Every week, Slo*Mo spreads the word about the best soul shows and events in the ATL. Here’s a look at our top picks:
September 8 + 9: ONE Musicfest — What could undoubtedly be called the city’s premier soul and hip-hop music festival, aka ONE Musicfest, is back. And for 2018, ONE has expanded to two full days, and it’s moved to a brand-new venue: Central Park. Along with all that newness, the festival is also rolling out an extra-large lineup of fresh acts, including: Nas, 2Chainz, Miguel, Big Sean, Big Boi, Jeezy, T.I., DVSN, Big K.R.I.T., August Greene (featuring Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins), Davido, Goldlink, Monica, Kelis, Raspody, George Clinton & Parliament, St. Beauty, Jessie Reyez, Teedra Moses, YoungBloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Eastside Boyz, Trillville, Kilo Ali and more to be announced. $110-$750. Noon. Central Park, 400 Merritts Avenue NE. www.onemusicfest.com.
This month, we’re unleashing the Summer of Soul — our annual(ish) guide to all things soulful in Atlanta during these hot-ass months. Here’s the lineup for this year’s special edition:
Teedra Moses — just one of the many (plenty) acts you can catch at this year’s ONE Musicfest.
Summer in Atlanta is known by many local denizens as an action-packed time of myriad dope cultural happenings — especially of the soul music variety — and, scanning the tons of activities on tap from now until the fall (and beyond), this year is proving to be no different. To help you navigate these hot weather months, Slo*Mo, via our annual Summer of Soul special, is serving up our picks for the biggest and best stuff to do. (Oh, and check our picks for top local summer tunes, too.) So be sure to take a look, take note and then take your boo-tay to some of these choice events.
Khari Cabral Simmons: “Soulbossa”
If you’re in the market for some breezy, tropical sounds for the summer, look no further than “Soulbossa” — the new EP from celebrated ATL musician/producer Khari Cabral Simmons. Music heads probably recognize him as the bassist who plays alongside India.Arie, but he’s garnered a reputation for crafting Brazilian-influenced soul sounds via his band Jiva, alongside singer Julie Dexter (on the album “Moon Bossa”) and as a solo artist (on albums like “Clementine Sun” and “Heaven and Earth”). With “Soulbossa,” Simmons continues his exploration into the sound — paying sonic homage to cats like Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones and more.
ATL’s soul music + culture podcast, Mo Audio (presented by Slo*Mo Media), is back with musician/producer Khari Cabral Simmons talking about his new album “Soulbossa” + tons of dope sounds for your earholes.
Maleke O’ney, With Jill Rock Jones and The Dangerfeel Newbies
To coincide with the release of her newest funk-filled album, “Confessions of a Pentecostal Girl” (for more on that, check our summer music picks later in this issue), rising vocalist Maleke O’Ney is taking over the City Winery stage — joined by locally based soul luminaries such as singer Jill Rock Jones and the lauded Dangerfeel Newbies band, along with a few other folk. With such a star-studded cast of heavyweights, the night sounds like one helluva soul extravaganza … so have yourself in the house. July 6. $18-$24. 8 p.m. City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, Suite 201, Ponce City Market. www.citywinery.com.
In this month’s issue of Slo*Mo magazine:
Mo Audio — Slo*Mo Media’s podcast all about Atlanta’s soul music and culture scene — returns with a new, longer format … featuring an interview with special guest Tasha LaRae. Plus: We’ll be spinning tons of soul sounds straight outta the ATL (and beyond). Listen up!
Atlanta-based singer Tasha LaRae
If you catch a glimpse of — or take a listen to — singer Tasha LaRae, there’s a good chance you may recognize her as a member of the famed hip-hop crew Arrested Development or as a vocal contributor to noted producer DJ Kemit’s most recent album, “Together.” But it turns out those collaborations paved the way for a project of LaRae’s very own: her debut solo EP, “Light,” which dropped in March. On the new six-track collection of original material, the Atlanta-based Nebraska native (and the entrepreneur behind the “Racism Sucks” clothing line) presents lyrics that explore a range of human experiences, and music that’s dreamy and ethereal but still danceable. We recently sat down with LaRae to talk the science of going solo and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Light.”
Janelle Monáe: “Django Jane” + “Make Me Feel”
You probably don’t need us, the good folks at Slo*Mo, to tell you that Janelle Monáe released two new singles — the Prince-flavored “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel,” a hook-less, boasty rap tune — in late February. But, hey, she’s one of Atlanta’s most celebrated music matriarchs (overseeing her Wondaland label/clique) and these new tracks take her into sexy, dangerous realms that she has yet to truly explore, so we had to drop a dime on ’em.
More info: www.jmonae.com.