Now read the press release:
Athens, Georgia - March 18, 2009 - Exactly two years to the day after setting down his microphone, local rapper and entrepreneur Tommy Valentine has announced his return to the music scene.
In 2007, Valentine shocked many when he publicly announced a, "temporary abandonment" of the Athens music scene. At the time one of the more popular performers in the city, Valentine had only recently been voted one of the top three artists (all genres) in the city by the readers of Flagpole Magazine, as well as a top three hip-hop artist and among top three up-and-comers.
Fresh off two high profile album releases at the Georgia Theatre, and a highly publicized show at the 40 Watt, the retirement was sudden and unexpected. In justifying the break, Valentine at the time cited that it was, "time I put my adolescence behind me, and focused on becoming the man I should be."
Following his departure, Valentine returned to school at the University of Georgia, where he is currently studying Political Science. His interest in politics led him to volunteering for the Barack Obama campaign, and eventually to a role as campaign manager for US Congressional Candidate Bobby Saxon. With Valentine's help, the Saxon Campaign was the most successful campaign of its type in the state, and the most regionally successful in more than a decade.
In today's statement, Valentine states that the time working with the campaigns prepared him to return to music by teaching the value of "selfless, hard work", as well as helping him "grow as a person." In addition to the return, Valentine has also announced a partnership with award-winning music producer CollegeBoy, of local production group E.C.S.T.A.C.Y. Music.
Valentine will be returning to the 40 Watt, the same stage that held his last performance more than two years ago. The show has been announced for Friday, April 24, with featured performances by Atlanta artist Stanza and a debut performance by a new local hip-hop group, WildKard, that Valentine has been helping develop alongside CollegeBoy. Special after-party performances are expected by Sprockets Video of Year Winner Elite tha Showstoppa, Son 1 and the Insurgents, and Shawty Slick. The show will be hosted by Athens Hip-Hop Icon Montu Miller.
For tickets and showtimes, please visit http://tommyvalentine.com.
Tickets are also available thorough SchoolKids Records and Junkmans Daughter's Brother
Will the event live up to the hype? There's only one way to find out. This looks to be an interesting show if you like hip hop or anything related to dance and electronic music. You can hear some of his tunes at the site linked above if you aren't sure.
I may not be able to attend due to previous plans but would love it if any of the AthensWorld team members who may go could post a review. Otherwise perhaps some kind reader could forward one to us to post.