Mackenzie Nicole’s pop debut signals a new direction for Strange Music

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Mackenzie Nicole’s pop debut signals a new direction for Strange Music

‘The reason I’m doing pop isn’t to be, like, some pop princess,’ says Mackenzie Nicole, seated at a massive wooden conference table inside the Lee’s Summit headquarters of Strange Music. She’s confident and cheery, wearing a black leather jacket that lands somewhere between hard rock and hip hop.’

Technically, though, Nicole is something of a princess. As in: she’s Strange Music royalty. As in: her father, Travis O’Guin, co-founded the label in the basement of her old house. Nicole is 18 years old ‘ roughly the same age as the label itself.’

‘I love and respect Taylor Swift,’ she continues. ‘But I don’t know if that’s something I want for myself. I have to be careful wording that, because I do love her, but different strokes for different folks, y’know?’

She likes how Rihanna did it. The Barbadian singer kicked off her career with club jams like ‘Pon de Replay,’ then went on to try her hand in different genres. ‘She made the masterpiece that is Anti, but she built a foundation so that she could build and experiment without becoming a jack of all and master of none,’ Nicole says.’

If a teenager in eastern Jackson County with global pop ambitions perhaps sounds a bit pie-in-the-sky, consider the following. Strange Music is one of the most successful independent record labels in the world. It has leveraged the popularity of its founding artist, Tech N9ne, into a subculture through which entire careers can be launched. Undergirding its success is a rabid, loyal fanbase that buys tickets, records, and merch in amounts that makes the Merges and Matadors of the world salivate.’

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Central Catholic’s Steven Hajjar delivers on mound and with bat in win against Lowell

Central Catholic senior Steven Hajjar had a little extra pep in his step when he took the hill at Alumni Field in Lowell Thursday afternoon and saw some three-dozen MLB scouts in the bleachers, radar guns in hand.

They came to see the southpaw flash his low-90’s velocity, and determine whether the 6-foot-5 University of Michigan commit will be worth spending a high draft pick on come June. But they ended up seeing an impressive bat, too.

Hajjar struck out five in an abbreviated four-inning start, then helped his own cause at the plate with a go-ahead three-run homer that sparked a six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth, as Central (2-1) downed Merrimack Valley Conference rival Lowell, 8-4. The game was played on Lowell’s home field because Central Catholic’s field as unavailable. The win counted as a home game for Central Catholic.

“I had said to Steven, ‘One’s fine, you don’t have to knock in two’, ” Central coach Mark Pelletier said. “I didn’t think he’d go big fly, but good for him, he put a good swing on it. He’s hot right now. I know it’s only three games, but he’s really swinging a heavy bat.”

After Central spotted Hajjar a 2-0 lead with two sacrifice flies, Lowell (1-1) stormed ahead in the top frame of the sixth inning. Ray Velasquez, Anderson Jimenez and John Donovan all plated RBI singles in left, and then Jimenez made it 4-2 when he took home on a delayed double-steal.

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3. Fisherman’s Village Music Festival 2018 Celebrate the efforts of the Everett Music Initiative with this weekend festival spread over several beloved local venues, with live sets from cosmic hiphop kings Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Mount Eerie, Oberhofer, the Seshen, Taylar Elizza Beth, Sisters, Spirit Award, the Black Tones, and many more.Begins March 30

5. Ruben Studdard Ruben Studdard, winner of the second season of American Idol who received a 2003 Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, will visit Seattle.Begins March 29

6. Shen Yun 2018 Shen Yun, founded by Chinese Falun Dafa dancers in New York City, is an absolute celebration of an entire region’s magic, splendor, and creative possibility. The production aims to bring China’s ancient wonders to life on stage with dance and music.Begins March 28

8. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival For the 35th consecutive year, flower enthusiasts will flock to Skagit Valley to see sprawling fields covered with hundreds of colorful tulips in bloom. The festival is designed as a driving tour, as there’s no one spot to enter.

9. Silent Movie Mondays On a recent podcast, Janice Min, the woman credited with transforming Us Weekly from a C-minus People magazine clone into a culture-defining celebrity news faucet in 2002, observed that the Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan era, which Min helped inscribe, now feels like a very long time ago, all but forgotten. It’s a strange parallel to the lingering devotion a small number of viewers keep for the first generation of film actors, who, like nearly all humans, even the most famous, are largely forgotten by the world. I know that going to a silent movie, much less a month’s worth of them, sound like medicine to most people, but this series is a true joy. The majesty of the Paramount Theatre is on full display, as is the glory of the Wurlitzer organ accompaniment. And seeing the films really does feel like time travel. The grammar, pace, and style are simultaneously fascinating and obscure, but the faces are a straight, vivid line from a century ago to right now. This year’s series focuses on the great female stars of early cinema: Marion Davies’unfairly maligned by Citizen Kane’in The Patsy (April 2), Pola Negri in A Woman of the World (April 9), Gloria Swanson in Stage Struck (April 16), Mary Pickford in Little Annie Rooney (April 23), and Colleen Moore in Ella Cinders (April 30). SEAN NELSON

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