(Friday) 7:30 pm
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street), New York, NY 10031
Uptown Nights Concert: BILAL "...his voice -- classically trained, capable of singing opera in seven languages -- so unique." MTV #UPTWNS #Bilal
Uptown Nights Concert: BILAL
“…his voice — classically trained, capable of singing opera in seven languages — so unique.” MTV
Forever pushing boundaries with his eclectic sound, Grammy-nominated artist and transcendent live performer, Bilal, returns to Harlem Stage to present new music from his exciting collaboration with Adrian Younge, a producer/composer/musician, heralded as “the next generation of soul music.”
7:00pm: House Opens; Pre-performance mixer spun by DJ Cosi
7:30pm-8:45pm: Bilal – First Set
8:45pm-9:15pm: Post-performance dance party with DJ Cosi
Okayplayer’s 14 Best Songs Of 2014: Bilal and Adrian Younge – “Sirens II”
Classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album 1st Born Second in 2001, which boasted the popular single “Soul Sista.” The follow-up, Love for Sale (2006), was shelved but leaked entirely online yet was well received to fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. In the following years, Bilal has collaborated and performed with some of the industry’s most prominent artists including, Beyoncé (Fighting Temptations), Common (Like Water for Chocolate, Electric Circus, Be, Finding Forever), Jay-Z (American Gangster), Erykah Badu (New Amerykah Part One, New Amerykah Part Two), Robert Glasper (“All Matter”), Boney James (“Better With Time”), Musiq (Soulstar) and The Roots among others. He also covered Radiohead’s “High & Dry” for the 2006 Radiohead tribute, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads. Bilal also appears in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
Read more about Bilal
Kendrick Lamar Debuts “Untitled” New Song On The Colbert Report w/ Bilal & Thundercat, Okayplayer
Bilal Tells Tales From The Road, His Love For Jazz & His Favorite Collaborations, Soulbounce
Bilal ‘A Love Surreal’: Singer Opens Up On Recording New Album (2013), Huffington Post
Listen Now podcast interview, Bilal on World Cafe, WXPN-FM 88.5
Bilal: MTV Artist Page
About Adrian Younge
A self-taught musician and recording engineer, Younge has dedicated his life to the study of classic soul music. Entertainment lawyer by trade and founder of record label, Linear Labs Records, a label that releases music only recorded to analog tape with no digital plug-ins, Younge follows in the path of the analog masters of the past. With this retro-futurist approach at its core, the label looks back to go forward—releasing timeless music to a new generation of listeners. Recent releases include Soul of Mischief’s sixth studio album, There Is Only Now; Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons To Die and Venice Dawn’s Something About April. Future releases include collaborations with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Raphael Saadiq, and Harlem Stage’s Uptown Nights’ featured artists BILAL. Younge also produced the ground-breaking record, Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics on Wax Poetics Records.
Read more about producer Adrian Younge
Adrian Younge: Looking Back To Move Hip-Hop Forward, Fresh Air, NPR Music
Adrian Younge on Being Sampled by Jay-Z and Living the Vinyl Life, MTV Hive
There Is Only Now: An Interview with Adrian Younge, PopMatters
About DJ Cosi
DJ Cosi is a born and bred New Yorker who has been orchestrating unforgettable nights for over 20 years. He is well known for his instincts, his versatility and the depth of his knowledge. He knows music, he knows how to keep the crowd moving, keep them anticipating what comes next and surprising them with what does. Every weekend, you can find many who will enthusiastically attest to this. Cosi is Co-founder/DJ/ Promoter of the Freedom Dance Party at Santos Party House- at 11 years, it’s the longest running Friday night dance party in New York City. On Saturday nights he pleases ears at Red Rooster Harlem restaurant.
Cosi has magnified and cultivated his reputation and his following by hosting parties and spinning at many well-known venues including Nell’s, Cheetah, Justin’s, APT, Lotus, NV, Float, Metronome, Discotheque, Joe’s Pub, Martinez Gallery, Mission, BLVD, Café Deville, Tribeca Cinemas and Canal Room.
He has delighted crowds at events for Nike, The Gap, Brooks Brothers, MOMA, Hugo Boss, Timberland, Vibe Magazine, Phat Farm, Grey Goose, The Chris Rock Show, Pepsi, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Yves Saint Laurent, The National Basketball Players’ Association, The Council of Urban Professionals, The Fader Magazine, the Hudson Hotel, the W Hotel and many others.
Uptown Nights Promotional Partners:
“This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.”
Adrian Yonge on Boiler Room TV