Visuals from ‘Making SkyBreak’ Documentary Screenings in Chicago, IL (March 15, 16 & 19th)

The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City in Chicago opened its doors to Digital Café LLC and I by hosting three SOLD OUT nights of screenings + Q&As for our upcoming documentary release, Making SkyBreak (officially releasing via streaming on April 4th @ 8p and 10p EST). March 15th, 16th and 19th were very special nights in The Chi. Take a look below and check the visuals… Photos taken by Tim Schmidt.

Making SkyBreak
The SkyBreak Documentary (Making SkyBreak) takes you behind the scenes with Zo! and the crew of talented songwriters, producers, and vocalists who helped create the amazing album. Through the documentary, explore his hometown of Detroit to learn about Zo!’s humble beginnings, tour his home studio in Washington D.C., and travel to a host of cities from LA to Raleigh, NC. Get ready to take a journey through SkyBreak, one of the greatest contemporary soul albums of the year.

SkyBreak Tour Dates

SkyBreak Tour Dates


Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007
*Seated Shows*
TWO Shows at 8pm & 10pm 

Friday, March 9, 2018 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Pub Webb
1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Doors: 8p | Show: 9p

Friday, April 6, 2018 – CHARLOTTE, NC
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Morehead Tavern
300 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Doors: 8p | Show: 9p

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – RALEIGH, NC
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Doors: 8p | Show: 9p

Friday, May 18, 2018 – HAMBURG, GERMANY
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Mojo Club
Reeperbahn 1, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Doors: 7:30p (19:30)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – STUDIO CITY, CA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Upstairs at Vitello’s Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – DETROIT, MI
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
opening for Kamasi Washington
Chene Park Amphitheater
2600 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – CINCINNATI, OH
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206

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)


Making SkyBreak Documentary Screenings


Thursday, February 22, 2018 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
Film Screening + Q&A with Zo!
*This is not a performance*

699 Ranstead St – Ste. #1, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Doors: 5:30p | Film Starts: 6p

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – WASHINGTON, DC
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the MECCAcon Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*

Blackburn Center
Howard University
2397 6th St NW, Washington D.C. 20059
10a – 5p

April 19-22, 2018 – SEATTLE, WA
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*


April 26-29, 2018 – LAS VEGAS, NV
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Las Vegas Black Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*


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


Zo! MasterClass Workshops

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – ST. LOUIS, MO
Zo! | Donnie Seals | Eric D. Seals
Sonic Camp featuring Zo!, Donnie Seals & Eric Seals
*This is not a performance*

William A Kerr Foundation
21 O’Fallon St, St. Louis, MO 63102
Sonic Camp #1 with Zo!: 1 – 3p
Sonic Camp #2 with Donnie & Eric Seals: 3:45 – 5:45p

Spring 2018 – COLUMBUS, OH

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in CHICAGO, IL – November 29, 2015

ZoCarmenChicagoFlyer Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

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+

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.

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

ZoCarmenSCS Chicago

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.

‘Undeniable’ Live with Zo! …presented by “The Experience” (Live Interview + Mini Performance) in Chicago, IL – January 17, 2015


‘Undeniable’ Live With Zo!
presented by The Experience
(Live Interview with Dedry Jones + Mini Performance)

featuring Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Chicago, IL
The Logan Center For The Arts
915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL | (773) 702-ARTS
Doors: 6:30p | All Ages

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!!

Damn Wishbone! b/w A Tribe Called PPP

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*

Pre-Christmas Chicago Trip…12.22.07

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… 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… 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.