Bitterly beautiful happiness and heartache transform into melody with this R&B duo backed by Collective Peace plus NOLA's own CoolNasty with Josef Lamercier.
Tickets are $15 now and $20 at the door.
Perhaps most known as two core members of The Foreign Exchange , Zo! and Carmen Rodgers have been favorite solo artists on the indie soul circuit worldwide for more than a decade. Three Keys hosts the New Orleans date on their 2017 SkyBreak Tour with Detroit's Collective Peace and New Orleans' CoolNasty featuring rising NOLAxLA vocalist Josef Lamercier.
ZO! | Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer Zo! is Detroit-born and raised, Silver Spring, MD-based… aka Lorenzo Ferguson. Influenced by a wide range of music genres introduced to him at an early age, Zo! utilizes multiple layers of thick instrumentation to shape his compositions, as demonstrated on his solo albums namely, ManMade and SunStorm. While touring his own material regularly, Zo! can also be seen on stage as the keyboardist and Musical Director for GRAMMY-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. In 2014, he completed music work for the Adult Swim animated series, Black Dynamite. Zo! most recently co-produced The Foreign Exchange’s 2015 release, Tales From The Land Of Milk and Honey. Most recently, Zo! has released his newest offering, SkyBreak (2016). He continues to emphasize the usage of live instruments and raw emotion as the blueprint for his music while constantly striving to expand his sound with each album release.
CARMEN RODGERS | Time is something many of us take for granted. We waste minutes, hours, days or years wishing and hoping, rather than doing or positioning ourselves for our time. Carmen Rodgers takes advantage of the time she’s given, creating opportunities for herself through relationships and effort, then she writes a few songs about it. It’s been over ten years since she released her debut album Free, but the time is perfect for Stargazer, her latest offering of experiences, wishes, hopes and love.
Pushing her own creativity, Rodgers added a 14-piece string section to this album, as she aimed to make a “complete” album—complete in the sense that it reaches all emotions lyrically and the production provoke the same results. It took some time for this album to come together; the form of it changed a few times, taking its final turn after connecting with Zo! and the Foreign Exchange and allowing the vibe developed by the acts take her on the road. It was that time spent with Phonte, Nicolay and Zo! that created the space for Stargazer to meld into a cohesive project.
The origins of this album began back in Dallas, Texas in the imagination of a little girl; that little girl dreamed of singing her songs with crowds of people who knew and felt the words she was singing. Fast forward a few years and that little girl is traveling with N’Dambi, still dreaming of being in front, when one day she finally steps out into a changing music business.
COLLECTIVE PEACE | Collective Peace was originated by saxophonist, LaDarrel "Saxappeal" Johnson and LaKeisha "Ideeyah" Johnson in Detroit. When asked to perform at the annual "Dilla Day," one year - a day in honor of the great James "J-Dilla" Yancey, Saxappeal put together a band. After performing an amazing set of music, the audience exploded. People shouted out, "What's the name of the band?" Sax responded, "We haven't really come up with one... We're just a collective piece." Pepper Holton (Mother of famed Detroit hip-hop MC, Big Proof) was in the audience at the time. She exclaimed, "That IS your name! You ARE Collective PEACE!" A wave of excitement hit the audience as the movement began on that day.
Now, Collective Peace has twelve members and tours with Zo! and Carmen Rodgers, among many other projects.