The 5th annual Traffic Music Awards started off last Friday with a bang. Not before I had to pay $10 to park, in a downtown garage, which houses an all new location for Maurizio's Restaurant in the lobby. Maurizio's swanky new lounge venue called Voce, was the host for Media Affairs.
Media Affairs was the first part of a bustling "Too Much Weekend, which featured just 12 categories in business, media, art, politics and beauty. I had a blast presenting an award to Best Business, Avade World, and the other awards presented were; Judge Edwards for Humanitarian of the Year, DJ of the Year went to Boogie Corleone, Ruka Puff received a hip hop achievement honor with Jus Bleezy Street Legend Award, Publication of the Year to Inbox Magazine, The Dr. Jockenstein Award for DJ’s to DJ Kut, defeated mayoral candidate Lewis Reed received Politician of the Year, Sprint Wireless won Cell Phone company of the year and Bommarito’s Automotive won Car Dealership of the Year, and Record Label of the Year "618" own Lethal Cartel, danced away with the honor, just to name a few.
The crowd was very entertained by the performers, including gospel artist Erica Dee and R&B crooner Wildman, and host Jacque Land. The menu consisted of chicken wings, St. Louis' own raviolis, chicken pasta and garden salad.
The next day, Better Family Life hosted a Wellness Fair. I had the opportunity to set up a table and promote my information, as well sign people up for Safelink wireless phones.
The finale of TMA's, which is all about the local music hip hop scene, took us to a Hollywood styled theme at the historic Sheldon Concert Hall. And of course Mr. Examiner/The Newsletter, yours truly, went back stage and took a peep at the awards, and got pushed on stage by M.C. Henry “Heavy” Davis.
After my 3 seconds of fame, and much delights from the crowd, I made my way to my balcony seat with fellow Examiner.com colleague, Atara Estes. We didn't enjoy the high-rise VIP experience, after several performances. So, we joined the spectators down below, where it seemed as if East St. Louis and the 618 area code were sweeping away in all musical categories.
Nonetheless, this event was a great opportunity for artists to get out, network and brand themselves. Sorry, if I missed anyone, but feel to contact Tony Joseph-click link, for more info. The founder Tony Joseph once again has out done himself. We will see you again next year.