Tour Dates

Zo! Tour Dates

 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – CHARLOTTE, NC
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Neighborhood Theater
511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
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Thursday, December 13, 2018 – ATLANTA, GA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
City Winery
650 North Ave, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA 30308
Doors: 6p | Show: 8p
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Saturday, December 15, 2018 – WASHINGTON D.C.
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
City Winery
1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Doors: 6p | Show: 8p
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Sunday, December 16, 2018 – BROOKLYN, NY
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
The Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Doors: 7:30p | Show: 8p
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Sunday, December 30, 2018 – MEMPHIS, TN
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Hi-Tone
412 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104
Doors: 8p | Show: 9p
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Monday, December 31, 2018 – ST. LOUIS, MO
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
The .Zack
3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103
TBA

Past SkyBreak Tour Dates:
May 22, 2016 – Silver Spring, MD (SkyBreak Listening Party) • June 15, 2016 – Boston, MA • August 4, 2016 – Dallas, TX • August 6, 2016 – Houston, TX (Houston International Jazz Festival) • August 11, 2016 – Bethesda, MD • August 18, 2016 – Atlanta, GA • August 20, 2016 – Cincinnati, OH • August 21, 2016 – Indianapolis, IN • August 26, 2016 – Detroit, MI • August 27, 2016 – Chicago, IL • September 16, 2016 – Richmond, VA • September 18, 2016 – Raleigh, NC • September 25, 2016 – New York City, NY • October 1, 2016 – Cleveland, OH • November 10, 2016 – Oakland, CA • November 11, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA • November 13, 2016 – San Diego, CA • November 25, 2016 – Detroit, MI (6th Annual Tux & Chucks Fundraiser Event) • December 17, 2016 – Atlanta, GA (Acoustic & Personal) • March 3, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA • March 4, 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA • March 18, 2017 – St. Louis, MO • May 4, 2017 – Washington, D.C. • May 6, 2017 – New York City, NY • July 20, 2017 – Detroit, MI • September 2, 2017 – Toronto, ON • September 22, 2017 – Cleveland, OH • September 23, 2017 – Cincinnati, OH • October 14, 2017 – Richmond, VA • October 16, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA (Kindred Presents) • November 3, 2017 – New Orleans, LA • November 4, 2017 – Houston, TX • November 5, 2017 – Dallas, TX • November 25, 2017 – Baltimore, MD (Opening for Kindred The Family Soul) • December 9, 2017 – Atlanta, GA (Acoustic & Personal) • March 7, 2018 – Washington, D.C. • March 9, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA • March 30, 2018 – Columbus, OH • April 6, 2018 – Charlotte, NC • April 7, 2018 – Raleigh, NC • April 21, 2018 – Seattle, WA (Piano & A Microphone) • April 29 & 30, 2018 – New York City, NY (Piano & A Microphone) • June 21, 2018 – San Francisco, CA • June 23, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA • July 25, 2018 – Detroit, MI • July 26, 2018 – Chicago, IL • August 18, 2018 – Toronto, ON • September 15, 2018 – Cincinnati, OH • September 28, 2018 – Houston, TX (Piano & A Microphone) • September 29, 2018 – Dallas, TX (Piano & A Microphone)

For booking inquiries, please Contact:
Booking Agent || The Empire Agency
Matthew W. Jensen || mjensen@empireagency.com

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers “Piano & A Microphone” Show Dates

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Zo! on Piano. Carmen on vocals. Intimate venues. Playing jams.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – LOS ANGELES, CA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Upstairs at Vitello’s
4349 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604
TBA

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Making SkyBreak Documentary Screenings

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***Making SkyBreak will be available SOON***

Making SkyBreak – Official Selections
Atlanta Docufest (Semi-Finalist)
Baltimore Black International Film Festival
Columbus Black International Film Festival  (*Winner* Best Documentary Film)
DC Black Film Festival (*Winner* Best Documentary Feature)
Denton Black Film Festival
Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Gary International Black Film Festival

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival
Las Vegas Black Film Festival
MECCAcon Film Festival
Miami Independent Film Festival
Raleigh Film and Art Festival

2018 Black Reel Awards Nominations
Outstanding Independent Documentary
Outstanding Song (“Starlight” by Zo! featuring Phonte)

Past Making SkyBreak Screening Dates:
March 12, 2017 – Dallas, TX • March 15, 16 & 19, 2017 – Chicago, IL March 29, 2017 – Detroit, MI • June 23, 2017 – Oakland, CA • June 25, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA (MECCAcon Film Festival) • July 8, 2017 – Cincinnati, OH • August 5, 2017 – Columbus, OH (Columbus Black International Film Festival) • August 18, 2017 – Washington, D.C. (D.C. Black Film Festival) • September 16, 2017 – Detroit, MI (MECCAcon Film Festival) • September 23, 2017 – Montreal, QC (MECCAcon Film Festival) • September 24, 2017 – Cleveland, OH (Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival) • October 8, 2017 – Baltimore, MD (Baltimore International Black Film Festival) • October 15, 2017 – Gary, IN (Gary International Black Film Festival) • October 19, 2017 – Atlanta, GA • October 21, 2017 – Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Film and Art Festival) • October 21, 2017 – St. Louis, MO • October 21, 2017 – Toronto, ON (MECCAcon Film Festival) • November 18, 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA • January 12, 2018 – Houston, TX • January 14, 2018 – New Orleans, LA • February 10, 2018 – Atlanta, GA (MECCAcon Film Festival) February 22, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA • March 31, 2018 – Mt. Rainier, MD (MECCAcon Film Festival) • April 21, 2018 – Seattle, WA (Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival) • April 26, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Black Film Festival)

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The Takeover Documentary Screenings

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Friday, October 12, 2018 – CHICAGO, IL
Zo! + Digifé Team
The Second City (Harold Ramis Screening Room)
1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614
Opening Reception: 6p | Film Starts: 7p | Q&A with Digifé Team & Zo!: 8p
Maxed Out

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – CHICAGO, IL
Zo! + Digifé Team
The Second City (Harold Ramis Screening Room)
1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614
Opening Reception: 6p | Film Starts: 7p | Q&A with Digifé Team & Zo!: 8p
RSVP HERE

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Zo! MasterClass Workshops

Friday, August 17, 2017 – TORONTO, ON
Zo!
*This is not a performance*
Music Entrepreneurship Workshop with Zo!
The VandenBerg House
1400 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9, Canada
Time: 10a – 12p

‘ManMade’ in YRB Magazine

Source: YRB Magazine
Author: Ingrid Ellis

ManMade is an apt title for Zo!’s recently released album, which has already climbed to No.2 on the Itunes chart.

Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrated his new album, ManMade, with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release. Hosted by Jodine Dorce, Zo! opened up to his long-time friend about the project, ForeignExchange and music.

While hanging out with fans at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn for his album release party, the laid back artist admitted that he played all of the instruments himself.

“In order to keep costs low,” he chuckled to host Jodine Dorce.

All modesty aside, however, Zo! (aka Lorenzo Ferguson) plays piano expertly and says that he taught himself bass, guitar and drums.  The sound of real instruments (and voices!) prevails on this album, yet is complexly woven with the synthesizer, creating an effect that takes us back to the days of 80’s funk and R&B.

Known to many from his work with the group, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, a Detroit native, commented that he has great respect for legends such as producer and bassist Leon Sylvers III.  The influence on his work is evident.

It’s “grown-folks” music (you know you’re grown when you immediately recognize a Rick James riff), but speaks through the generations – simultaneously vintage and modern.  Post-generational.  Most tunes on the album are driven by a funky bass line, but textured through the melodies sung by talented guest artists.

Representative are the first and last tracks featuring the sweet voice of Sy Smith who starts the album off with a fast mover – The Train, but ends with the vibey “Body Rock.”  Anthony David’s baritone is featured on “Show Me The Way” and gets you to feelin’ all Barry White-ish (or maybe that’s just me…).

Fans of The Foreign Exchange will delight in hearing contributions from the varied likes of veterans like Choklate, new comers, 1-O.A.K and Gwen Bunn, Eric Robertson, Jeanne Jolly, Carlitta Durand, and, of course, FE’s Phonte.

Zo! Says that he is happier with this album than the others because it “represented what I wanted it to represent.”  He noted that he wanted to create a dance album and, indeed, he does.

The album is mostly upbeat, but at the same time varied in its use of tempo.  Fans who thought the producer/artist had reached a pinnacle with his last album, SunStorm, should be relieved that the beat goes on.  “After Sunstorm people was lookin’ at me like what you gon’ do now,” jokes Zo!, a hint of cockiness in his voice.

“I took that as a challenege.”

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

‘ManMade’ Listening Event at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn, NY – May 21, 2013

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ManMade Listening Event at Frank’s Lounge with Zo!

Hosted by Jodine Dorce of Jodine’s Corner

In preparation for Zo!’s June 9th show in NYC
Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrates his new album
ManMade
with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Listening Event | Live Interview | Meet & Greet with Zo!
*Note: This is not a performance*
Frank’s Lounge
660 Fulton St. | Brooklyn, NY 11217 | (718) 625-9339
8:30p – 11:30p
$5 +  One Drink Minimum

2012 in Pictures

"...Give is up for Lorenzo Ferguson a/k/a Zo!, ya'll!!" © Phonte in LA • Photo by Kris Perry (Oct. 2012)

“…Give it up for Lorenzo Ferguson a/k/a Zo!, y’all!!” © Phonte in LA • Photo by Kris Perry (Oct. 2012)

2012 has been another helluva year. I got to do some traveling and play shows in LA, NYC, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, St. Louis, Bethesda, MD, Greensboro, NC, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Columbia MD, Boston, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, Vienna, VA, Memphis, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Phoenix …..and Durham, NC for this coming New Year’s Eve. I completed my first year as a full-time musician after the school I taught music at closed last year – I was then able to continue teaching by conducting individual piano lessons and workshop to groups of young ones. I began endorsing Moog Music, received another standing ovation during a performance back home in Detroit, and got the bulk of the recording finished for my newest album ManMade. Sy Smith and I did some touring this year playing big solo shows at DC’s Blues Alley and NYC’s Blue Note and received big performance props from Sheila E while I was back on the road with The Foreign Exchange who wrapped up performances for an album we have been touring for two years, Authenticity. I hit my ten-year anniversary of releasing music as well. Outside of all that, it was a fairly quiet twelve months……….

…Looking forward to 2013. Enjoy the photos!!