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Ladies of Soul (Tribute to Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, and Sade)
October 23, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test result required for entry.
Please bring your CDC-issued vaccination card (physical copy or a photocopy is acceptable) OR a professionally administered negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of when the doors open for the performance.
Seating: We assign seats in order of when you purchase your tickets. All reservations are subject to a food and drink minimum of $13 per guest.
COVID-19 Policies: As live music reopens across the country, we, along with other venues, are prioritizing the health and wellness of our guests and staff while closely monitoring all government guidelines and recommendations regarding the spread of infectious disease. We anticipate having limited venue capacity and requiring face coverings for all staff and guests for the foreseeable future. Additionally, tickets will only be available for parties of 2 or larger, due to social distancing restrictions.
Box Office: The Tin Pan charges lower fees for box office versus online sales. Our box office is open Mon-Fri 12PM-5PM. Please visit us during those hours or call 804-447-8189.
Brigette Johnson (Chaka Khan)
Brigette Johnson began her singing career in 2003. Since then, she has performed with several local DC area r&b / jazz / neo soul bands, and has most notably performed with Saxophonists Ronnie Laws and the late Wilton Felder of the Crusaders, and is currently with the Brencore Music production company, performing musical tributes in and around the DC Metropolitan area and abroad.
Possessing the gift of music has its advantages for an aspiring or established artist; whether it is touching a music fan’s soul or encouraging someone through poignant lyrics. There is also the downside like the daily grind an artist experiences to keep their record deal and winning over a potential fan base. As a former member of R&B ladies vocal band 4BIDN, who opened for R&B heavyweights like Ashanti, there was a point where Jocelyn Saunders felt burned out after the band was terminated by their label. She was also tired of the politics behind the recording industry. After 4BIDN’s record deal faded, she continued as a solo artist working with urban stars like Kwame. At the same time, the Washington D.C. resident was trying to figure out her place in life’s big picture while attending college. Meanwhile, during the songwriting process in the post-4BIDN period, Jocelyn started to change gears with a more spiritual bent. This was even before she reaffirmed her commitment to the Christian faith; several years after drifting away from her roots as a teenager.
Jocelyn grew up in a predominantly Christian family and started singing in church at a very young age. Yet during her younger years, she knew what the purpose of church was, but as for her relationship with God, she explained to www.affrodite.net in a recent interview: “I believed in Him, but I didn’t believe Him until I got saved.” After Jocelyn accepted Christ into her life in 2006, she was more than content to just sing in her choir at About My Father’s Business Outreach Ministries and not pursue the gospel music solo ministry. Yet the more she was writing songs that hinted about faith and trust; i.e. “Talk To Me” – a song about empowerment, the more Jocelyn was gearing to write more music for God. Jocelyn was pricked further in her soul when her father became seriously ill in early 2007, and decided to add another ministry to her plate through a non-music based website.
www.JesusGroupie.com, which launched in August 2007, encourages young people with a hope beyond what is offered in this world, and can use their talents or business skills for the kingdom. The premise started when Jocelyn noticed a teen being called out by an adult during church service for an inappropriate message on their T-shirt. One of the website’s section, Saved & Fly, presents testimonials from people from all walks of life who turned their life over to God after struggling with conflicting issues or low self-esteem. There is also a small catalog for apparel and accessories that display the Saved & Fly moniker and other faith-based messages. This catalog just happens to include Jocelyn AKA iNDIGO’s debut gospel disc, The iNDI 1st Project…Breakthrough.
Deletta Gillespie (Anita Baker)
In a mere ninety minutes, you’ll have day tripped through a musical landscape so vast you’d swear you had been to no fewer than five continents. And on the ride back home, you’ll be singing and feeling as though you haven’t a care in the world. Reflecting on the trip, you’ll realize that inside every song and story was a gift – a little message that lifted you into your sunshiny happy place.
You’ve just experienced a Deletta Gillespie show.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma now living in Baltimore, MD Gillespie is a multidisciplinary performing and teaching artist and has been performing on stage her entire life. Both parents were musicians in bands that backed some of the musical icons of the ‘50’s and ‘60s such as The Ink Spots and The Shirelles. Deletta made her stage debut in Kansas City at the age of five in her mother’s nightclub act.
Her musical highlights include opening for acts such as New York Voices, Hiram Bullock and Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, and for British music legends Paul Carrack and Judi Tzuke. She’s also performed for the late Michael Jackson. Deletta has worked all over the US, and in Canada and Bermuda. Along the way, she fronted an award winning showband in Atlantic City and on the Nevada Casino circuit. Deletta has also sung alongside Broadway performers like Michael James Leslie, Carolee Carmello, and Sharon Wilkins. Gillespie originated the role of Chloe in 7:32, an original musical and national runner up in the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She also spent a year at sea singing onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
The uber talented Gillespie is also a published writer, playwright, and actor. Her solo show, ‘Panties UP, Dress DOWN: Things My Mama Used to Say’ has been performed throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC corridor. She also played the role of Katherine Johnson in the Baltimore rock Opera Society’s ‘The Determination of Azimuth’. It is the same story as the in the movie “Hidden Figures”, although “Azimuth” premiered twenty months earlier than the film.
Triumph(ant), Gillespie’s debut CD was recorded before a live audience. Released in 2013, TRIUMPH(ant) has landed over a dozen times on the Indie-Music-Network’s weekly podcast. The album has been described as an eclectic collection of multi-genre songs with uplifting themes. The cd continues to be played all over the world on internet radio. Her next collection of songs is expected to drop in the fall of 2017.
Gillespie performs regularly in the DMV with several bands including The Clockwork Band, Arkitekture, Daryl Davis and Friends, as well as with her own group Deletta & Company. She uses her talents to not only entertain, but to create awareness about causes close to her heart. She has toured as a sound healing artist with the Monument Quilt, a traveling art display that provides a public healing space for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She also performs in ICU’s and at nursing homes and assisted living facilities as a therapeutic musician (vocalist).
She is an adjunct professor and teaches performance and performance theory courses, as well as history.