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(Schedule coming soon!)
Martha Wash’s new album, Love & Conflict, promises to take fans in a fascinating and perhaps unexpected new direction. Released by Ms. Wash’s label, Purple Rose Records, this eclectic collection of mesmerizing blues-rock and adult contemporary songs is a stylistically adventurous journey for the legendary vocalist, entrepreneur and producer, whose spectacular achievements in the music industry are nothing short of staggering. But breaking new ground is something that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Martha’s amazing past including her fourteen Number 1 hits!
The two-time Grammy-nominated singer, who began her musical career at the age of two in her parents’ church in San Francisco, has been lifting the spirits of audiences for decades. Initially at the forefront of the disco movement of the late ’70s, performing powerful background vocals for the iconic, flamboyant star Sylvester of “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” fame, Martha went on to storm the ’80s as one half of The Weather Girls with their mega-hit “It’s Raining Men.” The ’90s moved Martha’s already prolific career into high gear with her awe-inspiring recording of “Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” the highlight of C&C Music Factory’s career, which sold 10 1/2 million copies worldwide.
With the creation of her own recording label Purple Rose Records, and working closely with manager James Washington, the 21st century has seen Martha continue to evolve in exciting ways. In music, Martha released the critically acclaimed Something Good album in 2013. Beyond music, Martha’s popular entertainment/talk television show, 10 Minutes with Martha Wash is now entering its second season. She’s also created a digital publication, FLOD Spotlight Magazine, and continues to support charitable organizations, such as “QSAC Inc”, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to individuals with Autism and their families. Martha’s also worked tirelessly for people affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States.
Pre-Pandemic, Ali Caldwell enjoyed the perks of being on tour with Christina Aguilera as a featured supporting vocalist during Christina Aguilera’s Vegas Residency entitled “The Xperience” and Her International Tour entitled “The X Tour”. Ali was also featured on BET Centric TV’s Black Music Month series back in February as 1 of 4 Independent Black Women in Music to watch.
Ali Caldwell is well on her way to establishing herself as one of the voices of our time. You’ve seen her Wow audiences & judges on 2 Hit Television shows, The Voice on NBC (Season 11) & The Four with P.Diddy On Fox (Season 2). She Headlined six International European Tours encompassing seven countries as an independent artist and most recently, performed & killed SXSW 2022 in Austin, TX at the impressive Wisdome (WisdomeLA, a huge 360 degree 3D Immersive Sound Dome & Stage) in conjunction with Breaking Hits.
Ali Caldwell now has her sights set on going back home for a much needed visit—back home to New Jersey. Ready to bring energy, the vocals, the band & her stunning presence to the New Jersey Pride Festival 2022. Get ready for the Red Queen!
Alphonso Horne & the Gotham Kings
Gotham Kings is a high energy immersive jazz experience! Two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter, Alphonso Horne has put together a band that weaves the sound of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that demonstrates the history of the trumpet and the story of jazz. Inspired by the music of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Gotham Kings uses the virtuosity of the young Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver to take you on a journey of sound that encompasses rags, stomps, shouts and funk! The band has played in venues including Caramoor Jazz Festival, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more! Individually, members of the Gotham Kings have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Colbert Show and more!
Performing as a trio, Antigone Rising always puts on a great show, and their excellent musicianship, songwriting and soaring three-part harmonies have kept them a favorite in clubs and Festivals. At North Jersey Pride on June 12th, they will reunite on stage with drummer Dena Tauriello!
Founding sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson have always had the same philosophy, play better than the boys and make sure the fans feel like part of the family. That philosophy plus writing undeniably catchy songs has allowed this self-sustained group to maintain their independence and leave an indelible mark on an industry best known for leaving girl (bands) behind.
Antigone Rising continues to play a major part in LGBTQ advocacy. They are currently working on a new CD and launched Girls Rising, (www.girlsrising.org) a nonprofit organization that inspires young women to harness their potential, follow their dreams, and pursue non-traditional career paths.
Autumn Jones & the Smoke
Autumn Jones is a singer-songwriter from Maplewood, New Jersey, and a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The soulful R&B she creates is an expression of her life experiences as told through her stories and in each of her songs, which are available on all major platforms.
She has had success performing in the Boston area at venues such as City Winery, Ryles Jazz Club, Midway Cafe and Hard Rock Cafe. She's also had recent success in New York City, New Jersey and Spain with her performances at Silvana in Harlem, Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan, Radio City in Valencia and the annual Maplewoodstock festival in NJ. Autumn has also had the amazing opportunity to open for R&B Artists Vivian Green and Jon B. at the acclaimed South Orange Performing Art Center. Her single "Bittersweet" has won a Tracks Music Award for Best R&B Song and another for Best Studio Sound in 2021. This past February her most recent feel good jam, MONEY HONEY MANIFEST, was featured in a nation-wide Pantene commercial making this Autumn’s first successful sync.
As a proud lyricist, she believes that the combination of word and music are extremely powerful, and hopes that her songs and lyrics move others as much as they have moved her. Her love for performing has shaped her into the confident show woman that she is today, and she cannot wait to show what she's working on with her band, The Smoke.
Britton & The Sting
Recent Tony Award-winner Britton Smith uses his funk liberation band Britton & The Sting to spread the gospel of authenticity and inclusion as the bridge to radical liberation. Britton self identifies as a Black Gay Mega Pastor, set on this earth to dismantle the systems and ideas of oppression that keep us from living our most authentic lives. Let’s Get Drunk and Go to Church—the band’s anthem—speaks volumes about their mission and identity. The talented pack of musicians lead their congregation with an electric passion for funk, gospel, soul, and testimony. Their shows feel like church in all the best ways. Their last Joe’s Pub show was a sold-out, roaring experience, so get ready for some fun!
Recently featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Fault Magazine, and The New Yorker, Britton & The Sting was also featured in Paper Magazine’s “Bops Only” 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Right'' list, as well as a featured 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Submission Top Pick.
Harmonica Sunbeam, the Queen of Comedy, has been delighting audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad for over 27 years. Her live appearances have gained her a cult following of all ages, races and backgrounds. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, her film credits include “Honey,” with Jessica Alba, “Uptown Girls,” with Brittany Murphy and the Oliver Stone drama, “World Trade Center.” She has also worked alongside noted musical artists such as Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holiday, and Katy Perry. Miss Sunbeam’s latest project is showcasing her unique ability to uplift, encourage and engage children. As a host of DragQueen Story Hour, she reads to kids of all ages at libraries, bookstores, festivals and other events. DragQueen Story Hour encourages children to relate to both gender neutrality and non-conformity, while promoting positive LGTBQ role models.
MuMu is an independent musician who was born and raised in Harlem, NYC. She hit the music scene in 2018 with her hit single Free the Nip, quickly gathering millions of views on YouTube and hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify. She spent the next few years touring the country with her band and releasing her EP, Ladies First. When the lockdown began, she podded up with her band and they’ve spent the last year filming live sessions and releasing a new song every two weeks. In addition to her solo career, MuMu is also the head songwriter and co-star of Best Summer Ever, an original musical feature, which will have its world premiere at SXSW this March.
New Jersey Gay Men's Chorus
The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus is an inclusive volunteer chorus drawing from communities in New Jersey and surrounding areas. During NJGMC's 30-plus-year history, the group has worked in conjunction with the New Jersey Names Project and marched with the AIDS Memorial Quilt at Jersey Pride in Asbury Park; performed at World AIDS Day services throughout Central NJ; Pride Night sponsored by The Pride Center of New Jersey; the Princeton University Transgender Remembrance Service; and the Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Jewish Community Center in Edison. We also had the thrilling experience of performing “Sing for the Cure,” a musical benefit for breast cancer education, at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, the NJGMC was invited to perform on stage with the extraordinarily talented Hugh Jackman at the New Jersey stop of his world tour, “The Man, The Music, The Show” at the Prudential Center.
...and your fabulous host, Scott Nevins!
Scott Nevins is best known for being one of the breakout stars and original cast members of Bravo TV’s series “The People’s Couch,” and truTV’s hit show “truTV Presents: World’s Dumbest…”. Scott has appeared on national TV on NBC, FOX, Bravo, CNN International, HLN, truTV, The Style Network, Fuse TV and LOGO and has hosted several red carpet events for TV Land. He received high praise for his work as the cohost of “The Ann Walker Show with Scott Nevins” (UBN Radio), as a fill-in host on Sirius Satellite Radio and KNews Radio, and most recently as a political contributor for NewNowNext.com. Scott has has a special place in his heart for the North Jersey Pride Festival—which is why he has returned year after year to be our emcee—we love you, Scott!