Wasi Townsend - Cultural Fusion Muzik Explosion

Blackstar International Media Presents

Wasi Townsend - Cultural Fusion Muzik Explosion

Empress Nelly, The Earth Strong Band, Donya

Mar 16 Fri

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Greenroom at Warehouse Live


This event is all ages

Wasi Townsend
Wasi Townsend
A soulfully haunting and melodically heavy,emotional groove.Wasi Townsend and Madlove releasing an EP May 17th 2013. (Mad Live). Wasi's voice has been described as powerfully dark, sultry and wild,he performs with raw emotion reminiscent of artists like Tom Waits and Nina Simone, delivering positive messages about the awesomeness of creation and the oneness of us all.

Born on March 8th in Long Island, New York, Wasi picked up the guitar at 19 and has never stopped writing. Wasi proclaims - "I want to be larger than life and then show people that we are all the same." The paradox of greatness wrapped in humility is a theme that spans his writings. His first album "The first 5" in 2005 with band Snowshoe and Lewis introduced Wasi as a folk-rocker with every day journey charged lyrics with songs like "Breezy System " Do Your Thing" and "It's Going Down". Soon after the band breaking in 2006, Wasi began studying audio engineering and production to release a solo body of work titled " Dark Noise" which explored his need to confront and understand pain, fear and himself.

With soulful jazz rock rhythms and melody based guitar, the smooth lush chords and altered time signatures are his intriguing method to sound and movement. You must experience this artist!! He is not your ordinary rock star, but he rocks nonetheless. His up and coming November 2011 acoustic EP release, Black Sea, tells human stories of the ache to break through the mundane in relationships.

I have dedicated my time to the advancement of music in the Houston area by throwing showcases that feature Texas local music, assisting other bands with promotion and booking, and providing live audio support for the live music forum. Performing with such acts as Electric Attitude, The Liquid Kitchen, Desmond Zavala, Kam, Studemont, The Ton Tons, Riff Tiffs, , Ozeal, Peekaboo Theory, Shina Rae, and many others, Wasi and Madlove is still on a mission to raise awareness for Texas local music.
Empress Nelly
Empress Nelly
Empress Nelly is a vocalist/songwriter whose style of music incorporates elements of Roots &
Culture, and Dancehall Reggae, R&B and Neo - Soul to form a melodic fusion of positive and
empowering vibes. Empress Nelly (Janelle Prince) was born in 1982 in St Louis Mo, USA. Empress
Nelly’s music is not only uplifting and empowering but is also engaging and passionate about what we go through as people in today’s society.
On March 17 2015, Empress Nelly officially released her first single “Longing for You”. Since
then, she has also released another new single “You and I’. She is currently hard at work in the studio
recording a few more new songs which would complete the line up on her first extended play (EP).
Empress Nelly is also planning some promotional activities in the summer of 2018 following the release of her EP.
For Empress Nelly, her journey into the exciting world of music began at the age of 3 as she was
heavily influenced by her parents’ musical performances throughout her childhood. Their love for music
was passed down to her, especially as her mother has been an R&B vocalist for over 25 years while her
dad has played the bass guitar and other musical instruments for over 30 years. Both still perform and
tour today. At the age of 3, Empress Nelly began to mimic the way her parents performed on stage in
return; this inspired her to tap into her natural born talent as a musician and vocalist. Some of Empress
Nelly’s other musical influences have come from Artists such as Anita Baker, Queen Ifrica, Nina Simone,
Bob Marley, Maxwell, Dezarie, Garnett Silk, Sister Carol, Lisa Fischer, Jill Scott, India Arie, Lauryn Hill and
Angela Winbush.
As a young adult, Empress Nelly aspired to become an advocate for youth who found
themselves trapped and suffering in drug and crime riddled communities. This inspired her to go off to
college in search of education in the field of Child Psychology and Clinical Social Work. However, after
obtaining both undergrad and graduate degrees in the above fields, she came to realization that
ultimately her love for music would be the vehicle that would drive her to reach out to the younger
generation, especially young girls and women, inspiring them through her music to have a positive
outlook on life and empowering them to strengthen their self-worth. Being a wife and mother of three
little ones, this is especially important to her as their role model.
One Love!!!!
The Earth Strong Band
The Earth Strong Band
Based in Houston, TX
Genre: #RnB #Zydeco #Reggae + More!

About Big Ken "Owner: Earth Strong Band"

Kenneth comes from a musical family and has been a professional musician for the last forty years. His grandfather Ollie Jackson was a prodigy on the piano and lead guitar. He passed his extensive knowledge of music to Kenneth and introduced him to the world of music at the age of 3. As a youth, Kenneth was in a band called Bubble Gum Machine. Bubble Gum Machine frequently opened for the legendary Ike and Tina Turner. Bubble Gum Machine was so well recognized, their band was compared to the Jackson 5.

At the age of 17, Big Ken joined a band called the Ellipses, which included the famous blues guitarist Albert King. He later joined St. Louis’s famous hometown band The St. Louis Sheiks. While still in high school he decided to form a band of his own called Soul Flight. Big Ken later relocated to New Mexico and joined a band called Ukulele Brothers, which they toured Santa Fe and Denver areas. Big Ken moved to Houston Texas where he started working with a saxophonist Window Brook. He later joined forces with the famous R&B stars Mickey Blue and Will Downing.

Big Ken became interested in Zydeco and teamed up with Zydeco’s favorite Lil Nathan of Lil Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers, Big Ken has also played with Keith Frank. Big Ken joined Leroy Thomas Wilfred Schaefer, and also Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution for coast to coast tours. Big Ken has worked with countless musicians and recording artists from several genres of music such as, Mint Condition's Stokley Williams, Geto Boy's Scarface, gospel’s legends John P. Kee, Brenda Waters and more.

Big Ken has formed a new band of very talented Musicians and Artists Known as "Houston's Own" Earth Strong Band.
Venue Information:
The Greenroom at Warehouse Live
813 Saint Emanuel Street
Houston, TX, 77003