What’s happenin’ good people? Hope all is well. As for us, we’ve just been quiet tryin’ to pull thangs together behind the scenes for the spring and summer. This year, we predict, will be a breakthrough year for the worldwide soul community within the music industry and the world at-large. The soul music scene in Memphis and everywhere else in the world is growing, and we are simply asking you to come along for the ride. What does the soul scene look like? If you are receiving this e-mail, it looks just like you, and we need you to be seen in order to have a scene!
Our first show of the year will showcase Island Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele, with special guests, a few of Memphis’s very own. After that, its smooth sailing into the month of May & trust me- we have a special surprise for you! Below is a listing of our upcoming presentations as well as all other “soul” happenings in the city of Memphis and surrounding areas..We know it’s a lot to ask you to come out several times in one month, but we are hoping that the line-ups will compel you to come on out and enjoy yourself. Below is the listing of our upcoming presentations.
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Friday, March 30, 2007
Will Graves & Soul with special guests…
Friday, March 30, 2007
Cafe Soul (on the corner of Main & Mulberry)
Ride The Trolley For Free!
Friday, April 6, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
The 23-year-old Long Islander wrote and recorded the hook for “Lost One,” the first single off of Jay-Z’s album “Kingdom Come.” Chrisette, who is finishing up her own album on Island Def Jam, was featured on the Heineken Red Star Soul tour this fall and performed onstage with Jay-Z at his Radio City Concert Hall show. She also wrote and sang hooks on Nas’ album “Hip-Hop Is Dead,” including single “Can’t Forget About You”, a nostalgic reminiscence that’s bubbling under the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. She’s in the video and has appeared with him on ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBSs Late Show with David Letterman, BET, MTV, the list goes on… Album release is set for May 1.
$10 advance. $12 door.
Tickets for this event can be purchased at The Complex @ 704 Madison Ave
by phone at 901-692-9211.
There are a number of different music conferences going on nationally that we are supporting…
The Urban Network
March 21 – 24, 2007
Newport Beach, California
March 21st-24th – The FM Lounge, an event set up within the Urban Network Conference in Newport Beach, California. This is a great place for independent and signed artists to begin developing buzz about their projects. The FM Lounge, specifically, is a great place for ‘neo-soul,’ ‘nu-soul’, ‘progessive soul,’ ‘soul,’ ‘progressive hip-hop,’ you name it, artists to get some head way. It is hosted by Thornell Jones and The Fortress marketing group. Thornell is the former Marketing Director for Hidden Beach Recordings and was responsible for, among other things, the marketing of both Jill Scott and Kindred during his time there. For more information regarding this event, click here, or call Ayanna Richardson at 850-322-8094.
April 27&28, 2007
Hosted by Erykah Badu and Frances Jaye of the NeoSoulCafe.com – Frances Jaye has been soldiering along in the independent soul world for over five years now, establishing brand recognition via multiple mediums, including the Internet with neosoulcafe.com, a nationally syndicated cable television show, as well as terresterial radio. This is the inaugral, I Got Soul – Dallas Soul Music Conference. This is a great conference to meet other independent as well as signed artists and other industry pioneers.
Hosted by Terry Bello, Over the last seven years, Bello has helped to promote and facilitate the careers of many emerging soul artists. Recipient of 2006 Billboard Magazine’s Music Director of the Year Award, he traverses equally between the board rooms of corporate radio and the vast world of underground music. Gordon Chambers considers him, ‘the Huey P Newton of the soul movement.’ The first annual Soul Summit which took which takes place in Atlanta last year saw people travel from all points of the United
States and Europe after only a few short weeks of promotion.
November 2007 – Dates To Be Announced
We are in the process of putting the finishing conceptual touches and pulling together partnerships for this year’s Urban Organic Festival. Last year our multi-venue festival even brought artists and industry professionals from all points of the U.S as well as Ontario and Quebec. This year we aim to do the same, but even bigger. Stay Tuned for Details.