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
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.**
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: www.organixsoul.com $10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the Door Or online www.organixsoul.com
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!!!!
The Bloom Effect
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.
New album forthcoming in 2008, previewed tracks and interviewed Kendal & Kelvis Duffie on Radio Cardiff Spring 2008,