Thursday, July 11, 2019 – ATLANTA, GA Zo! + Carmen Rodgers Suite Food Lounge Suite Jazz Series 375 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 Doors: 6:30p | Show: 7:30p BUY TICKETS
Thursday, August 8, 2019 – CHICAGO, IL Zo! + Carmen Rodgers City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 Doors: 6p | Show: 8p BUY TICKETS
Sunday, August 19, 2019 – BOSTON, MA Zo! + Carmen Rodgers City Winery TBA
Saturday, October 12, 2019 – WASHINGTON, D.C. Zo! + Carmen Rodgers City Winery 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) • December 12, 2018 – Charlotte, NC • December 13, 2018 – Atlanta, GA • December 15, 2018 – Washington D.C • December 16, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY • December 30, 2018 – Memphis TN • December 31, 2018 – St. Louis, MO • February 23, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA (Piano & A Microphone) • February 28, 2019 – Chicago, IL(Piano & A Microphone) • March 1, 2019 – Chicago, IL(Piano & A Microphone) • March 2, 2019 – Cincinnati, OH (Piano & A Microphone) • April 13, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA(Piano & A Microphone) • May 4, 2019 – Columbia, SC (Piano & A Microphone) • June 7, 2019 – Hanover, MD(Piano & A Microphone) • June 21, 2019 – Richmond, VA •
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Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Chicago, IL The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Ave West, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p | 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. Zo! (The Foreign Exchange Music) and Carmen Rodgers return to The Promontory to bring the house down once again with their band, Collective Peace.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Chicago, IL The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100
Doors: 7p | 21+ BUY TICKETS
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.
So, Saturday night during the performance of “We Are On The Move”… Phonte and I decided to pay a bit of impromptu tribute to one of the greatest live routines of all-time. Shouts to @rtst on IG for capturing this “acting uppedness” on stage…
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 albumManMade. 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!!
Me and Phonte laying VERY early recordings for ‘ManMade’ (Jan. 2012)
The LA crowd • Photo by Kris Perry (Jan. 2012)
Looks like I liked something I heard • Photo by Kris Perry (Jan. 2012)
Sy and I on the keys • Photo by Kris Perry (Jan. 2012)
Zo! + Sy Smith • Photo by Marcel Friday (Jan. 2012)
Sy in deep concentration • Photo by Marcel Friday (Jan. 2012)
Enjoying myself… • Photo by Marcel Friday (Jan. 2012)
Me in LA • Photo by Marcel Friday (Jan. 2012)
Keyboard duet featuring Zo! + Sy Smith • Photo by Marcel Friday (Jan. 2012)
Group picture after the LA show • Photo by Kris Perry (Jan. 2012)
Miki Howard, Me and Sy Smith in LA • Photo by Kris Perry (Jan. 2012)
Before our departure from Chicago, I set up a breakfast meeting with one of my old college teammates and my homegirl. I had my mouf all set for some CJ’s Eatery being as though they had come through so tough last month with the absolutely ridiculous catfish breakfast platter. BUT, we got word that they didn’t do brunch on Friday. No problem, let’s hit up Wishbone! I’ve been there a couple of times for breakfast, and they do their thing (my breakfast history @ Wishbone: Shrimp & Grits and the Banana Pancakes –LAWD). So we met up at about 10:45a and put the orders in at a little before 11a… of course if I’m listing times, you already know where I’m going with this. 11:30 came and went, 11:40…11:50?!!?!
Come on now… We had our drinks and no real explanation on why we had no food. The place was packed up, yes..BUT people around us were getting their food. I think the joint just got lost and they were covering it up – poorly. So in order for me to avoid missing my ride back to O’Hare, we had to leave and walk up the street to Starbucks so I could pick up a breakfast sammich. By this time, it was 12-something and I was HOWNGREE… I didn’t give a rat’s ass what I ate at that point. I thought that sammich and orange juice was the greatest meal of all-time… Wishbone FAILED miserably, almost an hour went by with no food, and no real explanation why. Damn, what happened? Then fast forward to the airport… It’s myself, Jeed, Train and Syd all checking in and going through security. The nasty-minded older female security folk were giving me an earfull basically saying they were gonna go through ALL of my stuff, frisk me, and make me play my bass guitar for them before they let me through. Wonderful…
We got through that madness and walked over to Johnny Rockets for a bite to eat before heading to our gates. Now mind you, I had on my Tribe Called Quest t-shirt as the four of us stepped up to order our food. The girl who took Coultrain’s order was just grinning… ear to damn ear. Then she kept saying, “I know I’m not crazy… I know I’m not crazy.” It was strange, but kats finished placing the orders, got our seats and waited for the food…
We all looked at each other trying to figure out what the issue was and why ole girl was at the register having a moment. Train was like, “I’m pretty sure she thought I was somebody I’m not.” But the million dollar question still remained… WHO? So when Jeed went back up to get his food, he came back laughing. It turned out that because of my T-shirt, she thought we were A Tribe Called Quest HILARIOUS. So we spent about 5 minutes at the table tryna figure out which one of us was who… She had to have been real young, po’ child. At least she had A Tribe Called Quest in her mind as an option to choose from.. *shrugs*
Maaan, when I tell y’all I had fun in Chicago this past Saturday… I MEAN it. My boy Damont got me from Midway at about noon and it was uphill from there….
We hit up Wishbone on Washington for some Shrimp and Grits, then hit up Dr. Wax to catch up with the brotha Duane Powell before the benefit show. By then, it was time to go to soundcheck where I met up with Eric Roberson, Cherisse Scott, Tiaybe, The Primeridians, and finally met YahZarah face-to-face after doing a joint with her back in April for the new Foreign Exchange album…..man what a talented group of kats. Then arrives my group of brothers from home, The Gorilla Funk Mob ready to rock. ….and can you say let’s meet up and play on no rehearsal? The DuSable Museum was a nice spot to play too, although I couldn’t see the crowd that well at all from the stage, but I certainly heard y’all and felt the support after the show w/those who approached me in the lobby with positive words. We played a 45 minute set of stuff from Freelance and one joint from Passion & Definition (“Open Invitation”). It was good to perform w/my kats Tate, G-Rock & Mikus…..ALWAYS having fun shedding out. The thing was……the Dr. Wax Benefit show was just the beginning. We headed over to the after party spot to see what was goin on. We got in to that joint and… …..well…… the joint was pretty… uhh, wack.
So kats gathered outside and all the sudden Cherisse busts out with, “I’ll cook….”
Then YahZarah says, “Yeah, I’ll make some peach cobbler and salmon cakes…!”
Wait a minute……what in the hell? Y’all just rocked your sets at the show and now y’all are about to cook?!? Maaaaan, it felt like college or som’n. So damn if we all didn’t chip in about $10 a piece so that they could go grocery shopping @ about 1:30am to cook for kats…….In the meantime, me and went back to he and his fiancée’s spot for a drink, then came back out to the REAL after party.
We got there and the brotha Shawn Wallace who played keys for the house band that night made us a drink and it was a straight laugh-a-thon from that point on. Macaroni and cheese was already sitting out in a tin looking so lovely…..so I decided to devour about 3 scoops worth. Next came the salmon cakes….ahyessir. I did end up going back for seconds. How about some Southern style potatoes by Cherisse? Goodness…. And to top it all off……the peach cobbler w/some vanilla ice cream, which ended up getting taken care of at about 5am. Man, man, MAN….Chicago sure knows how to treat a brotha……….
Pictures: (Top to bottom) – 1. Me and Damont, 2. Me and Eric Roberson, 3. Duane Powell, YahZarah and me, 4. Me and YahZarah while she cooks salmon cakes, 5. Me and Damont puttin a hurting on YahZarah’s peach cobbler at 5am.