The Floetic Cypher Returns for a Live Show at Hookie’s in Ponchatoula

The “Soulcial Distancing” edition of the Floetic Cypher will be held Jan. 16 at Hookie’s Restaurant in Ponchatoula, La. from 8-11 p.m. This event showcasing live poetry, music, and an open mic is being described as the perfect date night and will be hosted by Drea and Sean B. with performances by featured artists Toi the Poetic Beauty, Sam Lee Da Poet, and Shawan Rice alongside house poet Lance “Mr. Broadcast” Cagnolatti. There will also be vendors selling everything from art to exotic cheesecake and t-shirts. Only 40 people will be allowed to attend this event due to social distancing precautions, and masks will be required with temperatures being taken at the door. Cash will be allowed at the discretion of each vendor, and gloves will be worn by those choosing to accept cash.

This will be the event’s first installment since major COVID-19 shutdowns in March during a time when Bear, the creator of Floetic Cypher, contracted COVID-19 and remained in the hospital for a month. However, he’s back, better than ever, and, after getting through recovery and a few phases of shutdowns, is excited to bring back what he refers to as his therapy, the 5-year running Floetic Cypher. In addition to the upcoming Ponchatoula affair, the show has four destinations monthly (Slidell, Downtown New Orleans, Westbank New Orleans, and Hammond) but is looking to expand to as many places as possible to help grow and expand its reach to give artists the opportunity to express themselves, gain a following, and get connected to those searching for new talent, which is the goal of its creator. Speaking of, not only will A&Rs be in the building during this installment of Floetic Cypher, but a television network will also be making an appearance as well.

Are you someone who misses live music and art or an artist interested in networking while attending this exclusive event? Go to Eventbrite and search Floetic Cypher presents “Soulcial Distancing” to secure your tickets before they sell out! Are you a performer who misses the stage and longs to share their gifts in a room of people who will appreciate it? Be sure to DM @floeticcypher on Instagram after securing your tickets to be added to the list and receive additional details on the open mic portion of the show. Can’t attend this show but want to know about future Floetic Cypher events? You can also follow the Instagram account and stay tuned for the greatness ahead.

Br.adio Hosts Its 2nd Annual Br.unch Giving a Moment to Reset and Relax for Local Creatives

Br.adio Hosts Its 2nd Annual Br.unch Giving a Moment to Reset and Relax for Local Creatives By: Christie “Caleico” Patrick 

Baton Rouge’s creatives got a much-needed reset before 2021 at BR.adio’s BR.unch 2.0 located  at The Parlor yesterday, Sun., Dec. 27. Music mixed by Bandeaux Pat and a welcoming  ambience created by Vic set the scene. A Jenga table and video game area complete with Mortal  Kombat also entertained guests while Chef Genesis Bobo served traditional southern brunch  dishes, encouraging an atmosphere much like a family gathering, which was the goal of BR.adio  creator Jireh. Jireh started this annual tradition last year as a safe space for artists to gather with likeminded, but diverse, individuals without pressure, although the opportunity to do business is always there. The spirit of growth was ever present, not just within those that attended, but the organization as well, which started on Instagram live but officially blossomed into an incorporated nonprofit this year.  

Vic, the kind host with a radiant smile and self-proclaimed “girl with the gifts”, fit the vibe of the  event as this was her first time bringing her gift of hosting to the forefront after years as an artist focused on poetry, sewing, and acting. Local businesses Zi’Guay, Red House of Socks, and Sunny Side Clothing made their mark, and some sales, by attending as vendors. Some of Baton Rouge’s best musical talent were also in attendance, including local group Freethinkerz,  specifically creator Jay Ones, labelmates Si. and MyNameDwayne, and newest member Robert Grant Jr. When reflecting on the significance of having safe spaces like the BR.unch, Jay Ones sited the camaraderie and networking aspects as key when saying, “It’s cool. I like it, having a space to come kick it with fellow creatives from the Baton Rouge area and others.” 

Thinking of attending the next Br.unch? Then, mark the last Sunday of next year as taken because that’s the date of this event’s next installment. However, you can keep up with this organizations’ growth and other events on Instagram @br.adio. You can also keep up with host Vic (@__thatgirlwiththehair) to see what events she will be hosting next and Bandeaux Pat  (@bandeauxpat) to see what events he will be spinning at or putting on as well. The vendors are  located at @everythingziguay, @redhouseofsocks, and @sunnyside225. Jay Ones (@jayones)  will be dropping the Red Wine EP soon; so, keep an eye out for that. However, you can stay tuned for all projects of the Freethinkerz including Si. (@iseeyousi), MyNameDwayne  (@mynamedwayne), and Robert Grant Jr (@mrgrantjr) at @freethinkerzinc.

Elite Culture with Ashley Robinson – Comedian SoWhat Interview

Host Ashley Robinson is known internationally for being a basketball extraordinaire with experience in playing on the court, coaching, scouting, training, and organizing basketball events. Ashley is known for his presence in both the US as well as internationally across the globe. Elite Culture is a brand that Ashley has created that will take you into the world of Professional, College, Semi Pro, & International Ball and the politics, ups and downs, and business of the basketball industry. In this episode Ashley interviews Comedian SoWhat.