Grammy-winning producer Just Blaze headlines Beats x Beers' Block Party

FLINT, Michigan -- Flint native Brandon Corder is bringing back his annual Beats x Beers Block Party this week, and this year, he’s pulling out all the stops with a live music set from Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Just Blaze. 

Kicking off the Back 2 The Bricks weekend, the Block Party will be held on Thursday, August 19, from 9 p.m to 1:00 a.m at 555 Saginaw Street. The event is sponsored in part by Elga Credit Union, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, United Way, and Xolo.

“At The Block Party, people can expect a party that doesn’t happen in Flint often,” Corder said. “Of course, there will be music, vendors, drinks, food, etc., but the energy will be high. After it was so successful in 2019, so many people are anticipating it because we weren’t able to have it in 2020.”

Corder has been actively creating and promoting events in the Flint area since 2017. His mission to provide consistent entertainment and social mixers in the community has been a successful one as he was able to bring in notable music acts such as Wale, T-Pain, and now, Just Blaze.
Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Just Blaze is headlining this year's Block Party.Just Blaze has produced records for many big name acts, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake, Usher, Kanye West, and Rick Ross among others. For Corder, the decision to bring the multi-platinum selling producer to Flint is part of his agenda to create long-lasting memories in Flint. 

“I chose Just Blaze because he’s a legend and he means so much to Hip Hop culture,” said Corder. “Just Blaze produced some of the biggest songs that influenced me. I wanted to create a moment in history with this year’s Block Party.”

In addition to Just Blaze, Flint’s own DJ Hype, Peter McFray, and DJ AK will also be providing music at the event. The Block Party made its debut in 2019, but was halted the next year due to the pandemic. This year, Corder has set out to make the event more memorable and add to Flint’s illustrious music culture. 

“Since we weren’t able to have it last year, I felt the city deserved for it to be bigger and better this year,” said Corder. “I wanted to create a moment that in 20 years from now, people are still talking about The Block Party that happened in 2021.”

Tickets and information for the event is available online.

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