Everett Bradley’s Holidelic
Friday, December 23rd, 8 PM
Everett Bradley (Hall & Oates) is bringing his funky, booty-shaking Holidelic show to WCL! Holidelic blends the musical influences of 1970’s and ’80’s funk and soul bands in original songs that celebrate diversity, mild familial seasonal dysfunction, individuality and more. Since its inception in 2002, Everett Bradley’s sold-out performances have featured a range of artists from Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, John Forte, Lucy Woodward, Jonathan Arons, and the legendary Celeste Holm. A Special Message From Papadelic: “Prepare yourself for the most exclusive all inclusive holiday party in the universe. Now when I say inclusive, I do mean we do not discriminate, we celebrate all shapes, sizes, colors, and beliefs. Your only requirement is to bring an open mind, an open heart, and a promise to shake yo rump!”
New Year’s Eve:
The LVRS Lane with Chris Turner, Rocki Evans, U.City and DJ AYE Boogie
Saturday, December 31st, 10 PM, Upstairs Live
The team that brought you Souldified, is closing out 2011, with a special event that boasts some of indie-soul music’s most notable artists. Romantic Movement representative, Chris Turner joins us fresh off the road with home town heavyweight Bilal Oliver sharing his own brand of romance. New York City transplant (by way of Houston, TX), Rocki Evans makes his Philly debut, building significant buzz around his “Simply Twisted” mixtape with songs like “I Tried” and “Fools”. Rounding out the evening we have none other than Soulidfied’s resident hosts, U.City, giving a first listen to their upcoming project, “Grey Matter: A Love Composition”. For those looking for a classy means to bringing in the New Year,* The LVRS Lane* will be just your speed.
The Revelations featuring Tré Williams
Saturday, January 7th, 8:30 PM with Angela Johnson
The Revelations featuring Tré Williams represents a renewed dawning in soul music, one that marries the concrete jungle grit of the streets with the midnight blues of the rural South. The band released their new album, Concrete Blues, in November. The album is a daring hybrid of classic southern soul and modernist blues and R&B. It explores the social issues of poverty, the economy and relationships. A copy is available for review by request.
Idle Warship featuring Talib Kweli & Res
Thursday, January 19th, 8 PM
Idle Warship is a collaboration between longtime friends, hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli and critically acclaimed soulful singer-songwriter Res. Since making a huge splash at SXSW in 2009 and completing a successful European tour, Idle Warship made Party Robot – their mixtape with master DJ Mick Boogie and singer/songwriter Graph Nobel. In November, they debut their LP, Habits of Heart, on Spotify (listen here).
The Souljazz Orchestra
Monday, February 20th, 8 PM
Hailing from Canada, The Souljazz Orchestra is a unique blend of funk and Afrobeat music. Bridging the gap between the two worlds, they also explore other genres from boogaloo to soul, and highlife to jazz. Combined with lyrics touching on politics and spirituality, the resulting music is raw and dirty groove like you’ve never heard before.
Estelle “All of Me” Tour
Tuesday, February 28th, 8 PM – On sale 12/21/11
She may be a born-and-raised West London girl, but we’d venture that Estelle Swaray is right at home in the energy of New York, her newly adopted city. The Homeschool/Atlantic recording artist has announced early details of her massively anticipated new album. “ALL OF ME” – which follows the Grammy Award-winning singer’s 2008 US debut, “SHINE”.