TN’T@the Shrine Music Venue

Hello, We hope everyone has gotten their summer started on a positive
note .... Love, Happiness, Peace, Prosperity, etc. We just want to
let you know that on Friday June 27, 2008 we'll be returning to the
Shrine World Music Venue for a repeat performance with our band. We
were there in March of this year and had such a cool time they
invited us back.

You may or may not be aware that June is Black Music Month. We hope
you' ll come out and vibe with us. Showtime is 10:30 pm. Ya'll know
how TN'T get down, we always have lots of fun. This spot is hip and
built for live entertainment. So how about showing some love and
support (stop by to see a Brother and Sister). Let's continue the
celebration of Black Music Month.

The Shrine is located at 2271 Adam CLayton Powell Blvd. Between 133rd
and 134st Harlem (NYC) New York.

Feel free to forward this e-mail and spread the word. As always we
love it when you holla back, sign the guestbook and things like that.

Love, Peace, and Hair Grease,

TN'T (Trish & Tom)

Friday June 27, 2008 10:30 pm @ the Shrine World Music Venue 2271
Adam Clayton Powelll Blvd. Between 133rd and 134st Harlem NYC New

Other shows we know about during Black Music Month:

INJOY Enterprises Present

The Rendezvous - June 30th at Shrine World Music Venue, 2271 Adam
Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. bet. 133rd & 134th Street in Harlem, NY.
Admission is $10.00. Doors open at 6pm, Performances begin at 7:30pm

Taking the stage for the evening will be Hip Hop, Soul Songstress
Young Diva Tess, The Rock, Funk, Soul Band Uninterrupted, The
wonderfully talented Manchildblack, and there'll be a special guest
performance from Chandlar

MARTHA REDBONE Summer Sounds ’08 @ Carl Schurz Park, NYC July 9th, 2008, 7pm!

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Hey all,

Summer is here and we’d like to invite you to the first of our 3 FREE outdoor shows this season only 2 weeks from today!
Carl Schurz Park’s SUMMER SOUNDS ’08 kicks off the opening night with me & the fellaz on Wednesday July 9th @ 7pm SHARP! We’ll play a full 90 minute set of summer soul madness, with new tunes and a few other surprises that you will see when you come out for the hang. Carl Schurz Park is the beautiful park next to Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side, East End Ave @ East 86th Street. Big thanks to friend and sista in spirit Cindi Stern for the recommendation. Rain date is scheduled for the following eve, hopefully we won’t need this! Band line-up: Aaron Whitby- keys, Fred Cash- bass, Mike Campbell- guitar, Kevin Johnson- drums, Keith Fluitt- vocals

**Bring a picnic, a low beach chair or blanket and lean back. Enjoy Summer Sounds ’08 as world-class musicians perform a wide range of great music overlooking the Park and the East River.

Concerts are staged on the John Finley Walk, at the top of the East 86th Street staircase. Performance times: 7:00 – 8:30 PM.**

Thanks for reading, see you soon
Much love, Martha

Organix Soul – June 2008

Organix Soul: And the Beat Goes On

Organix Soul introduces Lynnette Johnson, Mind Evolution, D-Cross, Jeremy James, and one of the most phenomenal vocalists of our time: CHARMAGNE and hosted by ya boy: D.Moss… With a smooth mixture of sultry soul music, smooth ballads, old school funk, spoken word and a whole lot of fun… Join Us on JUNE 28, 2008 in the Penthouse… (Melissa Young Will Not Be Performing This Month)

Soul is music that arose out of the Black Experience… In through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky secular testifying… and just when you thought it was gone…

Organix Soul Became!
Now Pass it On…

More information:

Please visit:

$10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the Door

Or online

You too can have a Social Network…

– Vol 1, Issue 1

In This Issue
Friendly Links
Friends and Fam

A couple years ago we had about 5-10 platform sites where we absolutely needed to post our profiles and stay active. Now, there’s a mass of social networking sites and the biggest dilemma is….Where do we find the time to maintain them and keep interactive? Now you can create your own network. Control your content, have member emails/info and the ability to do it all yourself…Push out and pull in…Pretty amazing actually…Is that where we’re headed? Our future… Well, afterall- it is all about Social Media...

I am in the midst of a gameplan for my social network. Coming to a screen near you…Stay tuned…. Big shouts to Tony Z of Netmix for the Plug-Ins, and great assistance with my Blog. Just wait till he’s done! I owe you:-)

I have another guest blogger on The Bloom Blog Her name is Kissey Asplund. I’m working with her booking shows as well so get at me if you’re interested.. She’s based in Sweden and coming to NY in July…

So much coming up this next few days including REMIX HOTEL and Afro Punk Festival. A lot of my friends from around the world are coming in…Will be fun times…

I’m looking forward to this weekend. REMIX HOTEL NYC 2008 Friday June 27 to Sunday June 29 THREE DAYS OF TOTAL TECHNOLOGY IMMERSION Panelists Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Junior Sanchez, Rob Swift, Illmind, Apex, Frequency, Hank Schocklee, DJ Logic, Duro, Versatile, and many others-

Also- Technology Partners such as Digidesign, Korg, Roland, Pioneer, M-Audio, Rane, Access, Serato and many others present the unique opportunity for producers, musicians, engineers and artists of all genres to not only experience the latest gear but also get user tips directly from the manufacturers.

EVENT REGISTRATIONS IS COMPLETELY FREE – with tickets for each panel $12. For full Remix Hotel NYC info: Remix Hotel 1-8pm (Fri. + Sat.), 1-6pm (Sun.) SAE New York | Herald Square 1293 Broadway, 9th Floor (212) 944-9121

I’ll be speaking on a panel at 4PM on Sunday called ‘Independents Day’.

The Jazzy soulful sounds from this Atlanta artist April Hill are undeniably a talented force and she’s equally as charming and lovely. she’s performing in Atlanta at Wind-Down Wednesdays in Centennial Park as we speak.

Her debut ‘Love 360’ is garnering critical praise everywhere and her live performances are infectious. She has tour dates in Birmingham, Norfolk, and back to NY August 15th at The Blue Note.

Her single ‘ Wanna Be Free’ continues to stir up noise at radio… Look out for this young new artist to make a lot of fans fall in love…

This time around Afro Punk Music and Film Festival has really gone above and over the top. Kudos to Rebel Music on this one. The title sponsor Toyota is not playin!! The 35+ acts are all incredible…

Talking about social networks…If you haven’t joined Afro Punk- I suggest you jump on. Afro Punk They will have thousands of members before you know it.

I’m so excited to see Hollywood Holt, Proton and Sky Hy– They’re all on Monday, July 7th at BAM parking lot. There are skate demos all day too..

Also, can’t miss the famous block party- Sunday, July 13th with my faves J*Davey, Kudu and others…

There will be a full blog report/wrap up with all the background/behind the scenes posted shortly after the closing.

Treat yourself to a relaxing escape with like minds- It’s the 2nd Annual OWN YOUR POWER RETREAT. Announcing NEW DATES: Sept 26-28th at Miami Botanical Gardens

This retreat promises to be an empowering weekend. You will enjoy personal development, business and natural healing workshops designed to broaden your vision and bring clarity.

A total integration of Body, Mind and Spirit. Don’t miss out…. Tables/booths selling out fast!!!!


Atlanta’s Heston is readying his debut that’s much anticipated called ‘Storyteller’. It drops in August. CD exclusive sale with SOULTRACKS for July.

He’s in NY the week of July 16th. ‘Good Morning America’ which is off the debut album ‘Storyteller’ is our modern day REDEMPTION song. If you haven’t heard it– you NEED to….

I’m very excited about this event. It’s a 1 night only in NY… LA’s hottest cutting edge Soul Music monthly is headed East….Tis true….Thanks to Norman of Nu-Soul and Soul Union for letting me shine with you on this joint. It’s ‘STRICTLY SOCIAL’

It’s all going down at SUTRA on Wednesday, July 16th. Amazing performances from some of the hottest NY talent. ViceLounge Sarah White Jade Rep Life

On the decks: Zilvinas and Yellowtail and the vision himself of Strictly Social- DJ Destroyer. Mel D Cole on the lens Special shouts to: Urb, Fusicology, and Styleaholics for helping us spread the word… Also we’ll be listening to HESTON’s ‘ Storyteller’ in its entirety.

We can all be Rock Stars now- thanks to this new book coming out early August by author and long time friend Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna. CHERRY BOMB- Published by Simon and Schuster- Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

Carrie has rounded up some of her famous friends, favorite rock chicks, and cool experts to dish out advice, inspiration, and know-how in CHERRY BOMB: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick. and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star! CHERRY BOMB is an A-to-Z reference for everything awesome a girl needs to know, including the obvious (style, beauty, dating, and sex tips) and the not-so-obvious (how to prepare absinthe, how to sneak backstage, how to hit on a celebrity).

Save the date for NY Book Party. Tuesday, August 19th- Beauty Bar 7PM-10PM DJ CAT on the decks Mel D. Cole on the lens Other surprises TBC

I am very excited to be working with Kissey Asplund. She is innovative, a delight to work with and super creative. Oh did I mention- she’s gorgeous too. She lives in Sweden and she’s Caribbean. Now that’s flavour!

Kissey will be in NY and U.S doing dates, promo, interviews, hanging out and networking the whole of July. Holla if you have anything for her.

Her newest project is on K7 called ‘Plethora’ and she has many many collaborations and several in the works.

And in closing, there’s a social platform for artists and fans a like… OURSTAGE

It brings fans and artists to an equal playing field. One can judge their artistry in an equal and fair fashion… Fans get to decide which artist has the best song or video. They vote and judge and there are prizes awarded each month. There are other channel features for Filmmakers and Comics.

I’ll also be attending Latin Alternative Music Conference which this year is at the Roosevelt Hotel. Get at me if you’re in town…

Once again- have to shout out Tony Z of Netmix for the Bloom Blog plug Ins and hook ups….Wait till it’s all live and running….

Check my blog, peep my site, bookmark me, facebook me, follow me(Twitter), Ning me, Find me on Myspace, search me on the web and if you have anything that needs a buzz or a sprout or a booster…..Bloom is the name!!!!


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

News from Lifeforce Muzic & BrazenBunch

Lifeforce Muzic and BrazenBunch
The next show in July!

Find out more via these links:

Lifeforce Muzic on myspace

BrazenBunch on myspace

June 6th at
The Vortex
The night began with Bianca Rose who, as the host for the evening, played one of her own songs before introducing the acts. First up was Lacey Adigwu who’s emotional and honest acoustic songs, though not technically brilliant, certainly reached the audience. She was followed by cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson who certainly can’t be faulted technically – her playing defies her young years and the night kicked into gear. Next was Andreya Triana, who is starting to make noise in the music industry and we were not disappointed as her mellow and mesmerizing performance proved she is someone to watch out for in 2009!

Enitan then took the stage and the change from acoustic to full band was completed as the musicians from The Lifeforce Band joined her. Her smooth soul/jazz songs sensitively led us into a set from Abdul Shyllon who’s old school soul vocals conjoured up memories of the likes of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke. His enigmatic songs brought the pace a little faster and you could almost sense the energy of the room build. Keeping the energy levels up was the next artist, Mellow Baku who used the limited room on stage to dance to her reggae-tinged jazz numbers. Then it was back with Ayanna who this time moved to the keyboard and did a couple of her songs with the full band and was joined by the horns.

The finale to this eclectic night was a performance by the aforementioned horns who form an integral part of the band Soothsayers. Joined by Mellow for action packed rhythms and melodies that had the room buzzing until the last note!

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Fri 4th July 2008 – ‘Lifeforce’ at The Vortex Jazz Club London

11 Gillett Square, London N16 8JH
Bookings: 020 7254 4097
Doors: 8pm. Tickets: £10
For advance tickets and table bookings visit:
Vortex website

Hi Mike,

Well, after five very successful “Lifeforce” events at The Vortex the time is fast approaching for the 6th and final showcase in the series, to be held on Friday 4th July. We have, as usual, a great eclectic mix of superb and inspiring artists and musicians performing musical journeys through Jazz, Soul, Folk, Reggae, Blues and everything in between.

This is one Finale show not to be missed, hope to see you there!

Future collaborations with The Vortex are in the pipeline so stay tooned.

Friday 4th July….. who’s on?

Amanda Drummond Julia Biel
Julia’s mesmerizing voice, magnetic stage presence and soul-bearing songs have long been admired and she bagged a nomination at the BBC Jazz awards. More info: Julia Biel

Amanda Drummond Princess and the Pervert
Princess is a vocalist and musician whose instrument is a 6-string electric violin called a Violectra. She has worked with a long list of established artists from the Gorillaz to Brian Ferry. More info: Princess and the Pervert

Amanda Drummond Rasiyah
Rasiyah is a soul-jazz singer most known for the DKD down tempo smash ‘Brighter Day’. She has toured with the Kyoto Jazz Massive and is well known in the broken-beat scene having worked with Bugz In The Attic, IG Culture and Diego (4hero) amongst others.
More info: Rasiyah

Amanda Drummond Poppy Seed
Poppy blends poetry, singing and conscious lyrics heard on her album ‘Coming Through’.
More info: Poppy Seed

Amanda Drummond Baby Sol

Baby is a singer songwriter with a vocal sound likened to Billie Holiday. Baby has worked with Groove Armada, UK rapper TY and many others. More info: Baby Sol

Amanda Drummond Elisabeth Troy

Elisabeth has worked with MJ Cole, Massive Attack, Incognito and many others and her soulful vocals have graced film soundtracks and TV shows, such as Later with Jools Holland. More info: Elisabeth Troy

Note: artists and musicians are subject to change.

Good Causes

Bring essential learning and educational items such as note pads, pens, pencils, crayons, solar calculators etc to the event. We will then add them to our collection which we take directly to schools and orphanages where they are most needed.

Buy one of the revolutionary 100% natural t-shirts from which 100% goes to good causes including the charity Anti Slavery international.

Peace and Progress


Contemporary Soul

Soul as a concept has both sociopolitical and cultural functions and meanings.
Since the 60’s may changes have ocurred in African American communities which in turn have produced new attitudes and interpretations about the concept of Soul.
Soul embraces a philosophy, behaviour, symbols, cultural products and cultural style.

Portia Maultsby (adapted), Soul – Black Power, Politics & Power

To be modern is to live a life of paradox and contradiction. It is to be overpowered by the immense bureaucratic organisations that have the power to control and often destroy all communities, values, lives: and yet to be undeterred in our determination to face these forces, to fight to change their world and make it our own

Marshall Berman, All that is solid melts into air

The spirit, character and/or elements of soul, nevertheless, provided the foundation for the 80’s and 90’s forms of Black musical expression, marketed as R’n’B and neo soul, these genres illustrate how contemporary African American musical expressions represent a blending and re-working of past traditions. They also exemplify how the concept of Soul remains relevant in the production of Black culture.

Portia Maultsby – African American Music

There is a lot of music being made now that is reminiscent of or made in the style of old Soul Music, particularly 60’s Soul or 70’s Funk. This music is coming at us from a number of different angles, including from Major labels with their latest ‘big name’, or Funk outfits copying a particular style.

Contemporary Soul music, is different from soul music of 1998, is different from 1988 and so on right the way back through to its origins. (For me) Soul music is organic and has to be contemporary, progressive and represent what is coming out of (predominantly) independent Black America right now.

So when music is made to sound like a previous era then it is no more than pastiche, looking back not forward. This is equally so whether its 2008 made to sound like 1978, or 70’s music sounding like 60’s. It is the difference between absorbing influences and copying. Regressive not progressive.

I am not necessarily saying that the pastiche is not good music or musically, well meaning or well produced. Indeed I quite like some of it for what it is and do from time to time incorporate it in my shows (either on radio, or as a club DJ), where I adopt an all round holistic approach where my personal views and preferences are adapted to or for the listener or dancer. However, in terms of where my head is at and what I would and do promote, my main focus has to be new, and invariably live, which is where I believe the strength and focus lies.

It doubtless has a place, people do like it. What I am saying is that it is not Soul Music in the overall sense, it is simply ‘in the style of’. It adds nothing to the genre or the progression of the music style, particularly in it’s cultural context. For me whilst can I fully appreciate the musicianship, the love, the professionalism and so on of, for example, the new breed funk outfits I have difficulties with the overall concept for the reasons stated. It is what it is. Furthermore when it is taken up by the major labels and the marketeers and they start to influence (new)artists to go down a particular path for ‘profit’ purposes it does irrepairable harm.

Soul music is organic, it has to be new and it has to reflect principally Black America now – in the same way as we moved on from My Girl to Ball Of Confusion and so on and so forth Soul Music is now different but it is still out there in its own form and is today every bit as potent as it always was.

There is a whole movement out there forming, shaping and promoting (new) Soul Music for now and for the years ahead. We need to look forward and not back, it’s going to be different but to say it is any the less meaningful, or potent, or soulful is at best narrowminded and at worst just wrong.