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A Night of Elegance at RENAISSANCE: Women of Color in Jazz, Soul, and R&B

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on May 25th, 2011

RENAISSANCE: A Night of Elegance with Women of Color in Jazz, Soul, and R&B
followed by a Throwback to the 90s Dance Party — Yesss!

Spectra Events hosts RENAISSANCE, a showcase of brown women musicians, featuring sounds from big band jazz to soulful ballads to spoken-word. This show is for the grown ‘n’ sexy, the street artist, the bohemian, and music lovers everywhere. RENAISSANCE is more than a live music show. It’s a slow dance, a passionate love affair, red silk sheets, pulsating hips, heartbreak, love, fire. It is sweat, soul, and movement. Renaissance is black feminist sex!

Wednesday May 25th | Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM
18+ (no exceptions)
Church | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston MA

Tickets: http://renaissancemay2011.eventbrite.com/
Facebook: RSVP Here

Featuring the talents of the following artists:

  • Sapphira Cristal
  • Mercedes Diaz
  • Monique Jarvis of Mofroism & The Feel
  • Laquandra Seymore
  • Tavonna Williams
  • MC-ed by Idalia and Spectra
  • Music from DJ Inkognito!

Dress Code: First Date at an upscale Jazz Bar, Keep it spiffy ;-)

This show is for everyone ages 18+

Stay tuned for more Spectra Events at http://www.spectra-events.com/
Email info@spectra-events.com if this incredibly detailed event listing didn’t answer all of your questions



Sapphira Cristal, 22, with her bubbly personality and killer smile, reigns from Houston, TX. Often called the “Gospel Diva,” she is a wild energetic entertainer who captures her audience with her “unflinching Focus”. She can be found locally at Jacques Cabaret and Machine Nightclub in Boston. This Fabulous Ebony Diva is a classically trained singer and actor and can also be seen in the Ryan Landry original, ” Peter Pansy,” in Provincetown, MA. You can follow her work by liking her page on Facebook.

M3rcedes Diaz is a smooth jazz/hip hop singer and songwriter. M3rcedes has written over 120 tunes to this date and is currently attending Berklee College of Music to major in Songwriting. M3rcedes has recently released 5 new titles of pop/rock-electro music that empowers and brings light on rape, social injustice and encourages people to follow their dreams no matter the obstacle. You can read more about Mercedes work on her website: http://www.m3rcedes.com/

Tavonna Miller encountered her greatest learning experience studying the discipline of classical voice at Fullerton College (California) before furthering her pop/jazz vocal studies at Berklee College of Music. Tavonna is known for her moving musical expression in the gospel genre and now branches out to sing not only gospel/christian, but also r&b, jazz, soul, and classical. Her education in music and art has completely enhanced her view of all forms of art. She graduated with a degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and performs nightly at many local live music spots in Boston. She is currently finishing up work on her first album. You can follow Tavonna on her Facebook Page.

Monique Jarvis‘ is a transformative and compelling fusion of jazz, r&b, funk, and folk with a backdrop of spoken word that issues a soulfully urgent call for social change. Monique is now director of a national award-winning performance arts after school program in the South Bronx and founder of the uncompromising and compelling Spok’N Truth Trio, Mofroism and The Feel. At RENAISSANCE she will be performing with Kera Washington of Zili Musik and bassist extraordinaire Laurie Goldsmith. You can follow Mofroism & The Feel on Facebook.

•Doors open at 7:00PM | Show begins at 8PM
•Featuring Tavonna Williams, Mercedes Diaz, Monique Jarvis, and others
•This show is for everyone ages 19+
•Tickets are $10-$15 Advanced / $20 at the Door
•Group discounts available! Contact Spectra Events for more info

Limited number of PRESS PASSES available; please contact Spectra Events for more information and/or to be placed on the VIP Guest List.

Stay tuned for more Spectra Events: http://www.spectra-events.com/

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