A Night of Soul, Funk & Hip Hop with Kuf Knotz, Brian Owens and more!
Nao Yoshioka, Watermelon Love, Jesse Fischer
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
"Kufie" has been making a name for himself as a member of some of Philly's most cutting-edge alternative rap crews; first as a founding member of the BurnDown All-Stars, and more recently, his own group, hip-hop/soul collective The Hustle. Knotz, a.k.a. Ty Green, is now making his solo career top priority, and with Boombox Logic, he's created a diverse, far-reaching collection that underscores the rapper's eclectic tastes.
Classic soul is like a perfectly balanced meal. It nourishes your spirit, feeds your mind, and is good for your heart. When you think
of the pioneering masters who served it up—Al Green, Otis Redding, Rance Allen, and Curtis Mayfield—you realize they were working from some sacred
ingredients, taking lessons from church to bring hope to the streets.“My father was a preacher and, like most soul singers, I grew up singing in church. That is the route of traditional soul,” Brian Owens explains.
Brian Owens’ debut Moods And Messages is vibrantly vintage—aesthetically it follows the groove gospel of classic 1960s and 1970s soul but it has a very “in the now” emotionality. Brian’s vocals are a revelation—purposeful and passionate—he remains his own stylist while recalling the sensual urgency of Marvin Gaye, the comforting falsetto of Curtis Mayfield, and tender grit of Sam Cook.
Gary Moran of Soul Tracks recently said: "Brian Owens has been called the next great voice of American soul and, although he’s quick to point out he’s simply upholding the traditions of other great soul singers from years gone by, Owens clearly relishes the honors bestowed on him, assuming his mantle with utmost seriousness."Moods And Messages’ 10 tracks were composed over 5 years; they’re a continuum of an inner dialogue, and the recording treatment of the compositions powerfully mirrors this introspective “thinking out loud” quality. The album was tracked live with the musicians conversing in real time, with real feelings. It’s nuanced and richly dynamic, evocative of the plush sounds of prime soul, but it also has honeyed rawness. The aptly titled “Soul Anthem (Bring It Back)” juxtaposes gorgeous clouds of vocal harmonies and punchy horns against some street “Shaft”-style wah wah guitars.
The album has wonderful thematic symmetry: Songs postulate difficult questions that redemptive correlating songs answer. The sweet and gentle pining of “I Just Want To Feel Alright” is matched up with the spiritually nourishing “The Answer.” “Every song has a coinciding message, every mood has a message,” he says, referencing the album title and conceptual bend. “’I Just Want to Feel Alright’ is a plea for help. It’s when you’re at the point where you will just settle for feeling alright. If you want to feel alright, Jesus is that figure, that person that makes it alright. The answer is ‘The Answer’ which my father sings,” he explains.
With Moods And Messages Brian is making music with intent, art that inspires positive change. “I just want to say the most uplifting things in an entertaining vehicle,” Brian says, summing up his artistry. Last year he had the chance to brighten the day of troops stationed in Afghanistan. “That really put the idea of music having a sense of mission to it, that what you put out makes a difference, it’s healing. I just want to serve up the best food on the finest china. I don’t want to give you bologna on china,” he says laughing.
Introducing soul music artist Nao Yoshioka who reached the final stage of the coveted McDonald's Gospelfest., and advanced to the “Top Dog”
round at The Apollo Theater Amateur Night in New York. Nao is teamed up with the new voice of American soul, Brian Owens, for the 3-event Soul Exchange Tour 2013.
Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Jesse Fischer is an exciting new voice in jazz and soul music. A triple threat as musician, engineer, and producer, Fischer has recorded six albums as a leader with his jazz/funk unit Soul Cycle, most recently the ObliqSound release Retro Future. Fischer is known for his warm, soulful touch, and bold, spacious compositions. As a keyboard player, he has performed with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Freddie Jackson, Andy Allo, Engelbert Humperdinck, Laura Izibor, Black Moon, and N’Dambi, and his playing is featured on Anthony Hamilton’s Grammy-nominated album Back To Love. In addition, Fischer co-produced and engineered Laura Izibor’s Brooklyn Sessions, Vol. 1 EP on Atlantic Records and is currently lending his production/engineering talents to the emerging artists Exenia, Rachel Eckroth, Ezra Brown, Melanie Charles, and Brenda Nicole Moorer.
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