It was definitely a phenomenal event held at SOBs on October 13th which celebrated women of color in a showcase with several acts from various genres of music. The first act of the night was Be’la Dona, an all female band that brought the house down with their rendition of songs by popular artists. If you were in the building that night, you would have enjoyed performances by Lil’ Mama, Rah Digga, Melanie Fiona and Estelle, all of whom showed why they rock with their amazing stage presence and vocals.
Archive for the Live Show Category
If you weren’t at SOBs last night you missed an amazing show! Our acts included Leila, Dallas Lewis, Kwamie Liv and our headliner, Allen Stone. Words cannot express the intensity and emotion I felt during Allen Stone’s set but simply enough, this guy gave me chills. One of my favorite songs he performed was his Bob Marley cover of “Is This Love,” I have to say this song is what captured the crowd. If you’re not familiar with him or any of the artist mentioned above, please look them up, you won’t be disappointed!
DAVID CALZADO W/CHARANGA HABANERA
(New York, NY)- Cuban powerhouse, supergroup Charanga Habanera are coming back to SOBs for another show.
The last time the legendary band was here in New York City was over a year ago and the show was talked about for months after. Lead by the charismatic David Calzado, the band plays Timba, a distinctly Cuban form of Salsa. Every show is full of high energy and they often go into the early hours of the morning. Without a doubt the group is one of the liveliest and most entertaining salsa bands coming out of anywhere. The music is nothing short of phenomenal and needs to be experienced live.
Where: S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014
When: Thursday May 26th @ 9pm & Friday May 27th @ 11pm
Ticket info: $35 Advance, Available on Ticketweb
and the S.O.B.’s Box Office 212)243-4940.
Her name means to move forward in Setswana, so move forward to SOBs on June 5th and check out this amazing singer/songwriter with newly added special guest, Russel Taylor. Mostly known for her single “Closer”, which was featured in the 2003 movie “Honey”. In celebration of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa Goapele released the first single “Victory” featuring South African emcee Hip Hop Pantsula, a prelude to her upcoming musical project Victory, which will be released in Winter 2010 and feature an array of artists from the African continent as well as throughout the Diaspora. After seeing these two videos of her and Russel Taylor, you will be sure not to miss this show!
With everybody under the sun these days claiming to be a rapper/emcee, few actually live up to the expectation. One individual who does however, is Savant aka Stanstro. This Chicago native, who now resides in Tucson, Arizona is nothing less than breathtaking when he blesses mic. Gregory “Savant” Daggett has always possessed a passion for music and literary arts. Involved in general music since age 7, and a trumpet player since age 10, he wasn’t officially exposed to hip hop until age 12. Although no particular emcee caught his ear right away, he was intrigued with the entire concept of an individual or a group of people speaking over instrumentation in an intensely rhythmic lyrical form, oftentimes telling semi-autobiographic tales relating to a fictionalized counterpart. He became inspired to write and partake of the art of emceeing after hearing the 1999 classic “Black on Both Sides” by Dante Smith (Mos Def) and honed his emceeing chops at the lunch room ciphers of Chicago high schools Whitney M. Young Magnet and George Washington Carver. He has since dedicated every verse, every bar and every word to achieving the ever elusive sense of balance in this hallowed art form. Follow the flow…
Savant has 2 shows coming up in the Tri-State area in March: 3/13/11 at The Trash Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Showtime is 9pm, admission $10. 3/15/11 at The Spot Lounge in Newark, NJ. Showtime is 9pm and admission is $10.
To hear some tracks from this astounding lyricist, visit http://savantrarebreed.bandcamp.com/album/crash-course-leak-series
Ginuwine heated up the stage last night for our SOBs Valentines day performance. Make sure you check out his latest album “Elgin”, especially the tracks Kidnapped & Batteries
Hope everyone had a very special night, and we will see you on wednesday when Eric Roberson hosts Sol Village.
Phenomenal Machine Gun Kelly show footage from this past weekends show in Boston courtesy of our friends at MostDope. If you’ve ever seen MGK perform live you know that he’s a beast, i’ve never seen someone put so much pride and energy into their live performances. This show was no exception with Kells swinging upside down from a pole on the ceiling while rapping in the middle of his performance… see for yourself.
Contributed by: Suzanne Biello
Stevie Wonder will be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Apollo Legends Hall of Fame in New York City at a gala in his honor in June. The theater made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that Wonder first took to the Apollo stage in 1962 at the age of 12. He was a child performer in Berry Gordy’s Motown Revue. Since then, the multi-instrumentalist has gone on to write and sing such hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Isn’t She Lovely?” from hit albums including Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has performed several times at the theater from the 1980s onward, singing at the Save the Apollo concert and a series of solo shows in 2005. Previous inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame include Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson.
For your viewing pleasure:
Contributed by: Suzanne Biello
In the early 90’s there were few better places to go to hear unsigned or breaking Hip Hop talent then the Stretch & Bobbito Show. The radio program aired in the graveyard shift, 1AM to 5AM, from 1990 until 1998 on Columbia University’s WKCR.
Hosts Adrian “Stretch Armstrong” Bartos and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia welcomed many emcees who would go on to become legends in game, including Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Big Pun, and a sixteen year old Nas in 1991, three years before Illmatic dropped.
Speaking to the Village Voice, Bobbito discussed the cult like following the show developed, “You had to be able to listen [live], or be in good graces with someone who had taped the show and was kind enough to give you a dub. A lot of people have told me they didn’t share the fact our show existed, because they wanted it to be their secret.” But word did get out and in the years since their show went off the air fans have been dreaming of the duo teaming up again. Now, they will get their wish.
On February 10th at New York’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Stretch and Bobbito will reunite live on stage. The format will be the same as their legendary show. Bobbito explains, “People will get on the mic and rhyme, but no one is performing. . . . Everything will be in the flow of the party.” For more details on the event check out the (le)Poisson Rouge site.
For your viewing pleasure, a look back at the Stretch & Bobitto Show on WKCR 89.9 FM