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Kaskade's 'Redux Tour' Heads To New York City

Kaskade’s anticipated Redux show is returning to New York City on Dec 30th, but in an unexpectedly larger venue --Pier 36. The concept was originally created to be “a big idea but a small room” and has ambitiously taken its first step into a much larger space. The multi-city tour intended to be a journey into a deeper side of his music and the first Redux shows were initially restricted to smaller, intimate nightclubs with the intention of recreating his first gigs over a decade ago. As house music has transitioned from dark underground dance clubs to stadium size venues in the past 10 years, Kaskade’s live sets have also grown. He’s successfully been able to morph his unmistakably soft and melodic productions into dance floor ready forces fit for sold out arena shows.

In the harsh reality of revenue driven music festivals and bottle service nightclubs, the business of satisfying the cravings of mainstream audiences is paramount. Music played by popular DJs often become watered down. What the crowd is left with is rough beats that are lacking substance and delivered in the form of easy listening. Attempts to recreate club culture on a festival stage or arena frequently get lost in translation. Kaskade conceived the Redux Tour to alleviate the formulaic live sets that are oversaturated with crowd-pleasing anthems and and have become rampant in the scene. Redux was born in light of this current state of dance music. It also shunned the bright lights and gimmicks that have stepped into the forefront of this spectacle.

New York’s introduction to Kaskade’s concept was at the legendary dance club Cielo in 2013. This playground for house and techno fans has welcomed many of the city’s unconventional DJs and has been a home for those who tended to strayed away from popular music. Not without initial skepticism, the result of Redux’s debut was a soulful experience that was gracefully executed with Kaskade’s style as its driving force. Cielo was just the beginning as he then took to Brooklyn’s Output earlier this year, another well-known staple for the underground music scene. He was so moved by the crowd that he considered this to be the most successful night of the tour. “New York City is freakishly rich in people who love the deep end of house music. They are sophisticated but not too cool to dance," he stated. He proceeded to mention that this city was the one place that felt appropriately unique to host a big room Redux show.

Now the superstar DJ is ready to take the show to Pier 36, a massive 64,000 square-foot venue. “A Redux where we change nothing but the size of the room,” is how Kaskade simply described it. In an eager play for the deep movement, this demonstrates the possibilities of the future of house music. It’s a positive encouragement for more DJs to return to their roots and revive the old school dance scene, which has been overwhelmed by the results of its commercialization. The deeper sounds of house might not be new or different to what has continued to thrive in the darker depths of New York’s nightlife. But what’s important here, is an influential mainstream artist embracing art that has been lost in modern times and in a way that is true to his own self.

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The two-story Atlanta home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spent his formidable years has been sold. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the yellow and brown house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Service.

Will Shafroth, CEO of the National Park Foundation said it was hard to place a dollar amount on the location where a lot of Dr. King's character was molded.

"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

“We are working on creating more robust, nonviolence training,” King said. “Our society is desperately in need of Dr. King’s nonviolent teachings right now in order to create a just, humane and peaceful world. That is what we are trying to put our energy in.”

The home was reportedly built by a white firefighter in 1895 and then purchased by Dr. King's maternal grandfather, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church for $3,500. When King's mother and father wed in 1927, they moved. All of King's siblings including himself were born in the home.

Elizabeth Paradis Stern, spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the preservation of the home will not falter now that it's out of the family's possession.

“The most important thing about this is that this property will be protected and preserved permanently as one of our most important properties,” Stern said. “It is part of the American fabric.”

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Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

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