Friday, June 8, 2018
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with R&B/soul outfit, The Keeshea Pratt Band, and special guests, House of Waters, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake!
The Keeshea Pratt Band
R&B – Soul
9pm – 10pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm
House of Waters
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7pm – 8pm
Singing since the age of six, Keeshea Pratt has shared the stage with several notable national figures including bluesman Bobby Rush, Eddie Cotton, opera singer Grace Bumbry, soul singer Musiq Soulchild, and gospel icon the late Reverend James Moore.
Pratt has accomplished what few Mississippi based singers before her has ever achieved: The ability to attract fans from all walks of life without ever straying from the intricate roots that nurtured her awarding winning voice in the first place.
Pratt’s impressive musical range and undeniable charisma changed the landscape of local entertainment by displaying the kind of vocal immediacy and vulnerability possessed by few singers and leaving you wanting more.
Draped with amazing style, class, and sophistication, Pratt takes you on a journey through all genres of music. “I always get asked the same question,” says Pratt, “What type of music do you sing?” My answer has always been the same… “I sing it all.”
There has been an elite array of influences with unique sounds and styles that has cultivated Pratt’s alluring and spirited presentation. She’s an artist that appreciates all genres and refuses to be put in a box, and her connection with her audience allows her to tap into whatever their mood is and render an offering of shear vocal pleasure.
Some of Pratt’s accomplishments include “The Jackson Free Press Artist of the Week 2011”, “The 2012 Female Artist of the Year in the Jackson Music Awards”, and a featured artist the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival. Her road to the top of her musical game in Jackson has been filled with the type of conviction that now causes a younger generation to look to her as a musical influence.
Having sang, performed, studied her craft, triumphed and failed, Pratt now has a story about life to sing about to the world and is ready to spread her wings and do what so many of her adoring fans have longed for… a recording of her own!
She is ready to take her music career to another level and is positioning herself to become a sought after recording artist.
One encounter with Keeshea Pratt and your life is changed! Are you ready for the experience?
Pratt now resides in Houston, TX where she is working to complete her first project.
Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studies the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to India, where he received a frant to study under the santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.
Moto Fukuskima has been playing music for as long as he can remember. Accompanying such greats as Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, and Dave Weckl, he has redefined the role of the bass. With a strong background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the African inspired musics of South America, Moto’s playing is an amazing combination of finesse, subtlety, and power.
Drummer Ignacio Rivas Bixios mixes South American rhythms with powerful fusion beats. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ignacio moved to NYC after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and is one of the most sought after drummers on the scene.
House of Waters has scored an Emmy-winning documentary for ESPN, and has shared the stage with some of the most influential musical leaders of the century including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, Snarky Puppy, Karsh Kale, and more. Their newest record, House of Waters, released on Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP Record Label, and debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts. All About Jazz calls it, “A rare and beautiful gem,” while TimeOutNY calls their performances, “a sight to behold.”
This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.