An Epic, Collaborative, Sacred Musical Evening of Openings, Deepening, Connection, and Community
Come Feel the Power of Love!
Join us for an unprecedented evening - a diverse collective of musical powerhouses coming together in a unified love jam... a collaborative vibration that is sure to awaken your heart and soul like never before!
Catch the vision with headliners Jami Lula, Valerie Joi, Lisa Ferraro, Erika Luckett, and Tammy L Hall... a benefit concert and musical love fest for the launch of The Open Door, San Francisco's new radically inclusive spiritual community.
The Open Door is passing it on... sharing some of its proceeds with the East Oakland Youth Development Center - another amazing non-profit that develops the social and leadership capacities of youth and young adults.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. We know this concert is going to sell out so buy your tickets early.
Brief Bios of Musical Artists:
Jami Lula dedicates his voice through soulful singing and uplifting themes. As a vocalist, musician and teacher Jami Lula is striving to perform music that is uplifting, healing, heart opening and inspiring and that spreads a powerful message of love and positive intention. In the area of live performance, rave reviews have come from the L.A. Times, The Album Network and the Whole Life Times. As a soloist or with his band, Jami has been musically supporting a number of charitable organizations including the Special Olympics, AA, Project Angel Food, and Hope for Abused Women Foundation. LULA's music has been featured in the film Student Body and on TV's The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and showcased at EATM and on a number of AOR and Adult Alternative radio stations.
Valerie Joi's song delivery is as fluid and focused as her life. She is a minister extraordinaire and her message of unconditional love and acceptance is clear, strong and uncompromising. Listening to her sing, play or direct is an artistic and healing journey in itself.
Recently, she was the Music Director for Inner Light Ministries. Valerie Joi has featured, accompanied and sung alongside artists such as Rickie Byars-Beckwith, Sista Monica, Charles Holt, Linda Tillery, Tim McAfee-Lewis, Nadine Risha, and many more. As a composer and recording artist, she has been featured as one the Director's Top Ten Picks at the Monterey Jazz Festival and her music is featured on the television show In the Light as well as in the Showtime documentary Jumpin' the Broom and the major motion picture film God and Gays: Bridging the Gap.
Valerie Joi is committed to sharing her ministry of love and music with students from all walks of life and she humbly, yet powerfully, calls others to join her in the intent to bless and be blessed through song.
Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett:
Fire and honey. Lightning and gold. Fusing earthiness with the transcendent, Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett give birth to music born of the earth and destined for the heavens.
Never mind that their combined voices blend so seamlessly we forget there are two of them, their supernaturally matched vocal harmony is amplified by Erika Luckett's wicked and outrageously passionate guitar playing, which some have likened to a third instrument, making the experience more of a musical trio than a duo.
Together, these two artists (dubbed "The Ambassadors of Kindness") ignite and uplift audiences around the globe. Those who have had the opportunity to hear them in concert comment on the effect: "I was so inspired and moved by the 'experience' of the music - the way they are so in it, feeling each and every note, so much passion expressed, so satisfying to witness how they tap into the source of creation and channel it through with such power and grace. Their voices and energies combined create a force field of angelic light."
Tammy L Hall:
Known as the Soul of Piano Jazz, Tammy is one of the region's most sought after accompanists, an essential collaborator with a glittering roster of top jazz, blues and cabaret vocalists such as Denise Perrier, Rhonda Benin, Linda Tillery, Frankye Kelly, Veronica Klaus, Connie Champaign and Debbie de Coudreaux. Hall's resourceful piano work is in such demand that some singers end up scrapping over her services.
"We all fight over Tammy," jazz singer Kim Nalley says. "She's put so much soul into every note she plays. And now it's worse than ever, since she's started doing her own thing."
Tammy's involvement with her musical and cultural community include working as an instructor (faculty)/mentor, with a number of non-profit arts organizations making music and theatre accessible to under-funded inner city children and well known and funded organizations such as: Adventures In Music (AIM), under the auspices of the San Francisco Symphony in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District, The Handful Players Children's Theatre (San Francisco public schools/Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco), the Drew School (San Francisco), Jazz Camp for Girls at the Jazz School (Berkeley), The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Alameda Unified School District, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Zellerbach Foundation, Yoshi's and the Jazz & Heritage Center of San Francisco and most recently, Musically Minded Academy in Oakland and the Narada Michael Walden Foundation.
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