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In Performance: A Soul-full Concert to Benefit Eko Ise

Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Doors 7:30 // Show 8:00 PM
Beer // wine // non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. No food.


The second in a concert series to support Eko Ise, the conservatory music education program at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and in collaboration with The Front Porch Roots Music School. The program will offer instrument, theory, real world musical experience and audio production education to Black children ages 8 to 18. This concert features some of Charlottesville’s finest musicians including:

Our drummer Robinson Hubbard is truly a superhero. A lawyer by day and kick ass drummer most nights. He is one of those musicians that seems relaxed in every environment, and can beat those drums to any genre whether it’s rock, R&B or Jazz.

Our bassist, Eric J Thomas is a silent killer. He may be soft spoken, but when his fingers are tickling a bass you should prepare to be slain by the sounds he makes. A consummate professional, this brotha works hard at having fun while makin music.

Our pianist, Ivan Orr, is not just a Charlottesville native but a musician that has deep roots in this community, which began with the band Ebony Groove and continues to this day.

He is a multi-instrumentalist and the musical director of this series of concerts. There is no one any of us would rather create with. His love and passion for music is infectious and his attention to detail and the production of music that is complicated and beautiful is what sets him apart.

Just about all of Charlottesville has watched Ti Ames grow and mature into one of the most creative, talented and badass artists you’ve ever met.

They are an actor, writer, director, intuitive and effervescent human being that we are honored to know.

And if you’ve never heard them sing…you don’t know that an unstoppable wave of sound is about to hit you, hard. When you pick yourself up off the floor, you’ll have a smile on your face.

Daphne Brown is a real deal native New Yorker, truly gifted singer and comedienne who just hasn’t hit the stand-up circuit.

You will never forget this first time you meet “Brownie”. You know what they say – “You’ve got to watch the quiet ones.” There are some singers that from the first note “You already know…” From Anita Baker to Chaka Khan and everything in between this woman has the voice.

Lane L Train Stowe is a true baritone, which is hard enough to find. When you add that he plays several horns and bass, you know you’ve found something special. He is not just a lover of music, he is a connoisseur. To him, music is truly a language meant to tell stories and convey emotions that mere words cannot come close to. Listening to the velvet tones he produces can captivate and inspire you. When he picks up a horn the magic created passes understanding.

Once in a lifetime if you’re lucky, you might encounter an actual force of nature. Leslie M. Scott-Jones is the embodiment of vision, spirit and hard work that quite simply gives her the power to make things happen.

A multi-hyphenate(writer, director, actress, and on and on…) creative, Leslie often describes her vocal gift as residing in the torch song environment. Oh but there is much more there than that descriptor. You see when you have the ability to not only sing the song but to invite the audience in to witness the joy and pain of the lyrics with you that is the hallmark of a performer dedicated to their craft.

This night of music could not have come together without the tireless work. She’s set her sights on bringing this level of entertainment to this city on the regular, and we will all benefit from the fruits of her tireless labor.


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Jan 31
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Front Porch


The Front Porch
221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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