Do you think Chrissette Michelle and T.I just pop up here out of thin air? No. It takes the hard work of people such as Sulaiman Mausi to bring them here.
For the past five years, Mausi, through his family-owned and operated promotions company The Right Productions, Inc. has brought some of the biggest names in R&B, hip-hop and soul music to the crowds of music lovers at Chene Park via its Classic Soul Fridays and The Return of the Legends concert series.
The season kicked
off on June 4 with Chrissette Michelle and Raheem DeVaughn and will conclude with the legendary
Teena Marie on August 15.
Mausi, 34, who is
also the assistant general manager of
“It was designed to
have inexpensive entertainment for the citizens of
MMX had an opportunity to sit down with Mausi to discuss the 2008 concerts from a promoter’s perspective:
Chene has one of the best backdrops for any venue! The
You have some heavy
hitters coming to
We begin working on the summer schedule in November of the previous year. Guests can look forward to seeing Jill Scott, The Gap Band, Chuck Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill, and Bobby Brown just to name a few.
What is the
performance day like for you? Do you have time to enjoy the concerts or are
you busy working behind the scenes?
A typical day starts around 9 a.m. for an 8 p.m. show. It takes so much time and energy to produce a show I hardly ever get to relax and enjoy it.
What are some things
that happen behind the scenes?
Behind the scenes -- any given show is very comical! (Laughs) It truly varies from show to show. We are thinking about producing a reality show!
Some artists are
known for asking for specific foods or items before a performance. What's the
most unusual request you've been asked?
Artists are good for putting crazy things on their riders. However, we cross them out before the contract is signed. Most of the requests are not cost effective so we don’t pay for them.
Who is the artist
that hasn't appeared in the concert series who you want to perform?
Limp Bizkit or Kid Rock.
What is your most fond memory
of the concert series? What makes it special?
It’s always great to see the people of