On Friday, Nov. 17, the Jazz Kitchen will host a “battle of the soul men,” featuring Indianapolis, Indiana native Bashiri Asad and Nashville, Tennessee’s own DeRobert & the Half-Truths. Read on to find out more about this unique battle between two fantastic R&B/soul artists. The Jazz Kitchen is located at 5377 N. College Ave.
Bashiri Asad has honed his craft since childhood. Currently, he’s utilizing his classically-trained vocal styling to create beautiful, soulful R&B music. As an artist looking to “breathe new life into the soul music scene,” Bashiri has certainly made a name for himself throughout the Midwest. In Indianapolis alone, he was NUVO Magazine’s Soul/R&B Artist of the Year for two years in a row (2015, 2016). He’s come a long way in his years on the independent music scene.
Influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding, Bashiri has brought his love of classic soul to the city’s music scene, creating a musical styling he’s dubbed, “IndySoul.” As a prominent and frequent performer at Broad Ripple’s Jazz Kitchen, Asad will be on his home turf for this r&b “battle,” so come out and support him.
To learn more about Bashiri and hear some of his music, check out his Facebook page.
DeRobert & the Half-Truths
Representing Nashville, Tennessee as well as G.E.D. Soul Records, DeRobert & the Half-Truths bring their unique blend of funk and R&B to Indianapolis. Led by DeRobert Adams, who for nearly 20 years has showcased his jaw-dropping vocals across the nation, the band has helped put the Nashville soul music scene back on the map. With a string of wonderful live showcases as well as two albums, “Soul in a Digital World” and “I’m Tryin,’” DeRobert & the Half-Truths have solidified themselves as a flagship artist for their record label as well as a must-see live act around the nation.
Whether you’ve heard of this band or not, once you’ve had a listen to songs like the funky, trumpet-led “My Momma Told Me” and the slow jam “Get On It,” you’ll understand that seeing Adams live in Indy isn’t something you can pass up.
Doors for this show are at 9:30 pm and the concert kicks off at 10:00 pm. Tickets are available for $20 for main dining room seating, and $30 for front row table seating.