Visuals from the Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers | New Year’s Eve at Hayti Heritage in Durham, NC – (12.31.14)

Visuals from…

featuring Carmen Rodgers
at Hayti Heritage in Durham, NC
December 31, 2014

Zo! – Keys & Shit Talking
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Saingin’
Phonte – Special Guest Saingin’ & NYE Toast
Tom Browne – Guest Trumpet & Rap on “Funkin’ For Jamaica”
Zach Cutler – Electric Six-String
Darion Alexander – The Low End Theory
LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Take a guess…
Jon Laine – The Kit

Photos courtesy of Artige Photography, The Art of Cool Project and Cathy Foreman

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Favorite Moments of 2014: Bass Battle in Richmond

After a tiny bit of trash talking throughout the show, my bass player Darion Alexander and I finally decided to go ahead and engage in a heated battle of the low-end, stringed instruments on stage at my show in Richmond, VA back on August 23rd with Carmen Rodgers. With Jon Laine on drums providing the rhythmic backdrop we needed, I came off of the keys briefly after accepting the challenge and we went in. Here’s a clip of what transpired…

Video shot by James Harris

The ManMade Tour hits Durham for New Year’s Eve!!

NYE 2014 Flyer

ManMade Tour returns to Durham, NC for NYE!

featuring Carmen Rodgers
Surprise Special Guests

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Durham, NC
(ManMade Tour)

Hayti Heritage
804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 683-1709

Visuals from the Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers at the 2nd Annual Pink Alive Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness in NYC – (10.28.14)

Visuals from…

featuring Carmen Rodgers
at Joe’s Pub in New York City, NY
October 28, 2014

Zo! – Grand Pie-Anna
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Saingin’
Eric Roberson – Guest Saingin’ on “We Are On The Move”
Zach Cutler – Gee-tar
Dennis Turner – The 6-string Low End Theory
Jon Laine – Skins

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Pics from Richmond, VA Show – 08.03.13 …Photos by The Cheats Movement

Richmond, VA provided us with a helluva good time captured by The Cheats Movement, here are some shots from that night.

Personnel: Myself on keys (as well as shit talking on the mic), Deborah Bond on vocals, AB on vocals, Zach Cutler on guitar, Jon Laine on drums, and Dennis Turner on bass

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Pics from Durham, NC Show – 07.25.13 …Photos by Meri Hyöky Photography

Shouts to Meri Hyöky Photography for these pics from Thursday’s show at Casbah in Durham, NC. We had a BALL.

Personnel included: Myself on keys, Deborah Bond on vocals, Zach Cutler on guitar, Jon Laine on drums, Dennis Turner on bass, Phonte on vocals, and Jeanne Jolly on vocals.

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Inauguration Celebration with Zo! featuring Deborah Bond @ Montserrat House – Washington, D.C. – January 20, 2013


Based on the 1967 film “To Sir, With Love” starring Sidney Poitier, we celebrate and honor President Barack Obama with a creative twist.

Join us for a night of revelry that includes food, djs, live music performances and inauguration-inspired cocktails, all done with a 1960’s mod twist.

Attire: Attendees are encouraged to come in their best 1960’s mod-inspired evening look.

DJ sets:

John Murph
DJ Stylus


Live performances:
Kiyem Ade
Ne’a Posey
Zo! feat. Deborah Bond

Space is limited. Advance purchase and early arrival,
highly encouraged.

Montserrat House, 2016 9th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20001 | Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 8p-12a


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!!

D.C. Dilla Tribute @ Liv… Starring Ma Dukes Yancey, Illa J & Phife Dawg (from 07.08.09)

This past Wednesday we had a tribute concert and fundraiser honoring the memory of the late GREAT Jay Dee a/k/a James “J. Dilla” Yancey at Club Liv in Washington D.C. Those headlining the bill included his younger brother John “Illa J” Yancey, longtime collaborator and former A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg, and Dilla’s mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey.


This was actually the 4th event done in D.C. in honor of Dilla and the first that I have been a part of. The band for the night…

Jon Laine – Drums

Dennis Turner – Bass

Brock Smith – Guitar

Nila Kay – Guitar

Dre King – Keys

Zo! – Keys

Alison Carney &  J-Hill – Vocals


The results? Honoring the music of Dilla Dawg, raising money for the Lupus Foundation, and providing some good live music and a damn good time…

Here are some video clips shot from that night… I’ll add more as I find them.

Highlight Video


Phife Dawg performing “Check Tha Rhime”


Me and Phife Dawg after the show