Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” in Chicago, IL – April 9, 2015


Kwest_on Presents

Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE

featuring Carmen Rodgers

Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Chicago, IL
The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100
Doors: 7p | 21+

Studio Campfire Stories, an original concert series where songs from Zo!’s ManMade and Carmen Rodgers’ Stargazer albums come alive in an intimate setting via colorful stories behind all of the music played as told by the artists themselves. 

Hyde Park’s own Kwest_on (Freedom Party, We Love Soul) presents two of the most exciting artists in contemporary R&B music. Zo!, known for his work with The Foreign Exchange, is joined by the lovely Carmen Rodgers for a night of progressive neo-soul and musical magic.

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith return to the UK!! (March 21 & 22)


Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Birmingham, UK
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
HMV Institute (Temple, The Institute)
78 Digbeth High Street,, Digbeth, Birmingham, United Kingdom B5 6DY | +44 121 643 0428
6:30p | 18+


Sunday, March 22, 2015 – London, UK
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
Jazz Café
5 Parkway, Camden, London, United Kingdom NW1 7PG | +44 20 7485 6834
7p | 18+

Visuals from the Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers | New Year’s Eve at Hayti Heritage in Durham, NC – (12.31.14)

Visuals from…

featuring Carmen Rodgers
at Hayti Heritage in Durham, NC
December 31, 2014

Zo! – Keys & Shit Talking
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Saingin’
Phonte – Special Guest Saingin’ & NYE Toast
Tom Browne – Guest Trumpet & Rap on “Funkin’ For Jamaica”
Zach Cutler – Electric Six-String
Darion Alexander – The Low End Theory
LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Take a guess…
Jon Laine – The Kit

Photos courtesy of Artige Photography, The Art of Cool Project and Cathy Foreman

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2014 in Pictures

2014 was a year I spent on the ROAD. Shall I even attempt to list all of the cities?! ….Hell, why not. This year I hit up Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham (Alabama and United Kingdom), Boston, Brooklyn, Cape Town, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Cologne, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Durham, Fresno, Houston, Johannesburg, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, Paris, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, Rotterdam, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Seattle, St. Louis and right down the street…. Washington D.C.

I got to hear music that I worked on every single week on Adult Swim’s animated series, Black Dynamite, saw myself on TV one day and decided to make a change by dropping off 35 lbs in the first few months of the year, traveled and saw some of the world with The Foreign Exchange and solo with Carmen Rodgers, started working on an EP with 1/2 of +FE, Nicolay, rocked an NPR Tiny Desk with +FE, began scoring a documentary, began a storytelling series, “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” that started on the right foot with a sold out show in Atlanta, and released one of the more talked about videos of the year (in my eyes anyway haha)..

Here’s to a helluva 2015 and much love to everyone riding with me throughout this musical journey… *raises glass of brown likkuh* Cheers!!

Favorite Moments of 2014: Bass Battle in Richmond

After a tiny bit of trash talking throughout the show, my bass player Darion Alexander and I finally decided to go ahead and engage in a heated battle of the low-end, stringed instruments on stage at my show in Richmond, VA back on August 23rd with Carmen Rodgers. With Jon Laine on drums providing the rhythmic backdrop we needed, I came off of the keys briefly after accepting the challenge and we went in. Here’s a clip of what transpired…

Video shot by James Harris

“…but MY crew is the BEEEST!” © ODB


Genesis showing love!!!

She’s rockin’ her Black Women’s fitted Zo! tee…

Take 25% off of your ENTIRE order (code: YEAREND25)


Get FREE SHIPPING on all orders $75 or more (code: FREESHIP)

To see your picture here… Send an email of yourself in a Zo! T-shirt to
C3V5Music (at) gmail (dot) com

Click HERE to purchase a Zo! T-Shirt

RESTOCKED: …just visiting (Vinyl) and Zo! T-Shirts (Larger sizes)

JV in Box

In today’s “I’m just as surprised as you” news… My 2006 vinyl-only release is BACK IN STOCK!! If you purchase …just visiting I will personally email the album’s .mp3 files to the email address provided on the order and I will put the album on a CD for you as well – Of course, this is in addition to you receiving the vinyl in the mail to spin or as a keepsake (there are only 1,000 of these in existence)… Once this batch of records is gone, this title will be out of stock for good.

Purchase …just visiting and receive:

1 – …just visiting on vinyl (only 1,000 copies exist)

1 – …just visiting on CD

1 – …just visiting via .mp3 that I will email to you


And for those who have been asking about larger sized shirts, they are also back in stock as well – namely Men’s 3XL in Black and Royal Blue.



And be sure to take advantage of my End Of The Year Sale happening right now through December 31st.
25% off of EVERYTHING (YEAREND25) -or- Free Shipping on all orders $75 and above (FREESHIP)

“…but MY crew is the BEEEST!” © ODB


Shouts to… Liz!!

She’s rockin’ her Black Women’s fitted Zo! tee…

Take 25% off of your ENTIRE order (code: YEAREND25)


Get FREE SHIPPING on all orders $75 or more (code: FREESHIP)

To see your picture here… Send an email of yourself in a Zo! T-shirt to
C3V5Music (at) gmail (dot) com

Click HERE to purchase a Zo! T-Shirt

I posted a picture of Reggie Bush wearing an “I can’t breathe” shirt on Facebook ……And then ‘Murica showed up.

Earlier today while checking out some football on NFL RedZone, I came across a picture of running back Reggie Bush with a Detroit Lions shirt on in pre-game warmups that read, “I can’t breathe” across it representing the last words spoken repeatedly by Eric Garner as he was brutally choked to death on camera by NYPD officer Daniel Panteleo. Being that Reggie plays for my hometown team, I decided to post the picture in support – First on twitter and then on my Facebook fan page. Surprisingly, only two or three trolls made appearances in the good ole mentions after the picture began making its rounds on Twitter. Meanwhile, over in the wonderful world of Facebook, Folks from my fan page clicked the “like” button numerous times and also shared the picture, but there were no comments made just yet. …Ok, excellent. ……Then I dozed off for an hour and some change.

…And woke up to a “comments” section that looked like Rosewood.

Apparently the post was “shared” with one or two folks who disagreed with the shirt thus opening the floodgates for trolls and cowards worldwide. <95% of the people who showed up in the comments aren’t even a part of my page or music following at all. It seemed as though most of these folks couldn’t wait to log in to Facebook and show off their slow lane talents in the art of trying to out-ignorant one another. It really does this thread no justice for me to sit here and attempt to explain the grade-A level fuckery contained within it. The masks usually come all the way off in situations like this, so it’s always good to be mindful that when reading through a thread like this, these folks could very well be your neighbors, your co-workers ….or hell, a friend of yours. I invite you to click below and check them in all their unfiltered glory.

Welcome to ‘Murica…