SkyBreak Tour Dates

SkyBreak Tour Dates

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Friday, November 3, 2017 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
with CoolNasty
Three Keys at Ace Hotel
600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Doors: 9p | Show: 10p
21+
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Saturday, November 4, 2017 – HOUSTON, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
with Chantae Cann
Warehouse Live (The Studio)
813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003
Doors: 7:30p | Show: 8:30p
18+
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Sunday, November 5, 2017 – DALLAS, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
(The SkyBreak Tour)
with Raphael & Ivory Jean
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 • September 22, 2017 – Cleveland, OH • September 23, 2017 – Cincinnati, OH

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Making SkyBreak Documentary Screenings

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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
21 O’Fallon St, St. Louis, MO 63102
Doors: 6p | Film Starts: 7p
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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
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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: 6p
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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
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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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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) • 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)

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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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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in HOUSTON, TX – April 8, 2016

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Houston, TX
The Studio @ Warehouse Live
813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003 | (713) 225-5483
Doors: 8p | 18+
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Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in MINNEAPOLIS, MN – November 28, 2015

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Minneapolis, MN
The Fountain Room
10 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | (612) 843-2575
Doors: 9p | 21+
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To The Nines
Fall Edition featuring
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

To The Nines is back, this time at the exclusive and swanky Fountain Room in downtown Minneapolis, inside the Lumber Exchange Building. And as if that wasn’t enough, we have as our featured entertainment Zo! along with Carmen Rodgers! Your DJ for the evening is A-Quil.

To The Nines is an opulent affair that combines the love of fashion with the love of music and all things Urbane.

In addition to the beautiful venue and great entertainment we have complimentary passed hor d’oeuvres.

To The Nines takes place Saturday, November 28th from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
The Fountain Room is located on the 3rd floor of the Lumber Exchange Building (5th & Hennepin, above Alibi & Exchange and the Pourhouse — enter from the 5th Street entrance).

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in CHICAGO, IL – November 29, 2015

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Chicago, IL
The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Ave West, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p | 21+
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Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies. Zo! (The Foreign Exchange Music) and Carmen Rodgers return to The Promontory to bring the house down once again with their band, Collective Peace.

Acoustic and Personal: A Night with Zo! & Carmen Rodgers – LIVE at 800 East in Atlanta, GA – December 12, 2015

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Acoustic and Personal: A Night with…

Zo! & Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, December 12, 2015 – Atlanta, GA
800 East Studios
800 East Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 | (404) 688-9388
Doors: 7p
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NEWLY ADDED SECOND SHOW!!!!
Doors: 10p
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The energy from last year’s performance at 800 East was so great to us that we had to return and do it again!
Songs from Zo!’s ManMade and Carmen’s Stargazer will come alive in this very intimate, acoustic setting.

***Get your tickets EARLY. Limited seating available***

Studio Campfire Stories: ‘Tales From the Land Of Milk and Honey’ Edition – “Disappear”

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“Disappear” is actually one of the three songs on Tales From the Land Of Milk and Honey that wasn’t a result of one of the two marathon studio sessions that Nicolay and I scheduled (in February 2014 and April 2015). Like the song “Count To Five” from my ManMade album, the drum pattern came to me while driving in my car …in silence. My phone’s voice memo is always something I use to capture ideas as SOON as they pop into my head because 9 out of 10 times if you don’t record them right then and there… you forget them later – I don’t care how dope of an idea it was. Even if I don’t forget it, I want to go back and listen to the idea exactly how I had it so that if I need to tweak it once I record, then I have the freedom to do so. I always feel like, whatever the idea was must have been dope enough for me to want to record it on my phone, so I want to listen back to it exactly like THAT. So in March 2014, probably feeling inspired from the work that Nic and I had completed just a couple of weeks prior while at a stop light… I opened my voice memo app and “beatboxed” this drum pattern exactly the way I heard it.

Boom KLACK! Boom……… KLACK!Boom, KLACK! Boom………

When I took that pattern in to the studio and started working on it, the demo that I laid for it was much more mid-tempo than anything, but it was workable enough so that I could sit down and figure out chord progressions. The first progression I worked through was one that involved a bassline that was on the busy side, BUT it fell in line with what the drums were doing. The second piece of the music I worked through involved hits on the one… I knew that the song would need dynamics and something that would make it sound interesting when played live and the hits sounded like a perfect solution to me (I actually still have voice memos with the recorded drums AND of me playing those first two parts on the Rhodes). Those hits while another chord progression was happening created a bit of a song climax AND it went right back into the original form pretty easily. To be honest, I think it even took me a week or so to even record the rest of the song officially because I wanted to sit on the demo version and make sure that I didn’t hear anything else on it. I wanted to go in and record all of the ideas I had in one shot (letting stuff sit and “figuring” it out is not a normal practice of mine as it may lead to overthinking in the studio, which is a NO GO). I finally went in to record the music and upon hearing it again, it seemed slow to me… So the first thing I did was bump the tempo up some. A loop of the drums was already recorded so I then patched in the Moog Minitaur and recorded the synth bass part. Once I laid the bass, I added a second part that bounced between two chords at a time… This was to serve as a vamp, or even a “part two” (shouts to The Isley Brothers who were the masters at doing this). Once that was finished, layering began. Synth pads, sprinkles of piano in the verses, and a soft Rhodes pattern was added to aid in the song’s movement. But things got real definitive once I added a lead synth via the Moog Voyager, which appears at the very beginning of the song in the melody line that introduces the entire piece. Having that lead part kinda tied everything together musically… ESPECIALLY on the hits. I definitely remember getting hyped as SHIT when playing the synth lines over the hits. Once the music was finished, I named the instrumental “March Sadness” – a play on the NCAA’s “March Madness” which was in full swing at the time of the recording.

Where normally, I send music to him as soon as I finish it, I sat on this one for a couple of months before letting Phonte hear it. The instrumental was my new favorite, BUT we weren’t in full “record” mode for anything just yet. Because of that, he didn’t hear this one until early May when +FE was in town for our show at The Howard Theater in DC. Before we left my house to go play the NPR Tiny Desk set, he and I got up in the studio to check some new ideas I had been working on. “March Sadness” was the first thing I played to which he responded with…

“Man, go’on and send me that shit…”

BET.

I ended up passing him that one and two other instrumentals, if I’m not mistaken. And just for demoing purposes, I even opened the mic up for him to record a very rough scratch vocal on it, where he kinda sang and hummed his way through the melodies and changes just to get an idea of a songwriting cadence for later.

Fast forward to February 2015, Nicolay and I received an email from Phonte with the subject title, “Disappear” and the message read…

“2015 here we come”

Now at the time, Phonte and I were working on something else COMPLETELY separated from anything +FE, so we had no idea that this email contained the first song for an upcoming +FE album that would be finished and released just six months later. NONE. But when I opened it and recognized the instrumental, I got hyped immediately… Then hearing Phonte’s verse and remembering that it loosely matched the cadence of the scratch vocal that he had recorded back in May 2014 was real dope. But the icing on the cake here was that damn Carlitta Durand. I swear man, her vocals win every single TIME. When she came in on those pre-hook hits?!?!?! I damn near lost it… That part had so much “punch” behind it now to really take it over the top……. Then when her verse began, that same voice took on more of a “delicate” role, it was crazy to hear that contrast from the same vocalist within the same piece. But MY part?! …MY part is the “…catch 22 I keep falling for your touch” line. Good GRACIOUS I got goosebumps off of that shit the first time I heard it (and still do now even after having heard it 3,892 times). She NAILED that line.

Once the vocals were finished, Phonte was telling me that he wanted Nic to work with the second part of the song – the “part two” I described earlier. So I sent Nic the song’s original Pro Tools session and after hearing what he ended up doing with the drums and additional synths… I was sitting there like, “YooooooooOOOOOOO!!!!!!” He took the drums and flipped them so that the momentum of the song continued on a huge high, but the swing was different – AND it had his signature on it. I honestly wish I was in the studio with him to have actually seen how he did what he did with those drums. He also added more layers of synth in the form of arpeggiated parts and some additional pads. And I haven’t even told Nic this yet (I’m sure he’ll find out once he reads this story), but MY favorite piece of the second half is what he did between 3:49 and 3:59…. That eight bar ride out?!?! Fucking CRAAAAZY. There’s really something to be said not only about our complementary styles but the sheer confidence we have in each other to just pass an instrumental between the three of us and still end up with a uniformly, solid piece of music that contains distinct signatures from Nic, Phonte and myself. I actually think the same can be said for the entire +FE album, but “Disappear” in particular was one where within that 4:26 worth of song, you can literally “hear” the baton being passed. I think that’s REAL dope and hopefully it makes for a more intriguing experience for our listeners.

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in INDIANAPOLIS, IN – October 10, 2015

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN
The Hi-Fi
1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 | (317) 493-1209
Doors: 8p | 21+
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Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.

Also featuring Bashiri Asad

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Memphis, TN – August 6, 2015

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Back To Memphis!!

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers

Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Memphis, TN
Brinsons
341 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 | (901) 524-0104
Doors: 7p | All Ages
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Zo! & Carmen Rodgers
Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies.