NEW VIDEO: “California Love – A Triptych” starring Sy Smith, Carmen Rodgers & Zo!

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In the spring of 2015, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith came together as an underground soul power trio, playing live shows on the west coast for a stint they called the “California Love Tour”. Director Shawn Carter Peterson filmed the Los Angeles performance and created a beautiful long play video/short film, capturing the trio’s musical mastery and camaraderie in this presentation of three captivating singles from the show. Sy playfully flaunts her quick-paced scatting chops on “Personal Paradise”, Carmen drips with honey-coated cooing on “It’s Me”, and Zo! shows off his piano virtuosity with “Flight Of The Blackbyrd”. The acoustic set exhibits a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation; just piano (Zo!), upright bass (Maurice Ellis) and drums (Stacey Lamont Sydnor) which makes plenty of sonic room to experience the tunes stripped all the way down. And just like the human form, these tunes are even better naked.

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith on the CALIFORNIA LOVE TOUR!!!

California!! Make sure to catch me, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith (and possibly my talkbox) together LIVE on the same stage for our California Love Tour in….

LOS ANGELES (May 28), SAN DIEGO (May 29) and OAKLAND (May 31)

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
The E Spot Lounge
4349 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604 | (818) 769-0905
Doors: 6:30p

Friday, May 29, 2015 – San Diego, CA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 | (619) 230-1190
Doors: 7:30p | All Ages

Sunday, May 31, 2015 – Oakland, CA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
Leo’s Music Club 5447 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609 | (888) 477-9288
Doors: 8p | 18+


Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” in Los Angeles – May 28, 2015


Studio Campfire Stories – LIVE

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA
The E Spot Lounge
4349 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604 | (818) 769-0905
Doors: 6:30p

Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith: Studio Campfire Stories LIVE
Studio Campfire Stories, an original concert series where songs from Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith’s albums come alive in an intimate setting via colorful stories behind all of the music played as told by the artists themselves.

Audio Interview with “It’s The Jam: Episode 5”

I’m actually laughing while listening back to this interview as if I wasn’t a part of it. Shouts to mah man Merc80, Chris and Kim Lehman all of for allowing me to come into their house and clown out for a couple hours before my show in LA on March 2nd. What a fun time of COMPLETE “let-loosedness”…. Enjoy!!!

Click HERE to listen to the interview

Visuals from Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers in LA • Photos by Dominique Easton (03.02.14)

Visuals from…
featuring Carmen Rodgers
AND Sy Smith
At The Virgil in Los Angeles, CA
March 2, 2014

Photos by Dominique Easton for KÏNGDØM Photography

– Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Sy Smith – Vocals
Tyler Croomes – Drums
Tarron Crayton – Bass

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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!!

New Show Dates: Zo! + Sy Smith and The Foreign Exchange (DET, Memphis, StL, Indy, LA, SF, Phoenix)

Zo! + Sy Smith will be performing together in…

Sept. 30th, 2012: Indianapolis, IN @ New Orleans On The Avenue – 4pm (Buy Tickets)

Zo! will be on keys for The Foreign Exchange in…

Oct. 19th, 2012: Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club – 9pm (Buy Tickets)

Oct. 20th, 2012: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine – 9pm (Buy Tickets)

Oct. 23rd, 2012: Phoenix, AZ @ Monarch Theatre – 8pm (Buy Tickets)

Zo! + Sy Smith in LA – 01.19.12 …In Pictures

Much love to everyone who came out to our show in LA… We had a BLAST.