lilD: Halloween RevengeWritten by lilD | | email@example.com
“My birthday is Oct. 28; why not have my party at a club and make money?”
Smart man, that James Downey.
Since 2007, Downey Productions has brought top-quality entertainment to Toledo. Imagine that: a Hip-Hop event at a club with real security, no fighting and seasoned performers. Ever since Eminem’s protégé and D12 member Bizarre asked Downey to throw a party for him, he has been profiting off of his skill for packing venues.
Downey knows the cardinal rule of event-throwing: establish relationships. In the entertainment business, but Hip-Hop especially, relationships are everything, and a person’s reputation always precedes him or her. Downey’s relationship with Mickey Finn’s Pub has earned him the freedom to throw events on a regular basis, and venture to other clubs.
“I was able to do for a local show what other promoters couldn’t, and that’s have people in the venue who aren’t performing; fans. I created balance between artists and spectators,” he said.
The local Hip-Hop scene in Toledo doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. With all the violence occurring in and around Toledo, a lot of it gets blamed (sometimes unfairly) on the Hip-Hop scene, much in the way national media blames Hip-Hop for violence. The stigma may be unfair, but the continuous fights, shootings and arrests do nothing but perpetuate that stereotype. This is why it’s so important to carefully plan out a Hip-Hop event. But not everyone heeds that warning.
Downey doesn’t discriminate against anyone but nonsense will not be tolerated at any of his events. He makes it a point to steer clear of artists who have a reputation for violence and/or trouble. Believe it or not, there is a plethora of artists in Toledo who simply want to make music and spread their movement without doing something ignorant to earn “street cred” that doesn’t matter anyway. Going to an event that is thrown by Downey Productions is having peace of mind, knowing you will leave in the same condition in which you arrived.
Besides an unsafe environment, the other biggest complaint about local artist showcases is that fans aren’t allowed to just dance and have a good time. Some of these showcases are performance after performance, with no DJ or music in between sets. In case you’re wondering, it’s boring! No one wants to see 13 artists and their eight-person entourage on stage, doing a 10-minute set of music they have never heard. That is not how you get fans.
Downey took care of that problem as well. He may have five performers tops, and he also has a DJ playing real music. He realizes that the most important aspect of any event is the happiness of the people who paid their money to come. Also, because of his spotless reputation, Downey is able to throw events at nicer venues, so the club-goers’ expectations are not unrealistic.
So you know his birthday party is going to be spectacular, right? The Halloween Revenge Party is Oct. 29 at Mainstreet Bar & Grill. There will be music, performances, cash prizes and me. And I don’t host just any event.
Bring your costume; the best one gets money!
Even if you don’t dress up, come enjoy performances by Toledo heavyweights like Chiefalone, Flintstone, 2wo Tone and others.
Now that you know what to expect from a real promoter, don’t expect to be disappointed.
The tickets are $6 and $10 at the door, which opens at 9 p.m. For more information on the show, contact Downey at (419) 360-0407.