LOS ANGELES – On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum will present Los Angeles with a unique “Art of Sound” experience when world renowned vocal group, Naturally 7 performs an exclusive live concert at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the youth and education programs at CAAM.
The concert follows the annual An Artful Evening at CAAM gala fundraiser on Saturday, October 15, which honors dancer/choreographer Donald McKayle, visual artist Betye Saar and Grammy Award winning musician/composer Herbie Hancock. Naturally 7 will preview their talent at the affair with a special tribute performance, complimenting their memorable Vocal Play tribute to Hancock on the “2011 BET Honors”.
The seven-man ensemble has mesmerized audiences on every continent and engaged music lovers with shows that simply defy logic. What makes Naturally 7 unique is their utilization of “Vocal Play,” a term they created to describe how they use their voices to become actual instruments in their songs. In fact, no musical instruments have been used on any of their personal recordings.
While touring for three years with multi-Grammy Award crooner, Michael Bublé, they appeared with him on “The Today Show” and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Quincy Jones took note of the group at his 75th Birthday Celebration at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which led to being featured on his 2010 CD title track, “Soul Bossa Nostra” with rapper, Ludacris. The group is mentored by Jones, who, at the Quincy Jones and the Global Gumbo All Stars Mawazine 2011 concert in Morocco described them as “Seven incredible human beings that I think are going to take rap to the next level.” Their American debut on Hidden Beach Records is appropriately titled, “Vocal Play” in addition to their 2011 holiday CD, “Christmas: A Love Story”.
“Naturally 7 is a wonderful cap to a weekend of spectacular events at CAAM coordinated to raise funds to support our youth, education and free public programs,” expresses CAAM executive director, Charmaine Jefferson. “CAAM has always been a cutting edge force in the artistic community and Naturally 7 is quite an innovative art expression with their unique fashioning of sound. We are honored that they have chosen to donate their services to our cause and to present them in such an intimate setting where the audience can experience them up close and personal. Considering that the concert will benefit our educational programs here at CAAM, we are providing our supporters a wonderful opportunity to contribute while being treated with an amazing show.”
On Sunday, October 16, the Naturally 7 fundraiser for CAAM youth education begins at 5:00 pm with a buffet dinner and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. General admission and VIP seating is available. Call 213-744-2077 for more information and tickets are available at www.caamuseum.org.
About the California African American Museum (CAAM)
Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, the California African American Museum, located in Exposition Park, is a state supported institution. In addition to its permanent collection, CAAM hosts specially borrowed and self-curated exhibitions, free public and school age education programs, and tours CAAM-owned exhibitions throughout California and the nation. Admission to CAAM is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Parking, located at 39th and Figueroa Streets, is $10.
Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to provide resources, staffing, programming and exhibition funding in support of CAAM’s mission. Explore the California African American Museum’s offerings at http://www.caamuseum.org. For general CAAM information call (213) 744-7432.
About Hidden Beach
Hidden Beach is an American independent record label and entertainment company specializing in Urban Alternative, R&B, Soul, Inspirational and Contemporary Jazz music genres. Hidden Beach was formed in 1998 as the vision of its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve McKeever and currently holds a distribution deal with Universal Music Distribution Group. In addition to a catalog that includes Jill Scott, The Unwrapped series, Darius Rucker, Kindred the Family Soul, Dr. Cornel West and BeBe Winans, artists currently signed to Hidden Beach include Mike Phillips, Naturally 7, Glen Scott, The Tony Rich Project and Ramsey Lewis.
About Naturally 7
Infusing funk, gospel, jazz, R&B, hip hop and pop, Naturally 7 has released more than 10 CDs/DVDs throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. They initially charmed America with a national U.S. television debut on “Ellen”. They’ve opened for Jay Leno in Las Vegas and have performed on the “Tonight Show” four times. Other major appearances have included: “Tavis Smiley”, “The Mo’Nique Show”, “NPR” , “BBC Breakfast” , “The View”, the TED Conference and performing for Prince Charles and the Royal Family. In addition, they are the only artist in the Playboy Jazz Festival’s 33-year history invited to perform two years in a row, and have more than 20 million You Tube views of their music videos and various clips of 200+ annual live performances spanning the globe.
To view an example of Naturally 7’s Vocal Play, watch their videos on their You Tube Channel.