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 2017

Solo SkyBreak Tour Dates

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Friday, September 22, 2017 – CLEVELAND, OH
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
Official Launch Party for The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF)

Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz
740 W Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Doors: 10p | Show: 11p
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 – CINCINNATI, OH
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
TruFiyah Poetry 3rd Anniversary Show

The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206
7p Show: BUY TICKETS
10p Show: BUY TICKETS

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – RICHMOND, VA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
15 Years of Verses Anniversary Bash

Canal Club
1545 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
Doors: 7p | 18+
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Monday, October 16, 2017 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(Kindred Presents with Derrick Hodge, N’Dambi & Zo! + Carmen Rodgers)
Warmdaddy’s
1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Doors: 6p | Show: 7:30p
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Friday, November 3, 2017 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
Three Keys at Ace Hotel
600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
TBA

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – HOUSTON, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
Warehouse Live (The Studio)
813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003
Doors: 7:30p | Show: 8:30p
18+
Early Bird Ticket Promo Code: USandZo
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Sunday, November 5, 2017 – DALLAS, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
Sandaga 813
813 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
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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 • May 4, 2017 – Washington, D.C. • May 6, 2017 – New York City, NY • July 20, 2017 – Detroit, MI • September 2, 2017 – Toronto, ON

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Making SkyBreak Documentary Screenings

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Sunday, September 23, 2017 – MONTREAL, QC
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the MECCAcon Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*

York Amphitheatre
1515 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, EV Building, Condordia Univ
Montréal, Quebec H3G 2W1, Canada
Film Starts: 4:45p
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Sunday, September 24, 2017 – CLEVELAND, OH
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*

Shaker Square Cinemas
13116 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
Film Starts: 2p
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Sunday, October 8, 2017 – BALTIMORE, MD
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Baltimore International Black Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Film Starts: 2p
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October 13-15, 2017 – GARY, IN
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Gary International Black Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*

TBA

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – ATLANTA, GA
Zo!
‘Making SkyBreak’ Film Screening + Q&A with Zo!
*This is not a performance*

Moods Music
1131 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Doors: 7p | Film Starts: 7:30p
FREE Screening

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – ST. LOUIS, MO
Zo!
‘Making SkyBreak’ Film Screening + Q&A with Zo!
*This is not a performance*

William A Kerr Foundation
TBA

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – TORONTO, ON
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the MECCAcon Film Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*

William Doo Auditorium
University Of Toronto
45 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 2H3, Canada
Film Starts: TBA
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Saturday, October 21, 2017 – RALEIGH, NC
Zo!
(‘Making SkyBreak’ selected to the Raleigh Film and Art Festival)
Film Screening
*This is not a performance*
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Doors: 6p | Screenings: 8-11p
BUY TICKETS

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – PITTSBURGH, PA
Zo!
‘Making SkyBreak’ Film Screening + Q&A with Zo!
*This is not a performance*

Row House Cinema
4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Doors: 7p | Film Starts: 7:30p
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
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)

“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
BUY TICKETS

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