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02 March Thursday

Thursday Night Music at Strange Matter: Sam Reed, Lamayah, Black Liquid, Malik Rashad, Equally Opposite, WildPrxfits

Strange Matter, 929 Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
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These artists will be preforming: Sam Reed, Lamayah, Malik Rashad, Equally Opposite, WildPrxfits, and Black Liquid

Sam Reed has been singing and performing with bands in and around Richmond, VA since 2006, but the passion she has for music goes back to early childhood. Whether singing in church or singing along to her parents old school records the gift of soul singing was always present. After meeting and working with Devonne Harris in 2012, Reed was finally convinced to start recording her solo project. With the help of Harris on production and a host of her favorite RVA musicians, she produces a sound that is undeniably soulful and resonates honesty. Simply put, Sam Reed is blazing the trail for other female funk/soul R&B artists to follow; she uses her unique sound to take the “alternative” and make it something familiar again by including influences of rock, soul, jazz, R&B, and of course good ole southern gospel. It’s guaranteed to leave a lasting impact on the soul.

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Lamayah – Mimicking the moves of Michael Jackson, singing the melodic tunes of Stevie Wonder, and yelling at the top of her lungs in hopes of hitting the impeccable register of Mariah Carey is what a young Lamayah would do. “I’ve been singing since I was four years old and it has always been a dream of mine. I have many talents, but singing has always
been my dream and is my whole heart!” she says as she gropes her Yamaha guitar. Born in Brooklyn, New York to a native New Yorker mother and a father from Georgetown, Guyana, Lamayah says music is in her genes. “My dad is a very talented and accomplished singer and musician. He used to be so big in Guyana. He played in this band where he sang and played Sax. But he also plays the guitar, piano, and flute. He passed it on to me I guess. I am so thankful.” She plays the guitar, Flute, Violin, Harmonica, and a little piano. Though she has never been formally trained vocally or
musically, she still possess the skill and magic of one who is. “Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Mariah Carey are my biggest inspirations and I just want to inspire others like they have inspired me. I just want to put hope and love in
the hearts of everyone who hears my music, my words, and my voice. That’s all. Soul..soul is where it all comes from. That’s what I look for.. that’s what I go to..truth.” She has the ability and potential to be the next big thing. Her drive and motivation is so strong and she shows no signs of slowing down. This is truly what she wants. “I feel this is my purpose in life, music, singing. It’s what makes me feel alive. This is my calling, my dream, my fate. I’m here for you.”

Malik Rashad – Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn native son Malik Rashad, is the definition of a modern day renaissance man. With music as his foundation, he continues to stretch beyond limits as an actor, voice over artist, writer and entrepreneur. Malik possesses a genre bending style fused between hip-hop, soul and a bunch of other things and has performed at locations all over NYC including The Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, The Paper Box, and Brooklyn’s famous International Arts Festival just to name a few.  He has been able to grace the stage with greats such as KRS-ONE, CL Smooth and The Last Poets and garner praise from legends like producer/hitmaker Easy Mo Bee who proclaimed Malik to be “everything hip-hop needs right now” and world renowned battle rapper Loaded Lux exclaiming “Malik Rashad…mean!! pay close attention to this brother.” 

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Equally Opposite – Dominick Gordo and Zach Parker go by the name E.O (short for Equally Opposite). E.O is an alternative hip hop duo from Virginia. They formed early 2013, and since then have released their first mixtape “Hometown Fengshui”, and a second one entitled “Little To No Fame”. Gordo and Parker’s rapping styles differ from each other, yet also may compliment each other in an equal way. Their range in taste of music varies, and gives you all types of options, but somehow still stays in a bubble of hip hop.

Wild Prxfits – The landscape of New York’s hip hop scene has changed, being vastly influenced by sounds and styles from others. This has lead to many craving the return of sounds from the 90’s to early 2000’s. Brooklyn & Queens has shaped these two emcees into lyrical monsters similar to legends of the past. As they embark on their journey to bring you PrXphecies, listeners will be graced with melodic, dark, and funky sounds from today masterfully merged with word play that is sure to place them among the greats.

Black Liquid – Born in California, raised in Virginia, Black Liquid, has been in Richmond since the 3rd grade. There was nothing like it, living on the road, hotels, suburbia, apartments, with no extended family to connect with, music ever present and prevalent, it was life’s twists and turns that led to Black Liquid becoming synonymous with Hip-Hop. A father serving life in prison, friends who were incarcerated, friends who passed away from drugs, food stamps, empty pockets, all served only as wind for the sails of what was and still is, an every day struggle. Two radio shows a week (Hip-Hop 101 Monday Nights 11PM-1AM on WDCE 90.1FM and Hip-Hop For The Rest Of Us Saturday Nights 1AM-3AM on WRIR 97.3FM), two headlining shows at The National, two opening performances for Snoop Dogg as well as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and DMX, also opening for Fabolous, Doodlebug, and Rapper Big Pooh, along with a discography of 16 free albums teaching a creative writing class to 7th & 8th graders at the private school Sabot At Stony Point as well as being the assistant director of a Songwriting program with Art 180 at Henderson Middle School, an article in Style Weekly as well as several internet magazines and blogs, are all simply parts of what the name Black Liquid represents: positivity.


March 2
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Venue Name: Strange Matter
Address: 929 Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

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Running Time: 180