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The Henry Street Music Fest is an extension of the traditional Henry Street Heritage Festival.
Marsha Ambrosius will headline the nighttime music part of the annual Henry Street Heritage Festival on Saturday.
Carl Thomas, a one-time Sean "P-Diddy" Combs protege, was moving up in the late 1990s, scoring an R&B smash with the single “I Wish.”
Washington-area band Be’La Dona, an all-female act, will perform during the day at Saturday's festival.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The annual Henry Street Heritage Festival is adding a new twist this year — a nighttime music festival.
The traditional heritage festival will happen Saturday, on the upper quadrant of Elmwood Park (at Elm Avenue and Jefferson Street). After that event winds down, the first version of the Henry Street Music Fest will start rolling, with a lineup full of R&B and soul.
Not that there won’t be music during the daytime. Washington area band Be’La Dona , an all-female act, blasts traditional go-go music. Roanoke Valley soul and R&B band Kemistry will also perform, after the Roanoke’s Got Talent competition and a slew of gospel music acts fill the morning and early afternoon.
The evening classic soul and R&B showcase — sponsored by Roanoke FM radio station the Vibe (WVBE-FM, 97.7/100.1 ) — brings in some national names, with Marsha Ambrosius headlining the night.
Ambrosius started her pop career singing with Floetry , but since parting in the mid-2000s, she has had a successful songwriting career, winning two BMI awards for “Butterflies,” a song recorded by Michael Jackson. Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake are among the other pop elite who have recorded her songs.
Last month, she released the slow-jam single “Without You,” featuring Ne-Yo.
Carl Thomas, who precedes her on the bill, is back in the music business. The one-time Sean “P-Diddy” Combs protege was moving up in the late 1990s, scoring an R&B smash with the single “I Wish” and a million-selling album, “Emotional,” in 2000. According to his online biography, Thomas dropped out of the music business when his brother was murdered in a Chicago suburb but has since returned with two albums, including the 2011 release, “Conquer.”
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