After weeks of social media buzz amongst musicians and music lovers, the highly anticipated unveiling of VoodooHoney Records is slated for Saturday, December 10 at Company Brewing in Riverwest. The newly-formed record label represents a roster of musicians and artists who have all made their mark in Milwaukee this past year.
VoodooHoney’s inaugural event will feature some of the city's most popular musicians, including Monique and Chauntee Ross of SistaStrings, provocative rapper Lorde Fredd33, and the newly formed band The Truth. Rising poetry star Kavon Cortez-Jones will be doing Spoken Word performances and the evening’s entertainment will also feature special performances by two acclaimed solo artists.
Although they are classically trained musicians, it’s obvious that SistaString’s first love is gospel music. Their sound is a soulfully unique blend of their eclectic musical backgrounds. Known as a “songwriter, mantra constructor/conductor,” Lord Fredd33’s powerful lyrics collide with the graceful anger of his stage movements to challenge audiences’ thoughts on race and equality in America. Poet Cortez-Jones has been called Milwaukee’s “Black Bob Dylan” and the “poeticized Jimi Hendrix.” He’s a teaching artist at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and has self-published a homage to his hometown in the book “Club Noir.” The Truth, the newest group in this roster, calls itself a “local four-piece funk, soul, and alternative R&B” group formed by Chris Gee (Christopher DeAngelo Gilbert) and Saxophonist/Producer Jay Anderson. They’re joined by Bo Triplex (Bo Triplex and His Beautiful Band), on bass. Bo is known for his high-energy baselines and infectious smile and his work with the popular group New Age Narcissism (NAN). Chris Gee’s dapper sense of fashion and dance moves have taken him to Los Angeles where he was a regular on Nickelodeon’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba.” Back in Milwaukee, he’s a consummate performer and fellow member of NAN.