It’s the Life Productions presents, Inside the Studio, a series of live format events bringing Philadelphia a different type of experience. It’s an intimate experience between you, the fan, and your favorite artist. Inside the Studio provides the setting for a beginning of an understanding of WHO an artist truly is and what the factors are that led them to excellence in their craft. Whether presenting deejays, producers, emcees, visual artists, musicians or any other discipline, Inside the Studio is proud to spotlight Philadelphia artists who are recognized for what they bring to their craft and how they have taken that craft a few steps further affording them recognition all around the world.
March is Women’s History Month. Therefore, the ladies of It’s the Life Productions feel it's about time to honor the women who started the soulful movement for women, that impacted the world over. The movement was and is called the Black Lily. The founders of the movement are Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez, better known as the beautiful voices of the singing duo, “The Jazzyfatnastees”.
The Black Lily, a platform which became the showcase for a plethora of female talent bread in Philly, started in the basement of Questlove’s (“The Roots” drummer/bandleader) house. However, “The Lily” grew to one of the most anticipated nights in Philadelphia. Mercedes and Tracey created the series to support female vocalists and musicians who were being shut out of existing jam sessions around the country. The first series took place weekly at the Wetlands in New York (1999) and later moved to the Five Spot in Philadelphia (2000-2005).
Within those years the Black Lily not only completed their mission of getting those voices heard, it also produced some of the best talent to come out of Philadelphia. The voices of Floetry, Jaguar Wright, Lady Alma, Kindred the Family Soul and a young Jazmine Sullivan could be heard on any given Tuesday. The Black Lily became not only a showcase, but a venue that garnered an environment where established artists would make impromptu appearances and performances. The organizers and the audience provided a level of comfort that compelled artists like Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, The Roots, India Arie and so many more, to bless the crowd with their talents.
From music showcase, to a movement and now a groundbreaking film and music festival, The Black Lily has done it all....or so we think. On March 18th, join Its the Life Creative as we go Inside The Studio with The Ladies of The Black Lily. Founders, Mercedes Martinez and Tracey Moore will reunite with some of the ladies that began and developed their talents at The Black Lily. Those ladies are The JazzyFatnastees, Lady Alma, Jaguar Wright and Aja Graydon Dantzler of Kindred The Family Soul.
To guide this experience, Inside the Studio consists of resident deejay, DJ Afrodjiak, a well known selector on the Philly scene; and host, Laiya St. Clair, a Philadelphia radio and television personality who uses her passion for arts and culture to guide us through the layers of each artist. As an acquaintance of many of the artists featured on Inside the Studio, Laiya will lend a unique air of discussion rather than your typical interview as well as keep the vibe comfortable for the artist and engaging for the audience. Last but not least, Flygirrl is the executive producer, managing promotion, curating the visual artists and managing the event.
Inside the Studio takes place at Warmdaddy's, a comfortable yet cool setting with ample free parking. To enhance the experience, Visual art tributes to our special guest will fill the background of the stage. Past artists have included Ambassador Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Eric Jordan and many others. This time around we'll have worked featured by 2 of Philly 360's 2012 Creative Ambassadors, Whitney Thomas and Serena Saunders. Enjoy comfort food, cocktails and good conversation with various talented Philly Legends and Legends in the making. Nothing more, nothing less. Keeping the vibe comfortable and engaging, there will also be a brief Audience Q&A.