Supporting his new EP, Lovely, Kwesi K brings his mini-tour to Red Light Café with special guests Chelsea Shag, Vinchelle Woods, Kristen Englenz, and Ten O'Clock Reservation.
Folk music is what the people sing. Big Mamma Thornton brought us Rock n Roll. Sam Cooke helped define soul. The storytelling of Grandmaster Flash helped lay the foundation of Hip Hop. These are all genres that have their roots in American Folk Music, believe it or not. Like the great artists before him, Kwesi K (Kway-See Kay) continues the legacy of Folk Music. The Alaskan-Ghanaian-Ohioian songwriter uses contemporary stylings that pull from the diasporas of American heritage. Soulful and simple, Kwesi K draws his listeners in with colorful story lines and a melodic fervor. Kwesi is a true American folk musician celebrating the history of this country's ancestors and their music.
Chelsea Shag (born Chelsea Szegidewicz) is a Canadian born female vocalist and jazz guitar player who grew up in Canada and in Kennesaw, GA. She has been likened to Erikah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga. Her genre is difficult to classify as it’s a fusion of many while she masters them all. Furthermore, Chelsea sings, and plays several instruments, including her main – the jazz guitar.
At a shapely 5’9”, with striking eyes, lovely locks, long legs and a notable derriere, this 21 year old up-and- comer is on her way to stardom. She rocks out with her outstanding band, or when soloing with her guitar – “George” and either way, she commands the stage in front of any audience. Most interestingly, established musicians and producers in the industry have already stated that she demonstrates “Grammy winning” potential.
Vinchelle Woods is a former student of the The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she studied Acting and Musical Theatre in 2007. Before leaving Philadelphia in 2013, Vinchelle was a voice coach at The School of Rock as well as part of the worship team at Broad Street Ministry and several other churches and worked as a session vocalist. She has had the privilege of working with many local Philly bands and other well known artist such as: Bilal, Jazmine Sullivan, Jaguar Wright, Eric Roberson and others. Some of the local Philly bands she has been involved with are: SunShowers, Josiah Wise & God Bodi, Toy Soldiers, Virtual Virgin, The Extraordinaires and many others.
Nowadays, she's playing her classical guitar and singing songs for all to hear.
Kristen Englenz is a singer / songwriter from Decatur, GA. In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship to play french horn and piano at the University of North Carolina Asheville. After graduating in 2012 Kristen moved back to Decatur, GA and began playing out in local venues such as Eddie's Attic, and the Red Light Café.
Atlanta-based musician Bill Taylor of the Bitteroots recently wrote: "Kristen is a fresh face on the Atlanta music scene and brings an open vulnerability to the stage. At recent club shows, the audience finds themselves hanging on to every word and chord progression coming from this authentic talent. Merging sounds from artists like Stevie Nicks & Joni Mitchell, and then blending with a modern alt-country angle, this singer-songwriter has a promising career on the lighted stage."