Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council is excited to host Adam & Kizzie and their band in a free Juneteenth concert on Friday, June 15 on the lawn of the Attucks Community Center at 1001 South 12th Street in Ponca City.
This musical performance will take place from 8-10 p.m. Patrons should bring lawn chairs and there will be concession items available for sale. Inclement weather moves the event inside the Attucks building.
Adam & Kizzie joined together on a mission to give music their absolute best. Their music is a tribute to everything that is genuinely great about music. It would be grossly limiting to pinhole their music to just one genre. They are the third place winners of Usher’s 2017 Megastar Talent Competition.
Voted into the top 5 out of 7,000-plus contestants worldwide, they were given the chance to meet and be mentored by Usher himself in Los Angeles. The Oklahoman couple has been featured on a number of programs including an episode on Food Network’s season eight of Restaurant Impossible titled, “Face The Music”, season four of the Chevy Music Showcase documentary series, and KSBI 52’s “Oklahoma Live.”
The duo can also be heard on musical projects including J. Lee The Producer’s newly released album Music Box, Ohmega Watts’ album Pieces of a Dream, the Support Local Heroes: Vol. 1 benefit album produced to aid victims affected in the 2013 Oklahoma tornado disaster, and more.
Since premiering the official music video for their hit song ‘Train’ it has been awarded the official Short Film selection at the 2015 deadCenter Film Festival and OKC Black History Month Film Festival. They have shared the stage with such rising musical stars as The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Funky Knuckles, KNOWER, Sean C. Johnson and many more. In early 2014, they signed with Ropeadope Records making them label mates with some of the brightest rising stars in modern creative music. The second in the EEDO series, The Book of EEDO Vol. 2, released in September 2014, peaking on the iTunes Jazz charts at #23. Now they are currently preparing to release their third album, The Book of EEDO Vol. 3, in 2018.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Adam & Kizzie both showed a natural skill in music at very young ages, and the two were registered in the district’s best performing arts program found at Classen School of Advanced Studies. Adam was enrolled in piano and Kizzie was enrolled in the vocal program. The two became inseparable friends in high school, rapping, singing, and dancing during and after school. Their paths split, however, when adult life took them on separate journeys. Kizzie traveled the world with Disney: performing in the Tokyo Disney Sea resort in Japan for two years; later joining the company’s “Wonder” Cruise Line for six months. She garnered featured solos in each of the venue’s largest productions. Meanwhile, Adam was touring Oklahoma and Europe with the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Band, and later founded his own jazz quartet named New Growth.
In 2011, Adam & Kizzie’s paths crossed again. Amid rekindling an old friendship and a mutual love of music, an unexpected romance brewed and the two were married. Combining the best of all their individual musical influences and unique songwriting skills, they created a special blend they call EEDO (short for frEEDOm).
With his magic fingers and her melodic voice, Adam & Kizzie hit the road touring nationwide to share the gift of music in the best way their hearts know how…The EEDO way.
They explain, “As music, EEDO is a way of synthesizing all of our influences into one unified approach. Our mission is to create art that comes from a genuine place. No lyric, melody, harmony or concept is born for the sake of selling records. We share our lives in this music. We advocate love, enlightenment and truth. We aim to honor God, the Father who gave us music — which is His language.”
Some of the original songs we may hear include: Train, You Cause My Sun to Shine, and Can I Get a Light? For more information on Adam & Kizzie, go to their website at www.adamandkizzie.com
This free concert is made possible with grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, along with financial assistance from individual donors and local business sponsors such as Phillips 66, Martin Jean & Jackson Attorneys, RCB Bank, Osage Casino, Pemberton Chevrolet, Ponca City Tourism, Boettcher & Wicker Law, Cookshack, Equity Bank, and Landers Windows & Exterior Cleaning. For more information on this and other events, please visit the Council’s website at www.poncaarts.com, or their Facebook page listed under Ponca City Arts & Humanities Council.