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Beats Per Millennium - Concert Review: Fly Phoenix

Concert Review: Fly Phoenix

At BPM we support the promotion of local up-and-coming hip hop artists, both in Chicago (our home) and around the world. Whether you rap, dance, play, spin, or tag, let us know if you would like BPM to play a part in promoting your art. Last night our Mika Tatich checked out Fly Phoenix, a hip hop influenced, genre-hopping Chicago band.

‘Twas an eventful night Friday when Columbia Urban Music Association (CUMA) at Chicago’s Columbia College presented Kullision 2 Shattered Fashion Show. The event was hosted by none other than the gentleman himself, Fonzworth Bentley. And one musical act of the night, Fly Phoenix, appeared to be a big hit with the audience.

“I’m really excited to play tonight,” Ben Cofresi, drummer of Fly Phoenix, said. Lead singer Brandon Rizzo, guitarist Nick Lacy, bassist T. Berry IV, and keyboard player Joe Walters became Fly Phoenix over one year ago and have been performing at Columbia College events as well as other venues around the city of Chicago. This fresh, innovative group is especially known for two songs: “Fly” and “Not Ready For Love.”

Rizzo describes their style of music as “rock, jazz and funk mixed with soul,” and I would have to agree with him. The boys stepped up to the stage in their formal black pants and vests and performed three songs, “Indecision,” “Not Ready For Love,” and “Changes,” featuring MC rapper D2G. Each song transitioned smoothly into the next and received an amiable applause. Even Mr. Bentley commented on Fly Phoenix, stating that he enjoyed listening to their music. Now who wouldn’t walk off the stage in confidence?

Fly Phoenix returned to their seats in the nearly empty computer room located just above the runway with much glee. Aside from the rather large, intense runway lights beaming down, the boys confirmed that their performance was yet another success.

Fly Phoenix recently took a few months off leaping from show to show to revamp for the new year. One of their main goals as a group for 2009 is to work on their Electronic Press Kit (EPK), a promotion kit that includes music, videos, photos, information, etc. about the band. Now that March is approaching, the group is ready to jump back into the music scene.

“It’s gonna be a big year,” Lacy said.

If you ever get a chance to see Fly Phoenix in action, take the offer to check them out. In fact, they will be performing tomorrow, February 22, at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. The event begins at 8 p.m. and is open to anyone who is over 18 years of age. Tickets are now on sale for $8.00. Fly Phoenix will be among the first to perform. Don’t be late!

Mika Tatich

Posted by Mike Denslow at Feb 21, 2009 09:15 PM