PowerFest still rocks

2,500 brave rain to see urban talent showcase

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Umbrellas sprouted like mushrooms as the drizzle gave way to fat drops of rain.

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Rapper and hip-hop artist Donnel Jones sings to the PowerFest audience at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. This year marked the 10th annual showcase of some of the rising acts in the music industry and also featured well-known, established groups.  Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Rapper and hip-hop artist Donnel Jones sings to the PowerFest audience at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. This year marked the 10th annual showcase of some of the rising acts in the music industry and also featured well-known, established groups.

The artist on stage didn't skip a beat, urging the crowd to "rock those umbrellas."

Saturday's PowerFest was a soggy affair, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered to enjoy some of the hottest talent in urban music.

"It's been really great," said performer Bertell, of Atlanta, who has a record coming out in June on Capitol Records. He's promoting his single Beat It Up.

"The fans were singing along and that's encouraging for a new artist," he said.

The main event was a stage set up at the downtown fairgrounds on Hale Street, where thick bass lines and heavy beats poured out of an impressive stack of speakers 6 feet tall. But the crowd of about 2,500 also sampled hot dogs, ribs and chicken wings and browsed tables loaded with sunglasses and novelty license plates.

About 50 custom cars and trucks lined one end of the fairgrounds, their hoods propped open, music blaring from speakers in the trunk. James Summers, of Barnwell, S.C., was showcasing his red-and-white '77 Chevrolet Capri. The 24-inch wheel rims hiked the car up high enough that Summers installed runner boards on either side so passengers could step inside.

The car represents three years in the garage and thousands of dollars.

"It took a lot to get it done," Summers said.

Nearby was a pink and aquamarine creation with Tinkerbell airbrushed on the hood. Ciara Garrett's girlie '94 Grand Marquis was eye-catching among the bold colors and flame decorations of other cars.

"I've loved Tinkerbell since I was a little girl," explained Garrett, of Augusta, who wore an outfit and hair dyed to match her car's interior.

Back near the stage, the tempo ebbed and flowed like the rain as artists performed different strains of hip-hop and R&B.

PowerFest, now in its 10th year, features chart toppers such as Omarion in addition to up-and-coming artists. The mix shows aspiring young artists that their dreams can come true, said A.J. Savage, who represents artists including Alicia Keys, Mario and Jennifer Hudson. Savage came as a sponsor Saturday.

Bertell said the experience was "great." He said he hopes to return next year.

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MR.PPM
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MR.PPM 04/25/10 - 09:35 am
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Crime went down 95% in

Crime went down 95% in Neighboring comunnities during concert hours.

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TrukinRanger 04/25/10 - 10:27 am
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LOL.... "The car represents
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LOL.... "The car represents three years in the garage and thousands of dollars"... and still only worth $50 (scrap metal)

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owensjef2 04/25/10 - 10:36 am
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It also went down 95% during

It also went down 95% during Master's week.

Whyisit01
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Whyisit01 04/25/10 - 11:00 am
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MR.PPM and owensjef2 where

MR.PPM and owensjef2 where was this data when a Day in the Country took place or the recent tea party? Shakes my head I was waiting on the first comments like yours an owensjef2, TYPICAL.

owensjef2
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owensjef2 04/25/10 - 11:50 am
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www2.wjbf.com/jbf/news/.../cr

www2.wjbf.com/jbf/news/.../crime...during_masters_week/72129

owensjef2
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owensjef2 04/25/10 - 11:53 am
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Well maybe not 95, but I was

Well maybe not 95, but I was just responding, now we wait on that other stat.

MR.PPM
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MR.PPM 04/25/10 - 12:41 pm
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That was Tigers fault

That was Tigers fault

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confederate american 04/25/10 - 12:54 pm
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Whyisit-the tea party and

Whyisit-the tea party and day in the country,don't sing are say,your mama's a w----.and slap your woman down,or kill the police,etc.etc.

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keeanzia 04/25/10 - 01:03 pm
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We need more activities like

We need more activities like the PowerFest and other events. It will bring money to Augusta and give people something to do without going broke.

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countyman 04/25/10 - 02:12 pm
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Confederate american... Did

Confederate american... Did you even see the lineup? Most of the performers were R&B singers... The singer Omarion for example.

While some rappers may some f the police. I've never heard any rapper say it's okay to hit a woman. They may say some sexual things but I've never heard being violent.

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countyman 04/25/10 - 02:25 pm
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Keeanzia.... I totally agree

Keeanzia.... I totally agree with you 100%. The Kroc Center will give younger kids and adults something to do. It opens in 2011.

Support the events in Augusta. Westobou, movies on the common, river blast, augusta canal boat tours, the patriot boat tours on the savannah river, wrdw family fair, mayfest, lunch in the common, candlelight jazz series, saturday market on the river, imba world summit, esi ironman, first friday, border bash, arts in the heart, fall concert in the common, hispanic festival, christmas light up boat parade, christmas light up spectacular, memorial day concert.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/25/10 - 04:11 pm
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countyman, Naw 99 problems

countyman, Naw 99 problems from Jay Z has no references to keeping a woman down. I wonder if they had the "ghetto mosh pits" like Butler had at their prom last night? And from my experiences crime probably stayed about the same except near the fairgrounds. Stolen cars and broken into cars probably sky-rocketed! I know I have had to do those reports during Power/ May fests. I felt bad for those kids who came from Atlanta and Charlotte and had their car stolen and couldn't get back home! Yeah lets have more stuff like this. It "helps" the economy!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/25/10 - 04:15 pm
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And a 77 Chevy Caprice, Not

And a 77 Chevy Caprice, Not sure what a Capri is, Goes for about $6k. I hope he didn't spend more than that on the "fixin's".

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/25/10 - 04:19 pm
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And a 94 Grand Marquis goes

And a 94 Grand Marquis goes for about 1500 in the Chicago area!

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countyman 04/25/10 - 04:28 pm
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When did Jay Z in 99

When did Jay Z in 99 problems? Mention it's okay to physically hit a woman. Please quote the line?

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/99-problems-lyrics-jay-z/91ac14f0...

jb1234
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jb1234 04/25/10 - 04:38 pm
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Countyman, I took a look at

Countyman, I took a look at those lyrics in the link you provided. I didn't see anything about hitting women, but he does repeatedly refer to women as the b-word, but I guess that's not so bad huh? I also liked how he used words like G-D and the n-word, and then in the very next sentence he said he would 'talk to the Lord' and 'pray for him'. Sounds like good wholesome music to me! I hope to hear it on the next KidzBop CD.

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countyman 04/25/10 - 04:48 pm
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Actual the chorus is talking

Actual the chorus is talking about anybody. But moreso to the males. How many male rappers have woman haters? Men hate on other men.

jb1234
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jb1234 04/25/10 - 05:09 pm
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Uh, not hardly. He says "If

Uh, not hardly. He says "If you're havin' girl problems i feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a ***** ain't one".

He's talking about women. Not men.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/25/10 - 07:19 pm
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Oh and countyman, lest we

Oh and countyman, lest we forget the Chris Brown beating of his "girl". That is a great role model to have singing to my kids.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/25/10 - 07:21 pm
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May not be the lyrics alone

May not be the lyrics alone that we should focus on. Oh and lets also remember the Koran for its women loving diatribes.

countyman
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countyman 04/25/10 - 09:09 pm
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You do know men call other

You do know men call other men the b word right? This isn't nothing new in the rap game. Especially when the person think's somebody is a hater or punk.

Lol Chris Brown is a pop singer... And he didn't peform at the Powerfest...

Elvis was a child molester. I hear several older people still call him the king. That was a great role model to have singing to my mother and gradmother.

jb1234
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jb1234 04/25/10 - 10:20 pm
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County, yes, I'm aware that

County, yes, I'm aware that men call each other all sorts of names, but the bottom line is this: in that lyric, the artist is referring to a woman, end of story, have a nice day.

vint100
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vint100 04/25/10 - 10:39 pm
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Where was the Tea Party when

Where was the Tea Party when the weapons of mass destruction was not found, but billions were still spent, lives were still lost.

KSL
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KSL 04/25/10 - 10:42 pm
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vint100, read this book:

vint100, read this book: Saddam's Secrets, by Georges Sada.

KSL
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KSL 04/25/10 - 10:45 pm
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By the way, weapons were not

By the way, weapons were not found, not was not found. Might help you on your next job application. Free, no charge.

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InChristLove 04/27/10 - 10:13 am
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Just because the weapons of

Just because the weapons of mass destruction were not found doesn't mean they didn't originally exist. Just means someone was smart enough to get them moved before being discovered.

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