Steep In is gearing up for a homegrown party this Friday. This week the party is in Durham at Motorco, Doors at 8. All three of the acts are local to the Triangle. While each of these bands share some common influences, each set will have its own distinct sound.
Jamil Rashad, Boulevards, has dedicated his career to getting people on the dance floor by revitalizing funk. Boulevards has no problem following in the foot steps of the greats before him like James Brown, Rick James, and Prince. He is a true performer and leads the dance party the whole night through.
I’m really excited to see ZenSoFly this weekend. It’s been a while for me and she has that something special that gets a crowd going. Her music is a mix of hip hop and house with a little bit of soul mixed in. Zen has been performing all over the country recently I’m sure she is ready to play a set close to her home. Max Lewis, who produced her latest album Sunflowers, will be DJing her set.
ZenSoFly at Red Hat Amphitheater
Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to see N’kogniito live yet but, from what I can tell, I am really going to dig their set. While putting together the playlist for this weekend I familiarized my self with their work. They seem to have a sound that is a bit more relaxed than both ZenSoFly and Boulevards. They certainly won’t be out of place at the show, however. Their music Is a unique blend of R&B, soul, and funk.
N’ kogniito (image from their website)
If you looking to get out, dance and have a good time this Friday night, this is definitely your best bet. Hope to see you there! I’ll be the one up front dancing his ass off in a tank top. If you want a better feel for these bands, check out the playlist I put together for the show.
Link to the Facebook event: Boulevards with ZenSoFly and N’kogniito
Feature Images By Missy Malouff