SeXXXy Love XI

Cupid’s Hunt 2016 was so much fun, it’s a shame Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. Well I’m extending it with the eleventh installment of SeXXXy Love!

I couldn’t help myself, mixed in one night. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

SeXXXy Love Vol. IX


Kem  When I’m Loving You

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Tamara Wellons Love You

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Dessi Di Lauro – When You Need Me (Featuring Paolo Ramos)

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Brenda Russell   Make You Smile

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Don E  One More Time (Loose Vibez)

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Lamone  High Off You

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Eric Benet  Spanish Fly

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Mint Condition Spanish Eyes

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Prince- 1000 Xs-Os

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Kelli Sae Found Somebody Like You

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J Soul f/Deborah Bond High

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The Foreign Exchange Body

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Nite Flyte feat Jean Carne   If You Believe in Love

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Maya Azucena My All

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Avani – The Waitings Over

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Jeff Bradshaw – Girl, I Love You

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Loose Ends

The long awaited show date finally came–and then it went! I wanted to see Loose Ends when they were at BB Kings, NYC and the Capital Jazz Festival (still looking forward to my first experience–but that’s for another post).

Finally, on November 8, 2014, I got together with some childhood friends; Norma and June and my Soul Music Brother Aqeel, we had a blast!

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Fred “Bugsy” Buggs of New York’s 107.5 WBLS introduced Loose Ends and Indie Soul Artist, SuCh (Sue Charles) opened the show.  She has a beautiful voice, and the crowd definitely felt her vibe and gracious personality.  She threw her magic touch out into the crowd and they fell right in sync, participating with her song Sugar Maple (went real good with my name, Sap from a Suga Maple, lol)  SuCh and the crowd’s energy was outstanding and was the perfect match for audience participation. SuCh stopped by our table after her performance and was delightful to chat with for a few moments!  I totally support indie soul artists and this show was perfect for her to show off her talent to a room full of music heads there to see Loose Ends.

I have been to many concerts and this one had to be one of the best that I’ve seen a long time! Every soul in BB King’s that night had a ball, it was a “straight up” JAM session in there! Everybody was singing along and every BODY was on their feet, mind you this was a sold out/seated show!

Jane Eugene’s excitement and enthusiasm was just as intense as the crowd’s to see her and the band perform! They paraded onto the BB Kings stage sporting all white and lit it up like a bolt of lightning that never left!  The crowd went wild!!

Since this was my first time seeing Loose Ends live, I didn’t know what to expect.   They opened the show with Stay A Little While, Child and everyone jumped to their feet to groove with Loose Ends; it was electric!!

I was ecstatic they sang Mr Bachelor off The Real Chuckeeboo album as it is tops of my favorite Loose End albums!  I was surprised they performed the track, Don’t You Ever Try to Change Me since Jane was not a member of the group at the time the Look How Long album was released. Never mind that though, Look How Long is one of my favorites as well!

Their version of Slow Down was really on point at the end of the song, because they actually slowed it down.  You’ll see.

The backing band for Loose Ends did a fantastic job on the music and vocals, and I would go see them again and again should they keep coming to NYC!

The Band
Jeff Robinson – Vocalist
Palo Santo Vocalist/Hype Man
Craig T Cooper – Guitar (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You)
Leroy Boogie Babaloo Greer – Percussion  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Keith Eaddy – Bass
Cory Mason – Drums  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Art Sherrod Jr. – Saxophone (he did his thing on Slow Down)
Aya Iwata – Keyboard

I hadn’t planned on recording “You Can’t Stop the Rain”, and kinda slept on it until I realized this was the part of the show; where the backing vocalists had the opportunity to let their voices shine (and oh did they show out!!) This is my favorite part of a show and I love it when the featured artist shares the spotlight! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! #20FeetfromStardom

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Robert Gee (who I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with during the MySpace days, I was surprised to learn it was him in the flesh!)
Dominique Karan

Editing the video footage was just as exciting as it was to see the show in person and truly difficult to cut it down–I wanted to show you everything!  It brought back memories of that evening which will always stay with me!  I never got tired of listening to and watching it over and over!!

Ain’t nothin’ like live music!  As long as I live on this earth, you better believe I’ll be somewhere supporting what I love–good music!

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!!  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment and share if you’d like.

Special shout out to Brotha Aqeel from Jane!  Listen for it!

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The Big Boo Boo at BB Kings, NYC

For the record, I never forget or get the date mixed up for a concert! Well, there’s a first time for everything, right?

I was supposed to see Basia at BB Kings and totally got the date mixed up. Basia was to perform there on Saturday, September 17, 2011 and I went on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 and got the surprise of all musical surprises (well not really, the first time I was to see Down to the Bone, the purchase for the tickets didn’t go through on-line and when I arrived to pick them up at the window before the show, there were no tickets BOOOOOO!!!).

Anywho!! When I arrived at BB Kings and saw that Hiroshima was on the billboard as the featured artist I could not believe my eyes!  I’d missed Basia!!

I’d heard of Hiroshima but knew nothing about their music. I ran into my music brother, Craig organizer of  the Meetup Group, Jazz Explorations and he assured me I would be in for a treat if took advantage if being in the house that evening.  Luckily for me, the BB  King’s box office management permitted me to use the tickets for that evening and the night’s performance couldn’t have been more enjoyable!

I’ve been a long time admirer of Basia’s music and never heard of her performing in New York.  To say the least I was really disappointed in myself that I had gotten the date mixed up.

Basia’s performance I missed…

Courtesy of jfqman1’s channel

Taking a step backwards, I had been trying to see Vinx in New York for a while when I had first heard of him in 05/06.  So when the band started to assemble on stage, before the lights came on, I said as soon as I saw Vinx make his way on stage, in a silhouette, that it was him!  Mind you, I hadn’t seen a picture of him in a long time, but remembered his style–to my utter surprise!! How glad was I that I’d stayed to see this show?!!  Happy as hell!!

Instead, I was rewarded with Vinx’s performance with Hiromshima!!

Courtesy of Sista Suga

Kaoru Watanabe performs with Shoji Kameda and Danny Yamamoto of HIROSHIMA in Japan Relief Benefit Concert at BB King in NY on 9/21/11.

Courtesy of Lia Chang via youtube

 

 

 

 

 

SeXXXy Love Vol. II

You are in for a throwback treat!

These pictures were taken with my Kodak Easyshare, a few months before my Nikon D40X Christmas gift. Good times with that Easyshare!! I still use it for video recording and it’s been doing a great job thus far. I actually prefer it over my newer Samsung model to video record performances because the sound is so much better.  I’ve upgraded to something that encompasses great sound, along with exceptional video quality and now I’m looking forward to the big time!

Choklate performed at SOB’s in NYC in 2007 where Eric Roberson still hosts Sol Village every third Wednesday of the month or so. Choklate was the first artist to kick off the ONUTSS phenomenon, and the first artist featured on the SeXXXy Love Vol. II mix!  The additional photos are from other music events I attended, where the artists are also featured on this mix I wanted to share.

 

By now, you know that my SeXXXy Love mixes showcase just what the title suggests–SeXXXy and Love. Listen to the lyrics and most definitely ENJOY with the one you love–or lust!!


1. Grown Folks – Choklate
2. Come Over – Cheryl Pepsi Riley
3. Fantasy (Spending Time) – Will Downing
4. I Wanna Make Love – Peven Everett
5. Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield
6. Moist – Janet Jackson
7. Addicted – Antonia Jenae
8. Whatever – Jill Scott
9. Sweet Sticky Thing – The Ohio Players
10. I Want You – Floetry
11. I Can Go Deeper – Silk
12. With You – Marsha Ambrosius
13. Afterplay – Silk
14. Finer Things – Jon B. f/Nas

Liv Warfield and The NPG Hornz

Attention all Prince fans!!

Last month Arsenio Hall dedicated his show to Prince in addition to a few extra added attractions! If you watched the show in its entirety you had the absolute pleasure of witnessing Ms. Liv Warfield’s energy unfold right before your eyes. Joined by background singers Ashley Seamster and Saeeda Wright, they brought the house down with the NPG (New Power Generation) Hornz!

Liv Warfield and the gang performed at NYC’s BB King’s Blues Club Sunday, April 6th, 2014 and tore that stage up! The way Liv sashayed so gracefully across the BB King’s stage, with her head bowed, gave the audience the feeling that the show we were about to experience was definitely going to be The Unexpected! Liv blew the audience away with her beautiful voice, her, toned body, and the definition on those guns, please stop!! Liv was just breathtaking!

Learn a bit more about Liv via this interview before the show!

I didn’t get any video footage, however here is a lil taste…

After seeing Liv at the J & R Music Fest in the summer of 2007,  ONUTSS was extremely excited to receive a call a few months later asking us if we could host a listening party for her–we ecstatically accepted!

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ONUTSS was introduced to Liv when she performed at the J & R Summer Music Festival in 2007.  We miss you J & R Music World!!

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Although I had seen Liv at the J & R Music Festival her performance at the ONUTSS listening party totally took me by surprise. Deep down inside Liv is a Rocker Chick, who possesses the power to turn on her soft side and then bring the fire to heat up the song that has a Rock appeal and I love it!!

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ONUTSS presents Liv Warfield performing at Shrine World Music Venue in NYC, April 2008

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Pam, Liv and Detrel

Liv was a STAR before her rise in my eyes! I’ll see you at the top of your game, gurl!

Visit Liv Warfield and pick up her sophomore album, The Unexpected while you’re at it!!

Urban Exploration – Chambers Street Subway Station, NYC

This is one New York City subway station I absolutely HATE, but have always been intrigued to photograph it!! The station is desolate, creepy, and abandoned yet still active. It’s hard to believe that people have to look at this mess of a station while waiting for the next train to come in!

I first discovered urbex (Urban Exploration) photography on one of my favorite photography websites http://digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-urban-exploration/ and fell in love with the concept which is “the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment”.

The research I did to explain a little about urbex lead me to this video. My, my was I scared for the filmmaker and the camera man! In some cases urbex is illegal activity (trespassing or mischief) depending on the location (such as the tunnel where this video was shot). I learned some things I didn’t know before, and will continue to delve into urbex; it can be dangerous in some situations, yet oh so fascinating!

So excited for my next venture!!

Soul Factory Presents…

I had been trying to get to a Soul Factory Presents event ever since I’d heard about the organization, when their debut showcase included Darien and Choklate in 2012. I regretfully missed this show. Being one of the co-founders of ONUTSS (One Nation Under The Soul Shack), we had the honor of presenting Darien and Choklate, (who was the first artist ONUTSS presented) so I really wanted to be there.

If you are close to the New York area, love good music, (regardless of whether or not you’ve heard of the artists) and haven’t attended a Soul Factory Presents, now is the time!! Stay tuned for the next showcase May 2014!!

The Soul Factory Presents has presented the most talented artists in the indie soul business; some I know (from ONUTSS days), some I know of and some I don’t but know that they must possess a special musical gift, otherwise they would not have graced a Soul Factory stage!

Well, around August 2013, the Soul Factory Presents announced they were going to present Bradd Marquis’ album release party for “Thank You”, along with special guests Lamone and Laura Jane. So Detrel (ONUTSS co-founder) and I spoke about the event and decided we really needed to attend and I’m so happy we did. Life had kept us away from the soul scene and this was the time we were able to get our schedules together and make it happen. We were truly excited to see Bradd and Lamone on the same stage as ONUTSS had also presented them a few years ago on separate occasions.

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Me, Detrel and Lamone

The energy was high and it felt good to be in the same room as many of our soul family we hadn’t seen in quite some time. The smiles, the hugs, the live music–missed all of this!

Needless to say, we had a fantastic time!