2016 In Pictures

What a year. Thank y’all…

Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Bethesda, MD – (08.11.16)

 

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Bethesda, MD
August 11, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone
Buddy Brown– Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Robbie McDonald – Guitar
Leroy “Boogie” Grier – Percussion

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Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Houston – (08.06.16)

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at The 26th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival
in The Ballroom in WareHouse Live
Houston, TX
August 6, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone
Gary Mayes – Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Kristopher Crosby – Keys

Photos by LaTroya Brooks for selfless images + design

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We Love Soul Day Party feat. Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Chicago, IL – August 27, 2016

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

(SkyBreak Tour)

Thursday August 27, 2016 – Chicago, IL
Promontory
5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100
Doors: 3p
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We Love Soul Day Party Featuring…
Zo!
& Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.

SkyBreak comes to Chicago!!

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Bethesda, MD – August 11, 2016

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

(SkyBreak Tour)

Thursday August 11, 2016 – Bethesda, MD
Bethesda Blues & Jazz
7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 | (240) 330-4500
Doors: 6p
BUY TICKETS

Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.

SkyBreak comes to the DMV!

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Dallas, TX – August 4, 2016

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

(SkyBreak Tour)

Thursday August 4, 2016 – Dallas, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Sandaga 813
813 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226 | (214) 315-0741
Doors: 8p
BUY TICKETS

Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.

DJ Set and Sounds provided by …DJ Frances Jaye

SkyBreak comes to Dallas!!!

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Indianapolis, IN – August 21, 2016

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

(SkyBreak Tour)

Sunday, August 21, 2016 – Indianapolis, IN
The Hi-Fi
1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 | (317) 493-1209
Doors: 6p | 21+
BUY TICKETS

Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.

‘SkyBreak’ Review by AllMusic.com (4.5/5)

Review by Andy Kellman
Source: AllMusic.com

SkyBreak followed ManMade by almost exactly three years. During the intervening period, Lorenzo Ferguson assisted in the making of two Foreign Exchange albums, served as that group’s musical director, and contributed to releases from the 1978ers, Talib Kweli, Sy Smith, and fellow Detroit nativesJamall Bufford and Collective Peace. As on ManMade and the preceding SunStorm, the multi-instrumentalist works tightly with production and songwriting partner Phonte, who is among nine featured vocalists. Most of them are familiar to FE-related sessions and are also credited as composers, fitting into the album’s scheme — uplifted views of flings, falling in, out, and back in love — without lending it a muddled mixtape quality. Likewise, Ferguson and company continue to evangelize, with a modern perspective, late-’70s to early-’80s sophisticated funk and soul. Even with its pair of Phonte rap verses, including a slightly lewd smash-and-grab job pulled on “I Don’t Mind,” the album has much more in common with Rufus & Chaka‘s Masterjam or an Earth, Wind & Fire satellite project than it does with any given post-1983 commercial R&B recording. A couple voices previously unheard on a Zo!release arrive consecutively during the second, superior half. Undersung veteran Joi Gilliam lures on the frisky “Just Whatcha Like,” trailed by “Lifelines,” on which U.K. up-and-comer Dornik sings of romantic salvation with a DeBarge-like hushed sweetness. Another detail that separates this from previous Zo! output is the bounty of burbling synthesizers. As prominent as the thick bass guitar lines, they reinforce several songs. They’re deployed to most pleasurable effect on the Muhsinah-led “Packing for Chicago,” where Ferguson‘s keyboard makes Stevie Wonder-type low-end streaks that swim through steady percussion reminiscent of Herbie Hancock‘s similarly expectant “Come Running to Me.” Filled out with an instrumental dedication to Ferguson‘s father, who passed away during the album’s creation, SkyBreak is another step forward. Ferguson doesn’t allow his expanding knowledge and ability to overshadow his personal touch.

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