Wed, December 20th

Ayo Record Release Concert


Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:15 PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Ayo Record Release Concert

   Born Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin in Cologne, Germany to a Nigerian father and Romani gypsy mother, Ayo (which means "joy" in her father's Yoruba language) has sold 1.5 million records in 40 countries with her four previous releases on Polydor, Universal France, and Interscope Records. Her debut album, Joyful, hit Top 10 in four countries, while Essence magazine compared her to the great Nina Simone. She's performed with Babyface, won prestigious European music awards, has appeared stateside on Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and even fortunate enough to open for the funkiest man on the planet, James Brown on one of his last big shows.

            "I've gone through a lot, but somehow I've always known that I'm here for a reason, a higher purpose. And that is to share with others to help them to connect with the world through music," adds Ayo.

            It's not typical for an artist to self-title their fifth album. That's normally meant for debut records. But, while Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Ayo has four records under her belt, it's actually quite fitting that she chose the eponymous title. The 14-track record, which exquisitely blends folk reggae and pop with soul influences and a dash of hip-hop, marks many firsts for the artist and serves as her musical rebirth.

             "This is the first record where I did nearly everything myself — wrote, programmed beats, and produced.  In some of the songs I collaborated with musicians. There was an immense sense of freedom.  My previous records were me, but this record is all of me. It's a like a new beginning where I can truly be myself for the first time without having to explain my mission, or myself" she says.