Alive After Five presents: Saxophonist Kelley O’Neal & Special Guest Vocalist Lauren ArpJuly 15, 2022 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kelley O’Neal‘s journey as an artist began at the age if nine in Huntsville, Alabama … and now, he is one of the most sought after saxophonists and entertainers in the music scene nationally. Kelley leads an Atlanta-based group known as the Kayoband, performing high energy contemporary jazz & old school R&B with a touch of today’s dance music.
His first major tour was with BeBe and CeCe Winans where he played sax and keyboards. The tour took him around the world for nearly two full years. The tour also created opportunities for television appearances for Kelley on The Arsenio Hall Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Essence Awards Show.
In addition to soloing and playing with his own Kayoband throughout the country, Kelley has performed internationally with some of the leading acts in the music industry, including jazz and R&B notables including Paul Jackson Jr., Bobby Lyle, Julian Vaughn, Nathan East, Rick Braun, Take 6, Brian McKnight, Eric Essix, and Jeff Lorber.
Kelley is also a member of a brass ensemble called the Tuscaloosa Horns and Kelley also performs & tours regularly with legendary R&B groups including The O’Jays, The Temptations, and The Four Tops.
Lauren Arp is an emerging singer/songwriter from Tennessee with a powerful new spin on the enduring traditions of the R&B genre. She embodies the convergence of modern soul and urban pop, and delivers a bold approach to the traditional music stylings of the legends that influence her. She is confident, heartfelt and un-apologetic; she’s vocal master with range the varies from smooth to introspectively gritty. Her songwriting is captivating and her warm and effortlessly vocal range carries her lyrical testimonies about love, honesty, relationships, and disappointment straight to the listener’s heart.
In her most recent single, “Next Time”, Lauren blends original songwriting, melodic gestures, vintage soul vibes, and modern R&B beats for a radio-friendly, but emotionally raw reality check. She is currently working with a few of the industry’s top producers and songwriters to evolve her signature sound for an upcoming album release. Lauren travels frequently, connecting with fans across a variety of venues. During a two-year stint in New York City she performed at numerous venues, making memorable appearances at Toshi’s Living Room, Birdland, New Word Stage, The West End Lounge, Taj and Joe’s Pub. In her hometown of Tennessee, she performs full-time, and graces three several bands with her lead vocal talent.
Members with AA5 pass: FREE
Kids under 12: FREE
Doors open at 5:30pm. Music begins at 6:30pm. Cash bar.
The KMA Gift Shop is open to guests until 6pm and offers a variety of exciting and unique gifts for everyone.
Street level galleries remain open until 8pm and attendees can view the beautiful exhibitions on display.
Ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Masks are welcome but not required.
Food will also be available for purchase, provided by FATS BBQ.
Sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company.
This project (was/is) supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.