ESSENTIALS x ESSENCE: Three Keys at Three Keys

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88 keys and a ghost note ain't one.

The ESSENCE x ESSENTIALS 2019 series debuts with a spotlight on those blessed ivory tinklers. Our stage hosts a trilogy of keys steeped in soul, rhythm, blues and funk featuring Myla Bocage (CoolNasty, Betty Who, Lauren Jauregui), Aaron Abernathy (Ab Abernathy and the Nat Turner Band, MD for Black Milk) and Ron Avant (Free Nationals, MD for Anderson Paak) along with some very special guests, and backed by New Orleans' own beats outfit CoolNasty. All in celebration of our 4rd annual weekender featuring rising talent and local heroes during Essence Music Festival.

Essentials Day 1:
Three Keys at Three Keys
with house band CoolNasty

Aaron Abernathy (Aaron Abernathy and the Nat Turner Band, MD for Black Milk)
Ron Avant (Free Nationals, MD for Anderson Paak)
Myla Bocage (CoolNasty, Betty Who, Lauren Jauregui)
RC Williams (RC and the Gritz, MD for Erykah Badu) 


88 keys and a ghost note ain't one.

The ESSENCE x ESSENTIALS 2019 series debuts with a spotlight on those blessed ivory tinklers. Our stage hosts a trilogy of keys steeped in soul, rhythm, blues and funk featuring Myla Bocage (CoolNasty, Betty Who, Lauren Jauregui), Aaron Abernathy (Ab Abernathy and the Nat Turner Band, MD for Black Milk) and Ron Avant (Free Nationals, MD for Anderson Paak) along with some very special guests, and backed by New Orleans' own beats outfit CoolNasty. All in celebration of our 4rd annual weekender featuring rising talent and local heroes during Essence Music Festival.

Originating from the soulful epicenter of New Orleans, CoolNasty's sound exemplifies the city’s non-debatable jazz influence, while incorporating contemporary, R&B & soul twists appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. CoolNasty has relocated to Los Angeles to bring the groove of New Orleans to the mixing pot capital.

From a young age, Myla Bocage's music has played an important role in her artistic and self-expression, she began in the church choir and rapidly expanded with to regular performances in venues on Frenchman St. - a small eclectic street dedicated to local New Orleans artistry, most importantly, jazz. She has performed with Bobby Brown, Big Freedia, Robert Glasper, Teedra Moses, Ambre Perkins, 3DNatee, Chase N Cash and many more.

Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early 70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with his latest solo album, Dialogue. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Abernathy comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights leader Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. He was a student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert, and later joined the ranks of artists like Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack as a graduate from the prestigious music program at Howard University, where he sharpened his vocal abilities and musicianship while majoring in jazz piano. He has acted as musical director for global touring acts Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson. He has also staked his claim as a great solo artist with the release of his solo album Monologue in the fall of 2016, which was met with critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, Echoes Magazine (UK), Soultracks, and Saint Heron. In 2017 he continued the conversation with his sophomore effort, Dialogue, which won praise from Essence, Bandcamp Daily, Soultracks, Okayplayer, and Soulbounce. Abernathy spent 2018 promoting Dialogue on tour in America and Europe through his high energetic live show. His talent has touched audiences in places and cities such as New York City’s Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans’ Essence Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, London, Paris’ Mona Bismarck American Center, the world famous Cafe’ Central in Madrid, world renown Jamboree in Barcelona, and many other cities. He kicked off 2019 with a sold out debut show in Rome, Italy, on the eve of his latest release titled "Epilogue." Abernathy's vulnerability and ability to capture audiences on record as well as in live performance is a skill set that Soul music has been missing.

RC Williams is a maestro. He has a natural talent for making music and a work ethic that is second to none. He understands all the intricate pieces of the narrative and is able to weave them together seamlessly. He does so regardless of the genre of music. And he gives a powerful performance if the crowds consist of thousands or a circle of close friends.

Raised by a family of professional musicians in Dallas TX RC attended the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School. A school world renowned for producing extraordinary talent, he focused on Jazz and synthesizer combinations. Over time his dedication and effort led to an opportunity to tour with internationally celebrated gospel group, God’s Property.

That experience opened the doors for Williams to tour and perform alongside such great artist as Erykah Badu, Snoop Lion, Prince, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Pharell Williams, Mos Def, and Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, Raheem Devaughn, Bilal, Roy Ayers, Roy Hargrove, just to name a few. As well as being a touring musician Williams has also received multiple GRAMMY® nominations for producing and writing.

Currently he is working with his group Tha GRITZ. They have recently completed their first album and it features Snoop, Raheem DeVaughn, AD.d + and Ms. Erykah Badu. He is also a core member of Erykah Badu’s electronic production group, the Cannabinoids. With these duties he also tours with Ms. Badu as the musical director for her legendary live show.

Fourth annual weekender featuring music, art and culture.

Join the mailing list below for first dibs on announcements, tickets and specials.

Fourth annual weekender featuring music, art and culture. 

Join the mailing list below for first dibs on announcements, tickets and specials.


Details

  • 9PM–Thursday, July 04
  • Free with RSVP

88 keys and a ghost note ain't one.

The ESSENCE x ESSENTIALS 2019 series debuts with a spotlight on those blessed ivory tinklers. Our stage hosts a trilogy of keys steeped in soul, rhythm, blues and funk featuring Myla Bocage (CoolNasty, Betty Who, Lauren Jauregui), Aaron Abernathy (Ab Abernathy and the Nat Turner Band, MD for Black Milk) and Ron Avant (Free Nationals, MD for Anderson Paak) along with some very special guests, and backed by New Orleans' own beats outfit CoolNasty. All in celebration of our 4rd annual weekender featuring rising talent and local heroes during Essence Music Festival.

Essentials Day 1:
Three Keys at Three Keys
with house band CoolNasty

Aaron Abernathy (Aaron Abernathy and the Nat Turner Band, MD for Black Milk)
Ron Avant (Free Nationals, MD for Anderson Paak)
Myla Bocage (CoolNasty, Betty Who, Lauren Jauregui)
RC Williams (RC and the Gritz, MD for Erykah Badu) 


88 keys and a ghost note ain't one.

The ESSENCE x ESSENTIALS 2019 series debuts with a spotlight on those blessed ivory tinklers. Our stage hosts a trilogy of keys steeped in soul, rhythm, blues and funk featuring Myla Bocage (CoolNasty, Betty Who, Lauren Jauregui), Aaron Abernathy (Ab Abernathy and the Nat Turner Band, MD for Black Milk) and Ron Avant (Free Nationals, MD for Anderson Paak) along with some very special guests, and backed by New Orleans' own beats outfit CoolNasty. All in celebration of our 4rd annual weekender featuring rising talent and local heroes during Essence Music Festival.

Originating from the soulful epicenter of New Orleans, CoolNasty's sound exemplifies the city’s non-debatable jazz influence, while incorporating contemporary, R&B & soul twists appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. CoolNasty has relocated to Los Angeles to bring the groove of New Orleans to the mixing pot capital.

From a young age, Myla Bocage's music has played an important role in her artistic and self-expression, she began in the church choir and rapidly expanded with to regular performances in venues on Frenchman St. - a small eclectic street dedicated to local New Orleans artistry, most importantly, jazz. She has performed with Bobby Brown, Big Freedia, Robert Glasper, Teedra Moses, Ambre Perkins, 3DNatee, Chase N Cash and many more.

Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early 70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with his latest solo album, Dialogue. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Abernathy comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights leader Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. He was a student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert, and later joined the ranks of artists like Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack as a graduate from the prestigious music program at Howard University, where he sharpened his vocal abilities and musicianship while majoring in jazz piano. He has acted as musical director for global touring acts Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson. He has also staked his claim as a great solo artist with the release of his solo album Monologue in the fall of 2016, which was met with critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, Echoes Magazine (UK), Soultracks, and Saint Heron. In 2017 he continued the conversation with his sophomore effort, Dialogue, which won praise from Essence, Bandcamp Daily, Soultracks, Okayplayer, and Soulbounce. Abernathy spent 2018 promoting Dialogue on tour in America and Europe through his high energetic live show. His talent has touched audiences in places and cities such as New York City’s Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans’ Essence Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, London, Paris’ Mona Bismarck American Center, the world famous Cafe’ Central in Madrid, world renown Jamboree in Barcelona, and many other cities. He kicked off 2019 with a sold out debut show in Rome, Italy, on the eve of his latest release titled "Epilogue." Abernathy's vulnerability and ability to capture audiences on record as well as in live performance is a skill set that Soul music has been missing.

RC Williams is a maestro. He has a natural talent for making music and a work ethic that is second to none. He understands all the intricate pieces of the narrative and is able to weave them together seamlessly. He does so regardless of the genre of music. And he gives a powerful performance if the crowds consist of thousands or a circle of close friends.

Raised by a family of professional musicians in Dallas TX RC attended the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School. A school world renowned for producing extraordinary talent, he focused on Jazz and synthesizer combinations. Over time his dedication and effort led to an opportunity to tour with internationally celebrated gospel group, God’s Property.

That experience opened the doors for Williams to tour and perform alongside such great artist as Erykah Badu, Snoop Lion, Prince, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Pharell Williams, Mos Def, and Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, Raheem Devaughn, Bilal, Roy Ayers, Roy Hargrove, just to name a few. As well as being a touring musician Williams has also received multiple GRAMMY® nominations for producing and writing.

Currently he is working with his group Tha GRITZ. They have recently completed their first album and it features Snoop, Raheem DeVaughn, AD.d + and Ms. Erykah Badu. He is also a core member of Erykah Badu’s electronic production group, the Cannabinoids. With these duties he also tours with Ms. Badu as the musical director for her legendary live show.

Fourth annual weekender featuring music, art and culture.

Join the mailing list below for first dibs on announcements, tickets and specials.

Fourth annual weekender featuring music, art and culture. 

Join the mailing list below for first dibs on announcements, tickets and specials.

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