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"Black London": Is a new band and collective of Bay Area musicians, artist, and band-leaders, feat. Kev Choice, Mike Blankenship Howard Wiley, pushing excellence, preservation, and progression of black music and culture through performance, recordings, and collaboration. For their first endeavor, they have come together to pay homage to the classic D’Angelo album “Voodoo”, 20 years after its release. This albums blend of funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz, was a big influence on each individual and on the music of their time.
Choice and Wiley meet as pre-teenagers at UC Berkeley’s Young Musician’s Program, and later met Blankenship as he became an in-demand player on the Bay Area music scene. They built a special bond in 2007 as members of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s band that Choice was musical director of and each played an integral role in they band as they toured over 15 countries in a year time span. They have collaborating on projects and performances ever since. All 3 have established themselves as band leaders in the Bay Area, Blankenship with “Spooky Fox”, Wiley with “Extra Nappy” and Choice with “Kev Choice Ensemble”. Each has also released individual projects that have solidified their careers, Choice with 4 albums including the acclaimed “Oakland Riviera” and his instrumental project “88 Steps To Eternity, Blankenship with his “Living For The Future, and Wiley with his “The Angola Project”.
This show will feature music from the Voodoo album arranged and produced by the 3 musicians and feature an all-star band of musicians and guest artist.
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607