“SHOW ME” HOW MUCH YOU LOVE UNSTRAIGHT’S FIRST SINGLE ON 2/17
Unstraight is delighted to release their very first single, “Show Me”, to the airwaves and Internet this January 2017, and to everyone’s eager ears and dancing feet on Friday, February 17th at Out of the Blue Gallery (541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for cash purchase at the door. Boston Emissions (every Sunday on WZLX) had the exclusive first play of the single, and it has been at #1 for three weeks! Listen to/love/download “Show Me” at unstraightmusic.com or listen to it under a live show video compilation at youtube.com/watch?v=j_Fg_CCVCvc.
Opening for national touring acts such as Hunter Valentine at the Middle East Downstairs, playing the Boston Dyke March and various various Prides on both coasts, and its strong social media presence have brought dedicated groups of Unstraighters to shows for over three years. As a result, this single release has been very much anticipated. Unstraight’s alternative rock with a punch of riot grrl and a splash of electronics never loses its allure–think Garbage meets Sleater-Kinney.
Unstraight strongly believes in the greater presence of women, gender-nonconforming people, and LGBTQ people in music as there is currently a dearth, and our own all-queer, all-women members as well as many of the shows we put on exemplify and push forward this goal. Our annual BIG QUEER SHOW, scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Thunder Road (379 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA) not only features queer people in music but also works with various GLBT community groups to table and run activities to spread more awareness about what they offer. We are smashing the barriers of the often-heard “you were really good for girls” toward actual equality and a world where we are remarkable for our music and passion and not for the novelty of having women or queers onstage. At our shows, we welcome all who welcome all.
As 2017 takes grip to yet another year new trends begin to take form.Embracing the newest trend in Conscious Radio.
Could it be that in a season when hope does not seem to be a resource that society has to offer because of the past several years violence and hatred has taken humanity by storm. A trend that has lasted far too long and is deep rooted in the world as solutions to resolve are being scouted out. Especially in entertainment where lyrics seem to plague the music and violence in television games and seasonal movies. But not all is lost one conscious entertainment advocate says she saw it coming back in 2011.
Milliea Taylor McKinney is an award winning songwriter who has earned her accolades writing for the legends and superstars in Country Music. Her journey would have taken her full circle as she would have been mentored by one of R&B’s most sought after songwriter and vocalist. Grammy artist Skyler Jett. Most will recall Skyler for his contribution to the R&B Group “The Commodores”. However his fully decorated career can be viewed at www.skylerjett.com.
Skyler, mentored Milliea, that her gift as a songwriter could be better used in writing positive music.
In 2011 Milliea, took his advice and founded her first company in Conscious Music Entertainment. A platform for positive artist to learn how to break into the industry and be taken seriously. In 2012 Conscious Radio was added to her companies however until now the company had not been taken too seriously. But that has changes as most trends sneak into view so it is with the need for a positive platform that would open up their microphones to positive people making a difference. Conscious Radio offers a resource to resurrect the hope for those whose hope is limited or non existent.
Interviews are always available says’ Milliea, who welcomes authors, artist, public speakers, community leaders, and those with a positive message to share. For those interested you can reach out to Milliea, at email@example.com
Milliea say’s, she is excited about offering the new platform and looks forward in bringing new hope to her listeners.
Also, on the horizon is Dvine Word Radio, hosted by Carlos McKinney, a platform for the spiritual side of hope. Carlos who brings the Gospel and the newest sounds in Gospel music to his listeners. Anyone fitting the discription of Gospel related projects and would like to contribute to his show can also reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org Together these positive advocates set the stage for a new vision and hope for humanity through working with those that offer the same.
Daniel Bennett Group residency at Tomi Jazz sparks cultural renaissance in midtown Manhattan
New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. The bandleader recently turned down management deals from mainstream jazz organizations in order to pursue a fiercely independent path. The Daniel Bennett Group has chosen Tomi Jazz Club (239 E. 53rd St) in midtown Manhattan as their monthly home base. The band has performed at Tomi Jazz every month for over 6 years. New Yorker Magazine calls Tomi Jazz, “a favorite out-of-the-way Japanese jazz club.” Daniel Bennett is joined by renowned guitarist Nat Janoff and fusion drummer Matthew Feick. The three musicians have utilized Tomi Jazz as a “laboratory” of sorts. Bennett says, “Tomi Jazz is a venue that allows us to experiment and try new material every month. It is a club that values free-thinking over jazz dogma.” And people have noticed. The band was recently voted ‘Best New Jazz Group’ in New York City Hot House Magazine.
The Daniel Bennett Group is currently touring to promote their newest album, ‘Sinking Houseboat Confusion’ (Manhattan Daylight Media). Bennett states, “our monthly show at Tomi Jazz allows us to test new material before we go on the road.” The band performed in 26 states last year. The Daniel Bennett Group has been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Indianapolis Public Radio, San Francisco Examiner, St. Louis Public Radio and the Village Voice. In addition to leading his own band, Daniel Bennett performs in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater productions in New York City. Daniel Bennett recently composed the musical score for stage adaptations of ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Brave Smiles’ at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan. Daniel Bennett recently played woodwinds in ‘Blank! The Musical,’ the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. The show was produced by Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Improv Boston. The New York Times called the show, “Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!” Daniel Bennett’s theatrical works have strongly influenced his eclectic sound and musical storytelling abilities as a bandleader. Visit www.tomijazz.com to find out more about the Daniel Bennett Group performance residency.
Riley-Wyman Project recently released their ” Best Of” album entitled “A Musical Journey: The Best of Riley-Wyman Project”. The album/CD contains 12 songs (8 original and 4 Cover Songs – Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens) The album has been receiving fantastic reviews and is on sale at Music Stores and most Digital outlets. ENJOY
Bravery and the Bell, the ﬁrst solo album from Bradford Loomis of The Banner Days since 2013, releases March 24th amidst a series of tours across the United States and Canada. Bravery and the Bell, the ﬁrst solo album from Bradford Loomis of The Banner Days since 2013, releases March 24th amidst a series of tours across the United States and Canada.
Upon learning recently that his father was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease, Bradford starting laying the ground work for this new project. Bravery and the Bell is about legacy, both the lineage we are born into and that which we pass on. Whether burdened or buoyed by our generational inheritance, this album confronts the drudgery of simply surviving and sounds a call to stand up to the things that stand in the way of us truly passionately pursuing that which we were made to be.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia a city known for its outcasts Ya Boy R Money is truly out of the ordinary. Born in the year of 1983 as Rafael Echols, he grew up in a single parent home as the second oldest sibling in a housing project there in Cartersville, Georgia. In 1995 his mother left the area and moved to Atlanta, GA where she supported her family alone. It was then seeing his mother hustle and grind to provide for the family he captured the relentless example and incorporated it into his everyday work ethics “Hustling”. At the age of 15 the love for poetry and composing music became more and more alive inside of him. In the year of 1999 his mother seen the art and budding passion in her son and she brought a keyboard as a Christmas gift for him that he could continue to pursue the passion to grow as a rapper.
Ya Boy R Money was inspired by artist such as: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Drake and Diddy, that he begin to carry pencils and paper everywhere he went to right down rhymes and lyrics as they came to him. As he continued to struggle with the dreams of breaking through in the music industry, Ya Boy R Money began to put the “Hustle” to effect and given the choice of applying for work in restaurants or becoming a dealer, he chose the latter. In what the streets of Atlanta would define a true hustler. Ya Boy R Money would never forget the real honest hustle his mother imparted in him: “Make Your Own Dollar Holla” meaning: never wait on someone else to birth your dreams you have to believe in yourself and birth your own dreams.” This stayed with him as he served time in the State of Georgia Correctional System. It was then he used the term “Hustler” as an energetic go-getter with a drive to succeed legitimately in using that energy as the engine towards building his success.
Ya Boy R Money is one of Atlanta, GA fresh young artist that has been making a strong impact in the Southeast area. As he is currently working on his single “I Like” to be released in Spring of 2013. Ya Boy R Money is in the phase of increasing radio spins and collaborating with other artist as he continue mesmerizing the audience with his performance in Atlanta’s hip hop underground scenes.
She is from Omaha, Nebraska and has been on tour with T-Rell since March and has done several dates with Boosie BadAzz. Every city she performs fans cannot believe she is from Nebraska.
Chiffy is like no other female in the game today! Although she has been compared to McLyte and Da Bratt she is original in everything she does, she has her own sound and delivery. She has over 100 live shows under her belt and separates herself from the pack every time she hits the stage. This is just a sample of what she has to offer.
Chiffy just dropped her video to her hit single I Wonder feat T-Rell from Boosie BadAzz Ent I Wonder received over 20,000 organic views in within the first week.
Greek electronic composer Sakis Gouzonis to release new album in 2017
Sakis Gouzonis has announced that he is releasing a new instrumental album in April 2017.
Soon after the release of his debut album, First Contact, Sakis established himself as one of the best Greek electronic music composers and orchestrators, astonishing critics and audience alike with the beauty, depth and maturity of his music. Since then, Sakis has released eight more albums; New Earth (2009), The Tree Of Life (2010), Ultimate Love (2011), Vast Victory (2012), Spiritual Unity (2013), Golden Heart (2014), A World At Peace (2015), and Liberating Truth (2016).
Buddy Nelson from Jamsphere in his review said that “‘Liberating Truth’ is unquestionably Sakis Gouzonis’ finest set of instrumental compositions. The music is more in-keeping with Sakis’ refined and positive side, and is possessed by an expansive, grandiose quality. He reaches towards shimmering and rapturous heights with his keyboard tones, while the rhythms gallop along with enchanting splendor.”
Sakis’ tenth instrumental electronic album will be available via his website, www.sakisgouzonis.com, on 17 April 2017.
Born in Berlin Germany and raised between Chicago Illinois and San Antonio Texas, Alexis has gained an eclectic admiration for all sorts or genres of music. Her mother and father served in the Armed Forces, and this gave her the opportunity to travel and she was exposed to different art forms. She started her informal musical debut, but performing ‘Proud Mary’, by Tina Turner, in her mother’s kitchen. Her only audience…The Thanksgiving Turkey on the counter, and her wooden spoon as her microphone. She was six years old.
Since then, Alexis has studied music throughout high school winning numerous competitions in South Texas. With the influences, of Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday (and female singer deemed a’diva’), Alexis has created her own unique sound.
She has worked on developing her own sound and flow since graduating from high school and moving on to college. When asked what does she want to obtain from the music industry, Alexis simply replied, ” I just want to be heard. I love music! its in my head all the time. I just want to share it with others that also love music. Im not concerned with fame and wealth that this craft brings, Im concerned with change, and happiness that music brings to people. End of story!”
‘Strut’ is Alexis’ first single completely written and produced by Alexis for Texas Based indie label, YKM Records. Performed frequently in San Antonio, “Strut” is the official ‘Runway/ Catwalk’ song for Designer, Teresa Barrow’s fashion line Esquisite Taste Of Art, Chicago Illinois.
Look for more music from Alexis Vashone in the upcoming months as she prepares to release her EP, ‘Total Freedom’ in March of 2017.
Born and raised with the international influences of Montreal, Canada, Peter Graigs is now based in hard-working, hard-rocking Pittsburgh! Growing up, Peter Graigs listened to the music that drove the ‘80’s: Rock, Progressive, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal . . .
His musical heroes include Randy Rhoads, Tommy Aldridge, Eric Clapton and Al Di Meola. Like many other rockers, he also listens to the occasional Classical piece.
Peter Graigs has years of live concert performance experience and recording sessions with such bands as Wired, Sillian , Trax, G13 Band, Scars of Grace,. He mastered guitar, bass and drums – though he was sidelined for a decade following a parachute accident.
Peter Graigs has performed for huge live audiences throughout North America, including television and:
Spectrum de Montreal (audience 2,500)
Cote de Neige (audience 10,000)
Auditorium de Verdun (audience 15,000)
Peter Graigs’s new patriotic video playing all instrumentals, What Would You Do for a Soldier, can be viewed on GIMoney.com..