Monday, November 26, 2007

SOULPEOPLE: Peter Hadar & Ilhame @ Blue Velvet Lounge Thursday, Nove 23rd!

The Blue Velvet Lounge
750 S. Garland Ave. 90017 {DTLA}
213.239.0061 || (10pm - 2am) || 21+
no cover || $5 valet available {suggested}


The Blue Velvet Lounge {click here for map}

is located between 7th and 8th street
(2 blocks west of the 110 freeway) on Garland Ave. @The Flat


“With just the right amount of heart, soul and edge, Peter Hadar IS the ‘Coolest Weirdo’.” - Rahsaan Patterson

“Pete has developed into a great writer and dope artist, so keep a look out for Peter Hadar.” - Eric Robeson

At first glance, Peter Hardar, born Peter Winstead, Jr., may seem like a superhero with a death wish rather than an extremely talented singer & songwriter. His unending struggle to learn and evolve as an artist coupled with his plans to die a great musician instantly single him out in an industry wrought with fly by night artists. As a young man, Hadar struggled to dissipate from the shadows of his father, a musical prodigy and well-known gospel artist. He longed to make a name for himself outside the music world. He was soon drawn to fashion, where he blazed a trail for himself with ease. It was because of his ferociousness at learning the trade and defeating challenges that he earned the name “Hadar,” given to him by his uncle, a Hebrew Israelite. “Hadar” literally means “adornment,” and in his case “to decorate or dress.”

In 2004, after losing his job in the fashion industry, Hadar found himself in dire straits. It was at that point that he realized that working for someone else did not appeal to him and decided to take the indie route to develop his paternal gift of music. Locking himself in his mother’s house and writing nonstop, Hadar, found he also had the gift of “dressing music.”
With only a year and some change as a songwriter and no formal training as a musician, Hadar began putting together an impressive resume. Through his industry connections, he was able to collaborate with some of R&B’s most respected artists including Chante Moore, Carl Thomas, and Joe.

Continuously progressing, Hadar eventually met up with Mike Genato (The G:neous) and the drum and bass duo Mathematics. Together, these musical scientists have concocted a formula that is unique, unrivaled and distinctively Peter Hadar. With his first solo effort, 'Memories of the Heart', released in July 2006, Hadar is working on taking over the world with his own brand of cool weirdo music. This definitely looks like a job for Peter Hadar.


She has Morocco in her blood, Paris in her heart and music in her soul.
(aptly meaning “inspiration” in Arabic) always knew that music would be her constant muse. Born in the 17th District of Paris, Ilhame’s first musical experience was alongside her older sister, having innocent fun. As a little girl she loved to imitate famous musicians, reproducing mostly soul, funk and R&B stars such as Luther Vandross, Rose Royce and Bill Withers. At grade school she was urged by her music teacher to pursue her love for music, who noticed Ilhame’s natural talents as a vocalist. Thus, it was merely by pure instinct that Ilhame followed suit, followed her soul, and followed music.

Supported by DJ Fun (of Saian Supa Crew fame), a long-time friend and producer/sound engineer, Ilhame decided it was time to finance her own project and placed her career in her own hands. She decided that it was time to record an album. In 2000, a meeting brought forth a continuing collaboration with Max Valetudie, hip-hop/R&B/French Reggae producer (NTM, Raggasonic, Princess Erika, Tonton David). Lyricists and musicians such as Pascal Hospital, Marion Michau, and rap artist Kodjo have also lent their talents to Ilhame’s work in progress. In 2005, Ilhame traveled to the U.S. - Los Angeles to be exact - to record a major part of her album, an experience which furthered her desire continue making music. As Ilhame states, “I live, eat and sleep music. This is what I want to do. This is what I love to do.”


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