“My Heart Was Set Free By the Funk…”

On Friday, October 8, after attending an inspiring tribute to Michigan photographer and painter, Jack Whitehead in Ferndale, Chinonye Nsofor – who writes about Earth healing, tantra and music on her blog Calabar Theatre, caught our set in Royal Oak, Michigan.

“I headed uptown to trendy Royal oak for some Funk Vibrations of Nadir Omowale and his band Distorted Soul. Memphis Smoke was the name of the space…”

Chinonye offered some very kind words about us in a post called “Creativity breeds Transcendence.”

Says Nsofor:

What I enjoyed most about this group is the synergy that so easily flowed from them. All the instruments blended together seamlessly creating the perfect funk stew! [Read more...]

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Battle Creek Enquirer: Forks Fest Rocks World of Sound

Originally Published at BattleCreekEnquirer.com

They call it “The Sounds of Albion,” but reading the list of bands set to play this year’s “Festival of the Forks” is like globetrotting.

The annual fest kicks off Friday in downtown Albion and runs through Saturday. Sixteen musical acts are booked to play four stages over the two-day event. Jazz, oldies, reggae, blues, funk, soul, tejano and the sounds of the Middle East will be performed by acts from around the Albion area and around the state.

Wrapping up the Saturday set on Center Stage is Detroit’s Nadir Omowale and his Distorted Soul, a confluence of sound on his own.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Nadir
44th Annual Festival of the Forks
Center Stage

Corner of Superior and Center St.
207 S Superior St.
Albion, Michigan
Nadir’s Showtime: 7:45pm

FREE ADMISSION
For more info please visit:
FestivalofTheForks.org

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VIDEO: Nadir Live – “Superstition” at Bottomroo 9/11/2010

It was a magical evening at Bottomroo on 9/11/2010!

We’ve had a fantastic summer with shows at the first MI Funk Fest, the Detroit Fireworks, great club, festival and radio appearances, and a Labor Day that found us at both of Detroit’s top end of season festivals, Arts Beats & Eats and the Detroit International Jazz Fest. But I think it’s safe to say that our favorite show of the year so far was in Scott & Nancy Phares’ garage.

Bottomroo was a private party at the beautiful Chateau Phares on Sandy Bottom Lake in rural Southeast Michigan. Several close friends drove and flew thousands of miles for the intimate weekend in the woods.

Rain early in the day moved the stage from the back patio to the garage, but the venue change didn’t affect the phenomenal play of drummer Tate McBroom, percussionist Mahindi Masai and bassist Chris Spooner. Mahindi and Spoon are in the dark on this video, but you can hear the passion in their groove on this completely improvised version of Stevie Wonder’s classic “Superstition”.

Video by Nashville’s own Mark Clarke.

Impress your friends by having Nadir and the band play YOUR private party. Hit us up at booking [at] DistortedSoul Dot Com.

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Barbecue & Funk at Memphis Smoke, Friday Sept. 17

“Say it ain’t so!” Well, it ain’t so… yet.

We were shocked and dismayed to hear that Memphis Smoke, one of Metro Detroit’s best places to hear music and grab a great meal, was scheduled to close in September to make way for a Cantina Diablo’s Tex Mex restaurant.

Well, we are now excited to hear that Memphis Smoke will live on until the end of the year, making its transition in January of 2011. And with that being the case, we’re going to get in there and rock a couple more times before the brisket and ribs make way for the quesadillas and chimichangas.

Nadir at Memphis Smoke - Photo by Lisa Luevanos

Nadir and the band cook up their “Marley & Hendrix in a Soul Kitchen” flavors at Detroit’s favorite home for Blues and Barbecue. Join us on Friday, September 17 at 9:30pm where the food will be hot, and the music will be spicy! Come and get it before it’s gone!

Friday, September 17, 2010
Nadir
Memphis Smoke

100 South Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan
Showtime: 9:30pm
NO COVER CHARGE
For more info call (248) 543-4300

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Let’s Hear It For The Band

I’ve always been fortunate and humbled to have some of Detroit’s finest musicians in my bands, and my latest ensemble continues that trend.

This versatile and talented group of cats bring a diversity of experience and musical sensibilities to the table.

They deserve a special shout out.

Let’s start with the quarterback. Weighing in on 4-string and 5-string vintage axes, groove monster Chris Spooner plays some mean, pocket heavy bass guitar. Spoon has been laying down the bottom in a number of Motor City soul, funk, blues and rock bands like YOU, Detroit City Council, The Saints of Soul, and Detroit’s Mayor of the Blues, Paul Miles.

Spoon says his favorite bass player is drummer Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Duran Duran, Chaka Khan), and he is a loving husband and father of two beautiful daughters.

Tate McBroom is best known around these parts as the drummer and leader of The Gorilla Funk Mob, THE go-to backing band for Michigan’s best hip hop artists. The Mob has supported a who’s who of Detroit hip hop and soul artists – Slum Village, Athletic Mic League, Invincible, One Be Lo, Finale, Monica Blaire and jazz great Allan Barnes, just to name a few. [Read more...]

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