NIKI J. CRAWFORD BAND + STONE MECCA (rza protege)
Boom Boom Room at Boom Boom Room
- When: Friday, August 16th, 2019 9:15 PM til 3:00AM+
- Door Time: 8:00 PM
- Show Type: Funky Soul R'nB Star & RZA's Protege Funk DOUBLE BILL
- Restrictions: 21 & over
*SOUL FUNK NEW BIG SOUNDS CO-BILL THROW DOWN ~ SPECTACULAR*
Come Celebrate a Co-Bill of Hot Newest Bands with the Funkiest Soul singer (formerly of Orgone) and RZA's protege Star Rising:
~ NIKI J. CRAWFORD ~
(with her All Star Super Funk Band)
* STONE MECCA *
(RZA's protege Star Rising)
* DJ K-OS *
NIKI J. CRAWFORD
*** Get into this party and celebrate with the hottest and fastest rising star on the scene today... direct from Los Angeles.. former vocalist for Soul Funk sensation Orgone... ***
After performing more than 200 shows worldwide as the lead vocalist for west coast funk and soul outfit “Orgone”, Niki J Crawford’s new band bring the heat with a high energy funk and soul party that is guaranteed to leave everyone with a positive and memorable impression.
Niki is an American Recording Artist/Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful, unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer/songwriter crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music.
Niki and the band have shared the stage and have played with Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville, Macy Grey, Booker T Jones, The Roots, Keb Mo, Galactic and Orgone just to name a few of the legendary performers who have sought out her talent. She has performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live and lit up festival stages across the world like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Montreal Jazz, Summer Camp, Bear Creek, All Good, High Sierra and Jam Cruise.
AND with his Debut at BBR:
Stone Mecca is a self-taught musician from Inglewood, California, who started playing drums at age 9, then learned to play the guitar and bass as a teenager.
He began his career as a session musician, often playing guitar and keyboards, appearing on several records by hip-hop artists on Priority Records, Ruthless Records, and Ice Cube’s Lench Mob Records. Notable records he contributed to include Mack 10 Mack 10 Based on a True Story, Snoop Dogg No Limit Top Dogg, Eazy-E Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton, MC Ren Ruthless for Life,Ant Banks Presents T.W.D.Y. Dirty Werk, and NFL Jams (1996 album).
Marking the beginning of his long-time affiliation with RZA, Stone Mecca appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan's fifth studio album 8 Diagrams album in 2007, performing on the album's first single "My Heart Gently Weeps", which featured Erykah Badu and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. He and his band also served as the backing band for the Wu-Tang Clan at Rock the Bells in San Francisco later that same year.
He appeared on several songs on the RZA as Bobby Digital album Digi Snacks. In addition, Stone Mecca's band was the opening act and RZA's backing band on the RZA as Bobby Digital Digi Snacks Tour in 2008.
Stone Mecca produced and released his first album First Contact in 2008, which featured Soul/R&B songs with performances by various artists. One of the songs from this album "The Walk", performed by Allen Anthony (formerly of the group Christión), appeared on the Afro Samurai soundtrack, along with another song produced by Stone Mecca "Oh".
In 2010, Stone Mecca was also featured in two songs on the second soundtrack installment of the Afro Samurai series RZA Presents: Afro Samurai Resurrection soundtrack - "Blood Thicker Than Mud - Family Affair" with Sly Stone and Reverend Burke, and "Girl Samurai Lullaby" with Rah Digga. In addition, Stone Mecca, who is listed as Tru James (James Rabb) in the liner notes, is credited as an engineer and co-mixer on the majority of the tracks.
In 2012, RZA shared an alternate version of The Man with the Iron Fists Soundtrack song "White Dress" by Kanye West, which was produced and mixed by Stone Mecca. That same year, Stone Mecca collaborated with RZA sharing production, arranging, and performing credits on the Django Unchained OST song "Ode to Django (The D is Silent).
In 2014, he worked in the studio again with the Wu-Tang Clan, both engineering and playing guitar on several tracks on their 20th anniversary and sixth studio album Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow.
Stone Mecca released his third self-produced album Alienman on November 9, 2018. The video for album’s first single, “If Experience Was Money”, was featured on Afropunk. Billboard premiered his second single “Boogeyman”. The ten-track album is a definitive departure from his previous hip-hop and R&B works and collaborations. On his latest guitar-heavy solo effort- in which he plays all the instruments and sings lead vocals on each track- Stone Mecca blends the genres of psychedelic rock, funk, and blues together. In an interview with the Dallas Observer, Stone Mecca stated, “This is really about who I am fully and completely. When I first started making music and taught myself how to play guitar, the kind of stuff I was doing was more so what you hear on Alienman than the other stuff that I might have been known for. It’s just about me going back to my roots, wanting to play guitar and have fun with it.
Niki J. Crawford / Stone Mecca