Sunday, July 15 at 8:30 – 11:00 pm
One of the first and still one of the best to ever perform at BloomBars, Kevin Sandbloom is BACK, along with Sitali and Tamika “Love” Jones.
It’s been more than three years since we first started Seed the Sound Sunday at BloomBars. In July, 2012, we will bring you a special reprise like no other that will last four Sundays in a row to celebrate BloomBars’ family of artists and friends who have been a party to this iconic Sunday evening experience. Seed the Sound Sunday Summer Series with Sitali & Friends will feature some of the best music and talent to grace our stage, as well as some new faces.
This week: Kevin Sandbloom
Kevin Sandbloom is a man who knows a little bit about rebirth and new beginnings. Throughout his career, he has continually reinvented himself. First he was a member of cover bands and then he did an extended stint with the popular Southern California band The Congregation. But, perhaps his most intriguing transformation has been as a traveling solo artist who wows crowds from Boston to St. Louis to his native Los Angeles.
Five full-length albums and an EP under his belt, he is currently touring and promoting his latest recording, Still Blue. He has performed on stages as diverse as Poetry N Motion in London, England to Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York to Berklee College of Music in Boston to B.B. King’s Blues Club in Los Angeles and is a fixture at music and poetry venues across the U.S. He brings a fresh sound to an industry weaned on auto-tune without being retro or dated.
Regarded as a songwriter at the top of his game, he wrote the title track for Grammy-nominated guitar legend Robben Ford’s Supernatural album. He has also contributed music to many independent films including Laurence Fishburne’s directorial debut, Once in the Life and he had a featured appearance on the ABC Family series “Lincoln Heights.”
He has shared stages and studios with Michael McDonald, Gil Scott-Heron, Vinny Caliutta, Goapele, Bilal, Jimmy Earl, The Zap Band, poet Talaam Acey and countless other artists. He is highly sought after for collaborations with other musicians, singers and poets and uses his musical prowess to advance social causes like economic justice and environmental consciousness.
Tamika “Love” Jones
Born and raised in Washington, DC, singer/songwriter Tamika “Love” Jones turned to music as an escape from the harsh realities of drugs and violence that surrounded her.
A young and timid Tamika, at the age of 11, was discovered when a classmate heard her singing a song so beautifully and ahead of her age and outed her to her teacher and classmates, who let her know that she could no longer keep her voice hidden. From then on, she began singing everywhere she went: singing in various gospel and jazz choirs in school, around the city and even directing her very own gospel ensemble at School Without Walls High School.
Eventually, Tamika caught the attention of Grammy-nominated producer and Bad Boy Hit Man Chucky Thompson, also a DC native. Chucky worked with Tamika for several years mentoring her on songwriting, recording and the music business, inviting her to work on projects with acclaimed artists like Faith Evans, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Tanya Blount, and Grammy-winning songwriter Denise Rich.
With other musical influences such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday she found that she was most at home with Jazz and Gospel while her love affair with Hip-Hop is what connected her to her peers and the younger generation.