Promotions and marketing guru J. Carter has been 'putting on' events in the Atlanta area for approximately 12 years. According to Mr. Carter, the ONE MusicFest evolved from one of his and his business associate's social events. ONE MusicFest is an annual event that focuses on "non-traditional music in a progressive format." "It brings people together who wouldn't typically socialize together." - J. Carter

The ONE MusicFest, now in its third year, has featured some of music's top talent including Common and Chrisette Michele. Performing this year was Pop/Electronica artist Santigold, R&B/Soul artist Marsha Ambrosius, Atlanta Rap artist Big Krit, and Hip Hop Legends Doug E Fresh, Mc Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, and Slick Rick "The Ruler."

Masquerade Park located in Atlanta's Fourth Ward neighborhood played host to the Labor Day event. It was definitely an ideal spot for the live music venture. There were food trucks galore offering everything from Caribbean cuisine to home-made ice cream, local artists displaying artwork and jewelry (loved the ArmCandy), and vendors (ya'll have got to try the Hi*T - Organic Hemp Iced Tea). There was also a live DJ set, which kept the multi-cultural audience rockin' throughout the day.

On Center stage New Jersey Jazz/R&B artist Eric Roberson crooned. Marsha Ambrosius brought the sultry. Big Krit, and Santigold delivered the electricity, but the highlight of the evening was definitely Hip Hop's legendary artists who dropped hit after hit without missing a beat (Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick's "The Show" was a crowd favorite).

J. Carter and his crew are already planning for next year. He expressed interest in splitting the fest into a two-day event to include Rock, Reggae, and Hip-Hop. In a pre-ONE MusicFest interview he stated "We are hoping to make Atlanta a Labor Day destination for live music" and if this year's event is a foretelling of what's to come, I'm booking my hotel early!

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