Raquel Rodriguez w. Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise

Fri Oct 12 2018 8:00pm to 11:00pm
$7.00
Door Price: 
$10.00

Raquel Rodriguez

RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ - "Talk of This Town" - LIVE @ Blue Dream Studios

Raquel Rodriguez was born with a mic in her hand! From the age of 5, the LA native knew she wanted to sing, and is a gifted musician at her core. She is a woman who believes in the magic of music. Her presence is warm, powerful and inspiring, like her sound. The Mexican-American soul singer is in a lane of her own, as she draws inspiration from Prince, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, to create a smooth balance of 70s funk, 80s synths and 90s R&B. Raquel is the true embodiment of the multi-cultural millennial, fusing the subcultures of the last 20 years of LA style with her nostalgic, yet current, brand of music. Raquel grew up on the West Side of LA around Santa Monica and Venice, close to Gilbert’s El Indio, her family’s Mexican restaurant, which, over the past 44 years, has become an institution. Raquel shed her shy disposition at a young age while participating in elementary and middle school talent shows. She took piano lesions and sang at Hamilton High School’s Music Academy, and, as she matured, her love of music only grew. After high school, Raquel attended the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC, where she studied music industry and jazz theory. It was at USC where Raquel polished her songwriting skills and solidified many of her now thriving musical relationships. The community of musicians is just as important to her as is the art of music. After college, Raquel went on to sing backup for such luminaries as Gwen Stefani and Anderson .Paak, and, in addition, opened for artists J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Trombone Shorty and Goapele. Raquel’s talent is unmatched. This year marks the release of her new EP, The 310 Pt. 2, an homage to her hometown, The City of Angels. Raquel’s current single, “Mile High” has quickly gained popularity on Spotify and Apple Music. The summer of 2018 will find her playing in many spots in her hometown of Los Angeles, as a prelude to her upcoming tour in Europe in the fall of 2018.

Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise

Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise (Live Ardmore Music Hall)

MC/ Poet/Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist/Pianist/Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward-thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.

Along with live performances, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise offer motivational creative arts workshops and performances at various settings such as hospitals, schools and community centers. Their mission is to use the power of music, personal experience and empathetic relation to help individuals grow to meet their fullest potential.

Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists which has led him to open for top acts - Ms Lauryn Hill, The Wailers, The Roots, Common, G-love, Wyclef Jean, Robert Randolph, Arrested Development, Robert Glasper, Inspectah Deck, Steel Pulse, Rising Appalachia, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, B.O.B, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Kabaka Pyramid, Yellowman, Soulive, Easy Star Allstars & Bruce Springsteen. In addition to his musical talent, Kuf has a strong passion for supporting the community by participating and facilitating fundraising events such as food drives, clothing drives, cancer benefits, and disaster reliefs. He is also a member of the WXPN program Musicians on Call, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients throughout Philadelphia.