Good gobeldy goo! What a week!

Seems the networking I’ve been doing lately has paid off. So, kick back. Relax. Grab a sandwich because I’m going to tell y’all the whole detailed story. This is yet another day in the life of B-Naut.

Early on, I managed to land several gigs at the hands of Zack of Evil Empire Productions. (Thank you very much Zack. You’re a great guy and deserve all the success you’re having lately.) Dates and info for those shows are listed below. Offers to DJ house parties and other smaller events (joyfully) are kicking my ass every weekend solid since early June because they keep coming in clusters and batches…followed by the afterparty to the afterparty.

I have my boy Flip (aka Mr. Phantastik) working to acquire a venue in Midtown ATL we can rent on the cheap (which includes security and bar staff) to throw weekly events. It’s a hookup he has through a friend of his, but figures we have been in the Atlanta DJ scene for a very long, long time and still scrap week to week to get gigs, so why not create our own gig for ourselves and make some cash doing it? Between all our resources we have with flyers, art, sound equipment, promotion, web design, lighting, video mixing/projection, talented DJs, etc. – there’s no reason why we can’t have a successful run. Looks like we might have that up and running by October, maybe November at the latest.This past Friday is a clear example of how my luck has been running lately. We’re talking about another classic “No shit. There I was…” story all day long. I woke up with an IM on my computer early that morning. I responded. The conversation rolled out and lead to an unexpected surprise from said IM buddy that I can’t say much more about. (Thank you. You know who you are.) Later that afternoon, I went to the local laundromat to wash some clothes. While I was there, I started calling people to check up on them and then tell about the plethora of gigs I have coming up. After my 4th call or so, I’m pacing about the laundromat…I turn around to mosey back the other direction to find some lady whipping out her business card for me to take. She says, “Hi. I’m Tawanda. I’m not sure what you do, but I couldn’t help but overhear some of the concerts and venues you’ve been telling your friends about. I know that you must have talent to get your foot in the door at a lot of those places. Give me a call. I own my own booking agency. I want to do business with you.” (I had a hard time keeping a straight face while I explained who I was and all the things I do, because I instantly became giddy like a vapid schoolgirl because this was happening at all. I mean c’mon. At a laundromat? On my day off? Plus, I looked like a steaming pile anyhow – unshaven in old shorts and a stained white tanktop. This was cool as hell to me.)

Hours later the same day…I get a call from Karma telling me he picked up the headliners for the foam party rave at the Atrium that was happening that night. Karma tells me he’s been comparing Johnny Dangerously to me steadily ever since they left the airport. Eventually, Johnny said, ok… I wanna meet this B-Naut guy if we’re so much alike and he’s that awesome. Put him on my VIP Guestlist for the show tonight.” After I cancelled all my other appointments with much apologies, I wound up getting into the rave for free to meet up with Viro, Rob Analyze, Johnny Dangerously (factoid: Johnny is one of the few remaining caucasian members of the Zulu Nation founded by Afrikka Bambaata.), and 13 other DJs. By the end of the night, I spoke to Viro and Rob who want to take me to their club in Florida to DJ and run visuals for them…Johnny wants to help me get my singles pressed on vinyl and have them distributed internationally…I have Rob on board to help maybe produce the remixes I’m doing for RuggedNRaw in NYC – he gave me his home phone number to get things rolling ASAP. PLUS to top off my Friday evening, the promoter from the foam party has just booked me for 2 more gigs at the Atrium. The first is a locals-only party Mr. Phantastik and I will be headlining, DJing on FOUR turntables tagging in and out. The second is a party at the Atrium where I’ll be doing visuals and DJing with none other than UK heavyweights AQUASKY!!!To coin a quote from IceCube, “Today was a good day.”

After the foam party was done, we hit the afterparty at Altimeter’s house. A good few showed up, but the rest of the people talking about coming must have gotten distracted along the way. Anyhow, I managed to add a couple new students to teach how to DJ. Then I met Chilly which totally freaked out about my DJ set so much he contacted all his friends so they all could come out to hear me play. (Enthusiastic fanboys/fangirls. *sigh* You gotta love them.) Chilly also is getting Karma his first used Technics 1200 for only $50. (For you non-DJs out there, street price for this industry-standard turntable is $500). I’m pondering buying it for myself if Karma turns it down.

I got home from Altimteter’s house at 8pm. (Remember, I left MY house 24 hours earlier.) I sat down. I passed out on my couch. My phone rings. “Hey. You ready to go DJ that loft party you told me about tonight?” Groggy and wiping the crust outta my eyes, I reply, “Oh shit. You’re here already, aren’t you?” “Yeah.” “Ok…come in. Sit down. I need to wake up, get a shower, n get dressed.” I’d forgotten in my punch drunk stupor that I had a loft party to go play after midnight and invited five others to follow me there. I get refreshed. We leave. We arrive. Tank, the host of the loft party, tells me (with said friends heaving from climbing three flights of stairs with my record collection…), “Dude, the sound guy I hired flaked on me. Party was cancelled this evening. Nobody called you?” I pointed to the five people I brought with me plus the six others in the parking lot waiting to hear me play. (Chilly went and got his boys rounded up to come hear this B-Naut guy he was bragging about all day.) I stayed a little while to appease my friends and fans. Got home at around 5am Sunday morning. I woke up in front of my computer here with my leg numb at 4:30 pm.

The end. (So far.)

Dates and details to upcoming shows I’ll be doing (both DJing and live VJing/video mixing) are listed below. My apologies for the lack of info as to whom I’m opening for and others involved, but the promoters have not released that information to me or to the public yet. I’ll post flyer images and further info as it is released. =)

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09/08/2006 08:00 PM
- Atrium
5479 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain / Atlanta, GA 30083
- COVER CHARGE: TBA

Atlanta’s hottest LOCAL DJs unite to bring back the golden age of Georgia’s underground at the Atrium. Headlining DJ: DJ B-Naut vs. Mr Phantastik in a FOUR TURNTABLE TAGTEAM SET!!! Other key players will be added to the bill soon. Check back here for details. Sponsored by Underground Syndicate and 42MegaTon Productions.

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09/16/2006 02:00 AM
- Spring 4th
726 Spring Street NW , Atlanta, GA 30308
- COVER CHARGE: TBA

After the party is done at the Masquerade…after I melted your brains all evening with a visual extravaganza – it’s time I overload the rest of your senses DJing the afterparty @ Spring 4th. Presented by EVOLUTION ATL. More details TBA as they come.

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09/16/2006 08:00 PM
- Masquerade Music Park
695 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
- COVER CHARGE: TBA

Check the big screen, y’all! I’ll be providing all the visuals for Evil Z’s Evil Empire all night long. We’ll have both Hell and Purgatory steady rocking all night. More details TBA as they come.

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10/13/2006 08:00 PM
- Masquerade Music Park
695 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
- COVER CHARGE: TBA

Shhhhh! Y’all don’t know about this one yet. But come on! Friday the 13th in October! How cool is that? =) But anyway, I’ll be DJing somewhere in the building. More details TBA as they come (as usual).

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10/27/2006 09:00 PM
- CyberRaver 5.0 @ Jungle
2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324
- COVER CHARGE: TBA

Evil Z’s Evil Empire presents: CyberRaver 5.0! The most notorious rave series that has hit ATL in years is back for fifth run.

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11/03/2006 08:00 PM
- Atrium
5479 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain / Atlanta, GA 30083
- COVER CHARGE: $15 advanced. $20 @ the door

Underground Syndicate presents: UK electronic heavyweights AQUASKY performing live! Opening DJs include DJ B-Naut and more. Two rooms will be open (one Drum&Bass / Hardcore room, one House / Breaks / Trance room). Visuals will be courtesy of 42MegaTon Productions on all the big screens throughout the club. Bring canned food to feed the needy during Thanksgiving and recieve $1 off your admission price – up to 5 cans per person.

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04/06/2007 11:00 PM
- Hilton Atlanta Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross / Atlanta, GA 30092
- COVER CHARGE: $40 until 9/4/06, $50 until 3/17/07, and $60 at the door.

Back by popular demand! We frolic in the spring. That’s what we do. Frolic. We are Frolicon.

Frolicon is an ADULT (21+ only) Sci-fi festival held annually in Atlanta. Think flowers, tropical drinks, games and tournaments, zombie beach parties, cargo cult, pirates, Dr. Moreau, chupacabra, cannibalism, virgin sacrifices, live-action candyland, drag queens, art, spanking, sex, massages, pagan rituals, and parties, lots and lots of parties!!

In 2007, we will be making our home at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast. DJ B-Naut will be throwing another legendary one-man high energy rave for those looking to dance all night long. Come frolic with us.

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Tell a friend to tell a friend to bring a friend!

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