Future X Sounds : James Poyser of The Roots – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October 4th, 2019

Future X Sounds : James Poyser of The Roots

WCL 15 Year Anniversary Week

Future X Sounds : James Poyser of The Roots

Killiam Shakespeare, &More, Cosmo Baker

Fri · October 4, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$36-$50 ADV / $38-$52 DOS + Fees

Mezzanine tickets may be assessed a higher service fee.

Future X Sounds : James Poyser of The Roots
Future x Sounds is a series of events that provide established award-winning, and socially conscious artists with a unique creative opportunity to share their vision, shift the spotlight onto their talented peers and celebrate their communities.

These special, powerful live experiences invite artists, attendees, and society to question themselves and the world around them. Future x Sounds™ is an authentic window into a like-minded artistic global community that stands for the sounds of music and for the sounds of global change.

Future x Sounds Phi edition will feature some of the best musicians of the city and special guests, such as James Poyser, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Mononeon, Cosmo Baker, Chill Moody, Donn T, Jaleel Shaw, Corey Bernhard, Steve McKie, Simon Martinez ...

James Poyser, born January 30, in Sheffield, England is a multi-Grammy winning songwriter, musician and multi-platinum producer. Poyser has written and produced songs for various legendary and award-winning artists including Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Common, Anthony Hamilton, D’Angelo, The Roots, and Keyshia Cole. During his career, Poyser has toured, and played live with such distinctive artists as Jay-Z, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Aretha Franklin. An active session musician, he has contributed to the works of Adele, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray and Femi Kuti. Poyser received a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2003 for co-writing Erykah Badu and Common’s hit “Love Of My Life.” James was also the executive producer on Badu’s highly celebrated albums, Mama’s Gun and Worldwide Underground.
Killiam Shakespeare
Killiam Shakespeare is a Philadelphia-based experimental collective. Over the past five years the band co-founded by keyboardist Corey Bernhard and drummer Steve McKie has been cultivating their sound through a combination of studio sessions and a signature live performance series dubbed “Beat Street Jam." As house band for the lauded series, Killiam Shakespeare has developed a loyal fanbase and hosted legends like Robert Glasper, James Poyser and Jazmine Sullivan. The band’s recording credits also include notable collaborations with Bilal, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Amber Navran (of Moonchild).

The aforementioned recordings can be found on their forthcoming full-length release, A Town Called Elsewhere. Killiam’s genre-blending beats and futuristic, orchestral sound form the foundation of the highly-anticipated recording. Utilizing vintage and live instrumentation, ATCE fuses left of center sensibilities with hints of soul, jazz, hip hop, and electronic music. Coupled with their energetic and often transcendental live performances, Killiam Shakespeare’s A Town Called Elsewhere is the groove-heavy catalyst poised to deliver their sound to the world.
When it comes to the dynamic between rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, the two couldn’t be more aligned. The Philadelphia-based musicians, who met at an industry party in late 2016, knew of each other’s music prior to their first encounter, but soon decided to share ideas with one another in the studio and independently came to the same conclusion: to form a group and create along the same wavelength.
“There are a lot of instances of finishing each other's sentences or those unspoken things,” explains Chill. “Right now, music is the vessel we’re using to advance the message of inspiration, motivation, healing and upliftment,” adds Donn T. “But, at the core, that’s who we both are. So, it’s not surprising for us to have some kind of community service initiative or social justice effort connected to our shows or the music, something or other that we’re a part of, that helps make our surroundings, the world or maybe just one person’s life, better. That’s key.”
Debuting as &More (Chill Moody & Donn T) at the annual Roots Jam Session last January in the lead-up to Grammy week, the pair settled on a band name in reference to festival lineups that state “and more” at the bottom of fliers. (“I could be ‘and more’ one day, just joking along with that,” says Chill.) But &More’s missive is grounded in the times, surveying the world at large and exploring a variety of topics along a political and societal spectrum. It’s a perspective that drives their debut album Ethel Bobcat, inspired by the maternal figure in black communities who kept the neighborhood under her purview and offered sagacity where needed.
“What she represented is what we felt we were missing in music and our communities now,” says Chill. “When that figure is no longer, we gotta understand the correlation in the fact that there are no more old heads in the neighborhood looking out for that.” “We now all have to be Ethel Bobcat,” adds Donn. “But the music,” continues Chill, “is Ethel Bobcat. So the album is what Ms. Ethel would be saying to you.”
Ethel Bobcat, released via D-Tone Victorious/nicethingsMUSIC and distributed through The Orchard, is a testament to &More’s intent. The set, touting production from Jake Morelli (Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars) and Ben “iAMBNJMiiN” Thomas (Jazmine Sullivan, Ty Dolla $ign), as well as guest appearances from Chuck D and Bilal, coasts on Donn T’s velvet-lined vocals and Chill’s multifaceted rhymes against a hip-hop-meets-soul backdrop. Lead single “My Own Light,” which premiered on Okayplayer in early 2018, embraces self-love in the wake of heartbreak and the realization that moving on can lend itself to epiphany. Standouts include the soul-speckled “This Is War” featuring Bilal, a rebuff to those close to you who you learn don’t have the best of intentions, while the molasses-coated “4ever 1st Lady” pays homage to Michelle Obama—“the ultimate Ethel Bobcat,” says Donn T, who joined Chill as &More to open for her at College Signing Day in Philadelphia last May.
Prior to joining together as &More, Chill and Donn respectively built notable careers as solo artists. Chill, who has released several albums including last year’s West Chilly II and his 2013 debut RFM (Running From Myself), was voted “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual Best of Philly issue, named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador and is a member of The Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force, created by Philadelphia Councilman David Oh and Mayor Jim Kenney. Meanwhile, Donn released her album Flight of the Donn T in 2015, earning her a nod for CBS Grammy Artist of Tomorrow the following year. Her music has been featured in Ava Duvernay’s BET film I Will Follow, as well as Lifetime’s With This Ring starring Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall.
With 2019 performances including dates in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and a slot on Oregon’s Pickathon Festival, &More is focused on spreading its message of social purveyance with Ethel Bobcat, in hopes that it makes listeners more aware of the world around them. “I want the project to speak to the ones who may be stuck just doing the same day to day, getting by, trying to get the coin, understanding your purpose is bigger than you may even know,” says Chill. “When you're on a platform, you've got to use it for something worthwhile or take a step off of it and make room for some people.”
“I hope that it motivates people to get active, where they are, makes them question,” says Donn T. “We’re all questioning, but I want Ethel Bobcat to inspire folks to get up and do something somewhere, to take a step and make a difference out there. The fight we’re in, will take all of us, it has no sidelines.”
Cosmo Baker
Cosmo Baker is a DJ, musician, entrepreneur, influencer, brand consultant, educator, activist, community leader and Philadelphian. Acknowledged universally as one of the top DJs on the planet, Cosmo has toured the planet dozens of times, played in almost 50 different countries, on 5 different continents, and in front of tens of thousands of people at once. He’s widely regarded as an integral figure of the already rich Philadelphia DJ legacy alongside contemporaries such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Questlove and Diplo. A master of "open format", Cosmo's known worldwide for his genre-spanning selection, technical prowess, and explosive stage presence and energy that he brings to his live performances. A true “DJ’s DJ” Cosmo musical vision very keenly bridges the gap between the forefront of musical innovation and the history and legacy of DJ culture.

With over 25 years behind the turntables, Cosmo has performed with, opened for and played alongside artists as diverse as Drake, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign, The Black Eyed Peas, Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc, Andra Day, Pitbull, Trey Songz, Blood Orange, N*E*R*D, Action Bronson, Moby, The Chemical Brothers, Björk, Janelle Monáe, Empire Of The Sun, Lykke Li, James Blake, Röyksopp, Lily Allen, 2 Live Crew, Run-D.M.C., De La Soul, Common, MF Doom, Wu-Tang Clan, M.I.A., Justice, Santigold, BADBADNOTGOOD, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie, Band Of Horses, Animal Collective, Thundercats, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Flosstradamus, MSTRKRFT, Chromeo, Hercules And Love Affair, RJD2, Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch, LCD Soundsystem, Moses Sumney, MGMT, and beyond. Additionally Cosmo has rocked the decks alongside world-class DJ talent – both contemporary and legendary – with world famous DJs ranging from A-Trak, Diplo, DJ AM, Questlove, Z-Trip, Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker, Steve Aoki, Danny Krivit, Tony Humphries, Frankie Knuckles, Josh Wink, King Britt, Goldie, Moon Boots, Tensnake, Recloose, Waze & Odyssey, Tommie Sunshine, The Beat Junkies, Biz Markie, Just Blaze, DJ Drama, DJ Premier, Madlib, Mix Master Mike, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinna, DJ Maseo, Stretch Armstrong, Rich Medina, DJ Scratch, DJ Craze, Four Color Zack, Benji B, Soulection, Lefto, Giles Peterson, Toddla T, Jubilee, Skratch Bastid, Chances With Wolves and too many more to list.

Cosmo has always been in high demand as both a DJ and as a Cultural and Style Influencer. Cosmo has spun private events for and worked with some of the world’s most prominent celebrities, brands, tech companies and philanthropic organizations including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, Al Gore, Allen Iverson, Beastie Boys, Pharrell Williams, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Jill Scott, Nelly, X-Games, ESPN, MTV, VH1, Vice, Playboy, Apple, Samsung, Kodak, Nokia, Sony, Rockstar Games, Rock The Vote, Toyota, Jaguar, Scion, Adidas, Urban Outfitters, The North Face, Oakley, Burton Snowboards, Ray-Ban, Vans, Ace Hotels, Virgin Hotels, W Hotels, Budweiser, Heineken, Hennessy, Absolut, Pepsi, Red Bull, Monster Energy Drink, and too many more to name.

With effortless style and with music sets that are as diverse as the imagination, as a DJ Cosmo moves through worlds seamlessly, from enormous festival stages to sold out concert venues to sweaty underground nightclubs. Flawless blends, razor-sharp cuts, and the most impeccable selection are all part of his concoction. But on top of that, he has an ability to read a crowd like no other. He’s always in sync with his audience, one step ahead of the times, and his finger is always on the pulse.

Having lived in Brooklyn for the better part of 15 years, in 2016 Cosmo returned to his native Philly to open up Scratch DJ Academy Philadelphia. Scratch Philly - now the 6th location along with NYC, LA, Miami, Chicago & Atlanta - is the industry’s leader in DJ & production education and has taught over 500,000 students globally over the past 13 years.

In addition to his influence in the world or music, Cosmo has always been deeply involved in the arts community, with work ranging from being a member of the Advisory Council of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, to having been one of the the producers of the 2016 temporarily pop-up tour force installation Truth To Power held in Philadelphia in the summer of 2016 coinciding with the Democratic National Convention. As a DJ, he’s also been a fixture on the scene of many fine, established institutions such as The Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Ohio State University’s Wexner Center For The Arts, Art Basel, Juxtapose, Wooster Collective, and Shepard Fairey.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104