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RENAISSANCE: Women of Color in Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Poetry (Wed 9/28)

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on September 19th, 2011

Spectra Events presents…

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

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 Sep 28th | Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM

18+ (no exceptions)

Church | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston MA

Tickets: http://spectrarenaissance2011.eventbrite.com/

Facebook: RSVP Here

Featuring the talents of the following artists:

  • Amelia Sophia Ali
  • Katt Webb
  • Tavonna Miller
  • Porsha O.
  • Poetic Devotion
  • MC-ed by Idalia

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

 

INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS OF RENAISSANCE

Katt Webb  Born and raised in Austin, TX, Kat Webb came into singing very early, listening to the music of her parents’ generation. Unlike most children, however, her parents’ music remained near and dear to her heart, along with contemporary artists who also borrow from vintage genres and styles.

Since moving to NYC, she’s become a strong presence in the music scene, performing at many venues including the legendary Lenox Lounge, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Mile’s Jazz Cafe. Her debut album, “An Old Soul” consists of jazz standards and soul classics re-imagined for the modern listener, in keeping with her musical influences, and has received great reviews.

Her career as a vocalist is just beginning and it’s clear the best is yet to come.. You can follow her work  by liking her page on Facebook or by visiting her website KatWebbMusic.com

 

Poetic Devotion  is a Boston based poet who boldly weaves the truth of her experience and the many struggles she’s faced – with sexuality, spirituality, rejection, depression and “acceptance” – into her poetry.

She says,  ”The best friend I ever had/have was and is my pen. For 9 years I have been dedicated to speaking what it is I write. “I am not here to Entertain I am here to Inform”. My mission is touch the heart of the unconcerned.”

Follow Poetic Devotion on Facebook or on Twitter

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.


Porsha O Porsha Olayiwola is a self – proclaimed hip hop feminist.

Poetically, Porsha O. Intertwines the spirits of Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida. B. Wells Barnett and June Jordan  with the bluntness of Hip Hop Feminism, creating poetry that speaks for itself. Porsha O. has opened for Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, MC LYTE, pioneering female hip-hop artist, Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Angela Davis. A founding member of the  Chicago – based political performance group, “The Unwritten Amendment,”  she uses poetry to create a dynamic flow of infra-politics that rebels against the norms and rigidity of society.

To follow Porsha send her a friend request on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

 

Amelia Sophia Ali hails from the city of Boston and and is a talented songwriter currently studying Berklee College of Music.  This young American songstress has ethnic roots in Trinidad, Syria & India and recently performed her original song “Blind Citizens” for Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Corps award ceremony at Fenway Park. \

In her own words, “weather we’re talking about Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Makeebah Riddick, Emir Cerman, Annette Phillips, Neil Degrasse Tyson  or me, there is a common denominator that connects all of us.  It is the consistency of our actions and the strong self-belief  to keep pushing upward. “

Follow Amelia Sophia Ali on Facebook or preview her music on YouTube.

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS

•Doors open at 7:00PM | Show begins at 8PM

•Tickets are $8-10 Advanced / $15 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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