This is the time for finding some extraordinary talent as summer festivals and events unfold and emerging artist take the stage to entertain. It is amazing how the energy of the crowd, the unbridled atmosphere of open air, and the boundless limits of sound create the best showcases imaginable.
Inner City All Stars is just such a discovery. At a recent event in the Kansas City Crossroads art district, on a near perfect Friday evening, the Inner City All Stars brought an eclectic blend of rhythm, blues, disco, soul, Caribbean, and southern jazz to the stage after marching through the street like true New Orleans high steppers. It was an instant turn on for the crowd and the relationship between band and audience grew better with every passing moment thereafter.
Leader of the group is Calvin Sexton who has a super high energy personality and matching vocals and trombone. His positive vibes resonate and are carried out by the trumpets, saxaphones, guitars, keyboards and the never-to-be-forgotten tuba that is played by David Seip!
Other band members include Brandon Blouin on drums, Quinton Moore, Marvin Hollie on Guitar and Keyboards, Daniel Hardaway, Ira Basset on Trumpet, Deanthony McGee on Saxaphone, and just about everyone on vocals!
Even the stiff, who are quick to tell you that they just came to listen and not to participate, are up and dancing, heads bobbing, arms waving in quick order. But it’s no wonder. This emerging group is making some serious rounds and drawing a lot of attention everywhere they go.
The Inner City All Stars have shared some impressive stages with a lot of named acts, received a standing ovation at Live at the Apollo, and are becoming a “festival must book” on a lot of impressive arts and humanities organization lists.
You’ll want their DVD “Live at the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival 2007”. Their CD sales were extremely brisk during the Kansas City event. The audience wanted to keep the music playing it appeared long after the Inner City All Stars concluded their act with a parting musical march down the same Kansas City street .
You can visit the Inner City All Stars website at http://innercityallstars.com for information on booking, and intriguing information on the groups leader and band members. This is one group you’ll definitely want to know a whole lot more about!