A free concert highlighting the diversity of Nashville’s communities.
This concert will highlight and celebrate the women and minority groups active in and contributing to Nashville’s success in a variety of sectors by through a concert featuring artists representing those groups on one stage. The communities in Nashville to be highlighted include African American/Black, Immigrant/Refugee, LGBT, and Women.
Community Partners: YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC], Oasis Center, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, WFSK Jazzy 88, Out and About Nashville, Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation, Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, Conexion Americas, Nashville Fashion Alliance, Corner to Corner, Score, and Home.
Frances & the Foundation is the brainchild of old friends formed in a living room in East Nashville in 2011. The band has evolved over the years to emerge as a staple of the Nashville rock community, and continued to grow their reach touring the United States extensively. Frances and The Foundation have released three EPs and one full-length album to date, and have opened for the likes of Alabama Shakes, Gaslight Anthem, The Wallflowers, and The Glorious Sons. Samantha Frances has been musically inspired since a young age when she was apart of a local children’s choir, which developed into her utilizing her teen angst to create and write music in Colorado Springs. Relocating to Seattle in 2002, Sam gained a reinvigoration with creativity and music, through the local scene. She moved to Nashville in 2006 with hopes of turning her creative aspirations into a career. The current lineup consists of Drummer Wes Cramer, Guitarist Nathan Zumwalt, and Bassist/Frontwoman Samantha Frances. Coming from three completely varied musical backgrounds the band used their broad range of influences to create the wide-ranging rock and roll sound they have become known for.
The Rumba Madre is the unlikely meeting of six unlikely friends in Nashville, Tennessee. Each of the band’s members is from a different corner of the world — ranging from Spain, Columbia, Cuba, New York and Venezuela — and they all agree on one united principle: making music is a liberating and uniting act. Based on this ideal, The Rumba Madre set out to fuse their own unique sounds. By fusing punk with Rumba, Son, Timba, Salsa, Tango and more, the band plays with the goal of uniting their audience and spreading diversity. In 2017, they began working on their first record, and they’ve already released their first single “Rosario.” Their next single from the upcoming record, “Caravana,” will be available August 10. To learn more about The Rumba Madre, visit www.rumbamadre.com or find them on social media.
Tramaine Arte’Mis & The Improv 7 Jazz Band – CONTEMPORARY & SMOOTH JAZZ VOCALIST. Jazzy, Sultry, Soulful vocalist Tramaine Arte’Mis is becoming widely known and recognized for her tremendous range and expressive vocal talents equally at home in Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Opera, Gospel, R&B, Musical Theatre or Neo Soul. Her soaring, expressive voice hints at influences that range from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn to Minnie Riperton, Deniece Williams, India Arie, Maysa, Will Downing and John Legend. Born Tramaine Robinson in Knoxville, TN, Arte’Mis grew up immersing herself in music. Her first memories are of harmonizing with her talented family members and landing a solo performance at age three. She distinguished herself in church, high school and college choirs and began to absorb influences from broad repertoire. Arte’Mis has been a mainstay of a number of Jazz and Neo Soul Lounge performances at various locations in and around Nashville and was tapped to perform behind R&B recording artist Kem at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for his 2013 Christmas tour. In 2017 Tramaine Arte’Mis opened up for the 2nd Annual Music City Jazz Festival sponsored by Jazzy 88 WSFK-Nashville,TN. She performed alongside many international artist such as Maysa, Will Downing, David Sanborn, Roy Ayers, Brian Culbertson, & Bob James. Tramaine Arte’Mis released her single “Connected” in 2016, which is available at CD Baby, ITunes, Google play, Amazon Music, and featured on IHeart Radio. Tramaine Arte’Mis is back in the studio, with plans to release a CD (EP) in the near future.