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Paine the Poet, “Poet of the People”

Paine The Poet was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and currently resides in Washington D.C. After serving an 8-year sentence within the Virginia Department of Corrections, he began to use poetry as a method of healing. It was through this method of coping he discovered that many others have suffered similar trauma.

Using the gift of poetry, the formerly incarcerated artist articulates distinctly emotional experiences in the criminal system through crisis intervention and youth mentoring. Also, among his works, he has taught various workshops, after-school programs, and panel discussions dealing with such topics as mass incarceration, prison reform, social justice, disenfranchisement, and education.

“I speak peace but I’m still on the edge …I make sound from words that turn to art, lines spill out my head…”

—Paine the Poet

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Abena Koomson-Davis

Abena Koomsom-Davis is a performer, educator, and wordsmith. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts, and also of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned a Masters in Education Leadership. Abena was an original cast member of the hit Broadway musical FELA!, which earned three Tony awards. She originated the role of Funmilayo Anikulapo Kuti in the Off-Broadway production at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Abena plays in several notable bands, including the cappella trio Saheli, the Cool Rulers, and Van Davis, where she has been the featured vocalist for over a decade and had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder.

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Abena recently became musical director of the Women’s March Resistance Revival Chorus and has been featured as part of their monthly Resistance Revival Music Series. She currently serves as Ethics Chair of the middle school division at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, where she teaches ethics and social justice to middle and upper school students. Abena is married to world-renowned jazz trombonist Steve Davis.

Abena’s approach to life is polyphonic. Her poem Blacksmith Orchestra is her anthem. JusticeAid is thrilled to welcome Abena at the Public Forum on Racism and the Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors’ Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration, to be held on November 11th at Riverside Church in New York City. Learn about the event and please RSVP here.

The Women’s March presents The Resistance Revival Chorus
ABENA’S WEBSITE
2018-10-30T16:04:09+00:00

Randall Horton

Letters from the Locked Away

Randall Horton, Winner, American Book Award

Randall Horton past honors include the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and most recently GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction for Hook: A Memoir, published by Augury Books/ Brooklyn Art Press. His previous work include poetry collections: The Definition of PlaceThe Lingua France of Ninth Street, both with Main Street Rag and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press). Horton is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Haven. He is a member of the experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders which recently received the 2018 American Book Award in Oral Literature. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he now resides in East Harlem.

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Dr. Michael White

Dr. Michael White (born November 29, 1954 in New Orleans) is not only a virtuoso clarinettist, but also an acclaimed musicologist, accomplished composer, veteran educator, and historian of jazz and New Orleans music. White has been at the forefront of traditional New Orleans jazz for the past 25 years. His records continually push the music forward without leaving the past behind, and his writings and tribute concerts are incisive, interesting, and inspiring.

Dr. Michael White is an accomplished, multi-faceted New Orleans-based clarinetist, bandleader, composer, musicologist, jazz historian, and educator widely regarded as one of the leading authorities and culture-bearers of traditional New Orleans jazz music. He has performed in over two dozen foreign countries, played on over 50 recordings, received countless awards, made multiple national television appearances, and been featured in major media publications.

Michael White continues an active career in a variety of capacities, and his collection of awards, accolades, and accomplishments is ever-growing. These include receiving the rank of Chevalier of Arts & Letters from the French government in 1995, being awarded the 2008 Heritage Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts (the nation’s highest award in the traditional and folk arts), and being named the 2010 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Humanist of the Year. He has been awarded Clarinetist of the Year by Offbeat Magazine in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, in addition to winning Best Traditional Jazz Artist of the Year from Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards in 2010.

With a career now spanning over three decades, Michael White continues to grow his musical legacy as one of the authoritative figures on New Orleans Jazz Music, and one of the finest clarinetists to walk the streets of the crescent city.

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Topsy Chapman

Topsy grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. She became partial to music at an early age due to the fact that her father was a vocal music instructor. After high school, she moved to New Orleans where she developed a gospel group, The Chapmans, which performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, for many clubs and organizations in and around the New Orleans area, and also for German radio in Cologne and Bohn Germany. She composed and arranged original material for the group.

As one of the original cast members of the of Broadway hit “One Mo’ Time,” Topsy Chapman gained national and international recognition. The show played New York’s Village Gate, London’s West End, and toured most of Europe. The cast album was nominated for a Grammy.  Topsy constructed the vocal harmony arrangements for the show.

Ms. Chapman has toured all of Europe, Asia, and Australia, including France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, England, Spain, Bermuda, the Bahamas,  Finland, Denmark, and Norway. In addition, she has traveled the Americas and Canada performing gospel, traditional and Dixieland Jazz. She has performed for the Delta Steamboat Company on their cruise lines and has toured with the Magnolia Jazz Band and the Blues Serenaders, with whom she recorded. She has also recorded with artist such as Willie Humphrey, Chester Zardis, Alvin Stardust, Geoff Bull, Louie Nelson, Fred Coleman, Orange Kellin, The New Orleans Jazz Ladies (vol. 1&2), Jeanette Kimball, Lars Edegran, Jim Cullum Jazz Band, New Orleans Rascals from Japan, and Nicholas Payton. She has performed with the most talented Butch Thompson, Dick Hyman, Herb Ellis, and Bob Haggart.

She performed for the Democratic Party, the Queen of England, and the Duke of Edinburgh and appeared on Australia’s “Midday” show. She has also appeared on several occasions on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

In addition, Topsy has appeared in publications such as Time, Ebony and Jet magazines and has received rave reviews in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, Variety, Times Picayune, and Lagniappe publications. She recently toured Japan with her group the Chapman Singers, currently known as Solid Harmony and John Brunious’ Jazz Band.

Ms. Chapman has charmed and endeared herself to crowds all over the world with her authentic style and clear melodious voice.  To hear her is a pure delight for people of all ages.

Topsy’s Website
Gospel and blues singer Topsy Chapman sang the unforgettable Roll Jordan Roll in the Oscar-winning film Twelve Years a Slave. 
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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis said of 28-year-old recording artist Cécile McLorin Salvant, “You get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” She’s been compared to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald.  Her most recent album is Dreams and Daggers. Known for her wide range in pitch and emotion, vocalization, and style of music, she placed first in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, has won two Grammy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been profiled in The New Yorker. 

Cécile’s Website
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Paula Cole

Described by Rolling Stone as “An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice,” Paula is the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy Award nomination for her work, This Fire. That same year, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.  She has released 9 albums, including her 2017Ballads, with a powerful rendition of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”

Paula’s Website
2018-09-28T19:07:20+00:00

Dom Flemons

D om Flemons is a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music such as ragtime, spirituals, and strong band music with a contemporary approach to create new sounds.  He is the co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and recently performed at Carnegie Hall for A Tribute to Lead Belly, as well as at the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Dom’s Website
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Carrie Rodriguez

Carrie Rodriguez finds beauty and inspiration in the cross-pollination of diverse musical traditions. From her latest release, Lola, an English/Spanish homage to her musical origins and a showcase of her own uniquely Texas twang, to her past collaborations with big talent names like John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, and many more, her talent shines through. Follow along with Carrie on Facebook to listen and learn more.

Carrie’s Website
2018-09-28T20:30:27+00:00

Kandace Springs

Kandace Springs’ musical melding of soul, jazz, and pop draws its inspiration from years of musical traditions, and yet somehow her sound is still revolutionary. The Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and pianist shows off immense talent on her debut release, Soul Eyes. Her remake of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” attracted the attention of Prince, who asked her to perform with him for the 30th-anniversary concert of Purple Rain. Known for her smoky voice and dramatic phrasing, her second album, Indigo, was released in March 2018. Kandace’s live JusticeAid performances for the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center, Civil Rights Corps, and Essie Justice Project inspired all in attendance.

Follow Kandace on Facebook to learn more.

Kandace’s Website
2018-09-28T19:49:00+00:00

Marshall Crenshaw

Detroit native Marshall Crenshaw is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known for his song “Someday, Someway,” a Top 40 hit. Original songs from his over 16 albums and numerous EPs have been widely recorded by other major artists. Early in his career, he played Buddy Holly, an early influence, in the film La Bamba, and he also appeared in Peggy Sue Got Married, as well as his own special On Stage at World Cafe Live: Marshall Crenshaw.

Marshall’s webpage
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Somi

Somi, the American born jazz chanteuse of Rwandan and Ugandan descent, is a gift to American and world music. In addition to founding a nonprofit organization and serving as a TED Global Fellow, Somi writes and records music that tells the often ignored stories of diverse ethnic communities, reflecting on crucial issues like transnationalism, cultural differences, assimilation, and gentrification. Learn more about Somi and her music through Facebook.

Somi’s Website

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Dar Williams

Dar Williams is no stranger to the stage, having been described by The New Yorker as “…one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” In a career spanning more than two decades, and marked most recently with the release of her ninth studio album, Emerald, Williams sings about her experiences encountering a range of important sociopolitical issues, from gender and race to LGBTQ rights and much more. In addition to crafting her own folk-focused sound, Williams is a steadfast activist for equality in all forms. Follow Dar Williams on Facebook for more.

Dar’s Website
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Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amanfu doesn’t need a Berklee College of Music education to prove that she’s an incomparable talent, but she does have that, too. In addition, Amanfu has worked alongside Beyonce, Jack White, Brittany Howard, and Chris Thile, just to name a few. Her sound is as eclectic as her own background. Amanfu was born in Ghana, raised in Nashville, and has performed throughout the world. Listen to Ruby’s soulful and deeply sincere sound and you’ll hear hints of pop, soul, R&B, and more. Follow Ruby Amanfu on Twitter here.

Ruby’s Website
2018-09-28T20:09:24+00:00

Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone maintains a transatlantic music career between London and New York City, and her musical releases are even more geographically diverse. Redbone’s past recordings and writings chronicle everything from her family’s origins in Appalachia to Native American musical traditions. Follow the self-proclaimed neo-soul singer-songwriter on Facebook to hear her sound for yourself.

Martha’s Website
2018-09-29T00:27:35+00:00

Ozomatli

Ozomatli is a multi-­genre, multi­cultural Grammy-winning band that has released eight critically acclaimed albums over the past 18 years. Shifting gears from electro­cumbia to garage rock, hip­hop, and Pérez Prado mambo, Ozomatli infuses a DJ party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude.

Bursting onto the L.A. stage with their first album in June 1998, Ozomatli capitalized on being the talk of the live music scene, particularly their show-stopping gigs at venues such as Dragonfly, Opium Den, and The Viper Room. By 1999, they were touring with Carlos Santana and soon won the Grammy for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” for 2001’s Embrace The Chaos.

They repeated history in 2004 by winning again in the same category for their album Street Signs, which also picked up the Latin Grammy for “Mejor Album de Musica Alternativa” in 2005. In the band’s nearly 20 years together, they have toured internationally, collaborated with the Boston and New York Pops orchestras, and served as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department.

When they were formed, Ozomatli symbolized an emerging, multicultural Los Angeles. Over the years Ozomatli has become the ultimate jam band, pulling together the strands of creativity into a unique rhythmic machine. Learning to live together, like the city they represent, has made their music even stronger.

Ozomatli’s Website

Ozomatli recently became the first band to be asked to speak at the TED Conference, sharing their ideas about music and identities in the global age.

We’ve worked hard to create a space for ourselves, our own place in the sun, so to speak,” said guitarist and composer Raúl Pacheco. “We’re coming out with this new record to remind people that we still care about making new music.

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2018-09-29T01:56:30+00:00

The Roots of Music

The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentoring, while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city.  Co-founded in 2007 by Derrick Tabb, snare drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and 2009 CNN Hero, Roots serves kids ages 9-14 from low-income households across the city and strives to use music as a tool for teaching students the skills they need to lead positive and productive lives.  The year-round after-school program provides music classes and performance opportunities, academic support and homework assistance, instruments and maintenance, round-trip transportation, and daily hot meals to its students five days a week, 12 months a year, all free of charge.  The Roots of Music serves more than 150 children from over 40 different schools throughout Orleans Parish each year.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways, it’s much more than that: it’s a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you’re listening to her new album, Small Town Heroes, odds are you’re part of the riff-raff, and these songs are for you.

Alynda’s Website
2018-09-29T01:57:25+00:00

Trouble Funk

Trouble Funk, a musical group born on the streets of Washington, D.C., is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion-driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory call and response, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. For the past 30 years, these worldwide ambassadors of THE musical genre Go-Go—a distant but older cousin of Hip-Hop—have taken its sound from the gritty streets of D.C. to the clubs of the nation, and on to music festivals around the world.

Ambassadors of Go-Go

The band and their sound—developed by mixing an uproarious blend of swinging, up-tempo 70’s funk with a 60’s style horn section, heavily laden with infectious percussion, topped off with booming vocals and the genre’s trademark call and response—burst onto the music scene in 1978. Their original writing team includes bandleader, bassist, and vocalist Tony “Big Tony” Fisher, keyboardists Robert “Syke Dyke” Reed and James Avery, and trumpet player Taylor Reed.

Most recently, Big Tony and Trouble Funk were featured in the HBO series “Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways.”

Trouble Funk, with their raw, party-driven style, captured the attention of music enthusiasts of a variety of genres and catapulted onto the national and international music scene. They frequently toured with notable punk rock acts Minor Threat and the Big Boys while gracing the stage on major music festivals with legendary artists Curtis Mayfield, Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, UB40, Def Leppard, and Fishbone, to name a few. The band also recorded with Kurtis Blow and appeared in his video, “I’m Chillin.”

From 1986 to 1988, Trouble Funk toured extensively throughout the United States, playing legendary venues such as Madison Square Garden and the Apollo Theatre and on worldwide stages with multiple stops in Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Spain, Nice, Denmark, Germany, and Japan. A stop in Switzerland included a performance at the highly regarded Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1994 Trouble Funk returned to Japan for an extended tour.

Today, Trouble Funk still tours frequently, playing a variety of festivals while their music has been kept relevant through sampling. “Pump Me Up” is one of the most sampled tracks of all time, appearing in more than 70 songs by various artists including Will Smith, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five, M/A/R/R/S, Guy, Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, George Clinton, Vanilla Ice, EPMD, Run-DMC, George Michael and Black “Pump Me Up” is also featured in Style Wars and the fictional R&B radio station WildStyle in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Most recently, Big Tony and Trouble Funk were featured in the HBO series Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways where Dave Grohl reveals that Trouble Funk was a big influence on his musical career. In fact, so much so that Dave asked Trouble to appear on stage with Foo Fighters and other notables for the 4th of July Celebration Concert in Washington, DC’s RFK Stadium.

“Pump Me Up” is one of the most sampled tracks of all time.

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Blind Boys of Alabama

NATIONAL TREASURES

Five-time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners Blind Boys of Alabama are the heart and soul of their home state’s rich musical history. Since the original members first sang together over 70 years ago, their stirringly soulful sound has been celebrated by critics, musicians, and fans alike for its sincere, down-to-earth depiction of traditional American gospel music. And for having persevered through monumentally transformative national events like the American Civil Rights Movement, the Blind Boys of Alabama are irreplaceable storytellers.

President Barack Obama isn’t the first American president to honor the Blind Boys of Alabama as national treasures. President Clinton and both past Presidents Bush hosted the Blind Boys as guests of the White House in recognition of their accomplishments to the arts. The Blind Boys of Alabama have shared the stage with a diverse lineup of American music legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Smokey Robinson and past JusticeAid featured artist Trombone Shorty at historic venues, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Read about the Blind Boys’ 2015 JusticeAid event benefitting the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Innocence Project New Orleans.

Blind Boys’ Website
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Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco’s visionary approach to folk music captivates her fans, inspires political change, and demands accountability from our leaders. Her songwriting is keenly prophetic, and her deeply revealing storytelling evokes a powerful sense of empathy. For her impassioned songwriting and masterful guitar skills, Ani DiFranco is lauded as one of our nation’s greatest singer-songwriters. For her blunt critiques of political corruption and unwavering advancement of feminist ideals, she is a cherished cultural icon.

Throughout a career spanning multiple decades, DiFranco has released over 20 albums and garnered critical acclaim, all while constantly rejecting and challenging a mainstream music industry dominated by male voices and influence. Her music forms a patchwork of distinct experiences and viewpoints that together tell the tale of a seasoned musician and acutely insightful observer.

See Ani’s website
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Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews has literally burst onto the music scene in the past few years. His accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.

  • Performer of the Year:  Offbeat Magazine’s 2013 Best of the Beat Music Awards
  • HBO Treme: Appearances in six episodes of this HBO hit series
  • The White HouseWhite House Performance as part of the Black History Month celebration, In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues, a PBS premiere (February 2012)
  • NCAA/CBS Credits: Hit single “Do To Me” featured before both semi-final games of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament on CBS
  • Service Accolades: President’s Medal from Tulane University’s President Scott Cowen in recognition of Andrews’ community service work with the Horns for Schools Project
  • Performance & Recordings: Supported shows for Jeff Beck and Dave Matthews Band. Appeared on Conan, Late Night with David Letterman, Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Austin City Limits. Recorded with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Lenny Kravitz, and Galactic

Finally, Andrews has formed The Trombone Shorty Foundation (an outgrowth of his Horns for Schools Project), whose mission is to preserve the unique musical culture of New Orleans by passing down its traditions to future generations. In furthering his mission, Andrews donates instruments to New Orleans schools and has recently partnered with Tulane University to provide mentoring for aspiring music students in the new After School Academy.

Read about Trombone Shorty’s remarkable September 2014 performance for Justice for Vets.

Shorty’s Website
2018-09-29T01:54:09+00:00

Shemekia Copeland

While only in her early 30s, two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for former President and Mrs. Obama.

Born in Harlem, New York, in 1979, Copeland is the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, who always encouraged her to sing at home, and even brought her on stage to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just eight years old.

Read about Shemekia’s JusticeAid performance in 2014 in support of Justice for Vets.

I just love what I do. And I love DOING what I do.

Shemekia Copeland, Performing artist

Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.

The Boston Globe raves about her “sizzling hot intensity.” The Village Voice describes her artist’s prowess as “nothing short of uncanny.” To Shameika Copeland, her passion for the blues is as crystal-clear as her vocals.

SHEMEKIA’S WEBSITE
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Theresa Andersson

Theresa Andersson, star performer at our NOLA event, is a Swedish indie soul singer-violinist beckoned by the spangled sirens of New Orleans and its devilishly hot jazz. Inspired by a one-man-puppet-show (Blair Thomas, Chicago), in which the puppeteer played multiple characters and the drums, Andersson creates a rich live sound using two loop pedals to simultaneously play violin, voice, and guitar along with her record player, drums, and dulcimer. The outcome? Andersson “delights as a dexterous one-woman band” (Spin). Andersson has performed and recorded with New Orleans luminaries Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, The Meters, and Betty Harris. She has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Theresa’s Website
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Flow Tribe

Flow Tribe serves up New Orleans’ funk in a big way, and they don’t like to keep quiet. The band’s six members comprise a smoking hot rhythm section, dueling guitars, horns, and even a washboard. Their talented take on New Orleans’ signature sound makes it hard for them to keep a low profile. They’ve shared the stage with names like John Fogerty, Trombone Shorty, funk/jazz greats Galactic, and more. Relix magazine calls them “bizarrely irresistible,” and USA Today showcased their performance earlier this year at New Orleans’ famed Jazz Fest.  Flow Tribe has partnered with JusticeAid in D.C. and New Orleans.

FLOW TRIBE WEBSITE
2018-09-29T01:22:04+00:00

Pants Velour

Pants Velour hails from New York City, and brings with them a blend of hip-hop, rock, pop, and soul. It’s a style that the Washington City Paper calls “party-ready hip-hop,” and likened to the Beastie Boys, The Roots, and the Black Eyed Peas. Earlier this year at the New Music Seminar in New York, they landed a spot on the conference’s “Top 100 Artists on the Verge” list. Pants Velour rocked the Black Cat (and us!) at our DCLISC event.

PANTS VELOUR WEBSITE

PARTY-READY HIP HOP

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The Morrison Brothers Band

The Morrison Brothers are hometown heroes when it comes to country rock, partnering with JusticeAid at our Gideon’s Promise and DCLISC events. Since brothers Willie and Truman Morrison formed in 2008, they’ve released three full-length albums and conquered every premier venue in the Capital City. In July, they returned to the 9:30 Club, ranked #1 on a  list of “The Best Big Rooms in America” to premiere their latest album, State of the Union. The album’s first single “Little Miss Whiskey” is receiving extensive air-play on DC’s top country station, WMZQ 98.7 FM.

MORRISON BROTHERS WEBSITE
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Mary Ann Redmond

Mary Ann Redmond is known for her soulful and wide-ranging vocal style in popular and jazz music.  She is a local talent who has won 24 Wammies to date. She is described as “an exciting vocal talent” in a Billboard magazine article that went on to say “….Redmond is wowing club audiences as a completely formed stylist, who sings heartfelt ballads and funky tunes with equal ease and enthusiasm in an alto voice that soars effortlessly to soprano range.”

Mary Ann Redmond helped JusticeAid get its start wowing our first audience at The Hamilton to raise money at our inaugural event benefitting Gideon’s Promise.

Mary Ann’s Website

As a result of this event, we were able to provide support to our summer law clerks working in our public defender partner offices across the South and partial scholarship funds to three new public defenders who joined our program this summer!

Ilham Askia , Executive Director, Gideon’s Promise

”If Aretha is the Queen of Soul, Redmond must be considered an official Lady in Waiting.”

Dave Nuttycombe, Washington City Paper
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