As the title of the article states, the event known as Hip-Hop Hates Breast Cancer was a great success this last Saturday night at Milwaukee’s Cactus Club.
What exactly is success you may be asking? To me, success for the event started well before the night actually happened. When I began organizing the event a couple of months ago, the artists that would be found on the bill fell into place with relative ease. People weren’t just taking the attitude of “yeah, I’ll do it” but rather “YEAH!! I’ll do it!” Going into an event with the artists as pumped about doing it as I was turned out to be a great blessing because it led to easy communication exchanges. There were a few changes that had to be made to the lineup for the night, but that’s bound to happen as people remember other obligations…but all in all it was smooth sailing.
With that said, I have to acknowledge and thank the following:
Stricklin, AUTOMatic (and JDL), DJ Bizzon, The Hollowz, SPEAK Easy, Misen Lync, and Diva.
Another thing that you need to make an event successful is a venue that is supportive of what you are trying to do and the Cactus Club was exactly that. When I struggled to find sponsorship to cover the facility and sound fee, the Cactus Club stepped up and said that they would take care of it themselves. Now that is a great thing because it allowed 100% of the door money to go towards the benefit, thus maximizing the effort. Some people may ask, “why did you pick the Cactus Club?” It’s simple…they have GREAT sound, a great set up for shows, and hardworking bartenders.
When you put all of that together, that makes for a great live music experience in my opinion. I have to thank the Cactus Club and it’s people (including Alex the awesome sound guy) for all their hard work and for allowing us to rock another great show at their venue.
Yet another thing that led to the event being a success before the night took off was the willingness of the press and those interested in attending the event to talk about it so that buzz could surround the event and maybe catch the eye of some people who typically may not think about going to a Hip-Hop show, a Hip-Hop show in Bay View, etc. It really creates awareness that there was an event going on in the first place, and that’s all an event organizer can hope for…people knowing that the event exists so that it can be placed on the brains of people and readily accessible to them when they flip through their mind’s Rolodex for stuff to do.
I have to thank to following media for their coverage:
Jordan Lee and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; Dori, Kid Cut Up, DJ Bizzon, and WMSE; Geraud Blanks and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Bobby Tanzillo and OnMilwaukee.com; Steve Hyden and Milwaukee’s AV Club/The Onion; Evan Rytlewski and the Shepherd Express; and ALL of the blogs like Run-MKE, etc.
Lastly, but certainly the MOST important group to thank, all of the people that showed up to the event. All 138 of you that came and paid the $5 in exchange for some good music, and all the people that maybe weren’t able to make it but STILL told people about the event so they could go in their place…thank you! Never in a million years would I have thought we’d double PLUS some what we did with the Hip-Hop Hates Multiple Sclerosis event in April. We had 65 paying customers then, and I was hoping for 75 this time…and holy crap the Cactus Club got SLAMMED!
With a few extra donations, we raised $700 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure…and that is a gift that’s going to be given to them in the name of the Milwaukee Hip-Hop community…artists and fans, regardless of what artists or fans didn’t show up to the event…it was a success for you, for us.
At the end of the night and in the hours after the event had finished, I was asked by several people “when’s the next one going to be?” and “what is Hip-Hop going to hate next?” At this time, “I don’t know” is my answer to both questions. The one thing that I do know is that I am not going to try to make the next one bigger and better and more, more, more. Somehow, if that becomes the focus for me, the essence of the event is lost because it’s no longer about the music and community coming together with me and other to do something good…it becomes about ME, and that is NOT what I want.
All I know is that in the future, some time in the first or second quarter of next year, there will be another Hip-Hop Hates event. It will be at the Cactus Club. It was feature performers that put on a helluva show. It will be fun. It will go to benefit a good cause.
Again, I want to sincerely thank everybody that was involved in the night as a performer, worker, volunteer (shout out to LaShonda and Chris Hill, as well as Marquis and Resa Norris for holding down the door when I was running around “organizing” stuff), and ALL of you that came to the event or thought positive thoughts about it throughout the night! If I missed anybody, please forgive me but know that I thank you too!