As we move into this weekend, the Black Lily Film & Music Festival marches on. Events are happening all day... everyday. There are two that you definitely need to watch out for.
Tonight at Silk City, Two.One.Five Magazine is presenting the Black Lily Jam Session. This event will be a throw back to Black Lily's days at the Five Spot in Old City. Featured performers include Imani Uzuri, a powerful singer/performance artist who has collaborated with 4Hero and Herbie Hancock, and Maya Azucena, a Brooklyn based songbird who has made lots of noise on the alternative soul scene. On band duty we have the Back 2 Basics Band, an all-star group of some of Philly's best musicians who play at King Britt's Back 2 Basics party on Monday nights. Also, on DJ duty we have DJ Junior from Eavesdrop Radio on WKDU 91.7 FM. Expect lots of amazing performances and lots of surprise guests.
Saturday Night has the event that you need to watch out for. It's the Black Lily Honors Concert at World Cafe Live. Just to give you some background, last years concert had a heavyweight line-up with special performances by people like Jill Scott and a slightly intoxicated Amy Winehouse, amongst others. This year's top notch line-up includes legendary female mc Bahamadia, soul diva Jaguar Wright, former Digable Planets member Ladybug Mecca, and a special performance with jazz/blue performers Lizz Wright and Toshi Reagon together. That's just the start! Of all the performers scheduled, I'm looking forward to seeing LA electro-soul group J*Davey, who sound like they could be Prince's love children. A word to the wise... Don't miss this event!