Friday, January 2, 2015

Biz Markie

I've been fortunate to have met Biz Markie twice. The first time was on July 27, 2013, when he performed at Club Detroit in St. Petersburg, Florida. When the show was announced, ticket prices were $15 but a week before the show they scrapped the admission price and made it a free event.

I was standing outside before the show, hoping to catch Biz when he arrived. After several minutes I spotted him in the passenger seat of an SUV waiting to pull in. I went over to where the vehicle was pulling in and out came Biz. I was the only one standing there hoping to get an autograph. Unfortunately, I didn't have any of Biz's CDs to get signed, so I settled for a compilation CD which he appears on. The pen I gave him also went out at a bad time for me as the autograph didn't come out so well.

On December 5, 2014, Biz returned to the Tampa Bay area, performing with Yo Gabba Gabba! at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. This time I was better prepared with a Biz Markie CD and a pen that I trusted. Also, I was able to get a picture with him along with my brother, Brian.

Biz signed the front cover of his The Best of Cold Chillin' greatest hits CD.

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