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Chef Ben Bynum at Warmdaddy’s turns out sophisticated southern dishes and comforting soul food alongside some of the city’s best live music. Yesterday, he shared his secret to healthy collard greens, currently on the menu at his second restaurant, Green Soul. Bynum’s low-country fare is all at once soul satisfying and delicious.
Here, Chef Bynum shares his answer to traditional cranberry sauce – a sweet and tangy relish that’s the perfect accompaniment to turkey. We encourage you to ditch the can and make this virtually no-cook relish, your taste buds and leftover turkey sandwich will thank you.
Warmdaddy’s Cranberry Relish
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 small orange (or half a large orange)
12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
Small Sauce Pan
In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and stir gently to dissolve sugar completely. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool.
Cut orange, including peel and pith, into 1-inch pieces, discarding any seeds, and combine with cranberries and cooled syrup in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse mixture until slightly chunky, do not puree. Chill the relish and serve alongside roasted poultry or on sandwiches.
Relish can be made in advance and will keep, refrigerated, for 1 week.
The holidays are right around the corner! Allow us to cater to you, your family and friends. With menu items including our famous braised turkey wings, cheesy macaroni & cheese and apple-cornbread stuffing, our Thanksgiving To-Go menu is sure to please. Serve up our famous honey butter brushed cornbread and you'll be sure to impress your guests-all while we provide you with the convenience of homemade holiday delicacies.
Catch Kriss Mincey live this weekend on the Warmdaddy's stage, Friday August 28th & Saturday August 29th! Make reservations today!
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If you live in Philadelphia and love live music then you must be familiar with the bar and restaurant “Time”. If you are familiar with “Time” on Tuesdays then you have probably been graced by Kriss Mincey who performs faithfully every Tuesday night. I first saw Kriss last summer and was completely blown away by her rendition of Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You”. Aside from being stupidly talented, she seems incorruptibly innocent and good natured. Her social media focuses on self-help, self-awareness and the metaphysics behind “the power of now”. Talented, beautiful, positive yet slightly guarded she is an incredible artist to follow. Here is an interview with the amazing Kriss Mincey.
1. Tell us about yourself. Where were you raised? Where did you study? Where do you currently reside?I am Kriss, a singer new to Philadelphia by way of Baltimore. At the moment, I’m living in West Philly.
My parents are both retired Navy Veterans so I moved a bit. I always had my home in the North West part of the city to come home to. I still do. Same house and same neighbors from when I was small. I spent time in Richmond and Hampton, Virginia, and Aberdeen, MD where where I’d attend the Aberdeen Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School. At the University of Maryland College Park I studied public relations, gender and communication, African-American Studies, particularly focused in gender relations and literature produced during the Harlem Renaissance.
2.Have you always wanted to perform? When did you realize that your heart belonged to the stage? I’ve always performed, now that I think of it. My mom was instrumental in exposing me to theatre and dance, practically from birth. The first show I ever saw on Broadway was “The Magic School Bus”.
When my parents split, a lot of my energy channeled itself into writing and public speaking. It was yet another stage, and the podium became my theater, my dance. It wasn’t until high school that I danced again, and even then, I was convinced I would have to give it up for something “more serious”, once I started college. But the Universe has its way of bringing us back to the beginning again, back to the purpose we were designed for. Thats when I found music. Better yet, that’s when it found me. Fall semester 2008, I sang on stage by myself for the first time. “JukeJoint” was an open mic event held on campus every first Thursday. It was the first of the year and more than 200 students were there. I sang Phyllis Hyman’s rendition of “Betch By Golly Wow”, and the crowd raved. From that night on, up until the day I graduated, I was the girl who sang at the “JukeJoint”.
3. You were a contestant on American Idol. What did you learn about the machine of mass media at that time? Most importantly, what did you learn about yourself?American Idol was cool. My time on the show was probably the first time I learned the importance of being present; that is being mindful of the moment at hand. The media coverage around the show was like a different reality of a parallel universe where I was watching myself. Freaky stuff. Remembering where I was in the present moment made it less confusing and easier to cope. If you ever hear about public figures having anxiety or depression, the truth is they’re a lot more like us than we realize. The same sort of dual-reality effect that Idol had for me, other people deal with on a much larger scale.
The more exposure you gain, the more important it is to be mindful of the moment. We all get overwhelmed sometimes by what’s around us, remorseful of past mistakes. You find your calm in the present. So just be right here, right now. The only reality is now.
4. You recently hosted a three part series – Unleash the Best which was an all encompassing focus on the physical, mental and emotional grind of being an artist and entrepreneur in the Philadelphia area. From your experience, do you think Philadelphia is a city which supports and encourages it’s entertainers? Unleash the Beast (UTB) was a great opportunity for me to become more embedded in the Philadelphia community. When I first moved to Philly last spring, I sought out people whom I admired, people I identified as cultural influencers, and asked to interview them. In these interviews, I found a common thread of commentary: “there’s so much talent in Philly, but it’s broken up…it doesn’t have a brand, a voice, a movement, because everyone is competing against each other.” What some local artists had identified as a Philly flaw was in fact a cultural trope that extended far beyond city boarders. American culture teaches us to define success by dominance. The need to compete, to be “better than” just to feel good enough.It’s no wonder everyone is stressed and aggressive, not to mention lonely and isolated. UtB allowed me to create a safe space where Philly artists, entrepreneurs and investors could support each other without the fear of vulnerability. In short, I’ve learned that Philly absolutely supports Philly when we create the space for it.
5. What is the hardest part about being an artreprenuer? Honestly, I think the hardest part of being an Artrepreneur is being the engineer of your own thoughts. It’s an awesome gift, and at the same time, a huge responsibility to yourself to make the things you want real. It’s scary to think anyone could have that much power. But we do. We become who we are when we embrace that fact. And that’s what being an Artrepreneur is really all about.
6. I hate to even speak this possibility into existence because Lord knows your gift and warm spirit deserve to be shared with the masses but do you have a plan B if music does not work out? Is plan B even a possibility? The art always works out so long as we submit to it. Music has served as a vehicle for me to occupy new spaces. UTB has been proof of that. I’m a singer who talks, teaches and creates, and aspires to do all the above on a grander scale. So really, it’s not a question of whether music will work out for me, so much so as it is a question of how it’ll work through me. The sweetest problem of it all is deciding what to get my hands into next.
7. Who is your musical idol? One of my musical idols is Nina Simone. My mom named me Simone as my middle name to honor her. I watched an interview she did with BBC World’s “Hardtalk” and I fell in love. She was so…human and passionate, and I said to myself “God, that woman.” I understood why my mother adored her for so many of the same reasons I adored my mother. It’s in her girth of spirit, her audacity and her refusal to be sanitized in the interpretation of her ideas. I very much look forward to growing into myself and into my art in this way.
8. When you envision success in your life what do you see? Success looks like me traveling with the babies I’ll have, all across the world on trains, with polaroids and dinners with my friends all of whom are everyday superheroes. But what it feels like is: Calm. Air. Water. Warmth. It feels like contentment. Ironically, its the very thing I’m fighting against to be “Successful”. And it makes me think, even as I write this response, how did we become so obsessed with the idea of success, and when did it become something so different from happiness?”
9. What do you feel are the responsibilities of the young, gifted and black?
The responsibility of the young, gifted and black are the same as any other human being – to stay human. To live in your purpose, whatever that is, is the closest you can ever be to God. Don’t trade that just to satisfy an agenda or set of expectations. Your first obligation is always to your heart.
10.What are you currently working on? Where can people find you? I’m excited to be releasing new music this season. “Otherwise” is my first single with Bold New Breed Records.
Ms. Imani just finished touring with legendary artist, John Legend. She'll be joining Vertical Current for the weekend on August 14th & 15th.
Vertical Current, also known as VC, was started in 2009 by trumpeter/composer Christopher Stevens, Donald C. Stevens Jr. (Bass) and Brandon Mullen (Drums). They were later joined by Ali Prawl (Keys) and Jordan Damiani (Guitar). Since forming in 2009, the band has worked with artists such as Jessica Reedy, Leah Smith, Jeff Murrell, Noel Gourdine, and Dezzie Neal. Some of the band's highlights include performing at the Lancaster Ave Jazz Fest, the Center City Jazz Fest, the Collingswood Mayfair, and opening for The Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live. In 2010, Vertical Current collaborated with local hit-maker Donald Robinson to make their debut EP "aRe". This year the band worked with young super producer, Steve Mckie, to record their first full length cd which will be entitled "Bright Side of Midnight". Over the course of the last year or so the band has grown to include vocalists Chartel Findlater and Shelia Moser. VC has also been known to have a surprise guest on occasion. For instance the band was joined by Eric Roberson at a recent show. Individually, members of this band have recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists from Earth Wind & Fire to Darryl Hall so you never know who might show up. VC's brand of music is a unique blend of genres that is intended to uplift and inspire.
August 14th & 15th at Warmdaddy's
2 shows per night 7:30 & 10:30pm
$15 at the door
Call 215-462-2000 or visit www.warmdaddys.com to make reservations
Rob C heads all-Delaware lineup in Philly
One of the biggest struggles as an artist from a small town is the lack of exposure available in a small market. Although the Internet has made it easier to be seen from anywhere, larger market cities still seem to get more respect in the entertainment industry. For example, how many people really knew about Gary, Indiana, until the Jackson Five emerged, and that was after they were signed by Motown Records in Detroit – a much larger market.
The same issue still seems to plague the Delaware music scene even with people like hip-hop producer Sap, and DJ Bran paving the way as the First State's local stars. One way that Delaware can expand its reach is to connect with major markets in the area, and with Delaware's location, places like Philly, Baltimore, D.C. and New York should know about the talent that we have to offer.
One local artist is looking to take local talent to one of those major markets – only 45 minutes away in Philadelphia. Longtime Delaware resident and Philadelphia native Robert "Rob C" Cummings will present the For The Love of Music concert on Monday night. The show features an all-Delaware lineup at Warm Daddy's on – ironically – Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. The lineup features some of the best vocalists the 302 has to offer, with artists like MzYola, Mylezia, Miss Daja, Ronnie Mickens and Rob C himself headlining.
I got the chance to talk with Rob about his upcoming concert, the difference between old and new R&B, and why it's important to connect the Delaware and Philly music scenes.
Q: So is this the first concert at Warm Daddy's that you've had full control over?
A. Yes this the first time I've put on my own full showcase at Warm Daddy's. I have performed there many times before but this time I got the chance to pick the entire lineup as well as be the headliner! It's a beautiful thing as well as a little stressful at times.
Q: How did the event come together?
A. I have done many performances in the past at Warm Daddy's, and I was approached by Lyn Brown and J Allen productions and they offered me my own show. They said they saw previous performances and liked what they saw, so they basically gave me full control over whoever I wanted to perform as well as the theme and title of the event. It's definitely been a process to get to this point but I'm blessed to have the opportunity.
Q: What was your main goal that you wanted to accomplish when you started putting together this show?
A. Well, I'm from West Philadelphia originally but Delaware is my home, and it was here where I really developed my true love for music when I started working with DJ Big Easy. So my goal when putting together this concert was to highlight people from Delaware who were on the same grind that I'm on. Delaware has so much talent but we need to be seen in places other than just Delaware, so that was my goal for this event.
Q: Why call it, "For the Love of Music?"
A. I named it "for the love of music" because every artist performing is doing it because we love music. Making it in the music industry is tough and doesn't yield many benefits in the beginning. You can't start off doing this for money or anything else other than the love of music itself. Delaware gave me that love and passion so I had to give back by putting on other artists from Delaware who love music just as much as me.
Q: So, one by one, tell me about the lineup for Monday and why you chose them as the artists you wanted to perform.
A. Miss Daja: Daja has been doing music for a long time; we met through my DJ Big Easy who was working with both of us at the time. She has been putting in work for a long time and did a song that featured Nicki Minaj in 2010. She is like a sister to me and we have always supported each other, so she was one of the first people I thought of when I put this together.
Ronnie Mickens: I actually went to high school with Ronnie. He recently got off of tour with Patti LaBelle and has been branching out as a solo artist so I wanted to give him a platform to display his talent.
MzYola: She is somebody that I've always had a love for. Her sound fits this event so well because she has such a soulful voice. I knew while putting this together that Warm Daddy's was a great venue and fit her skill set very well.
Mylezia: She's a brand new face to the scene who has been making a lot of noise in the tri-state area. She reminds me so much of myself when I first started out and will bring that energy that the crowd will gravitate towards. She's about to be on a 20-city tour, as well as getting interviews left and right, so I had to make sure she came and blessed the stage.
Q: Once it's all said and done, what do you hope to have accomplished by Monday night?
A. I just want people to see how much amazing talent is in the First State. We have to bridge the gap and reach out to Philly so they can help us get out there. As our closest major market they are major players to the success of all artists in Delaware, no matter what genre you're in.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: "For the Love of Music" Starring Rob C, presented by Lyn Brown Music Group and J Allen Productions
WHEN: Monday, June 1. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8p.m.
WHERE: Warm Daddy's Riverview Plaza, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
MORE INFO: Go to www.UrbanTix.com for more info
In the Olympic tradition, when the torch gets passed on, the flame transfers from one sure hand to the next -- keeping it burning, while at the same time moving forward. It's a fitting image for young Chicago guitar hero RONNIE BAKER BROOKS on his aptly titled third release, THE TORCH. Not only does he sing with soulful fire and play with a white-hot intensity; he's also carrying the torch from the previous generation of soul and blues greats and moving the music into the future.
As the 17 original songs on THE TORCH make clear, RBB is the right man for the job. Brooks grew up steeped in American music tradition yet his focus remains resolutely on the future. As well as anyone of his generation, he knows the transcendent release at the heart of soul, blues and rock. He knows because, as the son of blues great Lonnie Brooks, he came of age watching the fieriest guitar players and most soulful singers of a previous era express their deepest feelings through their music.
"I grew up among the best of the best," Brooks says. "Every time I play, I feel like I've got to do it with the authenticity and passion that I saw in guys like Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and my father. But I also have to put my twist on it. None of those guys repeated what came before them."
Brooks' twist involves enlivening blues-rock with deep soul and modern hip-hop vocals and funk rhythms. Working with Minneapolis producer Jellybean Johnson, a veteran collaborator of Prince and Janet Jackson, Brooks takes roots sounds and transforms them into something that spans the ages.
"I like to think of how Muddy Waters took the Mississippi blues he heard in his youth and modernized it for his times by making it electric and harder," Brooks explains. "That's what I'm trying to do for my generation. I want to take what's authentic and powerful about the music I grew up loving and bring in other influences without losing the heart and conviction of it."
Brooks' personal touch also shines through in the concise, colorful songs for THE TORCH, all of which he wrote. He draws on the choppy, hip-shaking rhythms of funk, the emotional truth of soul and the forcefulness of rock to bring a distinctive dimension to his groundbreaking sound. Who else would, or could, record a song featuring classic Chicago artists Lonnie Brooks, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson and the late Willie Kent with another highlighting rapper Al Kapone.
"I wanted to do something that would bring young people to the blues, and then give them the real hardcore thing at the same time," Brooks says. "When I grew up, all my friends listened to rap and funk, and I listened to the blues. So I heard their music and they heard mine. I think we both saw some connection between them. I like that line in the movie "Hustle & Flow" when they say this new rap song ain't nothing but "Backdoor Man" written for modern streets. It's a hip-hop world right now, but I want to bring a little blues to the party."
Indeed, Brooks' collaboration with Kapone on "If It Don't Make Dollars, Then It Don't Make Sense" shows a streetwise philosophy that could've fit in next to the Three Six Mafia on the "Hustle & Flow" soundtrack. On the other hand, Brooks sings like a Memphis soul king on the open-hearted "Be a Good Man" a pledge that he'll always try to live honorably and treat his woman with respect.
Elsewhere, Brooks shows off his funk chops on "It's On" suggesting he's learned a thing or two hanging out with the Prince crew in Minneapolis, while "You Wrong For That Now" features the kind of all-out guitar workout that draws on Texas toasters like Freddie King, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Brooks flexes his musical muscle at a time when he sees a new vitality being brought to the music through himself, Shemekia Copeland and Bernard Allison. He's convinced this music would be considered as relevant and as powerful as the latest hits by Kanye West or Beyonce Knowles if exposed to young listeners.
"You can see it in the success blues-influenced players like John Mayer and Jonny Lang have enjoyed," Brooks says. "All they needed was to have their music heard, and people loved it. That's all it will take."
But for all of the varied influences on THE TORCH, the song Brooks is most proud of is "The Torch of the Blues", the tune that gave the album its title. The song features Brooks with his father and heroes Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson and the late Willie Kent, who worked on the session shortly before his death in March 2006.
"Being there with my dad, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson and Willie Kent, all of whom I admire so much, that was a dream come true. We all played our butts off that day and had a blast."
Brooks has earned his spot on the front lines. He spent a dozen years backing his father, watching how the master entertainer drew enthusiastic responses night after night. For years, the younger Brooks put his lessons on stage every night, opening his father's show to great response. With his father's blessing, he left the band to strike out on his own shortly after releasing his own debut album, Golddigger in 1998.
Like his father before him, Brooks became a Chicago blues mainstay, playing regularly in Chicago area clubs. After the release of his second album, 2001's Take Me Witcha, he hit the road for what turned out to be a seemingly non-stop three-year tour, picking up devoted new fans all along the way. And while he hadn't planned to take five years between recordings, he did want to do it right. He made up for lost time by packing as many tunes as possible on THE TORCH.
"The good thing is I had time to test almost all of these songs on an audience and to work them out with the band", Brooks says. "We knew what songs people loved, and we got them just the way we want them. It gave us a lot of confidence in the studio knowing that people already loved these songs."
Indeed, the album celebrates all that Ronnie Baker Brooks is -- a man with both a legacy and a vision, a man uniquely suited to carry THE TORCH.
- Michael McCall, July 2006
Take that soul food with a side of Power Soul. That’s what it is when The Blue method hits the stage at Warmdaddy’s this Friday & Saturday night. Well, it’s me, Brian Williams, the front-man for The Blue Method. I’m finally coming back with my TBM family, Tom Long on saxophone, Mike Patriarca on guitar, Rah M Sungee on bass, Charlie Patierno on drums and Leon Jordan Jr. on trumpet, who many of you have seen me perform with for the Sunday Brunch as part of the Soul Collective.
So, who among you reading this have yet to see a Blue Method show? Well, let me tell you, if you like it funky...if you like it soulful...and if you like it old school, but just haven’t found what you’re lookin’ for out there, look no further. Step inside Warmdaddy’s one night this weekend and let us fill you up with what you need to bop ya head back and forth, look into you lover’s eyes as the crooning makes you fall again and snap your fingers to a groove that takes you back to your childhood.
That’s what Power Soul is all about!
Rah M Sungee makes it low down and dirty. Charlie Patierno lays it back, picks it up and knocks it down. Oh and did I mention BLUES? Mike Patriarca will pluck dem strings until you look like you had the blues all year in the face. Tom Long makes things take flight with his sax, the likes of which you ain’t never heard! And me? Trumpet, trombone and lead vocals. I do ok. Ha ha! Rounding things out is our newest member, Leon Jordan Jr. His trumpet soars and when he and Tom start blowin’ lines, maaann it’ll make you happy, baby! You know what they say, “Ya gotta have horns!”
Make reservations now! Don’t be left out in the cold. Come on in and get some of this good warm lovin’.
-The Blue Method
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