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Akeylah Simone LIVE

The Vanguard, 504 N King St, Hampton

FREE EVENT Akeylah Simone delivers a stunning performance by fusing genres from Rock, R&B, Pop & Jazz in an eclectic set of original music. Her sultry, soulful vocals are effective in keeping her audience engaged. Akeylah Simone’s team puts together a band of professional musicians specific to the needs of each booking and market. Each performance is choreographed specific to the venue and audience. Akeylah’s ability to produce such a dynamic show has landed her a variety of bookings nationwide since she started performing as a solo artist just two short years ago. Although, she has been singing and performing since her first time on stage at an elementary school talent contest, and frequenting many stages with her dad, Bobby Blackhat, over the past 10 years. This past year has been spent focusing on performing her own original music all over including festivals, award shows, showcases and private events.

Akeylah Simone, from Hampton Roads, VA is just getting her feet wet as a singer, songwriter, and now recording artist. In just her first year of releasing original music, she’s landed 4 songs on the 2021/22 Grammy Ballot and voted Encore’s 2021 Best Solo Artist. She was most recently voted ISSA’s 2022 Female Rising Star and Veer Magazine 2022 Best R&B/ Soul Artist. She’s also had numerous nominations across various publications including Best New Artist (Soul Tracks Reader’s Choice Awards,) and Song of the Year & EP of the Year (Veer Awards.)

The Candidates are all denizens of the hot metropolis of Williamsburg, VA or rather the hip college town known for coffee houses and history. They met in American Government class and formed a band practicing in a tiny loft in Toano, and playing school dances and backyard fire pit parties until they booked their first gigs in the summer of 2023. The band line up has expanded and changed with graduations and the acquisition of driver’s licenses meaning what was once a trio is now an ever evolving group of roving musicians.

You’re invited to intentionally celebrate Black History Month with us and Pure Lagos! I want to come together to acknowledge those that paved the way for us today with music and good company. I look forward to seeing you there 🌱✨

Akeylah Simone…AS IS Black History Month Edition Feat. Alecksander DuBois Feb. 24 | 7PM Doors open 6:30PM 251 W Bute St Unit A Norfolk, VA 23510

Akeylah Simone | BOHO Sessions

Bohemian Amigos Record Shop, Hampton, VA

Akeylah Simone - Boho Sessions This Saturday @ 12pm

Embark on a musical odyssey with Akeylah Simone as she takes the stage at Bohemian Amigos Record Shop for an electrifying installment of Boho Sessions. Prepare to be dazzled by a fusion of Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and Jazz, as Akeylah Simone showcases her versatile talent in an intimate setting.

Set against the backdrop of vintage vinyl and the allure of discovering new records, this event offers a unique experience where music enthusiasts can indulge in their passion for both live performances and crate digging. Picture yourself browsing through rows of records, each album whispering tales of its own, while Akeylah Simone's soulful vocals and dynamic rhythms fill the air.

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the Boho Sessions experience, where music and community converge in perfect harmony. Mark your calendars for 12pm on February 10th and prepare to groove, shop, and discover the magic of live music at Bohemian Amigos Record Shop.

Dec9

Akeylah Simone LIVE

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Flat Iron Crossroads, 7709 Flat Iron Rd, Gloucester

Akeylah Simone delivers a stunning performance by fusing genres from Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop & Jazz in an eclectic set of original music. Her sultry, soulful vocals are effective in keeping her audience engaged. Akeylah Simone’s team puts together a band of professional musicians specific to the needs of each booking and market. Each performance is choreographed specific to the venue and audience. Akeylah’s ability to produce such a dynamic show has landed her a variety of bookings nationwide since she started performing as a solo artist just two short years ago. Although, she has been singing and performing since her first time on stage at an elementary school talent contest, and frequenting many stages with her dad, Bobby Blackhat, over the past 10 years. This past year has been spent focusing on performing her own original music all over including festivals, award shows, showcases and private events.

Akeylah Simone, from Hampton Roads, VA is just getting her feet wet as a singer, songwriter, and now recording artist. In just her first year of releasing original music, she’s landed 4 songs on the 2021/22 Grammy Ballot and voted Encore’s 2021 Best Solo Artist. She was most recently voted ISSA’s 2022 Female Rising Star and Veer Magazine 2022 Best R&B/ Soul Artist. She’s also had numerous nominations across various publications including Best New Artist (Soul Tracks Reader’s Choice Awards,) and Song of the Year & EP of the Year (Veer Awards.)

$20

Chelsea West Fest

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Norfolk, VA, 700 Orapax St, Norfolk, VA

Meet us in Chelsea for the 2023 Chelsea West Fest Music & Makes on October 7, 2023, from Noon - 6:00PM. Chelsea West Fest, hosted by and benefiting Hope House Foundation, is FREE and open to the public! It will be a full day celebrating local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers and brews, and the unique eateries just steps away from the festival.

Music lineup: NOON-1 PM – Akeylah Simone – An eclectic set of rock, hip hop, R&B, pop & jazz 1:30-2:30 PM – Billy Joe Daniel Band Billy Joe Daniel - Blues, soul, & good ol’ rock & roll 3:00-4:00 PM – Allegra Duchaine – Pop rock 4:30-6:00 PM – Suburban Key Party - High energy alternative

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Akeylah Simone, from Hampton Roads, VA is just getting her feet wet as a singer, songwriter, and now recording artist. In just her first two years of releasing original music, she’s landed 4 songs on the Grammy Ballot and voted Encore’s 2021 Best Solo Artist. She was most recently voted ISSA’s 2022 Female Rising Star. She’s also had numerous nominations across various publications including Best New Artist (Soul Tracks Reader’s Choice Awards,) and Song of the Year & Best R&B/ Soul (Veer Awards.) While she has been singing and performing since her first time on stage at an elementary school talent contest, and frequenting many stages with her dad, Bobby Blackhat, over the past 10 years… she has spent this past year focusing on performing her own original music all over including festivals, award shows, clubs and private events. 

 

Her love for music is deeply rooted in her upbringing.  Raised by two musicians, Akeylah, developed a passion for singing and music exploration early on.  She always knew she would be a performer and that she would pursue a life on stage. She was so certain by age 7, she was practicing her Bruce Hornsby set in her room every night--just to be ready. She is sure to get up on stage with her dad, Bobby Blackhat as often possible. She has also been featured on a few of his albums singing back-up vocals, solos and even her own cover of “Fever” with her younger sister.

 

Music has always been her outlet for dealing with all things “life,”  and that inspired her to create a series of “Therapy Sessions.”  These consisted of hours of creating, singing, and sharing her best moments with her family and friends through social media. The feedback and encouragement motivated Akeylah to revisit some of her original work.  She has now released her seventh single and a five song, self titled EP. She has opened up her personal journey to the world and her vocals will surely let you know where she’s headed.

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