Wow...what an event!  All the planning, coordinating, and anticipation of our participation in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2011) is over...and boy are we glad we went!
 
A few days prior to the start of CPAC, I had an opportunity to chat with Larry O'Connor, Editor-In-Chief of Breitbart.tv and host of the #1 Blogtalk News Radio show, "The Stage Right Show" about our plans at CPAC.  That was a blast. 

Larry knows how to keep things entertaining.  If you happen to be up at midnight, EST, you should listen in and join the "Hollywood Chat Pack" in the chat room.   The show airs nightly (Mon-Fri), 12:00 - 2:00 AM with an After-The-Show show that usually goes for another hour.  It's always a fun, informative, lively discussion by Larry and his lovely producer, Meredith Dake and the regular Chat Pack gang in the chat room.  I'm usually up at that time working on one thing or another and it sure beats listening to reruns of the Fox News evening shows.
With Larry O'Connor (The Stage Right Show)
 

On Wednesday afternoon, the day before the start of the conference, I loaded up my Expedition with all of our supplies and checked into my room at the Marriott Wardman-Park Hotel.  I met up that evening with Bobby Powers to run through a couple songs we planned on singing together at the Liberty Fest on Thursday evening.  Then he and his buddies, Ron and Steve, helped me set up our booth and hang our fabulous BigDawg Music Mafia banner which looked mighty fine hanging there, if I say so myself!
Booth #509 -- Just me showing off our cool banner!


Later that evening, I found Larry O'Connor and "Dake" setting up for a special early edition of "The Stage Right Show" right outside the hotel bar.  I got a chance during their show to jump behind the mic and pimp our plans for CPAC.  Got to meet some great folks from the Bank of Kev crew as well as Tony Katz (All Patriots Media) and his lovely Producer, Holly Bacon

 


(Left to right:  Meredith Dake, Holly Bacon, Tony Katz, Larry O'Connor)

 

(With Kevin McKeever -- Bank of Kev -- Note to self:  Never order an Appletini from the Marriott bar again...it was horrible!)... 

 


The next morning, I was up bright and early to get down to our booth to greet conference attendees who were curious to learn what BigDawg Music Mafia was all about, exchanged business cards with some people, did an interview with a FoxNews.com reporter, and at 12:00 headed over to the "Getting Started In Hollywood" panel hosted by Kevin McKeever (Bank of Kev Productions). 

Larry O'Connor (Stage Right Show), Kevin McKeever, and John Nolte (Editor-In-Chief, BigHollywood.com) were also on the panel and had far more to offer in the way of advice to aspiring actors, screenwriters, filmmakers, and producers.  I did get a chance to talk a little bit about the music angle and our site and how it offers artists (musicians, actors, authors, bloggers, etc.) a place to showcase their craft.

Talking to some panel attendees...


After the panel, I got a chance to get on the air with Melody Scalley (one of our members here) who hosts a radio show called "Politics On The Edge" on 103.3 WESR FM on the Eastern Shore and talk about our site and our CPAC plans. 

With Melody Scalley on Radio Row


At 6:00 PM we headed over to the Virginia Ballroom to set up for our Liberty Fest, featuring Saturday Night Live Alum, Victoria Jackson, Chris Cassone, Bobby Powers, Norm Cady, Robert Mansfield, Hi Caliber & Sacrifice (Enemy of the State), Eric Golub, Brian Futch, Sherry Marquelle, and yours truly.  The event was not as well-attended as we would have liked but we had fun anyway...and Victoria was great as our emcee!
Victoria sings her song that has gone viral on YouTube:
There's a Communist Living in the White House"

I was beat by the time I made it up to my room that night...decided to Google my name and "CPAC" to see if the FoxNews interview had posted yet and was not able to find it but did find a wonderful recap of the Hollywood panel I was on posted at BigHollywood.com by Editor-In-Chief, John Nolte in which he had some great comments about me and what we are doing with our site.  That totally made my night!

The next morning I hit the booth at 0800 and met more great folks who seemed interested in what we were doing...and said they planned on joining.  My buddy Tom Whitmore (one of our members and booth volunteers) and I went to the hotel bar to get some lunch (thanks for buying my lunch, Tom!) and I ran into John Nolte, so I thanked him for the kind words he wrote about me in his article.  He invited me to be a contributing writer for BigHollywood and write a piece about BigDawg Music Mafia, telling the readers a bit about myself, why we started the site, and what we hope to accomplish.  BAM!  That just took our mission of showcasing conservative artists to a whole new level...thank you, John...and thank you GOD...for hooking us up!  I just submitted my debut piece yesterday, received my official welcome to BigHollywood email, and am excited about being able to ramp up our efforts to promote conservative pop culture! 

At 12:00 PM, I headed over to the "Engaging America Through Conservative Pop Culture" panel that I was moderating with panelists Kevin McCullough (Xtreme Media), Stephen Kruiser (PJTV), and Jason Mattera (Human Events). 

With Stephen Kruiser...Great guy!

 

With Jason Mattera...he's awesome and gives me great hope for our future conservative leaders!


I introduced each panelist and they each gave their opening remarks...all of them were fantastic and very motivating.  Folks lined up at the two mics stationed in the aisles and a great Q&A session ensued with some insightful responses from the panelists.  The hour flew by and at the end, we exchanged business cards and they said they'd like to stay in touch and see how they can help us promote the artists at this site.  They were great!

 

Having gotten both panels and the Liberty Fest behind me, the pressure was off and I was able to relax a bit the rest of the conference with my only remaining mission being to network, network, network.  And network I did!  I came home with a rather sizable stack of business cards from radio hosts, media service reps, producers, filmmakers, bloggers, and more...





With the unstoppable Andrew Breitbart!


With Mary Katherine Ham...Journalist and Fox News Contributor


With AlfonZo Rachel (PJTV....and one of our members!)
That evening, with most of the artists homeward bound, I found myself standing in the hotel lobby trying to figure out what to do about dinner.  That's when I saw Kevin McKeever pretty much doing the same thing.  We decided to try to find a great steak house...and ended up eating at the McCormick & Schmick's Steak House.  Thanks, Kev...I enjoyed our dinner and conversation!
Saturday brought more curious passers-by to our booth, more business cards were exchanged, and several new members joined our site (I have yet to make the rounds to personally greet them all as I am still playing catch-up both at the office and here at home). 
I got in line about 45 minutes prior to Ann Coulter's book signing and we were told we would not be able to pose for a photo with Ann or give her any kind of gift (I had planned on giving her one of my CDs)...But when it was my turn to get my book signed, I introduced myself, told her I was there representing BigDawg Music Mafia to help promote conservative artists and she thought that was very cool.  I then told her my very first TEA Party song, A Revolution's Brewing mentions her name and she said she'd love to hear it...so I whipped a CD out of my purse and handed it to her...hehe....I'm such a rebel.
Conservative icon, author, and Fox News contributor, Ann Coulter

I now have a copy of "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans"...and she has my CD.
By the time that was over, it was time to pack up our booth and head home.  Many people were not leaving until Sunday and I was invited to join the Bank Of Kev crew for dinner later that evening and the Smart Girl Politics gang were going out to do some karaoke...both sounded like they'd be a blast...but truthfully...I was WHOOPED!  I just wanted to get home and sleep for a couple days.  And that is just what I did.  Thankfully I was spared and did not contract the dreaded "CPAC Plague" that so many attendees seem to be afflicted with (I think #CPACPlague might even be a trending hashtag!).
All in all...it was a fabulous event...lots of great new contacts...many new members joining us over the past week...an opportunity to be a contributing writer at BigHollywood...some terrific new friends...great pics with some cool people...and some wonderful, lasting memories of our "maiden voyage" at CPAC.  It was a resounding success.
BigDawg and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts...all who participated...all our fabulous volunteers...and all who helped spread the word!  Your efforts helped kick things up a notch...or ten for this site!  Some exciting new opportunities are coming this way for us and we have plans to beef up our site to make it an even better "home" for conservative artists.  Keep pressing on....keep up the good fight...and keep spreading the word....we are just getting warmed up!
Godspeed patriots,
Lisa Mei
More Pics....
With Melody Scalley(Politics on the Edge)

With Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live)

With Carole and Mike Coberley (friends/coworker)


UNTIL NEXT TIME...
Keep the pressure on!

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Comment by Debi Keatts on February 20, 2011 at 1:06pm

Lisa,

I took over 800 photos at CPAC.  As soon as I go through all of them, I will post some here on BDMM. 

Debi

Comment by Teri Kalafate on February 19, 2011 at 2:59am
Congrats on your even-more-hectic-than-usual life!!! You surely deserve reap such a bountiful harvest! Lord knows, you have been busy these last cpl years sowing the seeds! I sure was crushed missing DC for 8/28 ~
wanted to finally get to meet & share a tini or 2... Wish I didn't live so far from "the Mall" & ya'll. Take care keep singin it and bringin it for all of us Pat-Moms.
Comment by Mario John Borgatti on February 19, 2011 at 12:16am
Lisa Mei, Thank you for the CPAC 2011 in depth report. It's the closest
thing to actually being there. Great shots of you with so many 
conservative front liners! It must have been a thrill for all. You're a
GREAT AMERICAN and yes, such a REBEL too! - Mario

Brigade
Comment by Jeannie Hinck on February 18, 2011 at 3:43pm
Lisa, thanks so much, for the recap of your CPAC events and encounters.  It's great to know that BIGDAWG MUSIC MAFIA, is indeed, one of the  BIG DAWGS!!!  I agree with Reese, all y'all, here at BIGDAWG, are an isnpiration!
Comment by Anne Marie Harpen on February 18, 2011 at 8:46am

Lisa, thanks so much for posting all of these pics. I was bumming because I couldn't be there but now I got a chance to see a little bit of the highlights. You look fabulous as usual by the way.

 

Love. Anne Marie

Comment by reed williams on February 18, 2011 at 6:39am
Wow Wow Wow - I got a little taste of being there!  Thank you Lisa for posting such an in-depth play by play.  Ann Coulter's gotta like A Revolution is Brewing, cause that is what is happening at BigDawg!  Thanks for letting me join in.  I'm proud to be a member.

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Comment by Lisa Mei Norton on February 18, 2011 at 1:09am

CJ!!  Buddy!!!  Long time no see, my friend!  Hope all is well with you and yours...

 

And my reward is knowing that Drew and I have provided a place conservative artists can feel at home...we love showcasing all the great talent here...

 

When are you gonna share some of YOUR talent, hmmmm??? ;)

 

Love ya, man!

Lisa

Comment by Christian Jorgensen on February 18, 2011 at 1:05am

You should get an award too Lisa, you rubbed a lot of elbows looks like, too kewl Kiddo.

Proud of ya......................................CJ

Comment by Debi Keatts on February 17, 2011 at 4:44pm
The pictures are great!
Comment by James Kole on February 17, 2011 at 2:02pm
Great!

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