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Notes from MusicFest 2006

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Busta Rhymes busts a rhyme at MusicFest

Aaayo, a'ight!

MusicFest 2006. I caught some of it, but my man jaythreeoh caught it all. Talk to me, jay.

Jaythreeoh: Frank, if you missed it, I got you, cuz. I scene it, too. Yes, yes, y'all; it didn't stop as the 12th Annual RochesterMusicFest jumped off Friday night at HighFalls, with no slouching. Big Daddy Kane definitely got the job done, preceded by his Juice Crew lead, DJ Marley Marl. Nothing less than a spark plug on stage, we peeped that Kane is still as sharp as his flattop was in '87. And there were no freaks out under the humid Rochester nightlights, as Whodinigave a healthy serving to all its "Friends."

Saturday's highlights at Frontier Field included a dancehall session from ghetto storytelling yaadmanBaby Cham, showing these new jack Americans how it's done in Jamaica. But this country's Idol, Ruben Studdard, brought out the full band and those big boy, Luther-like, Alabama chops --- smooth as velvet. Busta Rhymes shut the night down, brandishing hits to make his people wanna jump, jump.

The pace slowed down on Sunday, as Mr. Wilson, first name Charlie, gave a show that was most outstanding. Though he might've had a gap from his original band, Uncle Charlie didn't miss a step, cleaning up the mess made by the Brothers Hailey. K-Ci and JoJo continually noted their North Carolina heritage; they could've kept their screaming down south, as eardrums bled throughout Western New York. But showstopper Doug E. Fresh proved in less than 45 minutes why he's known as The Greatest Entertainer, keeping both young and old on their feet, doin' the butt to the go-go beat. All said, this year's MusicFest was aaaayo, a'ight!