The fellas discuss the murder of George Floyd, the protests, riots across the country, and where we go from here! Plus, Killa got a haircut, Dizzle went Ca-Brewing, while Kev Nash did NOTHING this week, and much more! Stay connected with the fellas @Dj_Killa_Kev & @1KevNash & @avgyetexcellent on twitter & IG! Don’t forget you can find the pod on the Tunein app, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcast, & Stitcher app.
The coronavirus has really affected professional musicians. Freekbass, our friend in Cincinnati, is our guest this episode to talk about how working musicians, how they’re adapting and how this is challenging them to get more creative than ever. We also chat about funk music, how he got his nickname and more!
Freekbass is one of the world’s great bass players. He has been on the cover of Bass Musician Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine/UK, three times, and has been featured in Bass Player Magazine numerous times. He has hosted master classes at “Bass Player Live” in Los Angeles and New York and “The London Bass Guitar Show”. And along with these bass superpowers, Freekbass has a funk music pedigree that is authentic. He has worked alongside funk legends, Bootsy Collins (who gave him his nickname during a studio session) calling Freekbass “The New Spritual Warrior for the Funk” and keyboard icon, Bernie Worrell, who guested on many of Freekbass’ albums and live projects.
Touring group, Freekbass & The Bump Assembly features drummer, Rico Lewis (previously with George Clinton) and Sky White on keys (Foxy Shazam). Vocalist, Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), who has collaborated on the recent Freekbass album, often joins the touring line-up, when schedules allow. And songstress Reilly Comisar, joins the tour, when schedules do not. The Freekbass sound is rich with danceable, infectous grooves, by a wealth of collaborative musicianship, and an energetic nonstop performance. Quite simply, this is a show.
Freekbass has released seven albums to date, and soon to be eight, with his 2019 release on Eddie Robert’s label (The New Mastersounds), Color Red Records. Childhood friend and Grammy Award winning songwriter, Itaal Shur, co-wrote several of the new tracks on the forthcoming album, which will also feature Roberts, Garett, Lonnie “Meganut” Marshall, and the late, great, “Razor Sharp” Johnson. The album promises to not only blend the origins of funk with the new, but also a mix of regional influences under the guidance of Roberts as co-producer. In Cincinnati, one of the original hotbeds for funk music and home to James Brown label, King Records, Freekbass won the 2019 “Best Funk/R&B Band” at The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, his fifth time winning the award and ninth time nominated.
Freekbass website: https://freekbass.com/
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert: https://youtu.be/HroxSGM8IhQ
Live Lesson Masters: https://www.livelessonmasters.com/
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Your Love Is Always On Time
The fellas remember the 2019 Memorial Day Tornadoes, talk about the return of sports, great vibes with The Verzuz battle/concert Bounty Killer vs Beenie Man & predictions for the Jagged Edge & 112 battle, Killa is back at work, Dizzle is closing on his first house, and Kev cleans his garage on the clock! Plus, rating The Last Dance doc. Stay connected with the fellas @Dj_Killa_Kev & @1KevNash & @avgyetexcellent on twitter & IG! Don’t forget you can find the pod on the Tunein app, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcast, & Stitcher app.
Kevin Milner stops by to give @TheIzzyRock an update on his latest release, the Endless Traveler, discuss life during a pandemic, and lets us know what his childhood smelled like.
Mama Forgive Me
Day For My Demons
This episode brings our listeners another community conversation with a first time candidate. Cate Berger is running to be the state representative of Ohio’s 41st district. We wondered what motivates first time candidates, and if elected, how they can bring change to Montgomery County.
Cate Berger is a committed Daytonian working across our community to make an impact on the every day life of all people who call here home. Cate believes she has the unique ability to bring real change to the issues that affect people and families of the 41st District of Ohio.
Cate has extensive work experience across broad sectors of our local economy including workforce development, healthcare, and education. As the daughter of a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander with 35 years in the defense industry, and the sister of a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Cate also strongly supports our military for not only the work they do abroad but also the impact of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for many of our district’s families.
Cate is an active volunteer within our community and a vocal advocate for deserving causes and underserved populations. She was a member of Leadership Dayton’s Class of 2018 and Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019. Cate holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She and her husband, Nick, were high school sweethearts and returned to Dayton after college to raise a family that now includes their 3 children.
To learn more about Cate, visit: https://www.bergerforohio.com/
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The fellas breakdown where Nelly went wrong with his Verzuz battle with vs Ludacris! Which one of the fellas got tempted to go outside, the return of sports, and Coach Killa Kev? Plus, The Last Dance finale talk!
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As Ohio starts to reopen, we here at the Gem City Podcast, wanted to check in with restaurant and venue owner Wasfi Samaan, who co-owns J.D. Legends in Franklin. Wasfi also owns and operates GTG Promotions, which hosts a variety of mid-size concerts around the state of Ohio. Both of his businesses were greatly impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.
In this episode, we talk to Wasfi the challenges and changes that had to be made in order to safely reopen. He also talks about the prospects of bringing concerts back, and what new opportunities and ventures Wasfi is pursuing. What we like most about this conversation is how positive and upbeat his is despite losing so much.
J.D. Legends is located at 65 Millard drive, Franklin, Ohio. Their patio is currently open 1pm-1am Friday and Saturday and 1pm-11pm Sunday-Thursday. Call 937-746-4950 to make reservations. The venue sits directly off Interstate 75 on Route 73 (Springboro / Franklin exit), and offers a host of entertainment options. Inside there is a bowling alley, a restaurant, a sports bar and nightclub. Outside, there’s multiple sand volleyball courts, a tiki bar and outdoor stage for bigger concerts.
J.D. Legends – https://www.jdlegends.com
GTG Promotions: https://www.gtgpromotions.com
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Another week in the house and Killa’s explains his latest injury! Once again way too much 6ix9ine, recapping Jilly From Philly vs Badu and previewing the Nelly vs Ludacris Versuz battles & Last Dance Doc talk! Stay connected with the fellas @Dj_Killa_Kev & @1KevNash & @avgyetexcellent on twitter & IG! Don’t forget you can find the pod on the Tunein app & stitcher app.
Mike Bankhead @mbankheadmusic is a bassist/songwriter from Xenia. He returns to chat with @theizzyrock to discuss what his childhood smelled like, what he’s currently listening to, watching, and reading, his favorite local dish, and who he would want to see a Netflix show about from the Dayton area.
Sunday (That Pill)
Huns of Doubt