Zeus Speaks

Zeus is a djinnunnamed (No, really.) He’s also Preservation Pub’s resident spiritual counselor. He can be found several nights out of the week underneath the stairwell, dispensing words of wisdom for a small donation.

What’s your feeling on the unrest in the city of Baltimore — riots, police violence, curfews, etc.?

I saw a picture of that scene recently, and up in the sky in that picture, buried in the clouds, was an evil spirit. I think evil has been unleashed there.

We have to come together as one instead of everybody thinking they’re separate. It’s not a color thing, it’s a human race thing.

Everybody was obsessed with the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight. Why do we pay so much attention to things like that?

I think people have too much time on their hands. So much energy that could be used on a higher purpose.

Every car I drive keeps breaking down. What’s going on there?

I think it’s time for you to learn how to walk.

Nowadays, everyone seems to spend most of their time on their cell phone or mobile device. Is that really good for us?

When we use a cell phone, it should be brief. They’re effecting our auras, our energy.

You know, there was a time when we used to visit people.

Zeus’s wisdom of the week: 

“Everyone in the world is trying to go backwards. We’re trying to make money, do our thing, then we think we’ll fix the Earth, later. We should fix the Earth first.”

Who do you think you are: Preservation Pub/SCH Doorman and local rap artist Jarius Bush

10505435_10203885523448091_4956703280702161851_nDo you know any jokes?

What kind of pants does Mario wear? Denim-denim-denim…

That’s my joke.

What actor would you want to play Jarius Bush in a movie?

50 Cent. “Get Rich or Die Trying: Part II.” It’ll be about me.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The ability to play any kind of instrument, and any style of music. Any musical idea that comes to mind, I could manifest it.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Spawn. First because he’s black. And second, he’s the most unique superhero. The villains in Spawn are angels… I think that’s dope.

Describe your worst date ever.

I was 19. I went to the movie theater with this 18-year-old. I was broke, and she had to pick me up. It was just weird — it sucked. And I didn’t really feel the movie. Then we wreck on a curve on the way home. It was a train wreck. Never talked to her again after that.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Always be in state of moving forward, and if I have an idea, write it down. Zeus (Preservation Pub’s resident spiritual counselor) told me that.

You’re having a Moonshine Roof Garden Party at Preservation Pub. What three guests would you be sure were on the list?

We got Biggie Smalls headlining the show. He’s gonna be bustin’ some hot bars on that ass, and he’s releasing his new album, “Ready to Live.” I got D.J. Wigs spinning for the night. And the big homie Napoleon Hill in the corner giving advice, and free copies of “Think and Grow Rich.”

Describe your most embarrassing moment.

It was min middle school, during a track meet. One of my friends ankled me, pulled my pants down in front of everybody. And I was wearing whitey tighties.

What’s the worst song you’ve ever heard?

“With Arms Wide Open,” by Creed. I got a child, and I don’t feel that at all.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity?

The lead singer of Creed (Scott Stapp). F@#k him.

Preservation Profiles: Local Bassist and Budding BNB Entrepreneur Niles Haury

10269409_10102140160268555_2186642486396873180_nLocal gadfly/four-string ace/ladies man Niles Haury is the freaknik antithesis of every single bass player stereotype in existence. He’s nothing like Derek Smalls’ lukewarm water, standing twixt the fire and ice of St. Hubbins and Tufnel; no, Haury has lead guitarist chops; frontman looks and charisma; and just enough latent crazy to qualify him as an honorary drummer. Continue reading

Downtown Dirt by Manhole: Sussing out Scruffy City Music Festival

1622222_750840065004406_8603700049333840569_nIf you were as excited as we were last year at the settling of Knoxville Film and Music Festival over in Scruffy City Hall, all I can say is: Prepare to change your shorts, Jake. Because the festival is back, bigger and better than ever. And with a new name, no less—Scruffy City Film and Music Festival, in honor of both the city and the venue which are now its permanent home.
That’s right, from the opening-night party, 6 p.m. April 28 at Scruffy City Hall through the closing night awards gala May 3, the festival will encompass six days of movies, music, mayhem, and libational over-indulgence for local cineastes and music lovers alike.
Highlights include band and singer-songwriter competitions; a composer’s challenge, for film score artistes; and a host of themed film-short nights, for dramatic shorts and sci-fi shorts and animated shorts and music shorts and Cargo shorts…
Okay, no. We were just kidding about that last one. There will be absolutely no Cargo shorts allowed on the premises, on pain of death and public humiliation. There will, however, be a handful of exciting feature films, the schedule for which is as follows: Continue reading