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The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 2″

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Getdown

Last year we introduced you to what I consider to be an incredible concept and labor of love through The Big ‘Ol Nasty Getdown Project. Make sure you make your way here to check out this incredible music and to purchase a copy of the project.

I am happy to report that the collective is back at it again and have already wrapped some writing and recording sessions for Volume 2! Checkout the official press release after the jump. (more…)

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Tortured Soul is Hitting the ATL – Saturday, March 16th!!

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

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Yes, it’s your girl WestStyle Chronicles giving you the 411 to the shows that “must be” on your personal calendar. On Saturday, March 16th, funk soul group, Tortured Soul will be headlining at The Vinyl at Center Stage. Special guests will include Waterseed, DJ Kemit and Brand New Heavies’ N’dea Davenport. To get a taste of what you’ll experience, check out their live performance at the Java Jazz Festival. Advance tickets are $17 and available at Moods Music and The Center Stage Box Office. Doors will open at 8pm and showtime will start at 9pm.

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

Live Shows: Steve Wexler and Top Shelf Presents From Booker T to Beyonce': 50 Years of Soul, Motown & R&B at DROM NYC February 7

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Check out Steve Wexler and Top Shelf February 7 at DROM NYC! Tickets are $13 in advance and $17 at the door. For reservations call (212) 777-1157

Turning out unique arrangements of everything from Marvin Gaye to Beyonce, this 12-piece band is powered by original arrangements of familiar favorites. Steve Wexler and the Top Shelf features a powerhouse, four-piece horn section whose members have performed with The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, Ray Charles, and The Tonight Show Orchestra. The horns are backed by a virtuoso rhythm section whose members have performed with John Lennon, Al Green, Audra McDonald, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Larry Harlow, Maria Schneider, and Bruce Springsteen. If those accolades weren’t enough, the vocalists for Top Shelf have worked with Aretha Franklin, John Legend, LL Cool J, Sting, Michael Jackson, and many others. Combine these band members with superior material and arrangements and the result is truly “Top Shelf”.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

GFM’s Music Review: Andy Allo’s Superconductor Drum Majors a Symphonic Masterpiece!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

After donning the stage with his Royal Badness on the “Welcome to America” tour, there has been a stirring curiosity surrounding the Cameroonian-born guitarist and vocalist, Andy Allo. While some may be familiar with her face from television series like The Game and her 2009 debut album, Unfresh, Allo’s sophomore project, Superconductor not only grabs your attention but creates a remarkable declaration of her talent and individuality as a musician and songwriter. Without question, Superconductor is brilliantly styled in the garments of funk, soul and R&B with a fusion of vulnerability, sensuality and thoughtful inspiration. (more…)

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

[VIDEO] “Behind the Scene Rehearsal” with Shelia E. on the “Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour” – “Little Drummer Girl”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

For Grown Folks Music, supporting the arts is one of the pillars of our beliefs. It can be quite contradictory to criticize the present quality of music in the mainstream and not contribute to the roots of education for our youth to counteract the present conditions. So for this reason and many others we could outline, we greatly support the efforts of Jazz Roots and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation. The following pictures and video are from the sound check sessions of the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour. It was inspiring to see students learning from the professionals and being educated in other classes on the influence of blues and jazz in music. Here is Shelia E. during sound check of the song “Little Drummer Girl” with Dave Koz and composer David Benoit. Happy Holidays!!!!

Please note, this performance is only rehearsal. Shelia “killed it” during her live performance and if you missed our pictures from the concert, here is your chance!!!

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

Live Shows: Steve Wexler & The Top Shelf at DROM NYC December 6

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

In NYC? Check out Steve Wexler and The Top Shelf at DROM December 6.

The show will spotlight 21st Century Soul including creative arrangements of Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Eli “Paper Boy” Reed, and more and the winner of the “Top Shelf Cocktail” will be announced!

For tickets click here

Take a peek at what you can expect from the band in this video of one its performances at DROM:

 

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

[New Video] Andy Allo Ain’t No “People Pleaser”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

After watching the official video of Prince’s latest protégé, Andy Allo all I could say is, WHOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA, this industry ain’t ready for no chick like dis!!!! This is the kind of introduction that will make you say, “who is DAT, where is she playing and when is the album coming out!?!?!?”  I love artists who are unapologetic in being themselves and with the single, People Pleaser, from her upcoming album Superconductor, Andy proves she’s the least bit repentant. In an industry filled with synthetic music, synthetic images and synthetic artists, the combination of NPG instrumentation, Andy’s enticing subtlety, Prince’s Midas touch and a massive funk/soul track all had me doing the “big mama church revival run”!!! If you don’t agree with me on this, auto-tunes has affected your taste more than you thought and you’ll need to reset your idea of excellence!

For more Allo, be on the lookout for her second album, Superconductor, November 20th!! Matter of fact, I’m just gonna get the single on Amazon right now! :)

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

New Video: Ethan “E-Bassman” Farmer – “Watch”

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

If you’re like me and have a thing for funk with a touch of chili sauce, you will definitely like this right here! Here is the new single from acclaimed bass player Ethan Farmer called “Watch” from his upcoming album “Wine & Strings”. In case you’re scratching your head and wondering where you’ve heard “E-Bassman’s” nasty groove, he has worked with Patti Labelle, Babyface, Keri Hilson, Christina Aguilera and the queen of nasty, Janet Jackson. Tell us how you feelin’ this joint!

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)