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Friday, November 30, 2012

Kenny G's Manager Calls Us Up to Shout at Us About the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge

Posted by on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

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As Slog readers know, earlier this week we launched the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge to raise money for the hungry this holiday season. We have a successful track record here at Slog of choosing some person/organization/thing and then challenging them to a fundraising-off without telling them. Last year, the Slog vs. Gawker Holiday Charity Challenge—which we did not tell Gawker about, and which Gawker maybe still doesn't know about—raised $29,327.21 for Northwest Harvest. Considering Northwest Harvest can feed a family of three for only 67 cents, that did a world of good for some of the neediest people in the Northwest.

So this year we were brainstorming about who to go toe-to-toe with for the holiday auction. The Seattle Times? Rob McKenna? Pit bulls? Then someone said "Kenny G?" And Kenny G it was! For no particular reason! Smooth-jazz hit maker! Haver of extra long hair! From the Northwest! Rumored to have been former Stranger managing editor Bradley Steinbacher's babysitter! Probably a total sweetheart! Music editor Emily Nokes drew a very lovely portrait of Kenny G for the charity-challenge artwork…

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…and the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge was on!

UNTIL!

Until Kenny G's manager caught whiff of it. Whoa, boy, Kenny G's manager is pissed. Lordy, he's mad. Or at least he said he was Kenny G's manager. Seemed like he was Kenny G's manager. He was so mad, we thought for a minute it was a radio-station prank. On Wednesday, he called and yelled at our managing editor Bethany Jean Clement, who is one of the calmest and most understanding people on Earth. He screamed at her that it is vitally important that everyone know that Kenny G is not now and was never involved in the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge. He yelled, "HOW DARE YOU!"

Bethany attempted to explain that it was just a stupid joke and that Sloggers have a sense of humor. Kenny G's manager shouted from his office in Los Angeles, "I HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR!" He called Bethany, Slog, and Northwest Harvest itself "DECEITFUL!" Did we mention Kenny G's manager sounded very angry? Bethany was not the only Stranger staffer Kenny G's manager reamed out over the phone.

Anyway, the human ball of anger who identified himself as Kenny G's manager will not rest until we put a stop to the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge. After insisting we add a disclaimer that Kenny G was not and is not involved in the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge, he shouted: "DON'T DO IT AGAIN!" So, after four great days and more than $2,000 raised for hungry people in our state, the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge is over. Because we have a better idea now.

Effectively immediately, we are changing this year's fundraising drive to the Slog vs. People Who Are So Mad They Call Us Up to Shout at Us Holiday Charity Challenge! So the Kenny G art is going away (sad smooth-jazz trombone!!) and Emily has drawn a replacement image of what she imagines Kenny G's manager looked like when he was shouting at us:

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You're not gonna keep us from raising money for Northwest Harvest, Kenny G's manager! Your anger is no match for the generosity of Slog. If you haven't given yet, now is the time! Click here to stick it to people who are so mad they call us up to shout at us, while also giving the homeless and the hungry a leg up this season. Forward us your receipt and your commenter handle and we'll tag all your comments with a SWASHBUCKLING HERO badge. If you've already donated something, consider giving a little more, just to let Kenny G's manager know where you stand.

So the charity challenge artwork has changed...

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…and starting next week, Slog staffers will be regaling you with stories of past encounters with people who were so mad at us about something we wrote that they called us up to shout at us. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY. Also, if you've ever been screamed at by random people over the holidays, tell us the story in the comments. This is going to be the best holiday season on Slog yet.

 

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I thought he was being managed by BBE Booking Agency, I know they handle mostly hip-hop like the Wiz Khalifa booking, and others but I know they do some pop acts as well.
Posted by sagasaturn on April 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM · Report this
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I thought he was being managed by BBE Booking Agency, I know they handle mostly hip-hop like the Wiz Khalifa booking, and others but I know they do some pop acts as well.
Posted by sagasaturn on April 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM · Report this
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@66, yes. From the site you're pointing everybody to:

"This company . . . does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive agent, representative or management of Kenny G."

Look, De La Font is not a management company, and they don't manage KG. If you're going to try to inspire people to disrupt a business, step one is to correctly identify the business you want to disrupt.
Posted by California on December 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM · Report this
Rujax! 66
@64...

So you know for certain that the DeLaFont Agency is not KG's mgmt or what? How and why, please.
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on December 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM · Report this
Posted by stuckie on December 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM · Report this
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@63, nope, I just don't think that inviting people to screech at a business that played no role in this dustup is the way to show KG's manager who is boss. Nor do I know (or care) what KG's got to say for himself.
Posted by California on December 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Rujax! 63
@55 California...

Got the inside track huh? Groovy, baby.

So what's KG got to say for himself here.

His slickster pimped out web-site paints him as a real people's person...so how 'bout he connects with the real world. Might give a little nooo-ahnce you know to the vapid brainless cotton candy throw-away image dude's got now.

I'm just sayin'.
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on December 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
persimmon 62
@57, I think the joke was the sad "Wump-wah" trombone noise that plays in comedic laugh tracks when something hysterically tragic happens, and Christopher was just spicing it up a little bit by calling it a sad "smooth-jazz" trombone.
Posted by persimmon on December 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
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I work at a police department, so I pretty much get yelled at for a living.
Posted by Aleksalynn on December 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM · Report this
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@6 Thank you. My music teacher told me Kenny G was a hack decades ago. It is also known that Kenny G can not transpose keys! This is the essence of being a jazz player! More like a magician with an alto sax than a musician.
Posted by Erok on December 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM · Report this
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Why did Stranger back down?
Posted by JasonLantz on December 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM · Report this
Baconcat 58
This is way better than I'd ever had hoped it would become.
Posted by Baconcat on December 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM · Report this
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So the Kenny G art is going away (sad smooth-jazz trombone!!) and Emily has drawn a replacement image of what she imagines Kenny G's manager looked like when he was shouting at us:

Christopher, that's a saxophone. Can't you tell the difference? One's a reed, the other's a brass instrument. One has a bazillion keys and valves, the other just a single sliding portion.

I doubt that Mr. Gorelick has ever picked up a trombone. And it's not only because it would be taller than he is.
Posted by N in Seattle http://peacetreefarm.org on December 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 56
This reminds me of the time one of Jane Goodall's staff called Gary Larson and screamed and threatened lawsuits over an "offensive" Far Side that mentioned her. Turns out Jane actually thought the cartoon was hilarious. She ended up using it for fundraising t-shirts, and later invited Gary and his wife to Gombe to see the chimps.

So I'd wait until I heard from KG personally.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on December 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM · Report this
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@Rujax, that's not his management and nobody should call that company to fuck with them thinking they are getting through to KG's manager. You're pointing people to what looks like a middleman for corporate buyers who lack the wherewithal to call his agency (WME) directly. In any event, that's not his manager, and his agent is not his manager--different people, different functions. His manager called the Stranger, not his agent.
Posted by California on December 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
ScandalMgr 54
I have an idea:

Somebody call up that "Agency" pretending to be K.G. to tell them that if they don't donate/match 5X the amount The Stranger raises for NW Harvest that they are fired.
Posted by ScandalMgr on December 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM · Report this
biju 53
Idea: have Mudede review his upcoming conerts
Posted by biju on December 1, 2012 at 12:49 AM · Report this
blackhook 52
All I can say is, where was Northwest Harvest when I ran out of chips & salsa & ice cream?!? I rest my case!
Posted by blackhook on November 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM · Report this
Puty 51
As the duly acknowledged accidental creator of Swashbuckling Hero, I, Puty, proclaim Kenny G's manager UNbuckled, DEswashed and NOBODY'S hero!

HARRRRUMPH!
Posted by Puty on November 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 50
The Stranger should have gone with Michael Bolton.

I suspect he would have been much more game, for some reason.

(Yeaah! Yeaaahhhh!)
Posted by Ipso Facto http://therealnews.com on November 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM · Report this
very bad homo 49
I feel like the real Kenny G would get the joke and enjoy the free publicity.
Posted by very bad homo on November 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this
TVDinner 48
Hair plugs, right? I mean, he's gotta have hair plugs by now. There's no other explanation.

Also, Google says Kenny G. (with a motherfucking period, goddammit) is only 5'2". And people who searched for him also searched for Michael Bolton. And he has 797,603 likes on FacePlant.

My mind is completely blown.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this
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Ok, so what if like, The Stranger raises a SHIT TON of money for Northwest Harvest, and then like, Kenny G shows up and DONATES more and actually WINS the Stranger VS. Kenny G. challenge that is no more! Can you imagine how fking awesome of a feel good holiday movie this would make??? You even have the anti-joy bad guy: angry manager! Grinch, Scrooge, ANGRY MANAGER! It's perfect!

P.S. Isn't it funny how he's a white jazz musician with the name "G"? tee hee hee
Posted by RianneO on November 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM · Report this
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Are you sure it just wasn't Rob McKenna letting off steam? You should have given the phone to Goldy.
Posted by lillehammer on November 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM · Report this
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Give the dude a call. If he's really cagey's mgr he'll LOVE to hear from us.

Bitch.
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on November 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
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SHEEEEEE-IT! OH-KLAY-HOME-AHHH...

Do they represent Clay fucking Bennett too?

Gotta admit homeboy's done good for somebody who can't play his way out of a paper bag.

RICHARD DE LA FONT AGENCY - Corporate Event Booking Agent
delafont.com/
The Richard De La Font Agency is your one stop supplier of stage hypnotists, comedians, musical acts, magicians, corporate speakers and other quality ...
Google+ page
4845 South Sheridan Road Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 665-6200
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on November 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM · Report this
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KG Mgmt: http://delafont.com/index.html

Yer not gonna believe how "user friendly" the site is...

Richard De La Font Agency, Inc.

Requests for information are submitted directly
to the most appropriate agent using easy-to-complete online forms.

For More Information For professional booking inquiries only. Thank you.

Sorry. Information is not provided or taken via telephone until preliminary information is submitted via an online information request form.

If there is no online form for your request, it means we do not provide that service.

Established customers are provided with more direct means of communication.
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on November 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM · Report this
Foghorn Leghorn 42
Woo Swashbuckling Hero!
Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on November 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 41
It sounds like Kenny G's manager should relax. Perhaps a bubble bath with candles and smooth jazz?
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on November 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM · Report this
mkyorai 40
Gonna agree with Gus. Liked Strangercrombie better. Sock puppetry isn't nice.
Posted by mkyorai on November 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 39
With a total douchebag like that for a manager, I'm surprised the Kenny G gets booked for anything better than a Denny's.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on November 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM · Report this
wisepunk 38
Looks like it is time to illegally download Kenny Gs new album, burn 100 copies and hand them out at Bellevue square mall. That should kill at least 20% of the nationwide sales. Fucking with slog is like fucking with my family. No mercy.
Posted by wisepunk on November 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 37
@ 6, when was that first published? I remember reading an excerpt of it in Harper's back in the late 90s, maybe early 00's.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM · Report this
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The Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge is now the Slog vs. People Who Are So Mad They Call Us Up to Shout at Us Holiday Charity Challenge. The Slog vs. People Who Are So Mad They Call Us Up to Shout at Us Holiday Charity Challenge HAS ALWAYS BEEN The Slog vs. People Who Are So Mad They Call Us Up to Shout at Us Holiday Charity Challenge.
Posted by LMcGuff http://holyoutlaw.livejournal.com/ on November 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM · Report this
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Gloomy Gus, you're MY swashbuckling hero.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM · Report this
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Michael of the Green - why?

@24 - i'm not trolling. i just think that if you use my name or any one elses (sp?) to raise money for charity you should talk to them first.

common courtesy goes a long way. . .

Posted by supermanlovesyou on November 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM · Report this
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Can we encourage people not to go to the upcoming KG shows? How? I don't know anyone personally who would be caught dead at such an event.
Posted by wxPDX on November 30, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
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Skerik Skerik's Dead Kenny G's ftw!
Posted by yaya666 on November 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 31
@6 It's like Pat is saying what we've all been barfing for years!
Posted by Sir Vic on November 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM · Report this
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I was kind of hoping KG would step up and match donations or something. Silly me. Instead we get Scrooge McScrooge doing his impression of a manager. Good Job Kenny for picking an A#1 Asshole to represent you. Slog will kick manager ass.
Posted by SeattleKim on November 30, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Report this
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This seems a good time to say I've never liked the transmogrification of Strangercrombie into "Slog vs (Sockpuppet) Charity Challenge". I can call up and yell you why if you want more detail.
Posted by gloomy gus on November 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM · Report this
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@25 "deceitful" is a magic lawyer term. They use it to later conjure up lawsuits.
Posted by LAW 203: Spells And Other Pacts With The Devil on November 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM · Report this
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Great picture. SLOG can totally beat that guy. Go SLOG!

And Kenny, your manager is tragically unhip. I'm guessing he's a brother-in-law, maybe, or someone else you kind of had to hire, like an old college buddy?
Posted by Eric from Boulder on November 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
kellyllek 26
wow Kenny G's manager is a dick.
Posted by kellyllek http://www.youtube.com/user/pike024 on November 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this
Dougsf 25
Who the hell angrily uses the word "deceitful"? Kenny G.'s manager, I guess that's who.
Posted by Dougsf on November 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 24
Next year, how about The Slog vs. Anonymous, Humorless Trolls? I just want to piss off @22
Posted by Michael of the Green on November 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
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@15 Josh, you are so right. Kind of a no-brainer. Instead of Stranger supposedly riding Kenny G's good name, they could have turned it into local positive propaganda for Kenny G. Given that he has shows on 4 consecutive nights coming up in Seattle in, I believe, January (!), they could have turned this into a lot of cheap publicity. If there is someone with half a brain in his butt at K-G's managing agency, they will be talking about spinning this blunder in their favor right about now.
Posted by cracked on November 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
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good for them. if you used me as shill/target to raise money (even for a charity) i'd be pissed.

once again the stranger gets it wrong.
Posted by itoldyouthiswouldhappen on November 30, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
Anne18 21
When I worked for metro as a rider information specialist I received a call from a lady who, after I gave the standard intro ("Thank you for calling..") and identified myself as Enid (my favorite alias) simply shouted, in the ugliest tone imaginable, "You stupid bitch!" and hung up. There have been worse yellers in my past, but that voice haunts me...

Kudos, slog, for taking a stand against angry people - especially those who manage Kenny G.
Posted by Anne18 on November 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM · Report this
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OMG, I love Pat Metheny somewhat more than before now.
Posted by Sean on November 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
merry 19
@ 6 - Thank you for that. That was delicious...

Next week I shall be....

A SWASHBUCKLING HERO!!!

That's right - ALL of my swash shall be BUCKLED! Buckled, I say..... BUCKLED!
Posted by merry on November 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 18
@6 I didn't know Metheny was such a good writer -- that was fantastic! And I will never forgive G for inflicting that terrible melody upon us. You know the one.
Posted by Michael of the Green on November 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
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@6: Wow. Good takedown, I have to say.
Posted by MLM on November 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 16
Well, I never! As soon as I get home, I am burning all my Kenny G records! How will I find the time?

Oops, already done. 'Cause 100% of zero is still zero.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
Josh Bis 15
I don't understand why Kenny G's manager wouldn't just try to raise some money for Northwest Harvest. Or just say that Kenny G will write a check to match whatever's raised by Slog. Class act.
Posted by Josh Bis http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author.html?oid=3815563 on November 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
sperifera 14
That's it! I'm unloading my Kenny G collection!
Posted by sperifera on November 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM · Report this
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@11 - Road rage meets the electronic highway?
Posted by totallycarey on November 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this
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Wow, Emily is a really talented artist. Didn't know.

P.S. #6 - best phrase in the whole piece is "musical necrophilia".
Posted by bookworm on November 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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I had a client get so angry at a problem he was having with our system that he called me and roared like a lion several times in between his incoherent rambling about the issue he was having. It was so hilariously, hilariously sad. I imagine he must have had to have me on speaker phone or otherwise connected to a headphone so that he could use both his fists for shaking as he roared.
Posted by Lorettaphant on November 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
internet_jen 10
Next year there should be an actual challenger (weekly? seattle times? the portland mercury?) Then we get double the goodness; because those peeps would be donating too. (I'm sure OR has an equivalent to NW Harvest).
Posted by internet_jen on November 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
slake 9
Did Kenny G rape and murder a girl in 1990?
Posted by slake on November 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
Hernandez 8
I'm sure this will be even more interesting. I can't wait to hear your stories, Stranger staff!
Posted by Hernandez http://hernandezlist.blogspot.com on November 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM · Report this
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Love the change for the better! Don't fight Kenny G - fight the raging suit. Challenge accepted. Donation in.
Posted by DawginExile on November 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
mrbarky 6
I'll just leave this here:

http://www.jazzoasis.com/methenyonkennyg…
Posted by mrbarky on November 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Posted by venomlash on November 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
I for one welcome our rage-inspired instrument-playing overlords and shall help crush them totally this weekend.

Christmas ftw!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Zebes 3
Kenny G's Manager: Scientifically proven to have less of a sense of humor than Gawker.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on November 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 2
Well done! Sorry Kenny G and/or Kenny G's manager, you're not going to ruin the lives of orphans this year! Unlike all those other years (I assume).

But really...this is not good press Mr Kenny G's manager...
Posted by ArtBasketSara on November 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
slake 1
Why Kenny G? Why?? Why you ruin Christmas??
Posted by slake on November 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this

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