NADIR's ELECTRIC LOUNGE: A Multimedia Funk Experience
DETROIT: Eleven-time Detroit Music Award winner Nadir Omowale presents Nadir's Electric Lounge: A Multimedia Funk Experience and live concert recording on Saturday, February 2 at NextWave Media Lab, 950 Stephenson Highway in Troy. Showtime is at 8:00pm featuring an incendiary live set by Nadir's seven-piece band --and energizing party rhythms from DJ Ray 7 of Underground Resistance. Tickets for the 21 and older event are $10 in advance at Nadir-Music.com and $15 at the door.
Nadir describes the Electric Lounge as "an exclusive and intimate multimedia adventure" featuring dancing girls, hypnotic rhythms and real-deal Detroit funk. "The vibe is part science fiction, part blaxploitation. Think Superfly meets The Matrix in IMAX," Omowale says.
The theme is partially inspired by location. NextWave Media Lab's Theatre Epoch is a secluded enclave, nestled in a common office park at Stephenson Highway and 14 Mile, on the south side of Troy. Originally designed for corporate media presentations, the theatre's audio/video system recently underwent a major technological upgrade--it now features state of the art music and film recording capabilities sure to delight any serious audiophile.
The 7.2 HD surround sound and top-notch equipment augment the acoustically ergonomic stage and plush theatre style chairs to create an impeccable sensory experience. The space is ideally suited for private film screenings, live music showcases, and live video recordings.
"NextWave Media Lab's facilities allow us to record the highest quality audio and video, in a fun, electric atmosphere. NextWave is a rising star on Detroit's resurgent media horizon, and at Nadir's Electric Lounge, we're going to immerse the place in the funk," Omowale says.
"To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit." - The Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, Michigan
Throw your boxes away.
The music that flows from the mind and soul of Nadir Omowale simply defies genre classification. R&B, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz are spun into such a heady mix through his recordings and performances, that the listener no longer has any interest in limits or labels.
A world traveler at an early age as a military son, raised in Tennessee and immersed in gospel and Nashville songwriting traditions, now steeped in the rich Motown, Rock, Hip-Hop and Electronic legacy of his Motor City home Nadir's musical influences are myriad and deep.
"Some of my earliest memories revolve around my family's old console stereo," says Nadir, "My dad's Curtis Mayfield and Al Green records, mom's Aretha Franklin and James Cleveland, my brother's P-Funk, Kiss and Van Halen albums all fired my imagination long before I knew my ABC's or could write my name."
This heritage is evident in every note on The Book of Jonah, Nadir's chronicle of 2012, and his third full-length album. The first single "Go It Alone", released on 7-inch vinyl, is a covert soul mission that tiptoes through the blues, but infiltrates jazz and rock before it's over. On the flipside "Love Thang" is a joyful, stomping, funk rock mash-up with gospel overtones and a smattering of DC go-go rhythms.
And that's just the beginning of the party. With each page of The Book of Jonah, the award-winning songwriter fashions a lyrical narrative of love and loss, of fear and fearlessness, painted on a tapestry that weaves progressive soul with indie rock, twenty-first century blues, and new Detroit funk.
A patriotic citizen of planet earth, Nadir is always tuned into the global conversation of politics, culture and change. He developed a strong following amidst activists and tastemakers throughout the US, Europe and Canada while touring in support of his two earlier releases, Distorted Soul 2.0 (2004) and Workin' for the Man (2008). Nadir is a fearless voice of reason and resolute advocate for positive change, who has earned tremendous respect from the broader artistic and cultural community.
Nadir's music represents the evolution and celebration of an ancient blues credo, in that it tells stories from the heart, for the heart. It is also a reflection of all that is funky and joyful. The soulful vocals wrap up the entire package for an unforgettable listening and live experience. Join Nadir as he continues his journey down the road of honest and contemplative song crafting, conveying to us all just the right helping of magical, musical soul food at exactly the right time. But leave your boxes at home. You won't need them.
For more information about Nadir, please visit www.Nadir-Music.com.
NextWave Media Lab (View)
950 Stephenson Hwy
Troy, MI 48083
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|