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AEK LIVE Featuring Melvin Dwayne D'Arby
Rock N Roll Lodge
Tacoma, WA
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AEK LIVE Featuring Melvin Dwayne D'Arby
All the way from Paris, France international Blues Artist AEK will appear for the first time in Tacoma, WA on May 29th. Along with National R&B artist Melvin Dwayne D'Arby. This is a night you don't want to miss.  



AEK (Abd.El.Kader) discovered the guitar when he was only ten years old. Very quickly he felt a passion for the blues, whose laments reminded him of the traditional songs of his country of origin, Algeria. It was the beginning of the nineties that he crossed the path of famous bluesmen like Correy Harris, Luther Allison, Willie Kent...and Amar Sundy. Amar supported AEK, together they played at various festivals, jam sessions and Parisian clubs throughout France. It's from that collaboration with Amar Sundy that his SafarBlues was born, a stunning mix between Blues and African rhythms skillfully balanced on the strings of his guitar. A concert at the Olympia (Paris) gave AEK a chance to play with Joe Louis Walker. Abd.El.Kader is a very skilled guitar player who feels at ease on stage, you will feel the magic of the unique sound he creates as he crosses Chicago Blues and traditional African rhythms...TWO MEETINGS HAVE DETERMINED his musical career. In 1996, he met Jean.Pierre Vignola, who initiated the first "blues sur seine" festival. Thanks to him, he participated in several festivals as a volunteer where he met great blues masters, particularly Amar Sundy. Sundy and AEK share in common their native roots of Algeria. Sundys unique style of blues combined with traditional Arabian music drew AEK to become mentored by him. Inspiring him to find a new way to express himself through his own compositions, a combination of Chicago blues and African sounds. Abd.El.Kader has now found himself creating his own original style: SafarBlues, combining the sounds of North Africa and the West...

Melvin Dwayne D'Arby

Take a plate of Red Beans and Rice, add to it a side of mustard greens and Hot Buttered Corn Bread, Mac-N-Cheese, and Bar B-Q- Rib Tips, together with a cold sweaty glass of Sun Brewed Ice Tea and you can call it "MeeK" With his soul felt gospel influence and silky R&B lyrics, this Artist is about to make you remember why you love R&B so much. Does the term "Oooh Das' my song" ring a bell?

Melvin Dwayne Darby's music brings your mind to a spiritual consciousness while phatening up your groove muscle with his hip-hop grooves and sultry love ballads. How do you sum it all up? Just count on endless listening pleasure.

Born and raised in the California sunshine, this 1st born son of a preacher man is no dried up raisin! "I remember asking my mom to be completely honest and objective of my piano skills" she replied, "Baby that's terrible". "I laugh now, but it drove me to reach deeper and try harder"." Always my biggest fan, mom's would say, baby you can sing anything but that 'ole nasty music". She said," Sing about life and love"!

Influenced by his Uncle, also an accomplished musician, the singing/composer/producer remembers him comically yet firmly chucking a size 13W at his head in the middle of choir rehearsals, challenging him to rise to his potential. "I thank God for it now because it made me more critical and aggressive about creating music that I try put my heart into".

D'Arby influences range from R&B and Jazz to Gospel and Pop. Artistic influences include Stevie & Donny, Daryl Coley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Clark Sisters, Luther, including some of today's artist like Aaron Hall, Joe, and Dave Hollister and the list goes on.

"Most important to me is that my music mirror's and respects my creator, while bring joy and healing to the lives of my listenersok, ok I hope it makes you bounce too!"



Rock N Roll Lodge (View)
9825 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98444
United States

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Music > Blues
Music > R&B

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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