One place holds jazz events consistently in Columbus, GA: The Columbus Jazz Society. Every second Sunday of the month the Liberty Theatre opens it's doors to the society and they invite jazz artist from across the country to perform. It's unheard of to hear of a jazz band headlining anywhere else in the local area. Funny thing is, a post that said Columbus is rivaling with New Orleans!
One can give credit to the editor for trying to boost Columbus' ego, but in reality, denial never got anyone far. There have been many raves and rants about the music scene in Columbus. The two most popular complaints that are put forth are: there is a lack of unity, and there is minimal support for jazz.
JAZZ BAND FORMULATING IN COLUMBUS, GA 2010
To spice things up around here, Ashley Lynn White presents a gift to the community: a Jazz Band. The band will flirt with experimental sounds, rock, drum and bass, soul, neo soul and funk. There will be a unique sound to the band; influences for the sound range from Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" to Robert Glasper's "F.T.B." This band will be constructed from scratch, and will be ready to perform on stages such as the Apache Cafe all the way to the White House.
What are your experiences with jazz music in Columbus, GA? What about neo-soul, drum & bass? Are sub music groups getting their just deserve?
Drum & Bass Group 146, Columbus/Atlanta, GA Station146.com - myspace.com/146recordings
Oddity Magazine kicked back with 146, a group of DJ’s and individuals who make Drum n' Bass music! I think we laughed too much to get anything of substance out…JUST JOKING (see what I mean). We had a wonderful time chatting away in the somewhat busy sounding Fountain City Coffee in downtown Columbus, GA. We yelled over the espresso machines and ignored people trying figure out what we were doing (you know the ones who constantly try to make eye contact with you so you talk to them) just so we could get out of that place and head to the photo shoot. You can check out their pictures in the Oddity Photo Gallery. Be sure to support them if you can handle them!
Group Name: 146 How they started: In ’99 they threw parties and set up turntables at Apt #146 in Auburn. The college scene was a great word of mouth tool for getting the word out. Soon they became known as “146” because everyone knew them from their parties at that apartment number! After Auburn, the word was out about 146 and they began linking up with people in Savannah, Montgomery, ATL, with Jungle Warfare, and many others.
Group Members Names (from left to right):
VILLAIN - Head Bussa
Iron J - Health Care Company & Full Time Student @ Columbus State for Sociology Victimm & Strife - Boo’s Liquor Store
Who Influences 146? DOOM, J Dilla, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Portishead, Thelonious Monk, Deftones, Team Sleep, Tech Itch, Evol Intent, DJ Shadow, Bjork, Radiohead, NIN, Melt-Banana and many more.
Group Challenges? They say “In a way it’s a good thing that we’re not popular, as soon as it [drum n' bass] becomes mainstream it dies… drum n' bass has always been the most underground style of electronic music, jungle plays into the defiant and rebellious side of music."
146 Gives Back!
Tsunami Relief Concert event: Raised 5,000 Charity American Red Cross @ Bradley Theater
Katrina Benefit / Guinness World Record Longest DJ Set: 7:30 am (the time they DJ’d!) + a couple of days worth of DJ-ing = Clothing drive and food drive.
Current News: Other than launching their new forum Station146, they are currently working on new dj mixes, as well as producing tracks for upcoming projects including Juggernaut, Starman, and Dreaming Neanderthal. They are also collaborating with other artists on upcoming shows...so keep an open ear and a bassed out mindset!
Check them out at: Station146.com Twitter/Station146 myspace.com/146recordings myspace.com/juggernaut146
EIGHTY FIVE: LOCATED UNDER BELOO'S
Eighty-five is an eighties influenced, indie and alternative bar, as well as a live music venue, with a chic modern decor and casual atmosphere. They showcase national, regional and local talent, bringing the best original music to Columbus. Their goal is to offer a fresh and unique alternative to Columbus' existing nightlife. The artist that strike the stage put on a show that one will never forget. Get off the sofa and head down to Eighty-five, you'll crave to come back for more!