2018 Summer Spirit Festival Part Two
The Roots, Daniel Caesar, Backyard Band, Lizzo, Kindred the Family Soul, Raheem DeVaughn, Masego, Ms. Kim & Scooby, DJ Quicksilva
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
Doors 1:00 PM / Show 2:00 PM
This event is all ages
" One of the most prolific rap groups, the Roots were also among the most progressive acts in contemporary music, from their 1993 debut through their conceptual 2010s releases. Despite the seemingly archaic practice of functioning as a rap band with several instrumentalists -- from 2007 onward, their lineup even featured a sousaphonist -- they were ceaselessly creative, whether with their own material, or through their varied assortment of collaborations. They went platinum and gold with successive studio releases and won a handful of Grammy awards. After they gained a nightly nationwide audience through a close partnership with television host Jimmy Fallon, they continued to challenge listeners with works free of genre restrictions.
The Roots' focus on live music began back in 1987, when rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) became friends at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. Playing around school, on the sidewalk, and later at talent shows (with ?uestlove's drum kit backing Black Thought's rhymes), the pair began to earn money and hooked up with bassist Hub (Leon Hubbard) and rapper Malik B. Moving from the street to local clubs, the Roots became a highly tipped underground act around Philadelphia and New York. When they were invited to represent stateside hip-hop at a concert in Germany, the Roots recorded an album to sell at shows; the result, Organix, was released in May 1993 on Remedy Records. With a music industry buzz surrounding their activities, the Roots entertained offers from several labels before signing with DGC that same year.
Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Roots' first major-label album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in January 1995. Forsaking usual hip-hop protocol, the album was produced without any samples or previously recorded material. It peaked just outside the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 and made more tracks in alternative circles, partly due to the Roots playing the second stage at Lollapalooza that summer. The band also journeyed to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Two of the guests on the album who had toured around with the band, human beatbox Rahzel the Godfather of Noyze -- previously a performer with Grandmaster Flash and LL Cool J -- and Scott Storch (later replaced by Kamal Gray), became permanent members of the group.
Early in 1996, the Roots released "Clones," the trailer single for their second album. It hit the rap Top Five, and created a good buzz. That September, Illadelph Halflife appeared and made number 21 on the Billboard 200. Much like its predecessor, though, the Roots' second LP was a difficult listen. It made several very small concessions to mainstream rap -- the bandmembers sampled material that they had recorded earlier at jam sessions -- but failed to make a hit of their unique sound. Their third album, February 1999's Things Fall Apart, was easily their biggest critical and commercial success. Released on MCA, It went platinum, and "You Got Me" -- a collaboration with Erykah Badu -- peaked within the Top 40 and subsequently won a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
The long-awaited Phrenology was released in November 2002 amid rumors of the Roots losing interest in their label arrangements with MCA. In 2004, the band remedied the situation by creating the Okayplayer company. Named after their website, Okayplayer included a record label and a production/promotion company. The same year, the band held a series of jam sessions to give their next album a looser feel. The results were edited down to ten tracks and released as The Tipping Point, supported by Geffen, in July of 2004. A 2004 concert from Manhattan's Webster Hall with special guests like Mobb Deep, Young Gunz, and Jean Grae was released in February 2005 as The Roots Present in both CD and DVD formats. Two volumes of the rarities-collecting Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots appeared at the end of the year.
A subsequent deal with Def Jam fostered a series of riveting, often grim sets, beginning with Game Theory (August 2006) and Rising Down (April 2008). In 2009, the group expanded its reach as the exceptionally versatile house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The new gig didn't slow their recording schedule; in 2010 alone, they released the sharp How I Got Over (June), as well as Wake Up! (September), where they backed John Legend on covers of socially relevant soul classics like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" and Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy." It earned Grammy awards for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. As they remained with Fallon, the Roots worked with Miami soul legend Betty Wright on November 2011's Betty Wright: The Movie, and followed it the next month with their 13th studio album, Undun, an ambitious concept album whose main character dies in the first track and then follows his life backward.
Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs
Work on the group's next studio album was postponed as an unexpected duet album with Elvis Costello took priority for the group in 2013. Originally planned as a reinterpretation of Costello's songbook, the album Wise Up Ghost turned into a full-fledged collaboration and was greeted by positive reviews upon its September 2013 release on Blue Note. Within six months, the band joined Jimmy Fallon in his new late-night slot, the high-profile Tonight Show program. Another concept album, the brief but deep ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, was released in May 2014." - John Bush, AllMusicGuide
Daniel Caesar is a Canadian R&B and soul singer-songwriter. After independently building an online following through the release of several popular EPs, Caesar released his debut album Freudian in August 2017.
THE BAD BOYS OF GO GO... (NO FURTHER EXPLANATION NEEDED)
Tossing her hair, flashing a confident smile, and “Feelin’ good as hell,” Lizzo wields the
kind of voice that’s right at home in soul, pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and gospel. The
vivacious and versatile vocalist’s impassioned delivery and dynamic range bonds the six
tracks on her critically acclaimed major label debut EP, Coconut Oil [Nice Life
Recording Company/Atlantic Records], achieving what she refers to as a “genre-less
“My voice becomes the genre,” she explains. “It’s the common denominator between
any track—whether we’ve got a West African backbeat, throwback soul, rap groove, or
dancehall production. The vocals are the thread that ties the whole story together. It
frees me up in a way.”
That voice also turned the gleefully unpredictable Coconut Oil into a quiet phenomenon
in late 2016. Lauded by Noisey, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Rolling Stone, Spin,
Idolator, and more, the EP boasted the hit “Good As Hell,” which featured on the
Original Soundtrack to Barbershop: The Next Cut and churned out over 7.3 million
Spotify streams and 1.3 million YouTube views in less than six months. This collection
represents the culmination of a wild musical roller coaster ride thus far for Lizzo.
Born in Detroit, she grew up in Houston, TX. Between becoming an accomplished
flautist, she spent her formative years rapping throughout high school before joining a
progressive rock band at 19-years-old. Influenced by vocalists as diverse as Queen’s
Freddie Mercury, The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Beyoncé, and Aretha Franklin,
she smashed boundaries from the get-go—“Crooning in girl groups and screaming in
Relocating to Minneapolis, MN, Lizzo went from co-founding local underground favorite
The Chalice to releasing her 2013 independent solo full-length Lizzobangers followed
by Big Grrrl Small World in 2015, which she recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base
Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Along the way, she enamored audiences at Hangout
Music Festival, Boston Calling, SoundSet Music Festival, Bonnaroo, in Paris, and
beyond, while everybody from Bastille to Prince sought her out for guest appearances.
Working with the Purple One & 3rdeyegirl on Plectrumelectrum’s “Boytrouble” proved
“Prince made the transformation in me from a musician to an artist,” she goes on.
“When he kept everything I recorded, it gave me so much confidence going into studio
sessions with songwriters who have written some of my favorite music.”
Introduced to GRAMMY® Award-nominated super producer and Nice Life Recording
Company founder Ricky Reed [Meghan Trainor, Twenty One Pilots] in 2015, Lizzo
found a creative kindred spirit. During their first session, they cut what would become
Coconut Oil’s “Worship.”
“Ricky taught me that ‘Less is more’,” she says. “This new minimalism in my music
allows me to really evolve. We hit it off right away. I was so excited to share what he
and I had been working on. It was a huge leap from writing in a cabin and working with
only one producer to being in L.A. and writing with this amazing team. It’s like there
were two versions of Lizzo. I was going in a new direction. It was may more soulful.
There was more singing. My roots were coming out. Ricky and I didn’t want to wait any
longer, so we decided to put out Coconut Oil.”
On the title track, she struts through a soulful swell of organs, rolling from robust rhymes
into a soaring refrain. From the outset, our heroine sets the tone with the declaration, “I
remember back, back in school when I wasn’t cool. Shit, I still ain’t cool, but you better
make some room for me.”
“‘Coconut Oil’ means the most to me,” she continues. “Being a black woman, I wanted
to make music for a few reasons. The first is the visibility of being a woman who looks
like me in the mainstream pop space. There aren’t enough of what I like to call ‘the
others.’ Secondly, I wanted to speak to everyone who looked like me, felt like me, and
went through the same things I did. Musically, it encompasses my entire journey. It has
flute, I’m rapping, and there’s weird electro-pop guitar reminiscent of my rock ‘n’ roll
days. I knew this was something that could connect to black and brown girls and boys. It
perfectly represented the entire EP.”
The 2017 single “Scuse Me” slips from effusive trap-style bravado on the verse into a
sweeping and empowering refrain. “It turned into a moment of self-reflection versus just
bragging about yourself,” she remarks. “It’s saying, ‘I’m in my zone. I know I look good.’”
Ultimately, Lizzo shares that feeling with everyone who listens.
“When I discovered what my mission was, it enabled me to be who I wanted to be,” she
concludes. “If something I rapped, sang, or even the beat makes people want to dance
and forget everything in the moment, that’s the most amazing thing.”
Kindred the Family Soul
Born from the same turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. When Jill Scott discovered the pair at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, she signed them to her Hidden Beach Recordings label and released their debut record, Surrender to Love in 2003, which featured "Stars" and "Far Away." The critically acclaimed album earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004.
Kindred's follow-up release In This Life Together came out in 2005 and painted an unapologetically autobiographical picture of Dantzler and Graydon's life together. Critics applauded the album's content - AllMusic's William Ruhlmann declared: "...the collection presents a full-scale portrait of life for a loving, struggling, contemporary couple with three kids trying to keep things together, a life not that different from most people's. That is actually a refreshing perspective to find expressed in popular music, and one a wide audience should be able to identify with."
After releasing The Arrival on Hidden Beach in 2008, Kindred shifted over to Shanachie and produced their latest album, 2011's Love Has No Recession. "It is our prayer that this offering will inspire, and as always, be a voice for those who truly relate to our message," share Dantzler and Graydon. "It is equally socially conscious as it is all grown up and sexy-like. It is quite simply ... US." Featuring the lead single "Magic Happens," the disc peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn, son of renowned
jazz musician Abdul Wadud, grew up in Maryland and cut his teeth performing in clubs
throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Originally signed to Jive Records, Raheem’s first
three albums—The Love Experience (2005), Love Behind the Melody (2008) which
reached #1 on the Top 10 R&B Hip-Hop Albums Chart and earned him two Grammy
nominations (Best Male R&B Vocal Performance "Woman" and Best R&B Song:
"Customer"), one BET Award, two BET J Virtual Awards for “Male Artist of the Year”
and “Album of the Year.” The Love & War MasterPeace (2010) which has been
deemed his most ambitious album to date and earned Raheem another Grammy
Nomination in 2011 for his entire body of work for Best R&B Album of the Year, and
resulted in chart-topping singles like “You,” “Customer” and the female-empowerment
Stepping out as an independent artist for his 2013 release, A Place Called Love Land,
Raheem remained consistent in his artistry and the same holds true with his last album
Love, Sex & Passion (2015), having reached Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at
#4, Billboard’s Independent Albums at #2 and Billboard 200 at #31.
Gearing up for his 6
th Studio album release this summer, Decade of a Love King (2018)
promises to take listeners to new heights and celebrate the sound that the last 10 years
have brought him to, creatively and sonically.
$60.00 - $250.00
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