Enjoy a gritty night of rock & soul from Kentavius Jones & Brooks Long. Tonight, the soulful singer-songwriter and guitarist Kentavius Jones, author of feel-good WTMD hits "Never Let Me Down" and the new classic "Diamond Eyes," will be celebrating the release of his long-awaited album, The Bohemian Beatbox. Opening for Kentavius is our own Robert W. Deutsch Fellow, Brooks Long. Brooks, curator of special projects here like The Songster Series, will be bringing his acclaimed Baltimore rock & soul band, Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good, to help celebrate the album release.
$18, $15 Members (+$3 At the door)
***For this show, the theater will be divided into seated and non-seated sections. For accessiblity concerns, please call 410-276-1651 during normal business hours.
Kentavius Jones is an eclectic singer-song writer from Easton, MD who has shared the stage with Grammy-winning acts like The Roots and Snarky Puppy. The son of a DJ, his musical influences are evident in his music. This earliest memories are accommanied by tunes from Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton & Jimi Hendrix. His debut album, The Bohemain Beatbox, is set to release in early 2019 and will pay homeage to all the greats to have shaped his sound.
Kentavius Jones was born to DJ and musician parents in Champaign, IL. Growing up in a house filled with music, Kentavius naturally took to it at a young age. Some of his earliest memories were listening to Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton & Jimi Hendrix on vinyl with his father. “I recall being fascinated with his extensive arsenal of sounds & his unbound creativity.” When Kentavius was 10, he moved to Easton, MD. Being the new kid Kentavius felt isolated & spent much of his time working on drawings, and art as an outlet.
By the time Kentavius got to high school he came out of his shell. Through friendships he gained interest in studying music & was determined to become an accomplished musician. He submerged himself in a sea of sound & discovered new music wherever he could. Through choral singing and classical guitar lessons, Kentavius learned the fundamentals of writing, playing guitar and singing. In 2003, Kentavius started his first band; as the lead vocalist and guitarist, he developed a swoon-worthy stage presence while honing his unique brand of soulful rock.
Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good is an acclaimed Baltimore-based rock & soul band. They have shared the stage with such acts as Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band. In 2014, Brooks began a year-long Maryland Traditions apprenticeship with Wendell Holmes of the legendary roots band, The Holmes Brothers. Following Wendell’s passing, Brooks began playing guitar and singing with Sherman Holmes, Wendell’s brother and bandmate. He also began singing with the jazz group LaFayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes with whom Brooks recorded the important track "Blues For Freddie Gray," penned by Gilchrist.
2015 saw the launch of The Songster Part II, a homemade continuing song series that showcases non-Mad Dog No Good compositions. Later that year The Mad Dog No Good entered the studio to complete their debut album, Mannish Boys. The album's single "Got Soul" was voted #2 on WTMD's Top 89 Songs of 2016. Brooks has also received the recognition of outlets like Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine.