Future x Sounds, a new multi-city music and arts series that invites artists, attendees, and society to question the world around them, announces the Philadelphia edition with #FuturexSoundsPhi, hosted by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning James Poyser (from The Roots).
Future x Sounds Phi invites the audience to a musical journey celebrating the past, present and future with an evening featuring musical performances by Cosmo Baker Weareandmore (Chill Moody, Donn T), Killiam Shakespeare (Steve Mckie, Corey Bernhard, #SimonMartinez) and all stars jam hosted by James Poyser featuring George Spanky McCurdy, MonoNeon, Jaleel Shaw and other surprise guests.
Curated and hosted by artists in their hometown, this national series features some of the most active and respected musicians in each city.
Special thanks to partners and collaborators! Glbl Vllg FUSICOLOGY REC Philly Highbreedmusic – The Artists That Artists Love WAR Media
Future x Sounds is the result of a collaborative effort between a like-minded community of producers, storytellers and iconic artists across the country. Our goal is to connect the dots and provide artists with a unique creative opportunity to share their message, elevate their peers and celebrate their communities while providing a platform for talent discovery and reflection.
#FuturexSoundsPhi will feature:
James Poyser: James Poyser, born January 30, in Sheffield, England is a multi-Grammy winning songwriter, musician and multi-platinum producer. Poyser has written and produced songs for various legendary and award-winning artists including Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Common, Anthony Hamilton, D’Angelo, The Roots, and Keyshia Cole. During his career, Poyser has toured, and played live with such distinctive artists as Jay-Z, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Aretha Franklin. An active session musician, he has contributed to the works of Adele, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray and Femi Kuti. Poyser received a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2003 for co-writing Erykah Badu and Common’s hit “Love Of My Life.” James was also the executive producer on Badu’s highly celebrated albums, Mama’s Gun and Worldwide Underground.
Killiam Shakespeare– Killiam Shakespeare is a critically acclaimed music collective based in Philadelphia. The band is led by Steve McKie and Corey Bernhard – both seasoned musicians and producers whose status as artists are matched only by the caliber of performers they’ve collaborated with, including Bilal, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and John Legend. Versatility is synonymous with Killiam Shakespeare, who seamlessly blend jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B and soul.
Weareandmore– When it comes to the dynamic between rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, the two couldn’t be more aligned. The Philadelphia-based musicians, who met at an industry party in late 2016, knew of each other’s music prior to their first encounter, but soon decided to share ideas with one another in the studio and independently came to the same conclusion: to form a group and create along the same wavelength.
George Spanky McCurdy: Spank, (George “Spanky” McCurdy) is a world-renowned drummer and producer and a native of North Philadelphia. He has performed and collaborated with the likes of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Kanye West, Brandy, Queen Latifah, Nas, Q-Tip, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, among others.
Jaleel Shaw: Regarded as one of the most influential and innovative saxophonists of his generation, alto & soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw has performed and recorded with an exhaustive list of jazz royalty including Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, Jason Moran, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Nicholas Payton, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra; he is a long-standing member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, and the Mingus Big Band.
MonoNeon: Dywane Thomas, Jr. also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo, on his fourth studio album. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.
Cosmo Baker: Cosmo Baker is a DJ, musician, entrepreneur, influencer, brand consultant, educator, activist, community leader and Philadelphian. Known globally as one of the top-tier DJs on the planet, Cosmo has toured the planet dozens of times and played many times on 5 different continents, in almost 50 different countries, in front of tens of thousands of people at once. He’s widely regarded as an integral figure of the already rich Philadelphia DJ legacy alongside legends and contemporaries such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Questlove and Diplo. A master of “open format”, Cosmo’s known worldwide for his genre-spanning selection, technical prowess, and explosive stage presence and energy that he brings to shows.
Friday October 04, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Various Cover: Advance: $36-$50 ADV / Day of: $38-$52 DOS + FEES
Future x Sounds Phi, Philadelphia, World Cafe Live