SkyBreak Tour Dates 2017

Tour dates ….SO FAR.
More are always being added.

Solo SkyBreak Tour Dates

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Washington, D.C.
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
with Aaron Abernathy w/live band Nat Turner
Tropicalia
2001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
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Saturday, May 6, 2017 – New York City, NY
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
Apollo Music Café
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Doors: 10p
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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

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SkyBreak Documentary Screening + Q&A Dates

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Detroit, MI
Zo!
(SkyBreak Documentary Screening Live Q&A)
*Note: This is not a performance*
Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium @ Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Doors: 6p | Start Time: 6:30p
FREE WITH RSVP

“Spectacles may stay in Harmonie Park” The Detroit News (July 17, 2015)

(Photo by Tafari K. Stevenson-Howard)

Zo! & Amp Fiddler (Photo by Tafari K. Stevenson-Howard)

Should she stay or go?

Zana Smith from Spectacles, the small, popular hip-hop fashion store, wasn’t that worried when she was told last month she had 30 days to vacate her downtown Detroit space (the building had been sold). Smith even hosted a party Tuesday celebrating 31 years in business. “Everyone has been so supportive,” she says. “We’ve had amazing offers to open up shop in spaces all over Metro Detroit. It’s a good feeling to see how supportive our community can be.” About 100 guests showed up to the party and were treated to a concert by Collective Peace featuring two native Detroiters, Amp Fiddler and Zo!. Guests were asked to wear their “Soul Detroit” T-shirts (a Spectacles exclusive). DJ Dez played the evening out with dance music as people shopped until 10 p.m. The kicker: Smith reports that the building’s new owners said they will present a “simple lease” to her in the next week or so. So yes, perhaps she will stay.

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Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” in Detroit, MI – April 11, 2015

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Studio Campfire Stories – LIVE

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – Detroit, MI
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
GM Theatre
315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 | (313) 494-5800
Doors: 8p | 18+
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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. 

Visuals from Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers in Detroit • Photos by Abby O. Photography (04.13.14)

Visuals from…

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers
+ SaxAppeal & Collective Peace
+ B. Williams
at The Shelter in Detroit, MI
April 13, 2014

Photos by Abby O. Photography

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys & “That Boy Good” shirt
Carmen Rodgers – Saingin’
SaxAppeal – Saxophone, of course
Kamau Inaede – Bass/Keybass
Marcus Douglas – Drums
Brandon Williams – Guitar
D-Love – Percussion
Kristopher Jahi Crosby – Keys

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Zo! Interview with Ixiti.com (Detroit)

Detroit Native Zo! Mixes Influences from Motown to Dilla

Author: Veronica Grandison
Source: Ixiti.com

Detroit-native Lorenzo “Zo!” Ferguson never stays away from the Motor City too long. In fact, the indie R&B/hip hop multi-instrumentalist/producer has two stops planned here within the next month.

First, Zo! plays a solo show April 13 at The Shelter. Then, in May, he’ll return as part of the collaboration The Foreign Exchange for a show at the Magic Stick. And, he was just here last year to promote his 13th LP, “Manmade.”

Grown in Detroit

As a multi-instrumentalist (he plays the keyboard/piano, bass guitar, drums, and guitar), Ferguson is a master at blending all types of sounds to find the right chemistry. His music crosses a multitude of genres from R&B to soul, funk, jazz and hip hop, all of which he was exposed to by his parents growing up on the Westside of Detroit.

“My mother gave me the R&B and Motown side, and my father gave me more of the funk, the jazz, the bluesy side, so I was able to hear a wide spectrum of music growing up,” says Ferguson from his home in Silver Springs, MD.
 “That’s how I developed my ear, and once I started listening to hip-hop, that became my muse, so taking all these genres of music and being able to fuse it into an influence.

“I don’t look at it as a genre, I look at it as me just making good music.”

Even though he took piano lessons as a kid, music was not something Ferguson was passionate about. Ferguson had intentions of becoming a pro-baseball player and even earned a full athletic scholarship to Western Kentucky University. When his baseball career didn’t pan out the way he wanted, Ferguson began transferring all of his time and energy into playing music, practicing the piano and keyboards every day.

He released his first LP “Zo! Presents…Ablyss” in 2001, and since then has released 13 solo projects.

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Zo! ManMade Tour Returns Home to Detroit!! – April 13, 2014

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ManMade Tour Returns Home to Detroit!

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers

+ SaxAppeal and Collective Peace

Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Detroit, MI
(ManMade Tour)

The Shelter
431 E. Congress St. Detroit, MI 48226 | (313) 961-8961
Doors: 7p | All Ages
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Photos from the Detroit ‘ManMade’ Album Release Concert…

Check out some of the visuals from that epic night in Detroit… Saturday June 29, 2013.

Photos by
Tefari K. Stevenson-Howard
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bygbaby/sets/72157634413800702

Zo! Interview on SoulTrain.com

Source: SoulTrain.com
Author: Chuck Nunley

Q&A: Zo!- Keys Open Doors

Ever since Henry Ford opened up shop in 1903, Detroit, Michigan has been associated with the motto, “Building from the ground up.” This means perfecting your craft as a “labor of love” at a perfectionist level, then taking your work to the people one by one to create loyal supporters. As a native of The D, Lorenzo Ferguson, better known as Zo!, embodies this motto. As a member of The Foreign Exchange Music family, a collective who represents “from the ground up” to the core, Zo!’s musicianship as been a vital piece of the +FE Music sound on record as well as on stage, while serving as the band’s musical director on tour. Now with the release of his sophomore album, appropriately titled ManMade, Zo! sat down with SoulTrain.com during a tour stop in Los Angeles to discuss bringing his latest labor of love to the people.

SouTrain.com: In your bio, it said as a kid, you aspired to be a Major League Baseball player and despised taking piano lessons. What was the moment that changed that and music became your passion?

Zo!:  I think it changed almost overnight when I learned how to play by ear. Once I learned how to play by ear, then I was able to learn songs I wanted to learn rather than only classical pieces. I could turn on the radio, pick out songs and play them for other people. When you’re a kid, it’s important to you to be able to kind of show off and get your little praise. Once I was able to do that I thought, “Oh this could be something.” But at that point in my life, it had yet to trump baseball yet.  It was there, but I never knew I would be making a living off it.

SoulTrain.com: For a number of years, while progressing in your career, you were a music teacher. Talk about the importance of music and other arts programs in schools, and how your experience as a teacher shaped you as a musician.

Zo!: . It helps you tremendously as a musician because you’re practicing all the time to teach your students. I think when you teach, you have to be on top of your game. This was especially [true] with the environment I was working in, which was kids with special needs that were also in and out of jail. They’ll come to my class, look at me like and go, “What do you know? What can you teach me?” And If I play on the piano and suck, then they’re really looking at me like, “Aw you’re garbage, now I don’t have to listen to you on any level, period.” So when you are on top of your game and answering all of their questions the way they need to be answered, then they are looking at you like, “he cares enough to answer these questions and is looking out for us.” The same applies with music education as a whole. If you are able to, for example, decipher different notes and signs while reading music, you’re able to unlock other types of reasoning that applies to other subjects and basic problem solving. Music and arts can be applied to math, English and science.   When states get to cutting budgets, they look at arts as a hobby. I see it as a life changer; I’ve seen it save lives first hand.

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Zo! In The Michigan Citizen (06.20.13)

Source: The Michigan Citizen
Author: Steve Furay

Detroit’s Zo! Releases New R&B Album and Prepares For Homecoming Show

DETROIT — Detroit’s own Zo!, a soulful R&B music composer and master hip hop producer, has released a new album and is getting ready for a triumphant return to his hometown with a live performance June 29 at 8 p.m.

Critics and fans are celebrating his newest release, making this show a highly anticipated summer performance.

The show will be at the Elizabeth Theater at The Park Bar, located at 2040 Park Ave. in downtown Detroit.

“ManMade” is Zo!’s latest full-length album, released May 21, following his 2010 release “SunStorm.”

He shot a video for the song “Count to Five” featuring guests Gwen Bunn and Phonte, and the exposure has helped the album reach the Billboard New Artist and R&B sales charts for three weeks, marking the first time he’s been on the charts.

“The response has been great. I’m really, really happy with how things are starting to shape up,” says Zo! “I guess my thing now is I’m curious where the album and where the music is going to take me to. It’s going to be fun.”

“ManMade” is filled with the lush, soulful sounds that are a signature of the Motown experience. Tight bass and drum rhythms create a strong foundation for the keys and vocal melodies, a classic funk sound from an authentic Detroit musician, who now resides in Maryland.

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