Greetings, family, friends and fans!
I am happy to announce that our concert provided at least $1000 to each of the three non-profit organizations: The Peoples' Voice Cafe, The Weeksville Heritage Center (in Brooklyn), and Music On The Inside! I hope that you will considering providing more support to them.
This was the FIRST big concert of the "Chris Oledude" era, and it was a wonderful party! The energy was powerfully positive, the music motivated all of us, and the weirdness of a livestreamed studio session made it a real night to remember. I look forward to releasing the livestream recording (unedited and edited) for everyone to enjoy again!
I want to thank Hayden Ticehurst and his crew at Studio G (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) for their patience and innovation in setting up the session and providing a great mix for your pleasure. I also want to thank Lorray Digital Media (NJ), and its fearless leader, Ray, for making the most of an awkward situation with a good camera set-up and quality video for all!!!
Most importantly, I want to thank my musical colleagues.
The Birthday Benefit Bash Ensemble
Baritone Sax: Martha Hyde deserves special kudos for stepping in literally at the last minute and filling in for a missing part. I forgot to introduce her "on air," so I want to thank her first here!
Alto Sax: Special thanks to my new friend and ally, Lisa Parrot! Lisa provided critical assistance at a critical time in this process and I will be forever grateful.
Bass Guitar: Thanks to my new friend, Buddy Booker!
Cello: Thanks to my musical mentor and great friend, Barry Kornhauser.
Drums: Thanks to my new and inspirational friend, Bernice Brooks!
French Horn: Thanks to a new friend, Justin Mullens!
Guitars: Special thanks to Tomas Rodriguez, who had to pick up multiple roles when COVID knocked out our other guitarist.
Percussion: Thanks to my brother from another mother, Baba Selah!
Piano and Keyboard: Thanks to new friend, Dan Furman!
Trumpet: Thanks to a new friend, Pam Fleming!
Viola: Thanks to my new soul sister, Pam Hamilton!
Violins: Thank you to my new friend, Eric Salazar, and to my friend and client, Liz Taub (Violizzy).
Vocals: Thanks to my new friends, Laura Bright and Laurent Grant Williams! It was great to be a trio!
Meet my fellow performers by CLICKING HERE!
P.S. - If you bought a ticket and had a time conflict, you can still watch the performance using your ticket until April 24th!
P.P.S. - The first 200 people who purchased a ticket will be receiving a free Oledude Birthday gift!