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THIS FRIDAY: StringShot LIVE at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA – ‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers

8 Nov

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‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers
StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes 
PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
November 6, 2018 (Northern Calif.) – Prepare to be mesmerized. Three years in the making, StringShot IS new music. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique collaboration make their LIVE debut at Freight & Salvage on November 9th. The premier concert from this “tour-de-force” formed by slide guitar master Roy Rogers, Brazilian guitar goddess Badi Assad, and harp/violin virtuoso, Carlos Reyes, takes listeners to an exciting new musical realm. The blend of these artists’ world-renowned art and talent has created a new synthesis of cross-cultural music with Latin roots, Jazz blooms, and Blues undertones, translating beautifully from studio recording to live performance.
I’m always trying to push the envelope, it’s conducive to great music. The Latin and blues conversation has always appealed to me, I love the rhythms and the challenge of a different genre. This is the first time I’ve gotten to explore it outside of a strict blues context, and it’s been wonderful.” – Roy Rogers
 
“Though our styles are totally different, we use them as a way to communicate our hearts out. In the lyrics process, we could feel that we take in life in a similar way, with day-by-day discoveries, with a lot of simplicity coming from the soul, and a love for music with a lot of freedom.” – Badi Assad
 
“When you explore a new combination, it’s exciting, especially when it comes together for all the right reasons, it comes down to the interaction.”– Carlos Reyes
Rogers is an eight-time Grammy nominee, known both as producer and performer for delivering critically acclaimed recordings for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others; his career of more than three decades includes collaborations with Ray Manzarek, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Sammy Hagar.and more. Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world’s great guitarists. Coming from a world-renowned and deeply skilled musical family, Assad took her classical training and put it through the filter of Brazil’s Afro‐Latin heritage, evolving into an effortlessly graceful singer‐songwriter. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. Reyes, a virtuoso on the Paraguayan stringed harp and the violin, has often taken his instruments into new territory, both as a player and fearless collaborator. Well-known for his supreme virtuosity, classically trained Reyes has performed in many diverse genres of music – in his own band, symphonies, and as a featured performer with artists such as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval.
Check Out:
-AUDIO Co-written by Rogers and Assad, “Wounds of Sight” and “Back Along the Way” highlight the trio’s exceptional gifts in musical arrangement.
Each of the ten tracks from StringShot’s August 2018 release offers a new way to experience these renowned artists. As one whole part – audiences looking for their new favorite soundtrack will have a dynamic jazz, r & b, Latin vibe album choice. Rogers, Assad, and Reyes share a passionate devotion to their music and instruments that is reflected in wildly creative and successful careers that cross boundaries and defy borders. In November, audiences will become fans. A StringShot sound is born.
‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers, StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes , PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
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Please join Nowelo on August 26th at the Kona Wine Market! [NEW SINGLE OUT TODAY!]

18 Aug

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Kona Wine Market Presents: Raise The Bar with Chef Noah Hester, a food and beverage pairing event, featuring music from Grammy Award-nominated and winning artists ANN HOKU LYN and John Keawe. World renowned artist Robert Thomas will be creating an art piece in real time throughout the event. NOWELO will be headlining the entertainment with a full nine-piece band. Included in the band is Hip Hop pioneer Reggie Griffin, who has written, produced, and toured with music legends such as The Sugar Hill Gang, Chaka Khan, and The Isley Brothers, to name a few. Griffin is currently working with NOWELO and resides on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Please visit the Event Page on Facebook for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/329166264205843

To order the “PASSING DAYS” single on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/passingdays

To order the “PASSING DAYS” single on Bandcamp: https://nowelo.bandcamp.com/album/passing-days-feat-ann-hoku-lyn

For more information about NOWELO, please visit their social media pages or Mind Matters Music Website at http://www.mindmattersmusic.net

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Music Industry News Network Press Release Feature: Nowelo “Passing Days”

16 Aug

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Blues Rap Duo NOWELO Celebrates the New “PASSING DAYS” Single Featuring Grammy Nominated ANN HOKU LYN with a KONA WINE MARKET Release Party

For Immediate Release – August 7th, 2017 – Kona, Hawaii – Blues Rap duo NOWELO (pronounced no-VEH-lo) is releasing their new single “PASSING DAYS” featuring ANN HOKU LYN on August 18th, and celebrating with a release party featuring a nine-piece band presented by KONA WINE MARKET at The Edible World on August 26th, 2017. “PASSING DAYS” is the first single from their EP of the same name releasing later this fall. The release party event will feature Chef Noah Hester and special guest performer Reggie Griffin, as well as live artwork by Robert Thomas.

NOWELO is a musical duo formed in 2015 consisting of guitarist and blues harmonica player Truth Musiq from East Palo Alto in California’s Bay Area, and Rapper/Singer Pana Jones from Kona, Hawaii. Although the group is based in Kona, they have a sound that connects with audiences from around the world. Their music resonates with a sonic inspiration that spans Hip Hop, Blues, Reggae and even some Island influences. Nowelo has created a unique series of releases that will start with the new “PASSING DAYS” single, featuring ANN HOKU LYN.

Pana Jones was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, growing up exposed to both modern and ancient island music. He developed a love for melodic chants and Polynesian drumming, while also being influenced by a variety of Rap and Blues music, and started writing and rhyming his way around his island home. Truth Musiq was born and raised in Northern California. Truth spent years as a street musician in Santa Cruz with a wide variety of musical influences ranging from the Beastie Boys to Robert Johnson, and he eventually made his way across the country to Jacksonville, FL.

The two joined forces, and in middle of 2016 NOWELO released their debut single “Leave Me,” a blues rap song about coping with loss. The track was released under their own label which is aptly called Mind Matters Music, founded by NOWELO with Sterling Leatherman, also originally from Palo Alto, California. Sterling is God-Brother to Truth and an avid listener of Hip Hop who now lives in Hawaii and owns KONA WINE MARKET, a landmark business in Kona for over 25 years.

ANN HOKU LYN was raised in the Marshall Islands with a love of the trumpet. She spent ten years in NYC touring as a freelance trumpet player around the US, Asia, and in Europe. Ann continues to write and record with various jazz and pop artists, having played Madison Square Garden and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is an integral part of the sound on NOWELO’S new “PASSING DAYS” single and EP.

The PASSING DAYS EP, set to release in November 2017, exercises elements of rap, jazz, folk, and island blues. With melodic hooks and storytelling about relationship issues past and present, the PASSING DAYS EP comes across as relatable to a wide range of music lovers. The first single and title track will be digitally released worldwide on August 18th, 2017, followed by the August 26th performance in downtown Kona. This concert will celebrate the release of the “PASSING DAYS” single and set the stage for the forthcoming EP later this fall. 

PASSING DAYS Single Release Party – August 26th, 2017 – Kona, Hawaii

 Kona Wine Market Presents: Raise The Bar with Chef Noah Hester is a food and beverage pairing event, featuring music from Grammy Award-nominated and winning artists ANN HOKU LYN and John Keawe. World renowned artist Robert Thomas will be creating an art piece in real time throughout the event. NOWELO will be headlining the entertainment with a full nine-piece band. Included in the band is Hip Hop pioneer Reggie Griffin, who has written, produced, and toured with music legends such as The Sugar Hill Gang, Chaka Khan, and The Isley Brothers, to name a few. Griffin is currently working with NOWELO and resides on the Big Island of Hawaii.

To pre-order the “PASSING DAYS” single on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/passingdays

To pre-order the “PASSING DAYS” single on Bandcamp: https://nowelo.bandcamp.com/album/passing-days-feat-ann-hoku-lyn

For more information about NOWELO, please visit their social media pages or Mind Matters Music Website at www.mindmattersmusic.net

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

For information on the August 26th, 2017 “PASSING DAYS” single release party, please visit https://www.konawinemarket.com/

IDC Is Proud To Present “Passing Days,” A New Single From Blues Rap Duo, Nowelo

10 Aug

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Blues Rap Duo NOWELO Celebrates the New “PASSING DAYS” Single Featuring Grammy Nominated ANN HOKU LYN with a KONA WINE MARKET Release Party

For Immediate Release – August 7th, 2017 – Kona, Hawaii – Blues Rap duo NOWELO (pronounced no-VEH-lo) is releasing their new single “PASSING DAYS” featuring ANN HOKU LYN on August 18th, and celebrating with a release party featuring a nine-piece band presented by KONA WINE MARKET at The Edible World on August 26th, 2017. “PASSING DAYS” is the first single from their EP of the same name releasing later this fall. The release party event will feature Chef Noah Hester and special guest performer Reggie Griffin, as well as live artwork by Robert Thomas.

NOWELO is a musical duo formed in 2015 consisting of guitarist and blues harmonica player Truth Musiq from East Palo Alto in California’s Bay Area, and Rapper/Singer Pana Jones from Kona, Hawaii. Although the group is based in Kona, they have a sound that connects with audiences from around the world. Their music resonates with a sonic inspiration that spans Hip Hop, Blues, Reggae and even some Island influences. Nowelo has created a unique series of releases that will start with the new “PASSING DAYS” single, featuring ANN HOKU LYN.

Pana Jones was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, growing up exposed to both modern and ancient island music. He developed a love for melodic chants and Polynesian drumming, while also being influenced by a variety of Rap and Blues music, and started writing and rhyming his way around his island home. Truth Musiq was born and raised in Northern California. Truth spent years as a street musician in Santa Cruz with a wide variety of musical influences ranging from the Beastie Boys to Robert Johnson, and he eventually made his way across the country to Jacksonville, FL.

The two joined forces, and in middle of 2016 NOWELO released their debut single “Leave Me,” a blues rap song about coping with loss. The track was released under their own label which is aptly called Mind Matters Music, founded by NOWELO with Sterling Leatherman, also originally from Palo Alto, California. Sterling is God-Brother to Truth and an avid listener of Hip Hop who now lives in Hawaii and owns KONA WINE MARKET, a landmark business in Kona for over 25 years.

ANN HOKU LYN was raised in the Marshall Islands with a love of the trumpet. She spent ten years in NYC touring as a freelance trumpet player around the US, Asia, and in Europe. Ann continues to write and record with various jazz and pop artists, having played Madison Square Garden and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is an integral part of the sound on NOWELO’S new “PASSING DAYS” single and EP.

The PASSING DAYS EP, set to release in November 2017, exercises elements of rap, jazz, folk, and island blues. With melodic hooks and storytelling about relationship issues past and present, the PASSING DAYS EP comes across as relatable to a wide range of music lovers. The first single and title track will be digitally released worldwide on August 18th, 2017, followed by the August 26th performance in downtown Kona. This concert will celebrate the release of the “PASSING DAYS” single and set the stage for the forthcoming EP later this fall. 

PASSING DAYS Single Release Party – August 26th, 2017 – Kona, Hawaii

 Kona Wine Market Presents: Raise The Bar with Chef Noah Hester is a food and beverage pairing event, featuring music from Grammy Award-nominated and winning artists ANN HOKU LYN and John Keawe. World renowned artist Robert Thomas will be creating an art piece in real time throughout the event. NOWELO will be headlining the entertainment with a full nine-piece band. Included in the band is Hip Hop pioneer Reggie Griffin, who has written, produced, and toured with music legends such as The Sugar Hill Gang, Chaka Khan, and The Isley Brothers, to name a few. Griffin is currently working with NOWELO and resides on the Big Island of Hawaii.

To pre-order the “PASSING DAYS” single on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/passingdays

To pre-order the “PASSING DAYS” single on Bandcamp: https://nowelo.bandcamp.com/album/passing-days-feat-ann-hoku-lyn

For more information about NOWELO, please visit their social media pages or Mind Matters Music Website at www.mindmattersmusic.net

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

For information on the August 26th, 2017 “PASSING DAYS” single release party, please visit https://www.konawinemarket.com/

Congratulations to Oakland’s Own Fantastic Negrito On His First Grammy Win!

13 Feb

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Fantastic Negrito wins first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album

“The Bay Area has had one of its most successful Grammy years in recent memory. With a total of 18 nominations for local artists and producers, the region has at least garnered the most nominations it’s had in five years according to Michael Winger, the Executive Director of the Recording Academy’s San Francisco Chapter.

One such Bay Area artist feeling the glow of success is Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito, a blues guitarist and singer named Xavier Dphrepaulezz who first grew to fame after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest in 2015.

Two years after he found internet fame and landed multiple music festival appearances, he won his first Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy for 2016’s “The Last Days of Oakland.”

In addition to Dphrepaulezz, other Bay Area nominees include San Francisco Symphony director Michael Tilson-Thomas for Best Orchestral Performance for the Symphony’s recording of “Bates: Works for Orchestra,” Metallica for Best Rock Song, Oakland-based Los Rakas for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album, San Francisco electronic outfit Tycho for Best Dance/Electronic, Margaret Cho for Best Comedy Album, and more.”

-www.sfgate.com/music/article/Fantastic-Negrito

IDC Artist Spotlight: Beverly Frentress & Stone Soup Blues

24 Apr

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Beverly Frentress and The Stone Soup Blues “Dust On My Shoes” is a highly anticipated and electric Studio CD from one of America’s most versatile and exciting Blues Rock vocalist. A soulful, passionate singer-songwriter with her own unique style of Blues/Rock music. Originally from Los Angeles, California, her musical career actually began in Portland, Oregon. Beverly began writing and found her own organic musical voice.

With vocal Influences from Nina Simone, Tracy Chapmen, Dinah Washington, paired with musical influences from the great BB King to Jimmy Hendrix, Santana and the Isley Brothers, the Dust On My Shoes CD presents great Lyrics, Melodies, and enough music lyric interaction to keep the listener refreshed, reflective and singing and dancing along to the rhythm. Look for the “Time Out” release in the upcoming film Junction!

Learn more about Beverly at http://www.beverlyfrentress.com!

Track Listing:

  1. Dust On My Shoes
  2. Thrive
  3. Etched On My Heart
  4. When The Page Turns
  5. Secrets
  6. Time Out
  7. Never Walk Away
  8. Nothing But The Devil
  9. Somethin’s Going To Stick
  10. Passion
  11. Crossroads
  12. Baby On My Mind

You can pick up “Dust On My Shoes” here:

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dust-on-my-shoes/id913697044

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Shoes-Beverly-Frentress-Stone-Blues/dp/B00PMJZC98/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429899997&sr=8-1&keywords=beverly+frentress

Best Buy – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dust-on-my-shoes-cd/27597332.p?id=3362562&skuId=27597332

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