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soulBlog: Royce Interview on The Soul Show; Anqwenique’s Sirens & Queens; Thundercat at Roxian; soulshowmike’s Shows of Note for this week

Royce Interview

James Royce of the new Pittsburgh outfit Royce recorded an interview on The Soul Show. Segments aired on the TSS 6/8/19 episode. You can listen to the whole show (which includes their tracks “Daggers” and “Sanctuary”), listen to the segments, or listen to the entire uncut interview. James talks about his gravitation to rock, the associated hurdles, and the support of mentoring artists.

Royce Segment 1 – Intro through naming of EP
Royce Segment 2 – Track review through “80 lanes of rock”

and here is the full uncut interview:

Royce full interview

Sirens & Queens by Anqwenique

BOOM Concepts continues its fine collaboration with Chamber Music Pittsburgh. “Sirens & Queens” by Pittsburgh vocalist Anqwenique explored the contributions of black female composers and singers. Our Shanyse Strickland played French horn and flute, and Lisa E. Harris of Houston participated in a discussion.

In July, take note that Ms. Strickland will be exploring intersections of classical and hiphop in another Chamber Music Pittsburgh joint presentation. Check the Concert Calendar at for more details.

Thundercat at Roxian Theatre

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is part of the important West Coast jazz/hiphop collective that includes his brother Ron, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, Trevor Martin, Jr., Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, … He played to a huge Roxian Theatre crowd two weeks ago.

Note that Flying Lotus comes to Pittsburgh this year; check the Concert Calendar. Also, Kamasi Washington teams with Herbie Hancock in Philadelphia in early August. The significance of that show is that Hancock’s planned collaborations with the new wave have been the buzz for awhile, and this is one of the early manifestations of that. Well worth the trip.

soulshowmike’s Shows of Note, week of 6/9/18 (plus Sunday 6/16/18)

(see details in the Concert Calendar)

  • JazzLive Series – Mark Strickland at Katz Plaza
  • David Murray & Kahil El’Zabar at Gardenalia
  • Kaia Kater at TRAF
  • Jazz On The Steps (2019 Kickoff) at CLP Homewood
  • Tank & The Bangas at TRAF
  • AWB at Meadows
  • The Wailers at Roxian Theatre
  • Ghost-Note at Roxian Theatre
  • Note: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has been moved to the TRAF weekend finale on 6/16/19!

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