2017 ARTISTS

FRIDAY

September 15th 5-10pm

DJ Smitty

4:30-5:00pm
Voted 2014 “Best Lounge DJ” (critics) and 2016 “Best Club DJ” (readers) in Charlotte by the
staff of Creative Loafing…Charlotte native and self proclaimed “urban-techno- hippie”, That Guy
Smitty, brings 20+ years of experience and bill-paying skills to the mix every time he’s behind
the decks.
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J Pragmatic

5:00- 5:10pm
Joshua “J-Pragmatic” Davis, a 10 year radio & entertainment veteran, hails from the southeast
coast’s historical city of Charleston, SC. His entertainment experience includes acting, modeling,
master of ceremony, VJ, event coordinator, event promoter , and radio DJ.
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The Menastree

5:10 – 5:40pm
The Menastree is a group of Carolina natives that have come together recently to reinforce
the Queen City music scene. Jesse Lamar Williams, Jeremy Maher, Zach Wheeler, Will Pinson
and Braxton Bateman are the core of the Menastree, providing a sound that can best be described
as "feel good music" with a blend of jazz, hip hop, soul funk and an eclectic blend of every genre
combined.
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Jonathan Brown

5:45 – 6:15pm
On the stage, Jonathan is a rhinoceros, trouncing around; on the page, he’s an
alchemist, transmuting vulnerability into a source of peace. He’s a prism splitting light in all
directions. Jonathan was a high school English teacher for eight years. Now he tours the
country and rocks shows.
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George Yamazawa

6:25 – 6:55pm
National Poetry Slam Champion. Cultural Diplomat for the Department of State. Kundiman Fellow, Team Backpack certified. G YAMAZAWA has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and has toured over 200 universities both domestic and internationally. With notable performances at the Sundance Film Festival and the Pentagon, G continues to challenge the American perspective of race & culture, poetry & rap, and the phenomena of the human condition.
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Arsena Schroeder

7:15 – 7:45pm
Breedlove Guitars endorsed, Arsena Schroeder is an American soul artist with pop, gospel, and
folk influences. Based out of Charlotte, NC, this multi-talented singer-songwriter is known for
her acoustic-driven tunes.
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Joanna Teters

8:00 – 8:40pm
Joanna Teters is carving a place for herself in the hearts and minds of today’s music
lovers with original, forward-thinking, new-school soul. Increasingly recognized for her
ability to switch effortlessly from lush, deeply sultry tones to rugged reggae and blues,
Teters’ serves her audiences with playful and energetic yet poised performances of both
original compositions and covers.
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Derrick Hodge

9:00 – 10:00pm
It’s often said that success happens when opportunity meets preparation, and perhaps no other bassist
today personifies that idea as gracefully and with as much humility as Derrick Hodge. Blessed with
natural gifts, the good fortune to grow up with a posse of other badasses, and an early attraction to the
instrument, the 37-year- old Philadelphia native has parlayed a strong work ethic, an enviable education
at Temple University, and guidance from mentors into a worldclass career remarkable for its breadth.
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SATURDAY

September 16th 3-10pm

DJ Marcus Wade

2:30 – 3:00pm
DJ Marcus is recognized as an innovator and driving force in the Carolina house music scene. His music and production style is a fusion of soulful and deep house to jackin’ house.

Focusing his musical style on house music in 2000, it is the uniqueness of his music selections, blends and live remixes that make him stand out from the DJ pack. DJ Marcuis meanders through melodic basslines and impactful vocals to take the audiences on a spiritual journey.
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Chirl Girl

3:00 – 3:10pm
The Chirl Girl Show can be heard Sundays, 10am-3pm on Old
School 105.3 WOSF, the highest-ranking Urban Adult
Contemporary radio station in the Queen City and on weekdays
co-hosting The Tom Joyner Morning Show , while also producing
Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell on Praise 100.9 WPZS and
the Rickey Smiley Show on 92.7 The Block WQNC.  In the past,
Chirl has worked extensively with V101.9, WBAV and Steve
Harvey.
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5th & York

3:10 – 3:40pm

5th and York offers the distinguished Smooth Jazz and R&B connoisseur something new and
fresh. The bands unique sound breaks new ground with brilliant melodies and captivating
rhythms and it’s all showcased beautifully recordings and performances.
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Prime

4:00 – 4:30pm
PRIME is a jazz/fusion band based out of Wilmington, NC. Comprised of North Carolina prodigies Ryan Saranich (saxophone), Mike D’Angelo (drums) and Taylor Lee (bass), PRIME draws their inspiration from fusion legends like The Brecker Brothers, Chick Corea’s Elektric Band and Jaco Pastorius. PRIME’s members have individually traveled all across the world and have studied, performed with and even recorded with some of the most legendary names in jazz music today.

Funk Rush

4:45 – 5:15pm

Funk Rush’s music is an intense mix of old school funk, rock, and jazz. It’s a dynamic blend of funk, form, and improvisation
with an emphasis on original compositions and the occasional stylized covers.
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Lovell Bradford Quartet

5:30 – 6:00pm
I’m a Charlotte based pianist who grew up and received my first musical infuences in the Chicago area. Growing up playing in the church, I have gospel roots that still show in my performances on piano. I studied at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and began my professional career in the Columbus, Ohio jazz scene. I’ve been lucky enough to have shared the stage with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Wes Anderson, and many others.
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Georgia Anne Muldrow

6:15 – 7:00pm
Georgia springs from a family of creative musicians, whose roots run deep in the ’60s and ’70s progressive jazz scene: her father invented instruments for Eddie Harris, and her mother performed with Pharoah Sanders. Their innovation passed to their daughter, who approaches her labyrinth of keyboards, synthesizers and various instruments with a fresh perspective every time.
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Micki Miller & The X Men

7:30 – 8:25pm
The XMen is a group of musicians/producers from right here in Charlotte, NC. Each member is a world class musician in their own right and after touring, recording and performing with artists like Anthony Hamilton, SWV, Tamia and Leela James, to name a few, they decided to come together and form this collective.
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Shelby J.

8:45 – 10:00pm
Singer, Songwriter, Supernova, Shelby Johnson or as Prince dubbed her “Shelby J.” is a native
of Greensboro, North Carolina. Shelby’s motto is to “Spread Light and Love Through Music”
Shelby has performed and collaborated with some of the greatest talent in recorded music
history. She has toured and recorded globally with her band Blackgypsy and notable
artists/groups:
Groove Theory, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, D’Angelo & The Soultronics, Santana, Larry
Graham, David Byrne, The Legendary Roots Crew and a little over a decade with her mentor…..
Prince.
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Quentin Talley

Event Curator
Quentin Talley, acclaimed for multiple talents, is an accomplished poet, actor, director, and
producer. He is the inaugural recipient of the 2012 LeadershipU Fellowship for emerging theater
professionals, administered by Theater Communications Group and funded by The Andrew
Mellon Foundation. Recently, he received Arts & Science Council Inaugural Creative Renewal
Fellowship and will be in NYC assisting Renowned Jazz Percussionist, Warren Smith, 50 year
music archive until early 2018.
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