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After 70 years in the music business there is only one way to know for sure you still have what it takes to move an audience and that is the ability to make them laugh, cry and give you a standing ovation, all at once. Such was the scene at the conclusion of iconic vocalist, Jimmy Scott’s performance at Ginny’s Supper Club. Scott performed an intimate set which included his classics, “I Cried for You,” “When Did You Leave Heaven?” and “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.” It was on the song, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” that Scott most deeply affected the audience as one woman was visibly brought to tears. But it wasn’t all sadness, as Scott joked about his multiple marriages and expressed his joy in performing in Harlem.
Visual artist, Antonio Alonso is also grateful to be in Harlem with his new exhibition, “Watching Me, Watching You,” at Weston United’s Gallery M
. Alonso may reside in Portugal but he was born in Angola and identifies heavily with the cultural history of Africa and Harlem. In his exhibition he pays homage to his native land by expressing its rich hues through vibrant patterns on silk, paper bags and more. “Africa is open space and there are long sunsets and the changing colors. My work is to mix them and to play with colors,” he says. “When I lived in Portugal everything was very dark and gray and the paintings helped me to survive in that environment.”
Inspired by everyday surroundings is the latest art exhibition at Art in Flux Harlem
entitled, “Street.” Curated by Erin Goldberger, the exhibition features photography, painting and sculpture that address those who are empowered to embrace their strength and those still searching for a way to be free of harassment and abuse. The opening night had a packed house that reveled in the art work and musical performances by Harlem Arts Alliance and Souleo Enterprises’ CULTURE CRASHERS members, Solomon Hicks and Georgie Exinord.
Hicks and Exinord along with other musical artists will definitely want to check out the New Music Seminar
(NMS), which launches June 17th
. This year the event debuts its 2012 “Artist On The Verge Top 100 Chart.” The project is designed to give greater exposure to musicians deemed with the best chance of breaking into the mainstream. The top three artists will perform at NMS and have the chance to win $200,000 in marketing, promotion, music equipment and consultations from some of the top industry leaders in their respective fields. According to Tom Silverman, founder and executive director of NMS as well as founder and CEO of Tommy Boy Records, one of the best tools for artists is YouTube. “I think a presence on YouTube is important. People hear your music and they want to share it with people. So create music that grabs people the first time in 20 seconds ‘cause that’s as long an attention span as people have. You need to really stand out,” he advises.
This week there will be a few standouts at the New York Public Library with more free programs produced by Souleo Enterprises including drag queen/literary inspired makeovers here
; the second installment of the panel on LGBT hip-hop here
and a panel featuring Madonna and Bette Midler
celebrity impersonators here
. We can’t guarantee you’ll laugh, cry and give a standing ovation all at once but you’ll definitely have a good time.
Souleo Enterprises, LLC is the umbrella company that creates and produces entertaining, empowering and informative media and philanthropic projects by founder, Souleo.