CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay

CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy is proud to welcome back New Orleans native Michelle Jacques, who has solidified her rep as Oakland's "Queen of New Orleans Music" by stirring jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock, and Mardi Gras Indian chants into a musical gumbo that leaves audiences wanting more.   FEATURING: Michelle Jacques - vocals Rhonda Crane - vocals Bryan Dyer - vocals, horn Donna Viscuso - woodwinds Eric Swinderman - guitar Kevin Scott - bass Michaelle Goerl...
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Naomi Wachira: Afro-Folk

Naomi Wachira: Afro-Folk
Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00PM
Kenyan singer-songwriter/guitarist Naomi Wachira comes to the Red Poppy from her home in Seattle for an evening of folk music influenced by gospel, the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, and a desire to create music that is poignant, hopeful, and life-giving. Expect brand-new songs from her latest release, Song of Lament. Featuring: Naomi Wachira - vocals, acoustic guitar Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, Naomi Wachira has received numerous accolades, including being ...
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MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music

MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music
Saturday, March 18 @ 7:00PM
In the spirit of the black church, jazz, the Freedom Singers, and disco sensation Sylvester, MoonCandy creates an environment for survival music to live and thrive through live performance. The eight-piece ensemble, which features five of the East Bay’s most underrated jazz, soul, blues, and gospel singers, specializes in inspirational lyrics and transfixing grooves, giving birth to a “house church” where everyone is welcome to dance for love. Featuring: Scott Keller - drums Shree Shyam Das...
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CHELLE! and Friends: Celebrating the Holidays with New Orleans Musical Gumbo

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In a lively celebration of the holidays, CHELLE! and Friends commemorates the vibrant music of New Orleans with influences of jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues, zydeco, and the rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. Artistic Director and Founder, Michelle Jacques, is a new New Orleans native and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans Music". Together with some of the most distinguished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, CHELLE! and Friends stirs all of its influences into a diverse stewpot of mu...
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Vernon Bush: I am somebody… is everybody – Inspirational Soul

Vernon Bush
Drawing from multicultural influences, Vernon Bush brings together the sounds of soul, gospel, and inspirational for a passionate evening of music. Vernon is a singer, composer, and recording artist who worked closely with the late Whitney Houston and even starred in her first music video, You Give Good Love. He has also worked and sung with Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, jazz vocal legend Bobby McFerrin, as well as many other gifted performers. With his musical groups, he has toured all o...
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