We spoke with Adante Ace, creator of R&B Love Jonz, a singing and spoken word live show in New York about the monthly event.
Poetry Globe (PG): What is the name of your promotion company?
Adante Ace (AA): TasteMaker Events / Ace of Spades Entertainment
(PG): How long has R&B Love Jonz been running?
(AA): 11 months.. Our 1 year anniversary will be at the end of October
(PG): What was the inspiration behind starting a R&B and Spoken Word show?
(AA): A passion of mine has always been providing quality outlets for talented artists and entertainers. With NYC’s current lack of quality events for up & coming artists, and it’s plethora of velvet ropes and VIP clubs, I wanted to do something different. About a year ago I was contracted to do an event with Malik Yoba and I featured an R&B artist and a Spoken Word artist. The event was received really well, and so was the birth of R&B Love Jonz.
(PG): How do you select artists for your lineup?
(AA): I have a team of artists and producers that vote on each submission based on talent, grind and willingness to work
(PG): Love Jones the film was very popular. Do you draw any correlation to the film and the showcase you’ve been able to grow?
(AA): It was a great film for the time. When it was first released, I wanted to eventually open a lounge very similar to the 1 in the movie. You can say R&B Love Jonz is a trial run.
(PG): You distribute a R&B Love Jonz mixtape. How are artists selected for the mixtape? Is there another volume in the works?
(AA): Very similar to how we pick artists for the show. My team submits artists who are in our network. Artists featured on our compilation have been in our show already, or they will be soon. Yes our next edition will be released at the end of December.
(PG): Where can everyone find you and your events online?
R&B Love Jonz is a party! I walked in to Biggie blaring from the speakers. Adante and host, Omar the Comedian dictated the energy in the room. I love being around creative people and this show brought out a lot of talent! I didn’t realize I was standing next to the first artist of the night to hit the stage, Michelle Singz. She performed a track titled, Tuesday. It was backed by very thorough NY production.
NoNe, who had just performed on BET Music Matters/106&Park was in the building. With a sexy voice, a long ponytail, and glittering, NoNe practically modeled on stage walking the runway in her head. She sang, “Sometimes you have to teach people how to treat you”. Her second song reminded me of Elle Varner, not a bad vibe to be on right now.
Zaier, an artist signed to Ice-T’s label brought the bounce while four man singing group, 120 (One-Twentey) pulled out the 90’s smash, Let’s Chill. A singer by the name of Gifted followed up with a confident performance of his original song, Black Panties On.
Kavon Ward, the lone poet for the night, who recently opened for Common and won the Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” Spoken Word Contest recited her poem “Freedom & Slavery”. She said, “The artist fights for freedom or slavery…I made my choice…I choose slavery…I’m chained to the booklet…I’m a slave to my art.” Ward informed the audience that she met with Trayvon Martin’s mother last week. She then recited her piece titled I am Trayvon Martin in which she states that “God used me as a vessel to confront racial profiling”.
Elliot Morisse sang Rehab from his upcoming album titled Follow Me. He asked the ladies in his song to “Let me be the guy for one day to treat you like a queen”, affirming that he is old school R&B. G. Martin, from Indiana, gave us his version of Sweetest Thing. Nathaniel Peterson closed the show backed by dancers and Usher’s Lemme See.
R&B Love Jonz, see you next time!