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.”