The Nth Power returns to the Boston Area for their debut at Cambridge's legendary venue The Middle East Downstairs! This time they will be sharing the stage with Snarky Puppy's Keyboardist, Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles! ***Just added Richard James and The Name Changers!*** Expect amazing Collaborations and tons of FUNK! All this brought to you by the fine folks at Secret Sessions Boston and The Middle East!
*****THE NTH POWER - Boston/NOLA
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power -- tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goosebumps.
The quintet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Singer and keyboardist Nigel Hall has toured with Lettuce, John Scofield and the Warren Haynes Band, while Nick Cassarino came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Neville’s New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of John Brown’s Body and West African percussionist Weedie Braimah round out the group, and together as one, something kind of holy comes into being.
*****Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles
Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis' One Lover's Trilogy album and released his first, ""Leave you alone"". Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman. At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, Betty Wright, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry's awe inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, ""First Steps"" was released in the Spring of 2014 and went to #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart."
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*****Richard James & The Name Changers (Boston, Ma)
RJNC to their fans—are a Boston-based rock band with a piano driven, song-oriented sound that appeals to adventuresome music lovers with genre bending tastes and a desire to dance. If that isn’t specific enough, then one should turn to the source. “Whiskey-infused roots rock and roll,” says Richard James when suggesting a sound for his band… I’m not really sure what that means,” he says, “but it sounds good.” That kind of willingness to roll with it has served the pianist/ front man pretty well thus far. After a few years of performing in the Northeastern U.S. and Atlantic Canada, headlining local haunts and supporting the likes of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and many other inspirational artists whose fans have embraced the up-and-coming quartet, RJNC have built up a core following in Northern New England, and now they have their sights set on the entire Eastern seaboard.
In the fall of 2012, after two years of writing and recording, the band released their sophomore album Cuba Street. Produced by Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, Ben Folds) and the duo of Joey Pierog and Brian Coombs (Mike Gordon), the record showcases the band’s ability to move smoothly from soulful, boogie-woogie, blues-tinged rock to jam-influenced compositions with subtle and diverse flavors ranging from the likes of Little Feat, Dr. John and The Band to The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones and My Morning Jacket.