Vinotecca has some of the best wine and food around. Christopher Spooner, Lauren Johnson and Nadir Omowale lay down a healthy helping of THE FUNK to complete your evening on the patio.
Thursday, July 25
7:00 PM Doors
$10 advance / $15 day of show
This is an outdoor event
“The story of On The Sun [is one] of artistic collaboration and persistence on every level of the musical process. […] There’s a decidedly metropolitan, New York-Y sound and feel here that is true to On The Sun’s roots. While listening, […] one may be prone to see flashes of blurred traffic lights, streets and sidewalks, like a sped up film of NYC turning from day to night.” -JUDE WARNE, LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
“On The Sun feels the music. Every note they play, they live it. […] When you watch this band, it doesn’t feel like you’re watching, but rather that you’re part of the group.” -Parisa Mahdad, KINOFILIA ARTS BLOG
On The Sun makes sleek and modern groove music steeped in classic and contemporary soul, funk, americana, and R&B. Since its inception this simmering soul juggernaut has issued a debut LP; a vibrant version of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire”; the standalone single, “She Gets Around”, and spent the majority of 2018 touring in support of their latest effort Gratuity Not Included, appearing at a variety of music festivals including performances at SXSW, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Off The Record Fest and Sail Across The Sun. The group has also cultivated a close relationship with Sofar Sounds resulting in a series of intimate concerts across the country.
Nadir Omowale doesn’t have time to stand still. There is far too much life to be lived.
The fifteen-time Detroit Music Award winner and former MTV News correspondent is driven by an impassioned activism. All of his hats – performer, producer, creative strategist – are worn by a man who explores as he produces, teaches as he advises, and creates art that honors the fact that life is filled with extremes and in-betweens. The result is infectious, a creative electricity that is essential to who Nadir is.
Nadir will tell you that life is too important, not to be an activist. His impressions about life are the essence of his work. His lyrics can tug at heartstrings, tickle funny bones, or evoke an honest look at the world around us, and (possibly more importantly) the world within us.
His music is influenced by funk, but don’t call Nadir a funk revivalist. His understanding of rock, R&B, hip hop, and jazz takes funk to a most Nadir-centric next step; a Southern born, and Detroit raised sound that doesn’t fit in traditional boxes. His music reaches across genres and political aisles – sometimes with a gentle, outstretched hand, and occasionally with a clenched fist – always challenging listeners with a funk inspired, Motor City sound that is as relevant today, as Holland-Dozier-Holland were in the sixties.
Jane Asher of Radio Sophie 103.7FM in San Diego writes of Nadir:
“If Motown had never moved to L.A.,
this is what it would sound like today.”
Detroiter Carolyn Striho has a well-deserved reputation as a vibrant, dynamic performer, singer, musician and songwriter whose music makes you think. Carolyn’s vivid songs have been described as “from the silver edge of midnight,” and with her charismatic, spirited and honest delivery, mixed with her raw power rock and roll soulful gypsy sound, she has hypnotized crowds for years. Carolyn was on the Grammy Awards First Ballot 2018 for Best Rock Album with her recent album, “Afterthought.” A frequent Detroit Music Award winner, Carolyn has received 11 Detroit Music Awards, and a Billboard Music Award. Carolyn has performed on tour with Patti Smith, and with Don Was, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Steve Earle, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, Grace Jones and so many iconic artists. She’s also played with The Slits, The Ramones, Iggy Pop and many more. Carolyn’s performed several times in London, Rome, for two months in Japan, and many shows in Toronto, and has also played Chicago, on Lollapalooza, at The Detroit Jazz Festival, many times at Arts Beats & Eats, and so many festivals, clubs and galleries throughout Detroit and the Midwest. From her art rock and punk rock days to her melodic, spirited, raw performances with charming energy, Carolyn is working on new songs and a new book to be released soon. She has an exciting catalogue of music, just returning from a new U.K. tour in both London and Isle of Wight, and moving forward with more overseas shows again for 2020. www.carolynstriho.com
Fifteen-time Detroit Music Award winner and former MTV News correspondent, Nadir Omowale is driven by an impassioned activism. All of his hats – performer, producer, creative strategist – are worn by a man who explores as he produces, teaches as he advises, and creates art that honors the fact that life is filled with extremes and in-betweens. The result is infectious, a creative electricity that is essential to who Nadir is. His music is influenced by funk, but don’t call Nadir a funk revivalist. His understanding of rock, R&B, hip hop, and jazz takes funk to a most Nadir-centric next step; a Southern born, and Detroit raised sound that doesn’t fit in traditional boxes. His music reaches across genres and political aisles – sometimes with a gentle, outstretched hand, and occasionally with a clenched fist – always challenging listeners with a funk inspired, Motor City sound that is as relevant today, as Holland-Dozier-Holland were in the sixties. He has toured Europe, Canada and the US, and has shared the stage with legends and icons like Don Was, Public Enemy, Arrested Development, Michael Franti, Charlie Hunter, Bilal, Isaac Hayes, Rage Against The Machine, Van Hunt, and many others. He has performed at Sziget Festival in Budapest, The Detoit Jazz Festival, Concert of Colors, Arts, Beats and Eats, African World Festival and many other stages and venues. Nadir also curates the annual All-Star Michigan Mega Jam at the Michigan State Fair, and is a music producer and noted sideman for some of the nation’s best independent artists. www.nadiromowale.com
The best wines, amazing food, good people and THE FUNK are in store for you at Vinotecca on Saturday, May 25. Come out and hang with Lauren Johnson, Christopher Spooner and Nadir Omowale for an evening of food, drink, soul and funk.
Christopher Spooner, Lauren Johnson and Nadir Omowale in one of our favorite places to play, bringing you three sets of soulful originals and funky favorites. Come and join us for fantastic food, wonderful wine and some SERIOUS FUNK!!
Christopher Spooner, Jason Bonaquist and Nadir Omowale are kind of making it at thing… Come and join us for fantastic food, wonderful wine and some SERIOUS FUNK!!
Beacon Park is throwing a holiday party as part of the 15th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony with FREE shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius Park the entire evening! Pick up and drop-off locations are at First and Plaza (Beacon Park) and Griswold and Michigan (Campus Martius).
It’s the second time that the celebration and entertainment will expand to two different Downtown Parks. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before!
Here’s what to expect:
– Free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius Park running every 15 minutes between 4:30 p.m. and midnight.
– Live shows by JOE HERTLER AND THE RAINBOW SEEKERS an NADIR OMOWALE!
– Interactive and internationally traveling art exhibit, Prismatica will be in Beacon Park through November 19th.
– A live stream of the Detroit’s Tree Lighting Ceremony inside the heated Winter Lodge tent. (This is also where THE FUNK will light up the night!)
– New holiday light spectacular, Seflies with Santa plus food and beverage for purchase.
We’ll see you on November 16!
Vinotecca features a wine bar, a DELICIOUS small plates menu and FABULOUS world cuisine. Bassist Christopher Spooner, drummer Jason Bonaquist and guitarist/vocalist Nadir Omowale will bring a full course helping of the funk.
Vinotecca is located at 210 S. Old Woodward Avenue in downtown Birmingham.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit Vinotecca’s web site www.vinotecca.com or call 248-203-6600.
This German-style festival will feature the Big Biergarten Tent, an impressive selection of craft, seasonal and Oktoberfest biers, ceremonial and specialty keg tappings, traditional German sausages, pretzels and other fall-inspired food. Also enjoy live music, kids activities, traditional dance and stein-hoisting and keg lifting competitions..
Nadir and the band open the festivities on Friday at noon. Come have lunch with us in Downtown Detroit or start your weekend early!!