Black Women Rock – Warm Up

Detroit, Michigan (January 20th, 2018) – Tonight’s event at PJ’s Lager House was electric!  PJ’s is located in historic Corktown DetroitJessica Care Moore hosted the Black Women Rock! Warm Up. Detroiter Jessica Care Moore is an acclaimed poet, playwright, author, and artist. She is executive producer and founder of Black Women Rock. The purpose is to pay tribute to those women who came before and to encourage those who are currently writing, performing, and playing music. Jessica is an amazing poet who has performed at The Apollo and is a returning star on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam”. Jessica hosted tonight’s event and even gave a performance. This show tonight is a warm-up for the larger event March 18, 2018 – Black Women Rock Rebel Women – taking place at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Jessica Care Moore
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Detroit’s own Nina Sofia kicked off the night with an acoustic set. Nina is a Detroit musician and lead singer of the band Nina & The Buffalo Riders. She is an amazing vocalist and hosts a variety of open-mic shows in the area and plays solo shows throughout Detroit.  She plays guitar and writes her own music.  She has played many festivals throughout Michigan.  Nina has a new solo album coming out in spring 2018 called “Nozaroc”.

Nina Sofia
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Steffanie Christi’an followed Nina with an explosive set; she literally rocked the house. She is a powerful singer and commands the stage. She has been performing at local events since a young age.  She was the frontwoman for the rock band Fluxphonic.  As a solo performer, she has opened for Tom Morello and Erykah Badu. Christi’an’s debut album, “Way Too Much’, was released in 2014.

Steffanie Christi’an
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The last performer of the night was Jackie Venson. She is a guitarist and vocalist from Austin Texas. She has been compared to Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse. She is also a classical pianist. Her genre is Indie and Blues. She shredded the guitar and was very funny and playful with her audience. She also slowed it down and played the blues which ignited the crowd. The crowd even requested an encore by chanting “We want more!!!”This winter warm-up was just a hint of what’s to come in March, do not miss this event!

Jackie Venson
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Check out these excellent Nina Sofia portraits from Kelly Harmer Photography!

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Photographer: Kelly Harmer
Journalist: Krissy McGuire

Author: Kelly Harmer

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