by Dan Emmons
Are you a fan of soul, R&B or any of the similar sub-genres? Hate paying high-ticket prices to see major names, but love the hits? Want to know about the most talented artists in the Philadelphia soul scene? Well you can start by getting over to World Café Live in Delaware (The Queen) tonight for the Soulidified showcase.
For the past three years the Soulidified brand has been growing from tribute event to full fledged career-launching platform for artists like Jesse Boykins (playing Union Transfer May 24th), Kimberly Nicole, Nicole Hurst, Nicholas Ryan Grant, AAries and Anhayla, and others to come and show their ability. Each artist is asked to perform three tracks in tribute to the night’s artist as well as three originals, all with a live band. Now, with a three-city tour under their belt for Mara Hruby, the brand grows.
“The goal has been to give a platform to new soul artists, while paying homage to the artists that paved the way,” says David Reynolds, partner in the Soulidified Showcases. He, along with Kayode “Ambush” Balogun, Malika Bethea, and Richie Thomas, have opened up a brilliant marketing strategy to give fans what they want and artists the opportunities they deserve.
Acts have paid their respects to legends like Marvin Gaye, Prince, Isley Brothers, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige among others. Tomorrow night, newcomers Milton and Briana Devoue have the great task of taking on the collection of Musiq Soulchild. Hosted by Toby Vent and DJ Ambush on the 1’s and 2’s, come see if these two can handle the Soulidified tribute.