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Awards show to showcase Durham’s finest
Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
by Maria Magher, Correspondent

DURHAM – Durham was once a small town known for its tobacco heritage and not much else. But recent years have seen big changes for the Bull City.

Durham has been making lists across the country for its local foods scene, real estate and overall quality of life. Now one group hopes to raise its profile in the music scene.

The Bull City Music Group was founded in 2012 to “engage in the revitalization of Durham through the diversification of music, art and humanitarian efforts,” said Darrell C. Parker, the group’s chief executive of promotions.

Founder Dezrick Dixon is a Durham native and a singer, specializing in urban and contemporary gospel. He released his second CD single, “Testify,” in 2009 and his first full-length CD in 2010.

Dixon said he hopes the group’s flagship event, The Bull City Music Awards, will give local artists a bigger platform and also honor some of the big-name artists who came from Durham.

“I started the award show to bring attention to the amazing talent housed in the Bull City, and revitalize Durham through music, art and humanitarian efforts,” Dixon said. “Our goal is to emulate the Motown movement.”

The second annual Bull City Music Awards will take place July 27 at the Durham School of the Arts. Parker said the ceremony is held at the DSA because “it represents the future.”

The awards honors independent artists who do not yet have a major record label, and who produce, market, distribute and write their own music. Artists who are nominated must also have at least three to five years of experience and have a major following on social media.

Fans and peers make the nominations for the awards in six categories: R&B, Hip-Hop, Video of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Entertainment Establishment of the Year and Promoter of the Year. Each category features three to four nominees.

Winners receive a trophy and are promoted through the show materials. Parker said the show will be broadcast internationally in three countries – the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom – through KTM TV, so artists will receive even more exposure.

“We also have more sponsors, more scheduled events and a solid partnership with DSA to promote future talent from the school of performing arts,” he said. Sponsors include Fox 50, Michael Jordan’s Nissan, Papa John’s and more.

The awards are just not limited to the show. It is a three-day event that includes a celebrity cookout, a pre-awards show party, an after party and a music seminar.

Local celebrities M16 & Full Moon Wolves, Nigel Experience and DJ Majik are expected at the cookout. Special guests also include Laticia Nicole of #SpeakLife and comedian Darren Tedder, also known as DWISSH.

The music seminar will allow aspiring artists to talk with industry leaders and professional artists. There will be guest speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Full details are available for all events, including times and ticket prices, at www.bullcitymusicgroup.com.



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