by Brooklyn Bodega…I almost didn’t make it into the building due to some serious red tape politics at the door, but this turned out to be an amazing evening!

DJ Rob Swift

5. 2 Hungry Bros – “Baked Goods” Release Show @ Southpaw – 7.26.10

So much family came together to celebrate the dual release of 2 Hungry Bros x 8THW1’s “No Room For Dessert” and The Sleepwalkas’ “Cookie Cornballs Can’t Cut It…” on a hot summer night in Brooklyn. This night, I saw I Am Many perform for the first time, and several occasions later, I still can’t get enough! Sleepwalkas threw out balloons with money hidden inside, and I got to go crazy with Alice In Wonderland when 8THW1 performed “Drunken Saturday!” The good folks over at Cookies N Cream brought out their awesome truck, and of course there were cookies on deck! Check out my event recap

6. TTK – “The Urban Equestrian” Art Exhibit – 8.6.10

Take some art, throw in a few dozen Polo aficionados, music and food, mix it all together and put it in a loft by the seaport and what do you get? One of the most awesome events of 2010! Smif N Wessun even came through…Kudos to TTK and Andre Clarke for putting this together. I had the opportunity to meet legendary street photographer Jamel Shabazz and party the night away under the stars – Shouts to everyone who came thorough rocking their flyest Polo gear! Check out my photos from that night.

7. J Monopoly’s 4th of July BBQ

I don’t think J Monopoly expected so many people to show up to his house, with the many options afforded to us on the 4th of July. It felt like Bondfire invaded his backyard – LOL… Monop showcased his DJ skills and proved to be an excellent host. There was food aplenty, basketball, dominoes and lots of good old conversation. It was also my good friend NattyNight’s birthday, but Jade’s son Avery almost stole the show!

8. Mel D. Cole x Etnies Sneaker & T-Shirt Release Party – 4.22.10

Oh man…this event was the talk of the town, and my partner in crime Joann (Music Looks Like This) were one of the first in line (yes, there was a line! that stretched down the block!) to help fellow photographer Mel D. Cole celebrate the release of his sneaker and Village Slum tee in collaboration with Etnies. I made off with a signed photograph and a few tees for the homies who couldn’t make it. Mel thinks I’m playing, but I sleep in my Village Slum tee for inspiration!

I did a photo slideshow, but Mel also used a lot of my photos in his event recap on Enjoy!

9. Done & Done. @ Southpaw – 8.25.10

I keep calling this “Liz’s Birthday Show” because that’s what it felt like! I was treated like VIP on my born day, with serenades up the wazoo and many of the artists performing some of my favorite songs. Shouts to Fresh Daily for putting this show together! One of my favorite moments was when Chris Faust sang “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World” to me – Check out the priceless “Happy Birthday” serenade at the end! Thanks to Donovan Kasp for the video!

The icing on the cake was when St. Joe Louis performed “Shooting Star” for me. It was the first time I had ever seen them perform it and I was beyond ecstatic!

10. DJ Getlive’s Birthday Party @ Southpaw – 9.5.10

Ever been to one of DJ Getlive’s birthday parties? No? You should be ashamed. Getlive is one of my favorite DJ’s, and even though I spent the days before his party in Paris, I promised him that I would be there. True to my word, I flew back that afternoon and made it to his party that night! It was a dope night of awesome music and lots of singing – all I know is that I was beyond exhausted by the end because of my jetlag!

And there you have it. If you were at any of these events, I would appreciate your thoughts!

Honorable Mentions:

Rock Steady Crew 33rd Aniversary – I trek to Newark almost every year for this event since it moved from NYC. HOURS and HOURS of standing, with no food or restroom, but to see all the people rock out for Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Kurtis Blow, N.O.R.E and many other legends? Priceless.

Future Insomniacs @ Santos – Tah Phrum Duh Bush and Coole High created a hip hop musical to go along with the release of their albums. It was extremely creative, and they ended up doing an encore at Bondfire later in the year. If you weren’t there, you missed Coole’s famous Pumpkin Cognac Cheesecake!

F**k Valentine’s Day! – Nyle Emerson’s answer to the mush-mush of Valentine’s Day. He packed out his loft with crazy kids and put on a hell of a show with Benamin, Soundwaave and many others.

Forever Fresh w/KRS-1 @ Southpaw – KRS-1 never disappoints. At this show, we scored copies of his book, “The Gospel of Hip Hop” and KRS even went into the crowd and started a cypher with his fans!

Little Brother @ Hiro – I never got around to editing these photos, but this was supposedly the last time Little Brother would be performing together, so the place was crazy! It was my first time seeing them perform, and they put on a great show!

Foreign Exchange @ BB Kings – Just a good time listening to excellent music! No camera that day – fan status!

Cocoa Sarai Album Release Party @ Taj – This was my first time seeing Cocoa Sarai perform as a solo artist, and I’ve been a fan of her album “Half Past 7” ever since!

Homeboy Sandman – “The Good Sun” Release Party @ SOBs – I couldn’t make this show because I was down South, but I heard rave reviews from everyone! The following video recap is courtesy of Shankar Tablada.

Fat Beats Closing Week – I was in Paris the week Fat Beats closed, but I took some time to pay my final respects before I left.

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