Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Detroit, MI – (07.20.17)

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
Detroit, MI
July 20, 2017

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys/Vocals
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone/Background Vocals
Buddy Brown– Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Kristopher “Jahi” Crosby – Keys/Background Vocals
Ideeyah – Background Vocals
D-Love – Percussion
Lola George – Hostess
DJ L Boog – DJ

Photos by Miz Korona for Trigger Finger Visuals

SkyBreak Tour Dates

SkyBreak Tour Dates

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Saturday, November 25, 2017 – BALTIMORE, MD
Kindred The Family Soul
with special guests
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

Zo!: Keys + Carmen Rodgers: Vocals

Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
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Saturday, December 9, 2017 – ATLANTA, GA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Acoustic & Personal: An Evening With Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

Moods Music (Soul Village)
1131 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
7p Show: BUY TICKETS
10p Show: BUY TICKETS

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

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Making SkyBreak Documentary Screenings

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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – WASHINGTON, DC
Zo!
(‘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
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April 19-22, 2018 – SEATTLE, WA
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*

TBA

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)
Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Gary International Black Film Festival

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

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

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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
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“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.

READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE

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