Congratulations to the Ramp Church International on the release of their live recording, Bishop S.Y. Younger presents The Ramp Church Choir: Sounds of the Ramp. Bishop Younger (pictured above on the left) and a portion of his choir visited Syracuse for a concert last summer.
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You can have Justin Bieber; you can have Katy Perry, you can have Miley Cyrus; and you can even have Daft Punk. What excited us most this year in music was the return of our friend, Michael “Our Reality” Childs to the stage. We got to preview the Our Reality album at the beginning of 2013. He spent most of the summer touring. It has been 20 years since we’ve seen him perform, and we finally caught him ripping up the stage and kicking knowledge to a younger generation at the Westcott Theater last night. Ironically, Childs was on the bill with fellow West Coast Hip Hop heads Blackalicious.
Read about Our Reality’s journey here.
The Westcott Theater served up a dose of West Coast positivity with the anticipated arrival of Blackalicious in Syracuse last night. The group was founded in the 1990s by Tim Parker (aka Gift of Gab) and Xavier Moseley (aka DJ Chief Xcel). Gift of Gab had a health scare with kidney failure last year, so it was good to see him back on stage.
The duo was joined on stage by the Portland team Lifesavas, made up of Vursatyl and Jumbo the Garbage Man (who wore a “Less Drama, More Music” t-shirt).
Their hour-long set included the first Blackalicious single “Swan Lake” and some new material, including the song “Blacka,” from their upcoming album (due out in March).
In the mean time, check out the East Bay Funk from this song.
Openers for the show were Our-Reality and Chaz Ultra.
Singer/songwriter Erika Lovette was a great choice to close the Jazz @ Sitrus series along the Connective Corridor on Friday evening. We’ve seen Lovette perform for what seems like decades, though she is quite young. For this audience, she showed her range and versatility by belting out some old school classics such as Aretha, George Benson and Otis Redding.
Here is an interview Lovette did with Power 620’s Kenny Dees this summer.
Lemon Elefant (Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo) have become the de facto band for the Connective Corridor. They’ve played in nearly every venue and even on the street and aboard buses once or twice.
No matter who sits in with them lately, the sound and the fury of their interaction creates combustible tones. It’s like watching a modern version of Mingus and Monk.
For their latest gig, they welcomed in drummer Kinyatta King (the drummer an MBA) and singer Kirsten Tegtmeyer. The audible aroma they stirred up got caught in the coffered ceiling of the gallery and then slowly descended like a morning fog.
Lemon moved the crowd with cuts by Michael Jackson (Human Nature, Smooth Criminal) and some of their own compositions during the one hour show, but the audience was equally impressed by the strong vocal display of Tegtmeyer on Maroon5’s This Love.
The collective did an encore Friday night for Jazz @ Sitrus (Sheraton Hotel).