ATL Soul Weekly (April 7-13): Jaspects reunion, ATL Collective + more
Presenting ATL Soul Weekly, Slo*Mo’s curated look at some of the most notable upcoming sights, sounds and events.
April 7 — Music & Power, featuring Ron Trent with special guest Kemit: Tonight marks the start of a brand-new, weekly listening series, helmed by “producer, music connoisseur and cultural selector” Ron Trent. This week, Trent is joined by hometown hero DJ Kemit — and stay tuned for more guest DJ announcements in the not-too-distant future. Entry only with RSVP and confirmation. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Rock Steady. More info: www.rocksteadyatl.com.
April 8 — Jaspects Reunion: The digital streaming series Conversations About Jazz & Other Distractions — hosted by Carl Anthony and sponsored by HHM Digital — returns with a new episode reuniting the celebrated, Atlanta-based jazz/hip-hop/soul group Jaspects. True music heads know the band — featuring members Henry C. Conerway III (drums), Terrence Brown (keys), Jaye Price (alto saxophone), Dwayne R. Dugger Jr. (tenor saxophone), Jimmy King (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Jon-Christopher Sowells (bass) — and its ultra-dope collaborations with artists like PJ Morton, Chantae Cann, Janelle Monáe and more. This virtual event via Zoom is free for Hammonds House Museum members and $5 for non-members. 7:30 p.m. More info: hammondshouse.org.
April 8-10 — BRIC Jazz Fest, featuring Nate Smith x Van Hunt and more: If you’re still digging the pandemic-era online concert experience, be sure to log on to the BRIC Jazz Fest. A ton of dope folks are slated to perform, including Roy Ayers, Meshell Ndegeocello, Phony Ppl — plus Atlanta soul alumni Van Hunt, joined by his partner in crime Nate Smith (among many others). $20-$150. Various times. More info: www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-jazzfest-0.
April 11 — Spiritual Movement: A Session for the Soul: Join DJs Salah Ananse and Mike Zarin on the outdoor patio at Buteco for “uplifting music to move your mind, body and spirit” and Brazilian bites. Free admission. 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Buteco. More info: www.butecoatlanta.com.
EVENTS: COMING SOON
April 17 — #AtTheCribFest: Brought to you once again by the homie Jay Carter and the crew behind ONE Musicfest, #AtTheCribFest returns for the first edition of a 3-part digital concert series. This go ‘round, the event will feature performances by artists like Lucky Daye, Xavier Omär, VanJess, and Atlanta’s own Baby Rose, among many others. Free with RSVP. 3 p.m. More info: www.onemusicfest.com/atthecribfest.
SIGHTS + SOUNDS
ATL Collective presents “Knocks Me Off My Feet”: The folks at ATL Collective recently dropped a special video rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” featuring Rhonda Thomas and Cleveland Jones on vocals and a host of musicians: Robby Handley (band director, bass and mixer), Nick Rosen (keys), Rhett Huffman (keys), Charles LaMont Garner (drums), Colin Agnew (percussion), Nick Johnson (guitar), and Jean-Paul Steele on the video production. Describing the clip, the Collective crew said: “There’s always a way to come together and make great music – even in times like these. … ATL Collective has relived the masterpiece ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ twice, and we consider it one of our lifeblood albums that pulls people together in a special way. We couldn’t think of a better time to let this capture make its way into the world, as we begin a new chapter as a music community. We encourage you to tip these musicians at our PayPal, which we will distribute equally to all the musicians directly: paypal.me/ATLC2021?locale.x=en_US.”
Roberta — “Reaching Out”: Atlanta-based label NDATL — owned by legendary DJ/producer Kai Alce — recently released the EP “Reaching Out,” by the elusive producer known as Roberta. The five-track project is a vibed-out excursion into deep dance sounds, perfect for chilling or cuttin’ a rug. Download it at: ndatlmuzik.bandcamp.com/album/reaching-out.