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Michael Kitchen

Local events promoter

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Anyone who's familiar with live music in Charlotte probably knows Michael Kitchen. He's produced events starring artists like The Roots, Rakim, Kid Capri and most recently John Legend, among a plethora of other acts. But what don't you know about the ever so popular local trendsetter?

Kitchen uses from 5,000 to 6,000 minutes per month on his cell phone.

He and his partner Jason Curry plan to relaunch the Dirty Soul clothing line in 2007. "There really isn't a true Southern clothing line. These designs are retro, streamline and clean," says Kitchen. "A cross between Abercrombie and Fitch and Phat Farm."

He was in the U.S. Navy for "12-14 years" as a communications specialist for a cargo detachment unit. "The funny thing is that I never really sailed. I flew everywhere."

"Afromentals" is the name of the radio show Kitchen co-produces with underground legend DJ Jamad in Atlanta. The show airs Sundays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sirius Satellite radio, Hip-Hop Nation Channel 40.

"My passion is live music, but I want to expand in 2007." One avenue he's going is "this artistic thing dealing with the love of body and art. It's very clean and over the edge. I want to do more cultural things."

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