Presented by Universal Grammar, The Continental, & San Jose Jazz
Presale: $10 Early Bird; $15; $20 Day of Show
10pm: Madison McFerrin (live set)
Osunlade is an artist who personifies art, and his music creates unified melodies manifested with balance, life and wisdom. Hailing from St. Louis Missouri, a place known for pioneering blues, ragtime and jazz, he discovered the piano at the age of seven and the vision of his life’s destiny was born.
His professional journey began in 1988 with a visit to Hollywood that put him on the radar of legendary choreographer/performer Toni “Mickey” Basil. But it caught fire a few years later when he produced the very first album for the then independent Interscope Records—Gerardo’s Mo’ Ritmo, featuring the smash hit “Rico Suave.”
Working on over 20 records in the next few years, Osunlade felt the pressures and practices of the music business overshadowing his passion of music. He found spiritual solace in Ifa, an ancestral culture/religion based on nature, deriving from the Yoruba tribes of Africa and practiced by the slaves during the diaspora to America. In 1999, he founded Yoruba Records, recognized as one of the most important dance music labels worldwide.
Now known for his legendary dj sets, remixes and albums, Osunlade’s music has been introduced to a wider spectrum of listeners, and this veteran musician/composer/producer/artist has finally achieved balance within.
Opening on Thursday night is Madison McFerrin. A singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, McFerrin came from a musical family (father Bobby and brother Taylor) and in December 2016 released her debut solo EP Finding Foundations: Vol. I, which introduced her R&B/soul take on a cappella to the world.
Critics and crowds quickly took note. The New York Times remarked how her sound “shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata.” After one listen, tastemaking dj Gilles Peterson snatched up her standout track, “No Time to Lose,” for the latest installment of his Brownswood Bubblers series.