Akua Allrich – Fri, July 23, 8pm
Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.
King Soul – Sat, July 24, 8pm
Born of a mutual passion for the deep, down home sounds of an earlier time, eight-piece band King Soul is bringing the excitement of real Southern Soul to a new audience. Featuring original songs, powerful vocals, soaring horn work and driving rhythms, King Soul has become a top draw at area clubs and events. The all-star band includes members of the Slickee Boys, the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, the Recliners, the Grandsons, the Hula Monsters the Thangs and the J Street Jumpers. King Soul’s membership holds more than 30 Washington Area Music Association Wammies and Austin Music Awards to its credit. King Soul’s new self-titled album on Austin’s Freedom label was recorded live in the studio and features nine new original tunes that sound like lost Muscle Shoals sessions. “We are proud to play the music the way it is meant to be played – with energy and conviction,” says lead vocalist Tom Clifford. “We believe that our original songs and stage show uphold and add to this great tradition.” Adds guitarist/vocalist Jake Flack “King Soul reflects the love each of us holds for playing music. We like to say that King Soul is the sound in your mind. King Soul is Washington music.” More