Posts Tagged ‘JMAD’

My Sister’s Songbook (part 3)

Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Dashe Roberts

Dashe Roberts (2016 Women in Music Concert)


Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Deannah called out the crowd

Rochester-based reggae collective Noble Vibes brought the heat for their first Syracuse performance last night inside The Community Folk Art Center’s Black Box Theater.  The group promoted their version of musical oneness and played cuts from their new CD “On The Radio.”  They also remixed in some reggae classics such as “No Woman, No Cry” and “Murder She Wrote.” Hopefully they will make a return visit soon so more people can catch their conscious party.

Noble’s next performance will be at Rochester’s Temple Bar & Grille.

The show was the re-start for CFAC’s Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora: Women in Music series.

The Mad Hatter on bass: Calvaughn

Calvaughn, The Mad Hatter on the bass




Deannah winds up

Dreams of Africa (from Syracuse)

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Kofi Jacque aka One Black Voice

Kofi Jacque aka One Black Voice

Kofi Jacque, aka One Black Voice, was the featured artist for the Community Folk Art Center’s Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora series on Thursday.  He performed selections from his CD/DVD.  He also talked about his trips to Africa, his work as a performer with the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, and his collaborations with Ellen Blalock.

These Songs for You, Unplugged

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Chenae Marie

Chenae Marie: First Take

The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) kicked off Black History Month a few hours early by introducing Syracuse to the soul/boho/acoustic duo Che’Zee last night.  The group is made up of husband-wife team Xeno and Chenae, who have their roots in the ATL underground music scene.  This show was part of CFAC’s Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora series (with collaboration from WAER-FM 88).

Zeno Moonflower

Xeno: Mr. Soul (flower) Power

Hanging on a String

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, is part of a new collective of musicians (think DJ Spooky and Dr. Dre) who push the envelope and explore uncharted territory, forge historic collaborations, and basically are re-writing the rules of what it means to be a performer/producer and artist.

Roumain talked to us before his performance at the Community Folk Art Center’s series exploring music from the African Diaspora.


Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Composer and Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain at CFAC

Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain at CFAC

You didn’t have to be a fan of classical music or chamber music to enjoy the performance by Haitian-American composer violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain last night.  His goal since age 5 has been to make the violin cool so it can be real; make it real so it can be relevant; and be relevant so he can build relationships.

Last night he made some new fans (from elementary school age to the upper decades) by interpreting everything from classic pieces, hip hop music, the national anthem of two countries and even the paintings on the gallery walls.

Roumain has worked with Luther Campbell, Bill T. Jones, Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) and many more.

His  performance was part of the on-going series at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) exploring the music of the African Diaspora.

Stay tuned for an interview with Roumain, which will be published soon.

Yayoi Ikawa, Anthony McGriff, Dr. Kheli Willetts, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Eric McGriff at CFAC on Friday night.

Yayoi Ikawa, Anthony McGriff, Dr. Kheli Willetts, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Eric McGriff after last night’s performance.

Ladies First

Friday, March 15th, 2013
Tamar Smithers sang classics from the great soul music songbook as well as contemporary favorites.

Tamar Smithers sang classics from the soul music songbook as well some contemporary favorites.

Bravo to the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) for breathing some life into Third Thursdays and spicing up things along the Connective Corridor (Midtown section) during their Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora series.  The most recent installment of the Journey,  which was called a salute to Women in Music, featured local divas Erika Lovette and Tamar Smithers.  These sophisticated ladies belted out sweet soul music (from original compositions to spirituals to Lena Horne to Beyonce and Mary J) and worked the capacity crowd like it was the Essence Music Festival.

This was the final installment of the JMAD for the season. The series previously included acts such as Samba Laranja and Akuma Roots.

Erika Lovette, gave the crowd some serious Divatude.

Erika Lovette gave the crowd just enough divatude during her performance and she also gave a shout out to local musicians Charles “CJack” Jackson and Eddie “EJ” Dowdell.

Conscious Party

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Fans joined Akuma Roots in a music and dance celebration last night at the Community Folk Art Gallery (CFAC)’s Black Box Theater.