Strictly Social @ Little Temple photos w. Jimi James & Rogiers

Strictly Social began a new chapter with the July 23rd show as the event moved to a new home at Los Angeles’ Little Temple Bar. The move proved to be a success with another pair of stellar performances. DJs Milky Wayne, Destroyer and Anthony Valadez (now of KCRW) set the mood for the night with their superb funk and soul selections as the crowd arrived. Yolanda Johnson, who was also showcasing her new jewelry line Beyoutiful by Pilar of Kreative Souls, was our gracious and hilarious hostess for the evening. Rogiers, in town from the East Coast, kicked off the night in style. He performed several tracks from his debut cd Life & Music: All of It, charming the audience with his silky smooth vocals and charisma. This was his first LA performance and we were proud to be able to make it happen.

Next up was our headliner Jimi James who first blew minds at Strictly Social back in January. She was a natural choice to make a splash at our new venue and she did not disappoint. Accompanied by an ultra-talented full band, backing singers, an MC and a top-class tap dancer, Jimi tore the roof off Strictly Social once again! This girl is on another level so if you missed her this time around, be sure to catch her in the future. Her show is definitely unique. Whether demanding social change or seducing the audience on “Get Undressed” Jimi captures attention with her electric energy. She performed tracks from her album The Truth as well as from her new project, The Jimi Jeezee Mixtape. DJ Anthony Valadez closed out another successful night of live, eclectic soul fusion. We’ll be taking a small break for the month of August, but stay tuned to find out what soulful goodies will be in store for September.

Beyoutiful Jewelry line

Beyoutiful Jewelry line

Yolanda Johnson in the house

Yolanda Johnson in the house

Rogiers takes the stage

Rogiers takes the stage


~ by nusoulmagazine on July 30, 2008.

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