Lightning Strikes

At press time there was speculation that Dynamite Walls, Scarlet Symphony, and Dirty Sweet might be last-minute additions to next weekend's Street Scene lineup. Weeks earlier, the booking of side stage headliner DJ Kid Lightning was announced; he's the local club DJ who has opened shows for the Rapture, Massive Attack, and Britney Spears (at downtown's House of Blues earlier this year).

Some speculate that Kid Lightning (a.k.a. Jamal Dauda) got on the bill because he is a talent buyer for House of Blues/Live Nation.

"Any local band would have loved to play the Street Scene and yet he books himself," says a local band manager.

Dauda has worked as a promotions assistant for 91X and FM-94/9. He segued to a job in the talent-buying department for the local House of Blues venue, which became part of the Live Nation concert-production company.

Although Dauda admits he is handling local talent for Street Scene, he denies he booked himself.

"As far as I know, I had nothing to do with that.... It is a sensitive subject. It is hard to say if me working for [Live Nation] had anything to do with that."

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