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J.J. Thames was raised in a blue-collar family.
J.J. began performing at the tender age of 9 years old, and became a blues- shouting banshee by the time she was just 18 years old.
She cut her teeth after moving down to Jackson, MS. Where she began to perform with the celebrated "Chitlin' Circuit superstars like; Marvin Sease.
J.J. and I will explore her roots and check out tunes from her album, Tell You What I Know.
Ken Chester "Sugar Brown" Kawashima was born in Bowling Green Ohio.
His attachment to the Blues came while he studied at the University of Chicago by day and prowled the blues clubs at night, backing artists such as Taildragger and "Big Eyes" Smith.
He now lives in Toronto, and his latest album is entitled Sugar Borwns Sad Day and Sugar and I will chat about his journey to where he is today while we listen to tunes from the album.
Polly O'Keary began playing music in bars in Mexico at 16, and after a early rock career that included a record deal, she fell in love with blues at 28.
She was first named Washington Blues Society Female Vocalist of the Year in 2004, and has won it twice more since then.
Her first and second albums were well-reviewed, and the second was named Album of the Year by the WBS, and Polly was named Songwriter of the Year.
She spent time touring with Too Slim & The Taildraggers and is now back in the Northwest with a new trio. Polly and I will discuss her career and listen to songs from her latest, Compass.
Tweed Funk originally came to The Couch back in April of 2012. They return with their new album, First Name Lucky and we will find out what the band has in store for 2014 while we listen to cuts form the album.
The band Tweed Funk earned their way to the 2012 IBC by way of the Grafton Blues Society. Not bad for a band together for less than a year.
Their debut album, Bringin It brought the band huge recognition and airplay.
Joseph "Smokey" Holman on vocals, JD Optekar on guitar, Marcus "MG" Gibbons on drums, Eric Madunic on bass and Jon Lovas on Sax are the core of Tweed Funk.
They have a new album dropping the week they are on the show entitled Love Is and we will be playing cuts from it on the show as we chat with the guys.
Then Boy Wells will make his trip to The Couch after having to reschedule his first appearence.
Wells is a veteran of the southern rock scene that was rooted in the geographical and multi-stylistic pocket around the nation’s capital, who now resides in the artistically fertile hills of Central Texas.
His album Blue Skies Calling is a collection of sweet tuneage.
Boy has had some difficult times in his life and we will explore how they shape his music and where he is headed in his career.
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"In a lane of his own, Aftaskool Project fueses a mixture of rock, hip, funk and a little soul gospel together to electrify his listener's, causing an instant "Funkdafied Uphoria." He currently is the drummer for the funk band Somn Fierce, with P Funk's Danny Bedrosian, when he isn't traveling promoting and spreading the love of Afteskool Project, the future of music."
The Porch’s is a distinctive blend of live online radio/television discussions and interviews in the field of news, sports and entertainment, with a mix of playful banter and serious dialogue to stimulate the listener’s mind and encourage conversation. The goal is to educate and provide useful information to the listener in laymen’s terms; as everyday individuals (the multimedia personalities) discuss “water cooler talk” as a sports’ fan or casual news observer as opposed to the typical media anchor/celebrity. As news and information comes in rapidly, we look to provide the listener/viewer with an in-depth discussion as to how these updated bulletins affect the sports world, entertainment, and society at large.
GODISHEUS is a powerhouse Funk Rock band wildly popular in the D.C. indie music scene. Formed by veteran D.C. hip-hop icon Head-Roc and an all-star lineup of some of the heaviest hitters on the go-go scene— Dwayne ‘Super Bad III’ Lee on guitar (Fayces U Know, Heaven Sent, MVP, Familiar Faces, 3LG), Byron “BJ” Jackson (Rare Essence, MeShell Ndegeocello), and Kenny “Kwick” Gross on drums (Chuck Brown, Lissen Band, Marcus Johnson Project), GODISHEUS is hard at work to define a new live sound rooted in the Funk and Rock.
Head-Roc, who has taken on the stage name Om V for this project, is no stranger to working with a live band. During the mid ’90s, he and Super Bad III (lead guitar) were part of Three Levels of Genius (3LG), a live hip-hop band that proved influential in the region. Om V is quick to point out that GODISHEUS is not
a typical hip-hop band, but rather “the 21st century return of substantive Funk music for the people.”
As we all know, Funk beget Go-Go and Hip-Hop in ways dear to the District. Don’t get it twisted: GODISHEUS is no cover band doing their best Parliament rendition; they are a rare and raw D.C. Funk Rock sound with a message of empowerment for the people delivered by one of D.C.’s MC champions. Over tight arrangements that are equal parts funk, rock and soul, Om V brings the lyrical heat, speaking truth to power with every line, something that has earned him the respect of hip-hop heads, punk rockers, indie rockers, and progressive audiences all over. Powered by Kwick’s impeccable drumming, Super Bad III’s six-string magic, and the low end work of BJ on bass, the GODISHEUS International Funk Train is set to dazzle audiences worldwide!
Get your ears ready, and grab your favorite flava. (Flavor for you IDK folks). From the crates of funk, and days when turn tables were the only wheels you ever needed to get your groove on, here he comes!!!! E MACK! Eric McAlister. He will reach back to some super solids that are salads of soul with a super blend. Mr. Pittsburgh himself - he's got the music dammit to make you appreciate whatever it is you are going through. 347-205-9366
"The Wondertwins" Billy & Bobby Mcclain are amazingly talented identical twins from Boston, Massachusetts who have spent the majority of their lives living and breathing the world of dance.
They began their careers at the young age of ten, when they were asked to be a part of Boston's first professional street dance crew, called "The Funk Affects."
At that time, they were already supporting acts behind hip-hop icons Run DMC, KRS One, LL Cool J, EPMD & SLICK RICK, just to name a few.
Eight years later, they decided to rebrand themselves as "The WONDERTWINS" which proved to be a successful undertaking, given the long list of accomplishments that unravelled before them since.
Their repertoire includes: ~ Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre, not just once, but an astonishing six times~ tour dancers ~ Good Day New York with hip-hop icon MC Lyte and R&B; legend Regina Bell ~ Blockbuster film "Purple Rain" co-star APOLLONIA KOTERO's UK tour in 1991, tour dancers ~ Jerry Lewis's UCP telethon with New Kids on the Block and Mark Wahlberg, 1992 ~ NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, as the creative team of choreographers behind the 'Magic Summer" tour in 1993 ~ ~ MAURICE HINES JR's sold out shows "Club Harlem" live at the Apollo Theatre, featured dancers, 2014 ~ NBC NEWS, featured with with Apollo Theatre executive director Mikki Shepard, 2014 ~ DANCE MOGUL MAGAZINE, featured in the #1 Urban Dance Magazine, 2014 ~ The Arts Fuse online magazine, where they were the featured interview by Debra Cash, 2014 ~ Jacobs Pillow Unreal Hip Hop Dance Festival and Tap the Yard 2, where they are headliners, 2014.
Their piece "Broadway to Hip Hop", 2014, has been reviewed several times, and continues to receive more glowing recommendations.
Alexa Heller’s soulful artistry is a passionate pairing of Pop and R&B sounds. Her dynamic vocal range and sensual vocals groove to the beat of the songstress’s undeniably catchy hooks, confessional lyrics, and exuberant warmth. Alexa pulls from buoyant pop, elastic R&B and funk. Her style is a combination of Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce. As a live performer, she’s built a robust profile with dazzling performances at legendary NYC venues such as The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square with Nick Cannon, The Bitter End, Pianos, Cafe Vivaldi, The Big Apple Indie Music Series and Village Underground. Her buzzed about song “Empire” received radio play on WHUD 100.7 for The Hudson Valley Artist’s Spotlight in NY. She has also been featured on MTV, ABC Nightline and made an appearance on American Idol Season 13. She’s featured in NYMag.com, International Blogs and numerous radio shows including The Chelsea Krost Show. Having grown up in South Florida, Alexa is thrilled to return to her roots, bringing her heartfelt melodies and a mesmerizing show to Jazziz.
FREE* Song Download – http://noisetrade.com/alexa/alexa
Alexa’s CD: “ALEXA” The Retro – Pop Album on iTunes
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September 7, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
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