July Festivals

Hello again,

Summer is upon us now in full swing and I’ve been so lucky to spend a few weeks in my beloved France.  When the awful events happened in Nice I had just finished watching the fireworks in Vienne.  It felt unreal that something so unthinkable could be happening yet again, to the people of this amazing country.  I was in Nice and it was very healing to be able to visit the memorial on the Promenade.  My heart goes out the all the victims, their families and all the unfortunate souls in this world who have lost someone to an act of terror. #jesuisnice

It’s times like these, more than ever, that I feel it is my responsibility to share my music and performances in hopes to heal the pain.  I feel so lucky to have been able to have 3 emotionally filled concerts in Vienne, Toulon and Juan Les Pins.  Despite the difficult circumstances we had brave and beautiful audiences who shared their gratitude with us for the music.  Jazz à Vienne was amazing ! What a stage…4000 people listening and breathing music, Jazz a Toulon was so beautiful (if front of a magnificent church) and Jazz à Juan was glorious although the weather there wasn’t so nice (it rained right at the end of our set)..

I  love being in the south of France in the summer.  There’s something so special about it.  I finally was able to spend some time in Provence and it was so peaceful there.  The lavander fields was just beautiful and the scent in the air was so relaxing.  And of course, the “Rosé” was flowing! 🙂

Moving ahead I can’t help but remind myself daily to be grateful for everyday we have on this earth.  Go to the beach, enjoy your family and friends and hug someone today!  I’m home now for a few weeks and will be chilling in my garden with Ella, (the hot dog) grilling, eating, running, swimming and whatever else I can get myself into !;)

Will be back on the road with my new band in mid August. St Jean Cap Ferrat, Granville & also Biarritz (where we will definitely take up our Surf boards)

Love and peace to you all!

 

Don’t Let the Sun Distract You…

..come out and see live shows, festivals ! Party & enjoy music everytime you can..Music transports you and let’s you escape from your daily life. In times of difficulties and hardships, nothing beats music and the sensation that overcomes you when you see and hear a great show. My band is always trying to give this to the audience and if we can succeed with even one person then our mission is done !

The band will be on tour this summer as you know. Big events and festivals like Jazz à Vienne with other greats bands for an all night session but also free events like Jazz a Toulon where there is absolutely no excuse for you guys not to come and have fun with us 🙂

Really looking forward to the next weeks. I will also spend some time listening to music myself. Going down to the south of France and checking out music on my days off. I will be in Nice to check out several bands there.

Summer Dates are here !

Happy to let you know about the dates we are doing this Summer :

July 13 – Vienne (France) All Night Party with Cory Henry, Faada Freddy, Kamasi Washington, The Original JB’s band with Martha High ! Last time i played Vienne, it was with a Big Band, playing swing music ! 9 years ago ! Great to be back to play on the main stage 🙂  http://jazzavienne.com/theatre-antique/mercredi-13-juillet

July 21 – Toulon (France) Jazz à Toulon http://www.jazzatoulon.com/concert/robin-mckelle/

July 23 – Jazz à Juan (France) Amazing to be back there in Juan les Pins for the festival. Such an honor ! http://www.jazzajuan.com/fr-fr/programme2016/artiste.aspx?id=93

August 12 – St Jean Cap Ferrat (France) http://www.coeur-riviera.com/coeur-riviera-saint-jazz-cap-ferrat_detailfestivites_1271.html#.V2F6FfmLSUk

August 13 – Granville (France) Jazz en Baie Festival ! Played there before a few years back…always good to share the stage with Maceo Parker ! http://www.jazzenbaie.com/Programmation.aspx

August 14 – Biarritz (France) Theatre du Casino de Biarritz

Come and see us this Summer, it will be fun (as always), great music (as always)…and most of all good times !

First leg of the tour was great !

We played great rooms ! made new friends and most definitely played a bunch of notes 🙂 Our first date of the tour was in Brussels (Belgium) and althought you could feel a heavy energy in the air, it was amazing to play  in a classical venue (Flagey). The people were really warm and open and welcomed us fully. We were ablet o rehearse the day before and it made things much tighter for us (thanks to Jazz Station Jazz Club whom welcomed us).

We travelled to Paris on the next day for more rehearsing (yes we do that a lot !) and that was intense (6hrs daily). Our guitar player Eli Menezes had to jump out from the tour to play a gig with Richard Bona and then quickly came back to more pain in the rehearsal room 😉

Our next gig in Chenove was fun. Although in a sit down theater we go them up with the energy of the show. They loved it. A lot of kids were there and they had a great vibe. it so fun for us when we a yoiunger audience can releate to my music. It makes me happy to know that kids can appreciate “live” music and not just download stuff that the media send them. Marseille is one of my favorite clubs in France “Le Poste à Galéne” was hot and crowded as always. great energy, great people and a great tapas restaurant across the street 🙂

Annecy was another theater show and was packed full of locals…my “Heart Of Memphis” album was advertised there so they were a little bet suprised of the different feel but loved it in the end ! The sponsors of the venue liked it (alleluiah) ! The city is so gorgeous with the beautiful lake and great weather there…want to come back and discover more of the region next time. That’s one of the problems with our work, we don’t get to stay long enough and visit. In and out quick…train station-hotel-venue-hotel…very tired after a show – breakfast – train station !

Milan @ the Blue Note is always amazing. Beautiful venue, yummy food & a really good sound man ! Last but not least, our last gig was in a famous french club in Brest (britanny) called Le Vauban ! Small but mighty, we saw the spirit of “Les Bretons” ! tenacious and strong !

What a joy to be able to see all those places around the world ! I feel privileged to do this work night after night with a great band to support me out there :

Jake Sherman on Keys

Eli Menezes on Guitars

Matt Brandau on Bass

and Adam Jackson on Drums ! big up guys !

The CD has landed in Europe – The Looking Glass

Happy to announce that the CD has landed in Europe in stores and in the air 🙂 It’s available everywhere as well as exclusive signed copies on this site ! It has been a looooong journey to make this happen and I am happy to do so on my own label – Doxie Records –

It’s a bet of a new direction forward into a vibrant soul/pop atmosphere. Everyone can find something in it. Something that will inspire them either spiritually or musically. 10 originals on this new work. Collaborations with Ray Angry and Sam Barsh on some of my favorite tracks ! This is made for music lovers ! Not jazz fans, not soul fans, not pop fans…only people that are open to listening and enjoying 🙂

Buy it, share it but most of all “Listen to it !”

Pledge Campaign still running..

Want to thank all the Plegers whom are helping me in the project…making “The Looking Glass”.

It was a strong challenge for me. New music, new band, new producer along with a new way of making a record ! It did turn out great and thanks to all the people that helped us in the process. Ideas and thoughts from different sources are always welcome and it helped me tremendously to figure out the different steps in my process.

My campaign is still LIVE and great goodies are still available. A postcard from the road ? A Skype Lesson, A VIP Package ? all that we the album and a chance to hear it a few days before everyone.

Join us in this quest for a different way of making music and business today. Music is changing, Business is changing and I want to be there in the middle with your help !

Pledge Campaign Here

Enjoy the cover of the album !

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Pledge for my New Album – The Looking Glass –

Hey everybody!

Guess what?! NEW ALBUM TIME! I’ve been writing lots of new songs and they are amazing! Probably the best I’ve ever written! I’ve been working with Steve Greenwell (joss stone) on this album. He is producing it and putting his magic touch on it for your listening enjoyement 🙂

You will discover yet another side of my music. A new departure, looking into myself, finding different ways to connect with you through my music. You will discover a more intimate and personal album then ever before. All original songs, no covers this time.

I hope you will be able to feel what I was feeling, to touch what I was touching and that you will let yourself embark on this journey with me.

You guys have been so great to me so now it’s my time to give back and let you guys be a part of the music! By pre-ordering through PledgeMusic, you’ll be the very first to hear the new album when it’s ready to be released! I’ll be throwing updates on the website from the studio, sneak peeks of the record, and other shenanigans I’m up to! If that’s not enough, you’ll be able to get awesome merchandise and other cool interactive experiences exclusively found here, which will be a blast!

On top of everything else, a portion of your pledge will also go to an amazing charity near and dear to me. So, please join in on the fun and come along as we head to some brand new places in music together!

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Thank you for your support!!

xoxo
Robin

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Review from New York

Elmore Magazine

Music News

Robin McKelle

Joe’s Pub / New York, NY

Music News | September 22nd, 2015

Robin McKelleRobin McKelle is undoubtedly a hardcore rock-chick: her vocals are raunchy, hard, sexy and gritty, but also bluesy, resonant and sonically powerful. McKelle took command of the stage at Joe’s Pub with radiant ease, belting out blues and funk tracks from her album, Heart Of Memphis, for which she penned 11 out of the 13 songs. Playful and charismatic, the performer warmed up the audience quickly, joking about how she preferred her bandmates who didn’t have kids– the parents always left the road for their children.

Stating that it was 95% a “true story,” McKelle sang the title track – one of the best songs from her album – with a bluesy and warm tone, and everything afterwards was a party. The audience fell in love with McKelle, with shouts and cheers constantly exploding from the seated crowd – we were itching to get out of our seats to join her groove.

When McKelle performed “Good Time,” it was almost too easy for her to get everyone out of their seats. Dropping down onto her knees and rocking out on stage, she exuded such high energy that it bombarded the audience, causing everyone to get up and dance with her. McKelle mentioned that she was told not to ask us to get up, because we surely wouldn’t join in, but with a charisma and infectious energy as powerful as hers, we all wanted to share in it and break the rules.

Escalating the dance vibe of the night, McKelle delivered powerful, pitched scream notes, wowing (and scaring) the audience. She continued to sing Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” keeping the audience dancing and rocking out.

The atmosphere quickly changed as she then crooned the yearning ballad, “Forgetting You,” heartfelt and magnificently, finishing with Albert King’s, “Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home.” Her vocal versatility and endurance are highly impressive, bringing the audience up and carrying them down with the perfectly crafted setlist, something that could only be pulled off by the undeniably talented and mesmerizing Robin McKelle.

– Jason Kwan

Direct link to the original article here

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