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Summer Season Kickoff of Uptown Soul Lounge

  • Gin Fizz Harlem 308 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Kick off the first weekend of summer at Uptown Soul Lounge, Harlem's exciting new monthly live music experience showcasing the best emerging talent in soul. The first show of the summer will see the return of our house host Ayoinmotion and feature special live performances by rising blues/soul star Sophia Bastian, Brooklyn-based jazz/soul goddess Elle Winston, and Gaby Borromeo.

RSVP here for $5 admission. Admission is $10 at the door without RSVP.

Sophia Bastian is the love child of contemporary soul luminaries and our legendary jazz/blues pioneers of yesteryear. Her smoky, vintage vocals, and vibrant songwriting channel some of her biggest inspirations such as classic jazz artist Billie Holiday and soul pioneer Ray Charles. Hailed as “a pure artist,” Sophia's Juvenile Blues EP has been met with a great reception internationally. The project's latest single, "Blind Ambition" recently debuted on Ebro's Beats1 Radio show. Sophia and her band have opened up for The Roots and performed on Good Day LA.

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Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Elle Winston's sound might best be described as a meeting of folk-legend James Taylor & soul queen Chaka Khan, a deep mixture of jazz inspired soul music, with hints of blues/rock/American roots music. The unique quality of Elle's music is reflected in the wide range of artists she's opened for including Gil-Scott Heron, Joan Jett, Groupo Fantasma, Orgone, Bridget Kelly, Carl Thomas and others. Noted as a "an artist whose songwriting skill is not to be overlooked," and whose music is "a kind of perfect storm," Elle has become a sought-after artist on both the east and west coasts. She has played the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Hot97′s Who's Next Showcase, LA's annual ASCAP Showcase and headlined the Harlem Arts Festival. Elle and her band have been featured on some of the best of stages in NYC thus far this year including the Billboard Lounge at Barclays Center, the Apollo Music Cafe and The Manhattan Inn as part of the Hypnocraft Presents series.

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Gaby Borromeo is a classically trained singer/ songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle, WA. She moved to New York City at 15 to pursue a career in music and has since worked with talents such as John Legend, Tom Kitt, Rockwilder and many more. While taking a break from her own project, she's been able to lend her angelic vocals for TV/ film, and has written for other artists, landing debut spots on local airwaves.

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