723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC, 27701
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove!
From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk.
Boulevards evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. With Groove!, Boulevards does just that. On tracks like “Patience,” Rashad melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. “Cold Call” introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over. However, to give Groove! merit solely based on nostalgia would be a mistake. Groove! is not just a rework of a classic sound — it is an intelligent collection, an evolution to reign in a new era of funk – heard via the disco pulses on tracks like “Weekend Love” and “Up On Your Love,” nodding to industry giants like Pharrell and Breakbot.
Bringing back producers Roller Girl! and Taste Nasa, who helped craft his critically received self-titled EP. Groove! delivers catchy songwriting, infectious bass lines, and plenty of hooks to keep you grooving until dawn, a clear indicator that there is still room for funk in 2016 – and that room will be occupied by Boulevards.
ZenSoFly is a hypnotic artist hailed by the Indy Week as the "Upstart Raleigh club charmer and image guru.” She is a thunderous performer of playfully buoyant music.
At times she’s a soothing lead singer and at times she’s a cold-blooded MC. Before starting her career as an artist she worked as a dj, producer and engineer while mentoring under the popular electronic group, “Watch The Duck”. ZenSoFly makes music for people to dance to and feel. Her sound is a collaboration of house, rap, and electronic genres. She is the new kid on the block, but is quickly reaching new heights with her electricity and charm. Her first project “Little Miss Perfect” was released in September of 2016. Her motivation behind releasing the EP was mainly to get over her fear of letting others hear her work. Since then, she has performed alongside the likes of Kelela, Kingdom, Sylvan Esso, Junglepu$$y and more. ZenSoFly is gearing up for her second project titled “Sunflowers” and this time she is not taking it lightly. It will be an EP that will be promoted internationally to receive mainstream attention.
Based out of Raleigh-Durham, NC, NiiTO (N’kogniito) has spent the last three and half years crafting their own original sound and honing their skill set. With heavy influences from a variety of genres, the group does not like generic. Their music blurs the lines between R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues and more. It’s only a matter of time before NiiTO becomes a well-recognized name.