Guided by the forces of family, faith, and music, Sheila E. has made a name for herself as one of the most talented musical icons over the decades. With a fearless nature and a passion for sharing her gifts with others, Sheila truly follows the beat of her own drum. She touches the lives of so many, with her dynamic music career at the heart of everything. Sheila’s eagerness to share her music, openness as an author, and fire for her ministry make her such a relatable, inspirational figure for people of all ages.
Early hip-hop pioneer, Grandmaster Flash, was born Joseph Saddler on January 1, 1958, in Barbados, West Indies. Early in life he moved with his family to the Bronx, New York, where he was raised on the sounds that would later form the foundation for the rap revolution. In the early 2000s, Flash put more focus on his own work. In early 2002 he released The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash, an ambitious solo work that folded in the early sounds he'd developed as a young DJ.
The Soul Rebels
Eight piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are riding high in 2018 after touring four continents including Europe, Australia, debuting in China and Japan, selling out shows, collaborating live with artists spanning from Nas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marilyn Manson, G-Eazy, Joey Bada$$, Curren$y, Talib Kweli, Trombone Shorty, Pretty Lights and Big Freedia among many others, and opening for Lauryn Hill.
The Soul Rebels started with an idea – to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock. The band has settled on an eight-piece all-brass lineup and have built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere.
“The Soul Rebels, New Orleans’ finest brass ensemble…” – VICE
Justin Garner is a seasoned singer-songwriter, artist, and performer. Hailing from Plaquemine, LA, he has taken his talents across the globe on television as the first winner of MTV’s Copycat and online through his sought-after YouTube channel. Garner has performed for audiences domestically opening up for notable acts such as Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fantasia, and Keri Hilson.
In 2014, he debuted his music internationally and charted at #1 on iTunes Japan R&B/Soul for his album I AM. Armored with a vast discography, his 2017 EP, Into the Wild, showcased his unique genre-defying diversity and vocal range.
Vanessa Da Mata
Latin Grammy winning songstress Vanessa da Mata is one of the biggest stars in Brazilian music today. Her irresistible mix of reggae, funk and Brazilian pop have delighted fans around the world for over 15 years. After a highly successful US debut tour in 2017, Da Mata returns with the "Caixinha de Musica (Music Box) Tour” with stops in Miami Beach, Doral, Orlando, Atlanta, Newark and Baton Rouge.
Born in Mato Grosso, Brazil, in 1976, da Mata grew up listening to venerated artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, and Luiz Gonzaga. At 15, she relocated to Minas Gerais, and began performing in clubs. She then joined a reggae band in Sao Paulo, even singing with the famed Jamaican group Black Uhuru for a stint. She then teamed up with Chico César and was soon working with other major stars like Daniello Mercury, Ana Carolina. Her self titled debut in 2002 was a huge success. Her next album "Essa Boneca Ten Manual" became an even bigger sensation thanks to the global hit "Ai Ai Ai".
"Meet the current darling of Brazilian music."- The Guardian UK
SONIC BLOOM FEAT. ERIC BENNY BLOOM
Sonic Bloom is a New Orleans-based R&B/Funk band led by trumpeter and vocalista, Eric Bloom. Since May 2014, Sonic Bloom quickly gained popularity among local New Orleans music fans and musicians alike. One might attribute their fast rise on the scene due to the all-star cast of musicians Bloom has assembled but more importantly, it is the hi-octane energetic show which they put on every time they get together which makes this band a “must see”.
Sonic Bloom is comprised of Eric “Humph” Vogel on bass (Fred Wesley & Big Sam’s Funky Nation), Andrew “Florida’s Finest” Block on guitar(Gramatik), Alvin “Le Boi” Ford Jr. on drums (Dumpstphunk & Dirty Dozen), Nigel “Brother Numpsay” Hall on keyboards/vocals (John Scofield, Lettuce & Warren Haynes), & Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet/vocals (Pretty Lights, Shady Horns & Lettuce).
LOIS AND CHARLIE
You will be surprised when you see the chemistry of Lois Albez, a native Brazilian singer, guitarist/bassist and Houstonian percussionist and drummer Charlie Perez. This duet have been performing and pleasing crowds, large and small all over Houston for the last 8 years. Lois and Charlie brings heat and passion and their own creative arrangements to a wide range of styles including samba, bossa nova, and salsa. Their diverse repertoire features material all the way from jazz standards, to torch songs, to R&B classics, to today’s dance hits.
Lois and Charlie packs talent, polish, charm, and international sophistication into one small, soulful package.
Curley Taylor & Zydeco trouble
Louisiana native Curley Taylor has been around music all of his life. Born into a musical family, drums were Curley's first instrument. Curley began his professional career at age 16 by playing drums in his father's band, Jude Taylor and the Burning Flames, a band deep in Louisiana Blues, Soul and Zydeco. His bluesy, soulful vocals and the band's hard driving Zydeco beat blend to create high-energy dance music for all audiences. Curley's music is true to its roots in Zydeco and Blues, but contemporary enough to appeal to a broad range of music lovers. Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble tour extensively throughout the US, playing festivals and clubs from New York to San Diego and from Florida to Seattle. Often playing to audiences who have never heard Zydeco music before, they make fans wherever they go.