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Esperanza’s Story [Show review]

Submitted by Brandon Jackson.

Sometimes a story is only as good as the storyteller, and last Saturday Esperanza Spalding told a story of love, hope, and life during her second visit to the city of Indianapolis. Spalding performed at the Old National Theatre with her 10-piece Radio Music Society Band.  Spalding introduced each member of the band throughout the 2 hour long show as they each brought their own unique flavor to songs like “Black Gold” which backup singer Chris Turner sang out during the interlude. This song also consisted of a dialogue with Spalding as he sang “Was Travon Martin’s life so dispensable?”

Spalding allowed her feelings to take center stage as she played her bass and spoke to the audience while introducing songs like “Smile” in which she stated that, “If you’re not his queen, then he’s not your king,” making reference to how couples should treat each other in their relationships. Spalding also took out time to talk about the Innocence Project which was founded in 1992 to help prisoners prove their innocence through DNA testing. To date over 300 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing because of the vigilance of lawyers who volunteer their service to the Innocence Project. Spalding signed posters, CDs, and t-shirts after her performance from which she donated all proceeds to the organization located in New York.

Spalding is not only a musician who uses her music to bring change, but she is also a musician who doesn’t mind getting to know you if only for a few moments, as she proved during her signing after the concert. To be in the presence of Esperanza Spalding and the Radio Music Society made you feel right as she spoke to the audience as if they were friends that she knew for years. One funny moment during the show was when someone’s phone rang as she started to introduce the next song, and she reached out her hand and stated “Is that for me?” During her rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It,” she wasted no time upping the energy level as she played her bass with ease and captivated the audience as she danced as if she was the only one in the room. Something else that stood out during her set was the life size boom box that sat on stage as Spalding actually used the prop throughout the show and made reference to as she introduced her last piece entitled “Radio Song.” Spalding had the audience laughing as she talked about how a bad day could go by being stuck in traffic on your way to an interview, but somehow that day would turn out good because you found your favorite song on the radio. Aside from the feeling that Spalding seemed like your best friend or your fun-loving sister, you still could not ignore the fact that she is a musical genius and a true musical icon in the making.

Read more of Brandon’s writing on Esperanza, HERE. Get a FREE TEE for you and a Friend by guessing this Esperanza Spalding SONG.


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A Deep Introspection Into My Last Show [Video] + Blue Moon Sunday

Any artist that is faced with a crowd like this must first acknowledge that they will not, and can not measure up to the need of the crowd. They must call for backup. They must call on the giver of the gift. So that’s just what I did. Continue reading

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iLL Show ALERT: Dope Music [plus] Good Food [plus] Wierd People [minus] Anything played on the Radio = IMAF 2012

The Independent Music and Arts Festival [IMAF] Presents iLL Holiday and Luke Austin Daugherty! Continue reading

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GRAMMY ALERT: Marsha Ambrosius invites you to her FREE Grammy party!!

The Savoy Entertainment Center & L.A. Dolls Promotionsinvites you to a special Pre-Grammy Celebration Continue reading

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Indie Scene on pins and needles awaiting ‘Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me’…Whitney Coleman- produced by Jace

Whitney Coleman Stranger [world premier]

See the preview here!

The online world premier of ‘STRANGER Pt. 2 Love Me’ will be our iLL EXXXCLUSIVE on October 24, 2011 at 10am.

See it! Discuss it! Share it!

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Chicago’s Khari Lemuel To Feature at Blue Moon Sunday June 26, 2011

If you know anything about today’s soul music scene, you must know about Khari Lemuel!! He is the embodiment of soul meets spoken word. Khari is a singer, composer, writer, and classically trained cellist. Trained in 8 different instruments, he has been playing cello professionally since the age of 3. Both Oprah and Good Morning America’s Charles Gibson sing his Praises.

This Sunday you can experience Khari LIVE at Indianapolis’ Premier Poetry/Jazz Set, Blue Moon Sunday.

Hailing from the Windy City, Khari, brings a style and flavor that can only be rivaled by the greats. Even though he is well under 40, his style and flavor remind you of something mama ‘anem used to listen to. So this Sunday is the Sunday to grab your date and prepare to do some serious chillin.

If you are an artist, you can also share at Blue Moon Sunday. The open mic is always one of the high points of the night. With performances spanning the genres of poetry, jazz, hip hop, comedy and gospel; Blue Moon’s stage is one of the most welcoming stages you’ll find anywhere.

Our host is the ever stylish Tasha Jones and the house band is Diverse Fragments Featuring Michael Houston.

Seeya Sunday at 7pm at the Madame Walker Theatre!

Blue Moon Sunday

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Wanna Open For Tye Tribbett?

…reblogged from The Kyla Show

WE SPEAK TYE TRIBBETT.. and now you have an opportunity to open up for him in concert.

Think you have what it takes to open for one of the nation’s most famed gospel artists?? Well, show us what you’ve got! The Madame Walker Theatre Center, in partnership with @WeSpeakVolumes, @TheKylaShow and AM1310 The Light, are hoping to highlight some of Indy’s best talent. Gospel artists of ALL kinds; dancers, comedians, singers, choirs, rappers, musicians, etc. are welcome to submit VIDEO ENTRIES to be considered for the top 10 …artists to open for Tye.

Videos (in .mov, mpeg4 or .avi format) should be emailed to by August 8th. On August 10th, we will upload the top 10 video’s to this page and ask the public to vote for the 3 finalists who will open for Tye. Get your fans to vote!


1. Artists must be over 8 years of age.
2. Artists must submit a BRIEF bio and contact information with video.
3. Top 3 performers must perform to track or acoustic set. We cannot accommodate live bands.
4. Top 10 finalists must participate in promotion of contest and encourage voting.
*Up to 5 members of each group (of the top 3) will gain free entry into the concert.

Questions? Email
For information on the concert visit

Let’s GO!!!!

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iLL Holiday DOT Com Offers Oportunity To Meet Hill Harper To 1 Special iLLIGAN

iLL Holiday DOT Com Offers Oportunity To Meet Hill Harper To 1 Special iLLIGAN

The Conversation has 2 FREE Tickets for the winner of this contest. See one of our nation’s most intriguing African-Americans, Hill Harper, LIVE @ the Historic Madame Walker Theatre! Hill is a featured speaker in the Steward & Associates Speaker Series. He is coming to Indianapolis, Indiana on May 13, 2011. Madame Walker Theatre

Harper is the New York Times Best Selling Author of “The Conversation”. He is also an Alumnus of Harvard Law School as well as a star in the CBS drama television series CSI: NY.

Hill Harper

Madame Walker Theatre
Madame Walker Theatre
The Madame Walker Theatre is Indiana’s most historic performance venue for African American events. The likes of Tyler Perry, Al Green, Louis Armstrong, and Aretha Franklin have all graced its legendary stage. Today, the Walker Theatre thrives as the premier venue for African American art and Entertainment. A chance to see one of the nation’s leading intellectuals in one the nation’s most culturally enriched venue’s is priceless.
Winning is simple:
Tweet this: “Feel Like #Winning?
The Person who tweets this the most, wins!
Tweet as many times as you can by 11:59am on April 11, 2011! Walker Stage

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Art & Soul Recap [Video]

Let’s get Free!
iLL Holiday and Son

Today, I played one of my favorite shows ever. It was good to connect with family, friends, and my Public Allies Indy crew..It was dope on many accounts- but I’ll let you be the Judge of that!

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For The Love of Art: iLL Holiday and The All Star Band

Come and see me LIVE at the Indianapolis ArtsGarden. I will expose my soul for the love of art on Thursday, February 17, 2011(**new date).

Bring your shirt (Tha iLLEST)! Bring Yo Body…Bring Yo Soul!

Indianapolis hip-hop artist Ill Holiday is about more than break beats and fluid rhymes. Yeah, these are important parts of his music, but in the end it’s more about Ill Holiday’s message of individuality and what he calls “the simple of being cool.” His fans and supporters are called “Illigans,” a term he describes on his website as “those that have decided to take back their freedom to decide what is hot.” Ill Holiday and the All Star Band have played at a variety of Indianapolis music venues and occasions, including the Indiana Black Expo and the Robbing the Bank event at the Art Bank gallery.

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Once Every Blue Moon….

Once Every Blue Moon there comes an event that you just can’t miss. You know it when it comes. It’s different than what you are used to. It’s “special”.

Once Every Blue Moon you meet someone special who makes you wanna do things you have never done before.

Once Every Blue Moon you find an artist that no one knows about, but is better; more pure, more sincere, and more talented than any art you’ve ever experienced.

Once Every Blue Moon there comes an event that can not be imitated. It’s Unique. It’s Blue Moon!

See you this Sunday- I mean “Blue Moon Sunday”
Blue Moon Sunday by illholiday

Blue Moon Sunday

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2 Cities + 2 Days = 2 Hott Shows

Indy iLLiGANS and St. Lou iLLiGANS will celebrate a weekend to remember.

This Friday, St Louis is the place to be. Former member of the R&b Soul group Floetry, Natalie Stewart is the featured artist of “NEXT”.

“Next” is a premium listening party experience that will highlight the artist and their music. The first artist we are featuring is “The Floacist” Natalie Stewart. The British recording artist—and former member of the Grammy-nominated neo-soul group Floetry— Natalie Stewart has been in the studio creating new music for her upcoming album. Since the R&B group split, fans have been wondering when Stewart would resurface with her melodic spoken words. Well she’s back now! So If your soul is musically vacant, make “NEXT” apart of your busy schedule so that Great music and Great artists can flourish.

Each month the door donation supports a different charity.

Requested donation: .99 cents
100% of the door goes to Annie Malone Children’s Home in support of the Power of 57 Cents Campaign.

This Saturday Night, the party returns to Indy! Soul Purpose will be delivering what your soul craves. Soul Purpose is Indy’s Premier emerging Gospel Neo Soul Band. Their melodic tunes are just what you need to get you through another hectic week! come out and cop their new project at Earth House.

Arrive early to get a seat! Yours truly will be hosting and a number of Indy’s most talented vocalists will be on the bill. Come stressed and leave Blessed!

A Night with Soul Purpose
@ Earth House Collective
237 N. East St.
Indianapolis, IN
$20 in Advance/ $25 at the Door
Doors: 6pm Show Starts: 7pm

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FREE Show Saturday: Fahama Pecou Hosts A Show For North Carolina iLLIGANS

Fahamu Pecou is an artist’s artist. He has dope skills. He super-bold. He gets paid for his art. People dig his style. What more could you ask for?

Well, he is hosting a live show that will knock your socks off! The 15 Project will highlight the works of Creative Loafing Editor Carlton Hargro, McColl Center Artist-in-Residence Anthony Schrag, and artist & graphic designer Cey Adams.

The 15 Project: Come to View or Be Viewed
October 9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Costs: Free for members, free to the public

The Harvey B. Gantt Center
For African American Arts + Culture

551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 (Map)
(704) 547-3700

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LIVE Show 2Day: See Jon B For FREE!!
This is for all my L.A. iLLIGANS!

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Dopeness In Our Midst :Tiara Thomas @ The Indiana Black Expo “iLL” is defined as – having great skill or skills with respect to a particular endeavor.

Today I learned a valuable lesson. When there is thirst, water can flow. Indianapolis has long been a thirsty market, but there has always been a mysterious lack of star quality in much of its homegrown talent. Well, Tiara Thomas surprised me with her ability to not only do the acoustic/ emcee/ singer thing, but also by the possessing the “it” factor.

I must say I have a definition of “it” that may be different than the next music lover. When I say “it”, I’m not talking about just a pretty face, pretty voice, or great combination of the two. Tiara has a certain mixture of grace and confidence that immediately lets the audience know, “Hey, even though I’m good at what I do, I still want to make sure I connect with you.” Not many artists, local or mainstream, have that. She has a genuinely good voice. Even in the transition from rapping the verse to singing the hook; you could tell there was a certain mastery of the material that is polished through practice, but only works when it comes naturally. I must also say that I’m a sucker for covers. Her covers of Drake’s Say Something and Forever did not hurt at all. After doing my homework, I learned that Tiara has not been under a rock, I have. One thing I know is, by the LIVE set I just witnessed, the name Tiara Thomas is about to quickly outgrow this cozy music market and land on the front of a mass of hungry music minds.

iLL Rating 8.0/10

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Kooler Than Cool: Kool’s Bazaar Album Release Party One of the most anticipated shows of 2010 is going down at the Jazz Kitchen. old soul ent. and Twin Peaks present Kool’s Bazaar Album Release Party. Yours truly will be hostin and Dj Rasul will be coastin. Throw on yo good good gear and make sure to bring your boo here. It’s going DOWN!

Experience the Bazaar at

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Hottest Party on the Planet Now this is how you party!

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