Tuesday, October 4, 2011
SoundLOY Productions will be premiering the documentary film "7 City Legacy" this Saturday at the historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk. The film is a survey of the rich R&B legacy of Virginia's Tidewater region. The premier is open to the public and free to all with a pre-film reception at 7PM and a mixer after the documentary. More information is available here. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
As best we can figure, scientists and mathematicians use "degrees of freedom" to assign value to variables in chemistry, physics and statistics. We continue to be stumped when it comes to finding answers about the group who recorded under this name at Richmond's Alpha Audio in 1976. On their solitary release, Degree Of Freedom diligently work two sides of an equation: one an epic sweet soul ballad with exquisitely woven harmonies, the other, a remarkably nimble instrumental funk workout. Two seemingly incongruent sides with a common denominator: precision. It all makes sense. What doesn't add up is how little is known about the talent responsible for this outstanding double-sider. Can anyone out there help us solve the puzzle?
Degree Of Freedom "Please Tell Me Why"
Degree Of Freedom "Vegetable Soup"
Monday, April 25, 2011
We just received word from filmmaker
Shanika Smiley that her recent piece on our friend Ray T. Jones will be featured on the April 28th edition of
Virginia Currents. The episode will debut on Richmond's PBS affiliate WCVE this Thursday at 8 PM. If you can't catch the local broadcast or want to watch it again, archived video should soon be available at the Community Idea Stations official website.
A truly fascinating story. Congratulations, Ray!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Virginia Soul legend Lenis Guess makes his triumphant return to
Dig Deeper January 22nd at Southpaw in Brooklyn NY. Those who saw Lenis back in June 2009 (his first NYC show in over 20 years) can attest to how amazing he was. This month's Dig Deeper promises to be just as awesome. Come see a true master at work!
Funky Virginia will once again be represented by the Scorpio Brothers, spinning classic Soul 45's Commonwealth style, along with Dig Deeper residents DJ Honky & Mr. Robinson. A good time is sure to be had by all. Don't miss it!
Buy your tickets here!