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SATURDAY - 3rd Anniversary with Angie Aparo and McKenzie Eddy

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3rd Anniversary

We’ve been looking forward to this event for quite some time, and the winds of change are blowing strong and true. Our new seating layout is a step forward in making music the sole focus of the Roasting Room. Giveaways will also be on the agenda for both shows. See you up here!



MCKENZIE EDDY

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In her past life in New York City, Eddy worked for Damon Dash, hip-hop mogul and founder of Roc-a-Fella records. She slept on a couch, interned for the first few months, and then earned a permanent position as his immediate assistant.

“I found a place in Brooklyn, living in this third floor walkup on Fourth and Bergen off Atlantic Avenue,” she said. “I was there doing it.”

Meanwhile, she started diving into the indie scene, a younger generation of underground music-makers who produced low-budget records and blurred genres. And when she opened Dash’s eyes to the movement, it turned out to define the next five years in her budding career.

In 2009, Eddy turned Dash onto The Black Keys, a rock band established in the indie scene but not yet mainstream. She suggested a collaboration between the band and rappers, fusing two worlds in a record they planned to call “Blakroc.” But after one rapper missed his flight from Greece, the band was left high and dry at the studio. McKenzie decided to call legendary rapper Mos Def.

“We had run into him a few days earlier in TriBeCa,” she said. “He knew who the Keys were and showed up within an hour.”

Later that year, Dash opened a creative space in a four-story TriBeCa warehouse complete with a recording studio. DD172, as they called the fertile environment, found hungry newcomers working alongside established rappers and producers.

“It was magical. Erykah Badu was around and Mos Def would be asleep in the office in a karate gi,” she said. “We called the place ‘24 Hour Karate School.’”

Eddy was put in charge of the music label, which they called Bluroc, where she produced many collaborative albums featuring various rappers, including Mos Def, Curren$y and RZA. All this collaboration led to a 60-city tour with the rapper Murs in 2011, playing to ever bigger crowds the closer they got to the West Coast. The tour hit its peak at the iconic Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco. It was during this fruitful period that Eddy also produced her own music through the label, tapping into the talent around her and filming music videos she released online. In one of her songs she sings, “Oh I’m just stapled here but just be clear, it’s only Mercury.” Whether she knew it at the time, the astrological lyrics forecast the future.

“When I got back to New York from that exhausting tour,” Eddy said, “I was like ‘I don’t want this to be my home anymore.’ I needed space from Damon’s strong personality and wanted a deeper connection with my community. My suitcase was full. And then I moved down South and threw it off a bridge.”


ANGIE APARO

Sony publishing artist Angie Aparo is the song writing talent behind Faith Hill's 'Cry' (for which Hill won a Grammy).

 Aparo has also written songs for Big & Rich, Tim McGraw and Miley Cyrus.

Aparo was signed by Clive Davis (Arista records) in 2000, releasing 'The American' which led to Aparo supporting a U.S. tour and sharing the stage with the likes of Matchbox 20, Faith Hill and Edwin McCain. In 2005 Angie Aparo appeared on Faith Hill's NBC Thanksgiving Special singing 'Cry' with Hill and catching the attention of producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts). Huff would go on to produce Aparo's 2006 release, El Primero Del Tres.

Aparo penned two songs on Tim McGraw’s 2012 release ‘Emotional Traffic’, namely; 'The One’ and ‘Only Human' (which Mcgraw recorded as a duet with R&B artist, Ne-Yo).

Also in 2012, Aparo appeared on Zac Brown's album/DVD 'Pass the Jar' and was featured on a duet with Brown on the song 'Junk Yard'

Aparo’s new album, ‘Life is a Flower; Life is a Gun’ is out now (Feb 16, 2018)