Thursday, May 24, 2018

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Eric B. and Rakim, Gladys Knight and the O'Jays on Richmond Jazz Fest Lineup

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 5:45 PM

“If you’re over 30, you’re going to love this year’s lineup,” promises Ken Johnson, CEO of JMI, formerly Johnson, Inc., and curator of the Richmond Jazz Festival. The wide-ranging roster for the Festivals ninth edition, held Aug. 9 through 12 at Maymont, was revealed today at River City Roll, the Scott's Addition upscale bowling alley.

Retro-heavy headliners include '60s R&B legends Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, '70s funk futurists George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and '90s rap pioneers Erik B and Rakim and Warren G. UK blue-eyed soul singer (and royal wedding attendee) Joss Stone may be just 31, but even her career stretches back to 2003. Additional youthful counterweight is provided by 2015 Monk Competition Jazzmeia Horn and Richmond’s own Butcher Brown, just featured as one of five bands to watch in Ebony magazine.

The annual multiday event at Maymont is 2018’s Style Weekly readers’ choice for Best Festival for good reason. There are three stages spread across the sylvan grounds, an artist “meet and greet” tent, an expansive vendor section, and an always-popular wine tasting area.

Musically, there is literally something for everyone. Some of the best and most interesting acts are found further down the list. Dee Dee Bridgewater put on a memorable set a few years back, and South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo is always amazingly high-energy live.

The complete lineup:

Gladys Knight

The O’Jays

Jazzmeia Horn

Joss Stone

Kurt Elling

Nicholas Payton

Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony

Deva Mahal

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Butcher Brown

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Red Baraat

Warren G

Christian Sands


Erik B and Rakim

Euge Groove

The City

Nelson Rangel & Steve Oliver

Tony! Tony! Toné!

Brian McKnight

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Twenty-One African-American Physicians Recognized on Bon Secours Legacy Wall

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 2:45 PM

On May 11, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital revealed a newly created Legacy Wall of outdoor art made by local muralist Hamilton Glass and alumni from the non-profit Art 180.

The murals recognize 21 notable African-American physicians who worked at Richmond Community Hospital.

Richmond Community Hospital dates back to the early 1900s and is credited with "descending from the first African-American patient care facility in Virginia," according to a press release.

You can visit the wall outside the Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center located at 2600 Nine Mile Rd.

If you want to know more about these community heroes featured on the wall, a recent press release from Bon Secours had more bio information. Read on.

Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital: Twenty Physicians Biographies

1. Walton Belle: General Surgeon

Dr. Walton Belle received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University before enlisting in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s. He returned to attend Meharry Medical College, where he completed his medical degree and General Surgery training. Dr. Belle served as both Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Richmond Community Hospital. He contributed funds to cover the initial operating budget of the new hospital building within the Church Hill district. Once construction was complete, Dr. Belle’s knowledge of Public Health Services was instrumental in setting up the new facility.

2. Lillie Bennett: Pediatrics

Dr. Lillie Bennett is a native Richmonder and leading Pediatrician in Richmond. She completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and her medical degree at Meharry Medical College. She finished her residency in Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital. She was part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when a new, more advanced, facility was being proposed. Although the plans did not include an Obstetrics or Pediatrics ward, Dr. Bennett’s belief in supporting the community and its Black physicians was so strong, she contributed funds to make this facility a reality.

3. Elwood Boone: Urology

Dr. Elwood Boone completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate University and, with his brother Lewis, attended Meharry College of Medicine, where he graduated with his medical degree. Moving to the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), Dr. Boone trained in both Urology and Surgery. Dr. Boone was part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when construction of a new facility in the Church Hill district was being discussed. He supported that decision, citing the need for an updated facility where Black physicians could practice first-class medicine, work with their colleagues on a daily basis, and stand as a source of pride for the community.

4. Lewis Boone: Ob-Gyn

Dr. Lewis Boone earned his medical degree, along with his brother Elwood, from Meharry College of Medicine. He then went to the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), where he specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He later joined the staff at Richmond Community Hospital. Though plans for the new hospital facility did not include an Obstetrics ward, a Gynecology department was proposed to take care of local women’s needs. Dr. Boone financial contribution to the new building helped cover a shortage in its initial operating budget.

5. Theodore R. Coots Brown: Family Practice

Dr. Theodore Coots Brown earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and later moved to Howard University’s College of Medicine to complete his medical degree. Dr. Brown donated not only his expertise, but financial resources towards the construction of the new hospital facility, ensuring its continuing legacy within the community.

6. James Campbell: Radiologist

Originally from Guyama, South America, Dr. James Campbell moved to the United States to complete his undergraduate degree at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. He received his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. He continued his medical training at Nassau County Medical Center. Both Dr. Campbell and his wife, Dr. Joyce Whitaker, contributed funds to support the new building project, thereby ensuring its continuing presence within the community.

7. Wesley Carter: Psychiatry

Dr. Wesley Carter was born at Richmond Community Hospital. He earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). While practicing in Richmond, he joined the Richmond Medical Society, serving as its president for four years. Dr. Carter was enthusiastic about the plan to build a new facility for Richmond Community Hospital and provided a portion of the support needed to keep the project alive.

8. Harry Crawford: General Surgery

Dr. Harry Crawford earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University before attending Meharry Medical School and Howard University’s School of Medicine, training as a General Surgeon. Being such an ardent advocate of the community, Dr. Crawford contributed funds to help cover the shortage in the initial operating budget helping make Richmond Community Hospital’s new Church Hill facility a reality.

9. Halstead Howell: General Surgery

Dr. Halstead Howell earned his undergraduate degree at Oakwood University and received his medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine. He joined the staff at Richmond Community Hospital and served on many committees in Bon Secours Richmond Health System. Until his retirement, Dr. Howell taught as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly MCV). He pledged his financial support to assist with the initial operating costs for the new facility in Church Hill.

10. John Howlette: Optometry

Dr. John Howlette received his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and studied for his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. He completed his training with a residency in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Howlette was the first African-American optometrist in Richmond, establishing his practice in the Jackson Ward district in 1952.

11. Reginald Jackson: Radiologist

Dr. Reginald Jackson’s family has a long history in Richmond’s medical community; his father, Dr. Isaiah Jackson, was one of the original founders of Richmond Community Hospital; and his son, Dr. Richard Jackson, is part of the current medical staff. Dr. Reginald Jackson received his medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine and RCH Physicians and specialized in Radiology at Homer G. Philips Hospital. He later became Chief of the Radiology department at Richmond Community Hospital. Dr. Reginald Jakcson is recognized as one of the leading proponents of the proposal to construct a new facility for Richmond Community Hospital at its current Church Hill location.

12. Wiley and Bernice Latham: Gastroenterology and Family Practice

Drs. Wiley and Bernice Latham met while studying for their medical degree at Meharry Medical College. They interned at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), where he studied Internal Medicine and she focused on Family Practice. They completed their residencies at Howard University’s College of Medicine, where Wiley finished his fellowship in Gastroenterology. Dr. Wiley Latham became the first African-American gastroenterologist practicing in Richmond. Both doctors were part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when they learned of the proposal for a new hospital. They contributed funds when the project’s initial operating budget came up short.

13. Frank Royal: Family Practitioner

Dr. Frank Royal trained as a Family Practitioner at Meharry Medical College. An eloquent speaker, Dr. Royal convinced the members of the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) that a new facility was needed in Richmond’s East End. Even after the completion of Richmond Community Hospital’s new building, Dr. Royal partnered with Dr. Walton Belle to create an ICU department for the facility. He also encouraged the hospital’s eventual partnership with the Bon Secours Health System in 1995.

14. Harry Royal: Ob-Gyn

Dr. Harry Royal entered Meharry Medical College two years before his twin brother, Frank. Dr. Royal also attended Temple University to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a member of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when the new hospital facility in the Church Hill district was proposed. Dr. Royal contributed funds to help cover the initial operating costs for the new facility.

15. Lindley Smith: Ophthalmology

Dr. Lindley Smith received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University. He attended Meharry Medical College and graduated with his medical degree. He later trained in Ophthalmology at Letterman Army Medical Center. Dr. Smith remembers moving to Richmond at a time when there were no Black Ophthalmologists practicing in the city and felt that the Black community needed a representative in that discipline. He respects Richmond Community Hospital for its age, its history, and its tradition of caring for those less fortunate, and felt honored to carry on the legacy of that institution.

16. Charles Sutton: Family Practice

Dr. Charles Sutton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and earned his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine; his internship and residency were spent at the District of Columbia General Hospital, where Dr. Sutton specialized in Family Practice. He served on the medical staff of many hospitals within the area, including Richmond Community Hospital. Dr. Sutton believed in the importance of having medical institutions owned and controlled by the community, as this would assure the RCH Physicians highest standards of health care for Black patients. When informed that the original bank loan would not cover the initial operating costs of the new building for Richmond Community Hospital, Dr. Sutton guaranteed to cover any outstanding gaps within the budget.

17. Valvin Sutton: Internal Medicine

Dr. Valvin Sutton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and completed his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. He remained at Howard to finish his residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Valvin Sutton established his practice within the same office building as his uncle, Dr. Charles Sutton and became a member of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital. He said his motivation for supporting the new building project for Richmond Community Hospital was to follow his uncle’s lead. He understood the necessity of having community-owned institutions to assure the highest standards of medical healthcare within the Black community.

18. William Thornton: Podiatry

Dr. William Thornton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and completed his medical degree and residency at the Ohio College of Podiatry. He was co- chair of the Legislative Committee of the Richmond Medical Society, as well as president of the Podiatry Society of Virginia. He contributed funds to Richmond Community Hospital’s new building project because he believed the community would be strengthened by having an outstanding hospital facility supported by a professional medical staff.

19. Joyce Whitaker: Pediatrics

Dr. Joyce Whitaker earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and received her medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Whitaker completed her internship and residency at the Nassau County Medical Center. Both Drs. Whitaker and her husband, Dr. James Campbell were part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when the proposed new building’s budget fell short. Dr. Whitaker felt motivated to support the project financially in part because she had been born, reared, and educated within the Church Hill district.

20. Everett White: Family Practitioner

Dr. Everett White received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and completed his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. Dr. White opened a private practice in Richmond, specializing in Family Practice. His commitment to the community endured throughout his career; he served as President of the Richmond Medical Society, Secretary of the medical staff of Richmond Community Hospital, and as member of both the Richmond Tuberculosis Association and the Richmond Infantile Paralysis Association. Dr. White contributed funds to help cover the outstanding balance of funds needed for the creation of Richmond Community Hospital’s new facility.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse Performing at Innsbrook in September

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Ziggy Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, and the Birmingham, England reggae group Steel Pulse will be performing at Innsbrook After Hours on Sept. 12.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 24 and there is a special early bird general admission price of $12 for one week only.

This is the 33rd season for Innsbrook after Hours, and other shows this summer include: X Ambassadors and Fitz and the Tantrums June 8, Hank Williams, Jr. on June 9, the XL102 Big Field Day June 23, Ludacris (June 30), the K95 CountryFest July 6 and 7, Chris Young (July 20), Dark Star Orchestra (Aug. 16), ZZ Top (Aug. 22) and Kool & The Gang (Aug. 23).

Here's more info from the press release on Ziggy Marley:

Eight-time Grammy award winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley released his seventh full-length solo studio album, "Rebellion Rises," last week (on May 18). Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism and love. Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released thirteen albums to much critical acclaim ...

Marley’s early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down." Ziggy's first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album.” His third solo album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a 5th Grammy award for “Best Children’s Album.” In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed 4th studio album Wild And Free, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as his first ever comic book entitled MARIJUANAMAN. Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hemp seed snacks, was started in 2012. His 2012 live album “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” earned him his 6th Grammy award for “Best Reggae Album.” To coincide with the release of “Fly Rasta” in 2014, Ziggy put out his debut children’s book “I Love You Too,” a multicultural picture book based on one of Ziggy’s most beloved songs of the same title from his Grammy Award-winning album “Family Time,” which explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature and the unstoppable force of love.

More info: Gates open at 5:00 PM; showtime is 6:00 PM. All events are rain or shine. No refunds. Innsbrook After Hours is located at the SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. Glen Allen, VA.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Interview: Yeni Nostalji Has A New Album Out

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Finding your voice is the essential personal quest for a musician. But what if you find your truest, most honest voice in a foreign language?

One answer is Yeni Nostalji, the Richmond band whose eclectic, eponymous debut CD was released by Ropeadope Records on May 4.

Fittingly for a band whose name translates to “new nostalgia,” the music is a magpie mélange of decades of international influences, including bossa nova, country, folk, German electronica, French, Turkish and Arabic pop. The mix is melded by appealing melodies, sophisticated arrangements, and the polished charisma of Roanoke-born singer Christina Marie [Gleixner]. All the lyrics are in Turkish.

The project started around the kitchen table at Church Hill’s Sub Rosa Bakery, with Christina Marie finding her way into the music with Turkey-born owner Evrim Doğu. “It is my first exploration into another language. I first heard it in watching some films. It almost sounded Eastern, and when sung traditionally more Arabesque.”

It was anything but an obvious choice for someone cites Leonard Cohen, Dolly Parton, and John Denver as key inspirations.

“I never thought about how much of a challenge it was going to be,” says Marie Gleixner, “or that it would get this far. People latch onto words. I cannot blame anyone who cannot connect, all my influences write in English. If there is not a big audience in America, I hope to find one in Europe.”

At once sweeping and intimate, the new CD features players from the Richmond Symphony, NoBS! Brass, and Bio Ritmo- notably the piano and string arrangements of Marlysse Simmons. It is a record that can be enjoyed either drifting across the polished surface, or diving into lovely sonic depths.

“She does not have a big vocabulary,” says Emre Katari, a native Turkish speaker and the drummer in her performing band. “But what she says with it is huge.”

For Christina Marie, the limitations are liberating. “It is so easy to mask things in English,” she says. “Turkish forces me to be straightforward, dramatic and intense.”

The songs are nakedly honest, treating love as a storm, a battle, at one moment immortal and eternal, at another slipping through fingers like water. For a non-Turkish speaker, the phonetics have the sibilant charm of Brazilian samba. The soulful, gently hook-laden melodies effortlessly bridge the gap of verbal comprehension.

The album was recorded in chunks over several years, with every session at Lance Koehler’s Minimum Wage studio. It took a while to find the right label before the genre-spanning Ropeadope enthusiastically snapped it up. People liked the sound, but the US market for pop records in Turkish is untested.

Moreover, even in Turkey, Yeni Nostalji is unique.

“Nobody plays music like this,” says Katari. “The records there are all conservative and traditional.”

Christina Marie said she once heard Katari describe it as “country music for Turkish people.” There are times when it sounds a bit like alt-country. “Başka Bir Sey Şöyleme” evokes “Fox Confessor”-era Neko Case.

However, Yeni Nostalji’s singular combination of styles and influences defies easy categorization. That is both its biggest strength and its greatest challenge as the group continues to evolve its sound while trying to reach audiences through tours, grants, and opportunities to play in international festivals.

“I know it is not for everyone,” Christina Marie admits.

Then again, what is that is worthwhile?

The album release party will be held on Friday, May 18 at Gallery 5. Doors are at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. $8 advance and $10 day of show. DJ OlNuBi spins until 9 p.m. and Keilan Creech opens the show with his striking, intimate ballads.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Scott Clark's "ToNow" (Clean Feed)

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Scott Clark’s new CD updates the drummer’s exploration of his Native American roots. His previous record, “Bury My Heart,” is an audacious, moving evocation of the Dee Brown’s survey history of the clearing of America’s original population through broken treaties and genocidal war.

“ToNow” focuses on a much more constrained conflict, the nine-month protest of the routing of the North Dakota Access Pipeline through the watershed of the Standing Rock Reservation. The band is Scott’s long-running group, with bassist Cameron Ralston, trumpeter Bob Miller, saxophonist Jason Scott, and guitarist Alan Parker, extended with Chicago guitarist Tobin Summerfield.

As in the previous record, there are moments of sylvan contemplation balanced with churning intensity. As with “The Dark Side of the Moon”/”Wizard of Oz” synchronicity, the record pairs well with the grainy footage from the actual event. Better yet, experience it in person at the Black Iris on Broad Street. Local heroes Brian Jones and JC Kuhl play the opening set.

Scott Clark performs on May 9 at Black Iris. Doors 7:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m. $6 - $10. Full Bar

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Brian Wilson "Pet Sounds" Show Postponed in Richmond

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM

From the press release desk:

"(RICHMOND, VA – May 1st, 2018) –Upcoming scheduled dates on Brian Wilson’s current tour, including the May 15th show “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin” at Dominion Energy Center, have been postponed and will be rescheduled. Mr. Wilson is undergoing emergency back surgery and will be working to reschedule the shows. Current ticket holders will have their tickets honored for the new date when it is announced. Official statement from Brian Wilson below:

"Dear friends, as some of you might know I have been having some issues with my back that has very recently gotten worse. It runs in my family, Carl had back problems as well. My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately. They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain. Sadly, this means we must postpone the upcoming May shows. I’m very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to everyone who was coming out to see us. I know that my agents are already in the process of rescheduling and we will have some of the make up dates to announce very soon. We will get you all the info asap. Please know that the music is in my heart and in my soul and me and the boys are looking forward to performing for you very soon.

Love & Mercy

Brian Wilson

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