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Session Band

Concert Date July 1, 2014

Inspired by the legendary soulful sound of Motown, Session Band plays a blend of Jazz Blues and classic R&B from yesterday and today. Session Band has performed at prestigious festivals and various nightclubs and has been featured on NY1 News.

 

For more information about Session Band please visit sessiondaband.com

Mundo Clave

Concert Date July 8, 2014

 

Mundo Clave, “A fresh sound with an old Latin feel”

From a workshop in North Queens to performances at venues around the Tri-state area, this seasoned ensemble will move you in more ways than one through their exciting Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz rhythms such as Timba, Cha Cha, Salsa, and Son Cubano.

Mundo Clave has been performing for a decade with a blend of vibraphone, trumpet, tenor, flute, guitar, piano, bass, vocals, and percussion. Come see this fantastic group of musicians from all corners of the Americas and New York City. Don’t forget your dance shoes!

 

Manager: Fernando A. Benardos

WWW.MUNDOCLAVE.COM

Solomon Hicks

Concert Date July 15, 2014

Nineteen-year-old guitar prodigy/singer Solomon Hicks – known by fans in Harlem as “King Solomon,” “‘lil B.B.” or “East Montgomery” – has been playing guitar for 13 years. After graduating from Music and Performing Arts High School in New York City, Solomon got his start performing at Harlem’s historic New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA) and on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. His biggest shows to date have taken place at the United Nations, the 2009 U.S. Open, MetLife Stadium, and Madison Square Garden, where he played during a 2010 New York Knicks game. He had the honor of performing at Gracie Mansion for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and has played for governors and congressmen. In 2013 Solomon began to headline his own “Blues” show.After 2 years of songwriting and recording with producer/manager, Jeff Levine (a Joe Cocker veteran keyboardist), his new album entitled “Carrying on the Torch of the Blues” is due out in July and will soon be available for download on iTunes and CD Baby.

For more information about Solomon Hicks, please visit:

Website: www.kingsolomonhicks.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/solomonhicksjazz

Dahka Band

Concert Date July 22, 2014

Dahka band’s music can be described as world music sound with a modern approach. We infuse traditional music from Algeria, Nigeria, and Turkey and make it into something new by mixing rock, funk, etc. Our lyrics are in Arabic, Berber, West African Yoruba, and English. We sing to rock instrumentation, like electric and bass guitars, tenor saxophone, drums, African and Latin percussion. The result is truly unique and borderless. Coming together in New York City, our music is in essence “melting pot” music. Dahka Band’s founding members include Eli Fola and Fathi Tabouche.

Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse

Concert Date July 29, 2014

 

Kevin Batchelor was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he began playing the trumpet at age 13. He attended Berklee College of Music and in 1983 left for New York City, never looking back.  Upon arriving, Kevin met reggae superstar Sugar Minot and in just a few months he found himself on reggae’s greatest stage, Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash. Such beginning led him to play with Big Mountain, scoring a big hit with a reggae cover of “Baby I Love Your Way,” and with the legendary Skatalites, who became Kevin’s mentors. Batchelor has also explored his musical versatility by performing in the orchestra pit for the Broadway smash “The Full Monty” and doing studio work for Queen Latifah, Sean Paul, and KRS One’s Boogie Down Productions. In time, Kevin realized his comfort as a front man and formed his own bands, Batchelor Party and Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse. In 2008, he teamed up with songwriter Jonny Meyers and some New York ska veterans to front Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse.  The band cut a record in 2010 (Self-Titled) featuring all original material. Currently, Kevin is bringing the music of Grand Concourse to the people, as he embarks on a long overdue solo career. Kevin’s voice is as much of an outlet as his work on the trumpet.  Both express the soul of a man for whom music and life are one.

And You And I

Concert Date August 5, 2014

And You And I are taking their infectious prog-rock-meets-pop sound from the heart of Queens, NY to the hearts of the world through their new album, “Rise.” Tracks like “I Refuse,” “Smooth Sailing,” and “Been Travelin’” show off the band’ tight musicianship, creative sonic palette, and overall originality. And You And I does not want you to just kick back and watch the show; their music invites you to get on your feet and be a part of the action. With their hook-laden, rock-infused sound, crowds are finding it easy to get in the mix. If you get the chance, don’t miss their fun, energetic live show. You will catch yourself singing along to And You And I for years to come. “Rise” is available on iTunes and Spotify.

For more information visit AndYouAndIMusic.com.

Zikrayat

Concert Date August 12, 2014

Zikrayat is an Arab music and dance ensemble dedicated to presenting together the classical music and the dance traditions of Egypt, Lebanon, and the greater Arab World, in vibrant stage productions evoking the theatrical atmosphere and dramatic depth of classic Egyptian musical cinema. Alternating vocal and instrumental numbers with solo and group dance numbers, Zikrayat’s mission is to highlight the diversity of Arab culture for mainstream Western audiences in an authentic, yet entertaining contemporary representation. Zikrayat’s repertory includes traditional and standard numbers, as well as original compositions in the style of this period, classical as well as folkloric music. Led by Arab violinist, composer, and teacher Sami Abu Shumays and Egyptian-style dancer Robin “Dameshe” Shumays, Zikrayat also features vocalist Salah Rajab and a talented lineup of performers of diverse backgrounds brought together by their devotion to these rich art forms.

For more information about Zikrayat, please visit zikrayatmusic.com.

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