VAN DAVIS to Host Album Launch Party, 6/19
VAN DAVIS, the NYC based rock-funk group, announces COME WITH ME, available for purchase on Thursday, June 19. In celebration, the band will host a CD launch event at INC Lounge (224 West 49th Street, 2nd Floor, above Time Hotel) on Thursday, June 19. Doors open at 8PM for cocktails and three 45-minute sets will be performed at 9PM, 10:15PM and 11:30PM. There is no cover for the event and there will be drink specials at the bar.
Three exclusive tracks can be heard exclusively at: http://vandavis.com/come-with-me-samples
VAN DAVIS is a rock-funk-jazz group that has been performing consistently in NYC for over 10 years. The band's two current releases, Van Davis and Have You Seen This Band? were both met with critical acclaim from jazz and rock worlds. With the addition of soulful vocalist Abena Koomson for their new release Come With Me, the band has taken its sound to an exciting new place, rooted in tasteful melodic songwriting, thoughtful lyrics, along with the adventurous and unpredictable playing that Van Davis fans have come to expect.
ABENA KOOMSON (lead vocals) is a Harlem based performer, educator and writer. She is bandleader and composer for Abena Koomson's Blacksmith Orchestra (AKBO) and the lead vocalist for Afro-beat sensation Zongo Junction, in addition to Van Davis. After an eleven year teaching career, Abena originated the role of Fela Kuti's mother to rave reviews in the Off-Broadway production of Fela!, directed by Bill T. Jones. Abena went on to become a member of the Original Broadway company, where she also served as vocal captain. As part on One Big City, an innovative international program, she collaborated with Croatian visual artist Kristina Leko to create CEZNJA: BORN LONGING tales and songs from Croatia, a multimedia oral history project featuring Croatian natives and New York City artists. Recently, she appeared in Red Hot + Fela! at Lincoln Center with Kronos Quartet, and is featured on the album of the same name. Abena holds a Masters in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves as Dean of Students at Harlem Village Academies High School.