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Lalah Hathaway
Monday 09/28
Lalah Hathaway @ The Howard Theatre
$52.50 / $60
An instrument embodied, timbre unmatched with words that call our most internal emotion… Lalah Hathaway’s presence is never mistaken nor forgotten. Skilled to the highest order, Hathaway’s voice possesses both power and vulnerability with a quiet resonance that fills spaces of grandeur and the hearts of many. “Lalah Hathaway is, quite simply put, the truth.” (Diriye Osman, Huffington Post) Born into musical legacy, the offspring of musicians Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway’s career was never a choice: “I was always a musician” Hathaway clarifies, “there was never a moment of maybe I’ll be…” Preparations for the release of Hathaway’s debut self-titled album were firmly in motion during her final semester at Berklee College of Music, where the Chicago-native nurtured her multi-instrumental and songwriting talents. Since inception, Hathaway’s musical journey has remained devoted to education and musicianship. “I never wanted to be known as just a singer. I always wanted to be a well-rounded musician, with my voice as my primary instrument.” Proof of Hathaway’s musical prowess is evident in her work, operating as performer, musician, writer and producer. Revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, a myriad of collaborations and international performances signpost Hathaway’s 25-year success. A true bridge between masters of the Jazz and Soul traditions and new generations of Popular Music innovators, Lalah Hathaway has performed with greats such as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Prince, Mary J. Blige, Metropole Orkest, Esperanza Spalding, David Foster, Snoop Dogg, Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper Experiment, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6, The Winans, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Kirk Whalum, Donald Lawrence, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride and many more. Enamoured with colour, space and the evolution of music, Hathaway’s six studio albums chronicle an emotive journey through R&B, Jazz, and Soul. The inflections of Blues, Funk, Gospel, Classical, Country, Rock and Folk cited in her work, are a reflection of this virtuoso’s versatility. With the 2014 Grammy win for Best R&B Performance fresh in mind, Hathaway describes how her career continues to rejuvenate with new beginnings and possibilities. “Throughout my career there have been points where new recognition or opportunity has emerged that inspires me in new ways.” Underscored by singing three notes at one time (a chord), the Grammy-winning performance of Hathaway’s 1991 single “Something,” recreated with Jazz collective Snarky Puppy, affirms Hathaway’s timeless relevance and documents the vast breadth of her vocal capabilities. Lalah Hathaway is, in every sense, a live performer. 2015 will bring the release of Lalah Hathaway LIVE, Hathaway’s first ever live album. Supported by her international fans and peers, Lalah Hathaway LIVE is a result of a successful internet-based crowd-funding campaign. “I wanted to make an album for the fans and with the fans. My fans constantly relay to me how the music they love on my records is taken to a whole new level when they experience it live.” Evident in her online presence and strong interaction with social media, Hathaway’s engaging, comedic personality is embraced by her fans, both new and longstanding. “The listeners are a huge part of my live performance and I want their presence to be captured and acknowledged on this album.” Whether live, recorded, televised or online, Lalah Hathaway’s incomparable skill, talent, musicianship and presence are recognised by artists and fans the world over. Like her father before her, Lalah Hathaway stands as music quality personified, optimum in every way.
Aaron Camper & Black Alley w/ DJ J Tyler
Thursday 09/10
Aaron Camper & Black Alley w/ DJ J Tyler @ The Howard Theatre
$15 / $20
Aaron Camper Charismatic, stylish, and one of a kind, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper is traveling the world and capturing the hearts of fans along the way. You can hear Camper’s sultry voice all over the spectrum from sharing the stage with major acts like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown to the opening theme music for The Queen Latifah Show. As a writer, Camper has worked with a myriad of artists like Jill Scott, David Guetta, Diddy Dirty Money and Eric Roberson to name a few. His work has landed on GRAMMY-nominated projects and given him opportunities young artists dream of. But it’s his solo artistry that sets him apart from the rest. Camper teamed up with BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) to release his 2011 mixtape “Welcome to My World,” which received attention from both fans and the industry alike. Since then, he has yielded singles like “Madness” and the PJ Morton penned “My Heart” that have gained major traction and buzz on the blogs. As he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming, LP, Aaron has continued to travel and perform. A seasoned performer well beyond his years, something special happens when he takes the stage. From his original songs to his eclectic take on covers, it’s evident from his first note that you’re in for something real. “Nothing contrived, just infectious, raw, energetic, good music,” Aaron explained in a recent interview. The makings of a big star from a small town, Camper grew up in Salisbury, MD. The soulful singer is the son of a preacher and has been around music all his life. Evident in his ability to not only sing and write, but to also play guitar and drums. It was the influence of artists like The Winans, Phil Collins, Al Green, and many others that sent Camper on the path to become such a dynamic, well-rounded artist and performer. A fly on the wall of historic studios like Larry Gold’s in Philadelphia to singing background with Tye Tribbett, one of gospel’s biggest stars, Camper worked his way up. He paid dues where he could and the culmination of his hard work is coming full circle. The new music will take fans deeper into his world. Exploring, creating, and trusting his musical instincts, Camper is more ready than he’s ever been to shake up the musical landscape of the industry. Black Alley BLACK ALLEY has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits for some time now. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, BLACK ALLEY has taken the finest ingredients of funk, hip-hop, soul and rock to create their own genre-bending sound called “Hood Rock”. The band is one, each musician surrendering to the union of sounds, each delivering music from their soul, while in dialogue with one another through their instruments. Each member of this collective is essential to the workability and funkability of the unit, which is BLACK ALLEY. BLACK ALLEY is one of the most followed, trendsetting and sought-after music groups hailing from the nation's capital. With endorsements from national recording artists such as Grammy Award nominee Raheem DeVaughn, Hip Hop standouts Common, Big KRIT & Wale, and legendary musicians Doug E. Fresh and Sheila E, Black Alley is untouchable, striving to rock harder and heavier each time they unite and contribute to the greater good of music.