Tour Dates

SkyBreak Tour Dates

 

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 – TORONTO, ON
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
iLive Music SoulFest 2018
The Concert Hall (Toronto Masonic Temple)
888 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2J2, Canada
BUY TICKETS

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – CINCINNATI, OH
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Doors: 6p | Show: 7p
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 • November 25, 2017 – Baltimore, MD (Opening for Kindred The Family Soul) • December 9, 2017 – Atlanta, GA (Acoustic & Personal) • March 7, 2018 – Washington, D.C. • March 9, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA • March 30, 2018 – Columbus, OH • April 6, 2018 – Charlotte, NC • April 7, 2018 – Raleigh, NC • April 21, 2018 – Seattle, WA (Piano & A Microphone) • April 29 & 30, 2018 – New York City, NY (Piano & A Microphone) • June 21, 2018 – San Francisco, CA • June 23, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA • July 25, 2018 – Detroit, MI • July 26, 2018 – Chicago, IL

For booking inquiries,
Please Contact:

Booking Agent || The Empire Agency
Matthew W. Jensen || mjensen@empireagency.com

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers “Piano & A Microphone” Show Dates

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Zo! on Piano. Carmen on vocals. Intimate venues. Playing jams.

Friday, September 28, 2018 – HOUSTON, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Green Mill Social Club
630 S Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77047
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
BUY TICKETS

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – DALLAS, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
TBA

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Making SkyBreak Documentary Screenings

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Orillia, ON
Zo!
Orillia Opera House
20 Mississaga St W, Orillia, ON L3V 3A6, Canada
TBA

***Making SkyBreak will be available SOON***

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)
Denton Black Film Festival
Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Gary International Black Film Festival

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

2018 Black Reel Awards Nominations
Outstanding Independent Documentary
Outstanding Song (“Starlight” by Zo! featuring Phonte)

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 • January 12, 2018 – Houston, TX • January 14, 2018 – New Orleans, LA • February 10, 2018 – Atlanta, GA (MECCAcon Film Festival) February 22, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA • March 31, 2018 – Mt. Rainier, MD (MECCAcon Film Festival) • April 21, 2018 – Seattle, WA (Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival) • April 26, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Black Film Festival)

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Zo! MasterClass Workshops

Friday, August 17, 2017 – TORONTO, ON
Zo!
*This is not a performance*
Music Entrepreneurship Workshop with Zo!
The VandenBerg House
1400 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9, Canada
Time: 10a – 12p

‘ManMade’ in YRB Magazine

Source: YRB Magazine
Author: Ingrid Ellis

ManMade is an apt title for Zo!’s recently released album, which has already climbed to No.2 on the Itunes chart.

Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrated his new album, ManMade, with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release. Hosted by Jodine Dorce, Zo! opened up to his long-time friend about the project, ForeignExchange and music.

While hanging out with fans at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn for his album release party, the laid back artist admitted that he played all of the instruments himself.

“In order to keep costs low,” he chuckled to host Jodine Dorce.

All modesty aside, however, Zo! (aka Lorenzo Ferguson) plays piano expertly and says that he taught himself bass, guitar and drums.  The sound of real instruments (and voices!) prevails on this album, yet is complexly woven with the synthesizer, creating an effect that takes us back to the days of 80’s funk and R&B.

Known to many from his work with the group, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, a Detroit native, commented that he has great respect for legends such as producer and bassist Leon Sylvers III.  The influence on his work is evident.

It’s “grown-folks” music (you know you’re grown when you immediately recognize a Rick James riff), but speaks through the generations – simultaneously vintage and modern.  Post-generational.  Most tunes on the album are driven by a funky bass line, but textured through the melodies sung by talented guest artists.

Representative are the first and last tracks featuring the sweet voice of Sy Smith who starts the album off with a fast mover – The Train, but ends with the vibey “Body Rock.”  Anthony David’s baritone is featured on “Show Me The Way” and gets you to feelin’ all Barry White-ish (or maybe that’s just me…).

Fans of The Foreign Exchange will delight in hearing contributions from the varied likes of veterans like Choklate, new comers, 1-O.A.K and Gwen Bunn, Eric Robertson, Jeanne Jolly, Carlitta Durand, and, of course, FE’s Phonte.

Zo! Says that he is happier with this album than the others because it “represented what I wanted it to represent.”  He noted that he wanted to create a dance album and, indeed, he does.

The album is mostly upbeat, but at the same time varied in its use of tempo.  Fans who thought the producer/artist had reached a pinnacle with his last album, SunStorm, should be relieved that the beat goes on.  “After Sunstorm people was lookin’ at me like what you gon’ do now,” jokes Zo!, a hint of cockiness in his voice.

“I took that as a challenege.”

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

‘ManMade’ Listening Event at Teavolve in Baltimore, MD – May 24, 2013

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ManMade Listening Event at Teavolve with Zo!

Hosted by DJ Phaze

Friday, May 24, 2013
Listening Event | Meet & Greet with Zo!
*Note: This is not a performance*
Teavolve
1401 Aliceanna St. | Baltimore, MD 21231 | (410) 522-1907
4 – 10p | 18+
FREE
RSVP Email: freeloadfriday@gmail.com

‘ManMade’ Listening Event at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn, NY – May 21, 2013

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ManMade Listening Event at Frank’s Lounge with Zo!

Hosted by Jodine Dorce of Jodine’s Corner

In preparation for Zo!’s June 9th show in NYC
Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrates his new album
ManMade
with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Listening Event | Live Interview | Meet & Greet with Zo!
*Note: This is not a performance*
Frank’s Lounge
660 Fulton St. | Brooklyn, NY 11217 | (718) 625-9339
8:30p – 11:30p
$5 +  One Drink Minimum

ManMade Listening Event at “Wine Down” with Zo! and DJ Prolific in Richmond, VA – June 7, 2013

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ManMade Listening Event at ‘Wine Down’ with Zo! and DJ Prolific

Hosted by ACE

Friday, June 7, 2013
Listening Event | Meet & Greet with Zo!
*Note: This is not a performance*
C’est Le Vin
15 N 17th St. | Richmond, VA 23219 | (804) 649-9463
8p – 1a | 21+
FREE

Videos & Pics from 1st Hit Listening Lounge Featuring Zo! (in Atlanta)

Zo! and Jodine During the Meet & Greet

By: Kimberly Kennedy Charles

Zo! was in the building at Moods Music on August 7 for the Music Addikts and Harmony In Life’s 1st Hit Listening Lounge. Host Jodine Dorce of Jodine’s Corner and Zo! chop it up in an intimate, “Inside the Actors Studio” fashion about his background and passion before music, how some of his hottest collaboration tracks came to fruition, who his musical inspirations are and even why he gives away some of his music for free! It was a great time as in-store fans and fans via Twitter alike got the chance to interact and vibe with Zo!

Refuge: Zo!’s Secret Stash, Wed. 11/18/09

This entry comes via DJ Stylus

Everyone has this project, right? It’s free. It’s awesome. What are you waiting for?

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Zo!’s work is a Refuge staple and should be heavy in your personal rotations. There’s surely no shortage of it, with his nine solo albums, numerous features and high profile collaborations that are among the best modern soul releases of the last 5 years.

Zo! has stepped up to a new level since joining up with Nicolay and Phonte as part of the Foreign Exchange Music imprint. This partnership has so far yielded Zo! & Tigallo Love the 80’s and Leave It All Behind, with more to come in 2010.

With all this creative output, I know the homie has to be sitting on some nuggets that have never been outside his home studio or graced ears other than his own. Thus was born the idea for Zo!’s Secret Stash.

Zo! hosts a listening session of rare highlights from his body of work. They could be joints that have never come out and might never see release. They could be in-progress joints. There might even be a sneak peek at some of the material from his upcoming solo project, if we’re lucky and he’s comfortable with that. For the early shift at Refuge, we’ll be turning the spot into Zo!’s own screening room where he handpicks material to share exclusively with Refuge fam.

Maybe there might be another one of these in the chamber.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Tabaq Bistro (basement)
1336 U St NW, WDC
9pm – until
21+, no cover
Zo!’s Secret Stash begins at 9:30.


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