4th Annual Mermaid Rescue Week Benefit
XPRESIDENTS, Ja-Tun and Random Acts of Soul
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Jim Stephens is a New Orleans and Philly based musician who is a Ropeadope recording artist.
His first record was released in 2016, On Our Way To Forever, which was a 17 piece ensemble; followed up by 2017's delta blues album "Box Car Blues" featuring Boy Wonder.
Philasippiola Soul, a 20 song double album will be released this summer on Ropeadope, marking 4 records in 2 years on the label which also boasts among their roster Terrace Martin, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Nate Smith, Shaun Martin, and Eddie Palmieri.
Among his regular all-star band, include a rotating Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, Billly Joel, D'Angelo) and Lucky Thompson (Nina Simone, Patti LaBelle) on drums; Doug Grisby (Michael Jackson, Teena Marie ), Stan Davis (Teena Marie, Lauren Hill), BoyWonder, Elliott Levin (Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, free jazz legend), ) and others.
Jim has been a guest musician welcomed live on stage with an array of internationally renown artists including the Soul Rebels, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Russell Batiste, Hezekiah, Johhny Vidocavich, Jaguar Wright, Honey Island Swamp Band, and countless others
Jim and his projects has joined in concert The New Orleans Suspects, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Eric Roberson, Kindred The Family Soul, Hezekiah, Bilal, Johnny Popcorn, Meek Millz, McRad, Stereotytans, and numerous others in concert. The diversity of the lineups which he himself, and his bands have been a part of speaks to the accessibility and fan base across musical genres.
XPRESIDENTS are an original fusion of rock, hip-hop, jazz, funk, reggae, neo-soul. Made up of five Philadelphia-based musicians, the band is committed to writing honest original music while challenging genre classifications.
Ja-Tun and Random Acts of Soul
Ja-Tun is a young upcoming singer, songwriter, actress and spoken word artist originating from Central New Jersey. Her vocal training began at the age of four when she began studying classical singing in school. She continued training with school choirs all the way through her graduation from Smith College in December of 2005. Ja-Tun made her acting debut at the age of 8 years old in "Motherline Looping" at the Millhill Playhouse in Trenton, NJ. Two years later, Ja-Tun began lessons in voice, clarinet and piano. Although the lessons were quickly discontinued, she continued playing clarinet for years and it remains her favorite instrument. In high school, Ja-Tun explored other areas of her voice by singing in her school's gospel choir under the direction of Pastor Michael D. Fisher.
Within the past year, Ja-Tun has been seen in such DC venues as Busboys and Poets Cafe and Restaurant and Sankofa Bookstore performing her poetry. Ja-Tun recently joined the performing arts chorale (PAC) under the direction of Miche braden. She has also become a regular on the "Subway Series", a collection of writers, rappers, singers and dancers who collect for a hip hop party on the New York City subway. This venue has lead to:
- coverage on National Public Radio (NPR) as the "Story of the Day"
- inclusion in a two page photo spread for the village voice
- radio interview on WFMU's "Put the Needle on the Record" with Billy Jam
- featured on Fuji TV
- featured on German TV
- featured in Japanese Press
- mention on Japanese Radio
Currently, Ja-Tun is writing and recording her debut album and seeking producers to help her achieve her vision. She wants this album to speak to her own life experiences and hopes that in so doing, it will reach others as well.