McKinley ” Bug” Williams, Co-Founder of Maze and long time percussionist for the band has died of an apparent heart attack. On Last Friday, September 2, 2011, Williams complained of not feeling well during practice. He went to his room to rest. A passerby noticed his door ajar and went in to check on him. Williams was found in his room unresponsive and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. The Neo Soul Cafe Staff offers condolences to the Williams family as well as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Details of the services are to be announced.Read More
So who was a crowd favorite at Budweiser’s Opening Act Competition? There were many contenders but only one walked away with the crown…Miss Tess Henley. “Tess Henley has been described as an emotional voice that you can feel”, well Dallas definitely felt her on Thursday August 18, 2011 at the South Side Music Hall. Tess Henley is an Independent Artist who hails from Seattle,Washington. She will be the opening act for the Budweiser Superfest, Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party, this Saturday August 26, 2011 at 7pm at the Gexa Energy Pavilion. Tess blew Dallas away…The crowd was amazed by Miss Henley’s rendition of “Sweet Thing” the Rufus and Chaka Khan classic and her original song “Boy In The Window”. Miss Henley will not only have the opportunity to share the stage with Ms Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, and Mint Condition, but she also was awarded $5,000 and is in the running for the grand prize of $25,000. Teena Marie reincarnated??? Let’s see what’s next for the Independent Movement’s next Vanilla Child… Peace~N~BlessingsRead More
ONE Musicfest announces Chrisette Michele, Tortured Soul, The Cool Kids, Anoop Desai, The Pharcyde, and more 08/27/11
ONE Musicfest 2011 Announces Festival Headliner Grammy Award Winning songstress Chrisette Michele
to include performances by Tortured Soul, The Cool Kids, Anoop Desai, The Pharcyde, Anthony David, Foreign Exchange, and more and The Neo Soul Cafe will be in the Middle of it all.
Atlanta (Pitchengine.com) August 16, 2011 – Today ONE Musicfest organizers announced the complete 2011 performance roster to include: Tortured Soul, Anthony David, The Foreign Exchange, The Pharcyde and just added; Anoop Desai (American Idol), The Cool Kids and Chrisette Michele with a special performance by “Searching for The One” Winner – Kyron Leslie who was selected by the city of Atlanta residents. Recently catching the attention of true music fans across the nation with the theater documentary release of “Beats, Rhymes, & Life”, legendary group A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg will serve as this year’s festival host. As seen on CNN, Vibe Magazine, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and more, the ONE Music Fest indoor/ outdoor concert experience will take place in over 20,000 square feet of green space at the beautiful Park Tavern concert space. This year’s festival format and musical experience will also infuse Park Tavern’s nationally renowned “Crab & Shrimp Festival” spearheaded by the venue’s culinary artist, Chef Romero. Tickets for the ONE MusicFest taking place on Saturday, August 27, 2011, can be purchased at select retailers and online at http://www.onemusicfest.com/tickets/
Releasing her third studio album Let Freedom Ring – this year’s festival headliner, Chrisette Michele, will add her signature sultry style with a mature level of musicality in her anticipated stage performance infused with over twelve non-stop hours of music by a plethora of nationally acclaimed artists, local artist and food galore. Emerging as one of the Summer’s most anticipated festival concert series in the region, this years “Crab & Shrimp Festival” will feature menu offerings including Crab Broils for Two, Shrimp dishes in a multitude of preference offerings, unique food pairing baskets with fresh crab, summer corn, potatoes & more. Aiming to stimulate all five senses, ONE Musicfest 2011 will unify spectators and fill a necessary void in the city’s experience options.
The 2010 inaugural ONE MUSICFEST was headlined by internationally acclaimed artists such as Common, De La Soul, Goapele, the Love Language, DJ Mick Boogie and a genre cornucopia of grassroot talent earning the festival organizers the city of Atlanta’s “Phoenix Award” for their efforts in captivaing the city’s music culture with over 3,000 people from all walks of life and mastering the mission of unity through music with performances ranging from alternative rock to hip hop all under one roof .With the diverse musical and cultural appetites within a city rich in a history of great musical tradition, ONE MusicFest pledges to provide an environment that truly caters to the genre bending palette. For more information visit www.OneMusicFest.com and join the conversation @ONEMusicFest & facebook.com/OneMusicFestRead More
Hidden Beach Recordings in conjunction with Centric TV Network are sponsoring a contest to promote The Have A Lovely Day Campaign, which was inspired by Jill Scotts cover of the Bill Wither’s classic “Lovely Day” from Hidden Beach’s soon to be released CD, The Original Jill Scott… which is scheduled to hit stores on Tuesday August 30, 2011. The contest encourages fans to submit a short video showing random acts of kindness and volunteering. Videos, are due by Monday, August 29th, and must be at least 60 seconds to 4 minutes in length. The first prize for the top-full-length music video is $500, which will be donated to the non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. The winning video will be featured on Centric and at www.centrictv.com. Other prizes include the deluxe edition of The Original Jill Scott from the vault vol. 1, Hidden Beach catalog prize packs and future releases from the label that includes Naturally 7, Glen Scott and Jeff Bradshaw please visit http://www.havealovelyday.org/release for more informationRead More
NEW YORK (AP) – Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, has died at age 70.
His longtime friend and former publicist Liz Rosenbergtold the Associated Press that Ashford — who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits — died Monday in a New York City hospital. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment.
Among the songs Ashford & Simpson penned are Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need To Get Byand Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.