Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – BROOKLYN, NY FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet with Zo! The Corners 395 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 Time: 8p – Midnight FREE
Friday, September 27, 2019 – ATLANTA, GA FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet/Q&A with Zo! Q&A Moderated by Marcia Dore Moods Music 1131 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Time: 7 – 9p FREE
Sunday, September 29, 2019 – CHICAGO, IL FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet/Q&A with Zo! Sounds Provided by DJ Duane Powell The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615 Time: 3 – 6p FREE
Friday, October 4, 2019 – RICHMOND, VA FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet with Zo! Sounds Provided by DJ Prolific C’est Le Vin 15 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219 Time: 9p FREE
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – PITTSBURGH, PA FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet with Zo! Sounds Provided by Selecta & Buscrates (Official Moonchild Afterparty) Spirit 242 51st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Time: 10p – 2a FREE
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – BALTIMORE, MD FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet with Zo! Sounds Provided by DJ Harvey Dent Old Major 900 S Carey St, Baltimore, MD 21223 Time: 8 -11p FREE
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – MIAMI, FL FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet with Zo! Sounds Provided by DJ Tillery James The Anderson 709 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138 Time: 9p -2a FREE
Thursday, October 24, 2019 – JACKSONVILLE, FL FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet/Q&A with Zo! Sounds Provided and Q&A Moderated by Mr. Al Pete The Manhattan 345 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 Time: 7 -10p BUY TICKETS
Thursday, November 21, 2019 – TORONTO, ON FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet/Q&A with Zo! Friday Roots 876 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V7, Canada TBA
Saturday November 30, 2019 – DETROIT, MI FourFront Listening Party + Meet & Greet Spectacles 230 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 Time: 3 – 6p FREE
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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.
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.
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.