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Ropeadope LIVE this week
Here we go again! Join Arthur Vint & Associates tonight for a celebration of Dylan's 75th at Rockwood Music Hall. Thursday it's MARK LETTIERI at RBC in Deep Ellum for his SPARK AND ECHO release show. Friday get down to Leon Foster Thomas Live On The B Side in Hollywood FL. And on Saturday night catch Tacuma Bradley's Unity Band at Rockwood with special guest Pupa Bajah. Atlanta folks can catch Charlie Wooton & Zydefunk in Sandy Springs Saturday night. And Sunday it's back to BK with the NAT OSBORN BAND at Brooklyn Bowl. You Good? Cool.
Going full tilt
We are thrilled to announce that the first of two releases from the legendary Jim Stephens and his Full Tilt Boogie Band is cued up and ready for prime time. ON OUR WAY TO FOREVER is a deep, soulful, yet positive and loving rendition of old school Gospel and R&B music. Featuring Winston Byrd, Chuck Treece, Kinyon Lanier and many more, this record feels like a group of (very talented) friends hanging in your living room, reflecting on love and life in the most real way possible - musically. The record hits on June 24, Preorder will be up soon. Check JSFTBB right here and get on that train from Philly to NOLA.
From Portland comes TRIO SUBTONIC - heavy, groove driven jazz funk described by the Portland Mercury as 'spiraling, gorgeously chaotic instrumentation'. A little feel of some of the Keyboard greats that have graced the Ropeadope roster, with a deep Morphine slash Velvet Underground tone - like a freight train rolling slowly through the city at night. Galen Clark leads the trio on keys, with Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums. This is the deepest and most expansive of power trios. The new record - FICTION - hits on June 17, your chance to support the preorder starts tomorrow. Stop by here and get with the Subtonic groove.
Catalano / Chamberlin / Sanborn
May 27 is the date for the release of the new Frank Catalano album - BYE BYE BLACKBIRD is a tribute to Frank's hometown heroes Von Freeman and Eddie Harris. Joined by his persistent collaborator Jimmy Chamberlin, Frank rounds out the band with the great David Sanborn, Demos Petropoulos, and guitarist Nir Felder. The pedigree and the chops are there, and Bye Bye Blackbird feels like the completion of a trilogy, following up LOVE SUPREME COLLECTIVE and GOD'S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN. Drop in right here to listen and preorder.
Ropeadope live this week
It's a big week for Ropeadope artists! Here are just a few of the hot spots to hit: Terrace Martin joins Robert Glasper for the official #miles90 celebration in LA on 5/19 - and it's FREE. ANNA FARROW hits the U.Percut jazz club in Marseille, BIG PICTURE HOLIDAY continues their residency at Piano's in NYC Thursday night, and KILLIAM SHAKESPEARE hits the Blue Note NYC on Friday with a WHOLE MESS of special guests you do not want to miss. Saturday night finds LEON FOSTER THOMAS at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Center for his pre-release party, and RHONDA THOMAS in an intimate performance (in her back yard!) that will be broadcast around the world.
BriaMarie (EME Records)
EME Records is on a mission to fill the airwaves with... ETHICAL music. First up is Maryland native BriaMarie, a young entrepreneur, humanitarian and avid participant in youth empowerment conferences, political committees, and anti-bullying initiatives (Last weekend she performed at the Philly #walkagainsthate). BriaMarie is a perfect representation of the EME mission: energetic, talented, and committed to positive human interaction to make a better world. She has already shared the stage with Ledisi and Raheem Devaughn, and to kick off her new LP she is releasing the first single - RATHER BE - on May 27th. Stay tuned right here, drop by and visit EME Records right here, and get hip to BriaMarie right over here.
Spark and echo
Guitar hero MARK LETTIERI describes his third LP -“I wanted to make a statement, and in that respect it’s almost my first record...”. Aptly titled SPARK AND ECHO, the album brings Mark's powerful, finessed style to center stage with a heavy groove behind from the likes of Wes Stephenson and Jason Thomas, and special guests Shaun Martin, Milo Deering, and Bobby Sparks. Spark And Echo soothes and soars, with deep 80's rock influence that steps right into your living room without apology. An ode to several styles at once and still a clear representation of the musical narrative that only Mark can bring. Dig into Spark & Echo in hi-def right here, and if itunes is your thing head over here. Friday May 20 is the date.