Artists Line Up
National, International, and Emerging Artists – Food, Music, Dancing, & More!
Meet the Artists
KLYMAXX The R&B all female funk band KLYMAXX is KLYMAXXTIC! Still going strong their music is a staple on the radio and in dance clubs around the world. Belting out hits like, “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room” the group’s name is synonymous with classic women’s anthems. Their beautiful ballad, “I Miss You”, was Billboard Magazine’s #3 song of 1986 and still to this day is played when love is in the air. Continuing into the 90’s with the #4 R&B hit, “Good Love” followed their sultry Neo-Soul groove entitled, “Private Party” showed evident that they could flow with the changing music trends. Much of the group’s success can be credited to Cheryl Cooley, Co-founder and original member. She has personally nurtured the group’s unique sound by overseeing the infusion of 80’s funk with a modern swag. Her enthusiasm and vision have transformed KLYMAXX into a leaner meaner entity producing live music that delivers dynamic vocals and uncompromised grooves. These ladies are serious about entertaining their fans and continuing with the KLYMAXX legacy.
LAKESIDE Formed in 1969, US vocalists Tiemeyer McCain, Thomas Oliver Shelby, Otis Stokes and Mark Woods were augmented by an instrumental unit comprising Steve Shockley (guitar), Norman Beavers (keyboards), Marvin Craig (bass), Fred Alexander (drums) and Fred Lewis (percussion). Originally based in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this funk group secured its first hit in 1978 with ‘It’s All The Way Live’. Released on the Solar label, it was the first of a series of popular singles including ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (1980), ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ (1982) and ‘Outrageous’ (1984), all of which reached the US R&B Top 10. Although guitarist Shockley was an integral part of the Solar house band, Lakeside lacked the profile of labelmates Shalamar. A three-year chart hiatus ended in 1987, but that year’s ‘Bullseye’ remains the group’s last chart entry to date.
PFUNK CONNECTION -PFunk Connection is an Atlanta-based band that has the DNA of Mr. George Clinton and was formed as a group in 2011. Each member came from deep rooted hands on Funk & R&B background, influenced by the Funk as its muscles, with Detroit’s clean edge in its brain, promising to bring the highest vibe performances. Initialed by “P” as in Patty Walker, who has performed and recorded as a vocalist with Rock n Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic for 30 + years, 9 members from funky backgrounds, has united together under her. Patty Walker as Lead Vocals and the driving energy Recorded and toured with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Original P, Rick James, Bootsy Collins
MARCUS JOHNSON is an American jazz musician, producer, and entrepreneur. He is the director of For the Love Of Brands, a company that houses both a music and a wine label. A renowned jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Marcus Johnson continues to stand strong with his latest CD titled Poetically Justified, released June 2, 2009 with a debut at #10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Poetically Justified marks Johnson’s eleventh solo jazz record and is Johnson’s most unique and multifaceted album to date. His experience and passion provide the perfect platform for this newest musical masterpiece, best described as a combination of smooth urban jazz with a slice of funk. He is the CEO/President of Marimelj Entertainment Group, Three Keys Music, and Three Keys Publishing. He is also the CEO/Founder of both FLO Brands, LLC, and FLO Wines, LLC.
CHICO DEBARGE is an American R&B singer and musician. DeBarge is a younger brother of the members of the Motown family act DeBarge. Unlike the rest of his DeBarge siblings, Chico is the only male DeBarge that does not sing in the falsetto range that is well known in his family; he sings tenor. He began a musical career of his own with Motown in the mid-1980s. His debut self-titled album featured the hit single “Talk To Me.” He released a second album with Motown, Kiss Serious. In the mid-1990s, DeBarge returned to Motown to continue his musical career under the auspices of Kedar Massenberg and his neo-soul pioneering label imprint Kedar Entertainment. He later moved to the independent record label, Koch Records, where he released 2003’s Free. Chico Debarge has new material expected to be released by the summer of 2017.
MADZ JOHNSON & STORM is a Filipina-American singer, songwriter, arranger of her own music, and a SOUL FUNK JAZZ ARTIST. Based in Virginia, she holds 3 World Tours under her belt as an esteemed Alumni of the Chorus UPCC (University of the Philippines Concert Chorus). During the world tour she was the first woman of the TALES OF THE MANUVU (A Rock Opera), the first Filipino group to perform at his majesty’s theatre in England and met the Royal Family. As an Alumnus of UP Madrigal Singers she was offered to do a solo for ASIAN TOUR. She also had the chance to do shows and various concerts in the Philippines at the age 12-18 yrs. of age with Leah Salonga, Dulce, Freddie Aguilar, to name a few. She composed various jingles, TV commercials and movie themed songs in the Philippines. 2015 marked her first major concert in the Philippines entitled JAZZ1337 at the Music Museum where she performed at a SOLD OUT concert. Madz is back writing her genre of music and released her first original song in the USA on Feb 2015 entitled “Smile” that’s being aired in the Philippines, Japan, and Europe. She is currently working on her album to be released in 2017.
BAND OF ROSES Inspired by Jazz, Funk, R&B and Soul, Band of Roses promises to deliver a unique style that transcends the norm. Her sound is cultivated by smooth, yet powerful vocals paired with fierce and dynamic musicianship from some of the DMV area’s most gifted, skilled and talented female instrumentalist. The Band Of Roses are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Funk and R&B. The band and its members have performed locally, toured nationally and internationally with legendary and highly acclaimed musical talents.
Tee Sylk Harris and Chocolate City Live – Hailing from Washington, DC, Tee “Sylk” has been performing since the age of eight (8). Tee’s humble beginnings trace back to his family’s first band “The Souls of Joy” Gospel group, traveling up and down the East coast. When not on the road, Tee could be found singing in the choir, playing drums or bass guitar at his family’s worship assembly, “Greater New Foundation Pentecostal Church”.
Tee has performed in several of the Washington, DC area’s top bands, and has shared the stage with National Recording Artists and Mainstream Acts to include: Craig Mack, Missy Elliott, Dru Hill, Dave Hollister, Chico DeBarge and Madz Johnson to name few. Tee “Sylk” is an ultimate entertainer who commands the stage with his huge presence and powerful vocals influenced by some of the greats:
These artists are also included:
- Phil French
- Metal Roze
- Nia Simmons
- Anissa Hargrove