Knitting Factory Presents
Olivia K & The Parkers, Brinae Ali, Keren Abreu
Olivia K, is a born-and-raised Brooklyn girl with a voice and words full of soul. Mixing the funky jams of 70s artists like Chaka Khan, her Caribbean dance roots, and a gospel message of speaking truth to power, she electrifies every room with her infectious good humor and powerful vocals. She plays throughout New York City, singing with artists of diverse genres from country to jazz, and of course, performing her own original music with her band Olivia K and the Parkers. Follow her and her amazing creative journey at oliviaksings.com, or on Instagram and Twitter at @oliviak_music
Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley has an interdisciplinary approach in using the power of the arts to uplift and inspire the human spirit. A multifaceted and talented singer, tap dancer, and poet, she has performed at Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, Bowery Poetry Club and Joes Pub with Reg E Gaines, and at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA in George Faison’s adaptation of Bubblin’ Brown Sugar starring Diahnn Carroll.
Her debut album called Destination Forever: Vol.1 encompasses original compositions created through sounds of tap, song, and poetry, and was awarded the “Vox Populi” Award by the Independent Music Awards in the Urban EP Category. As a choreographer she was recently commissioned by Harlem Stage for their E-Moves Dance Series to create a piece called Black Matter. She uses the essence and influence of James Baldwin and his ability to articulate the struggles of Black Americans. Through Afro futuristic, spirituality, and traditions, this journey of music and expression explores stigmatism and social injustice issues that still exist today. Her latest accomplishment was joining the cast and becoming the assistant dance captain of the Broadway show Shuffle Along: the 1921 Sensation and All That Followed directed by George C.Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover.
Keren Abreu is singer-songwriter born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Her R&B/soul music is infused with various aspects of her upbringing, including but not limited to her Afro-Dominican background, the many years she spent in church, and her love of jazz and musical theater. She writes about family hardship, personal growth, relationships, and themes of identity and self-love. You can find her at www.kerenabreu.com and on social media at: Keren Abreu