In the spirit of B-girls and founded by Paige Hernandez in 2011, B-Fly Entertainment is inspired by artistic collaborations seeking to elevate hip hop within the performing arts community.
Liner Notes is a live musical journey through hip hop’s many intersections. Collide with music’s past and present through hip hop samples and actual liner notes from your favorite artists. This electrifying show combines live music, poetry and a multimedia design that enhances a medley of your favorite jams while bridging together generations of music lovers.
Every performance combines theater, spoken word, projections and electrifying live music, blended seamlessly together. Sing along, dance and learn more about the back-story of your favorite songs. The audience is encouraged to live tweet and to be as interactive as possible.
Liner Notes premiered at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in 2012 and has since become a successful series with several successive sold out installments. This success led to Liner Notes becoming the hit show of the last Capital Jazz Super Cruise. Paying tribute to approximately 200 artists and their music Liner Notes has sold out over twenty performances. Featuring Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell, Akua Allrich and Kris Funn’s Corner Store Jazz Quintet.
Liner Notes Cast and Crew
Akua Allrich (writer, vocalist) has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences with sold-out performances. The launching of her freshman album, A Peace of Mine, and second album, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! has earned the young artist international acclaim including distribution in Japan. Akua Allrich has inspired music lovers from all walks, who enjoy her exceptional work and expect nothing short of brilliant artistry from each of her offerings. www.akuallrich.com
Ayesis Clay (technical director, writer) is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University where she received her BA in Theatre. An actor in the Washington, DC area, Ayesis also is the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in PG County, Maryland and sits on the county’s Theatre Advisory Board. During her time at the CVPA of PG County, Ayesis has had the opportunity to work in a number of capacities such as directing, scenic design, light design and operator, company management and House manager. Presently, she is the touring stage manager for the critically acclaimed show, “Paige in Full”.
Kristopher Funn (writer, musical director, bass) was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides outside of DC with his beautiful wife and their awesome dog. After graduating from Howard University with anhonors degree in computer science, Kristopher decided to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician. He has performed and toured internationally to every major jazz festival in the world with artists such as Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Jeff Majors and Pharaoh Sanders. Kristopher has also appeared and written songs on several recordings including the Christian Scott’s latest album, Christian Atunde Adjuah. He continues to perform in the Washington D.C. area while touring with the Christian Scott Quintet. www.funndamentals.com www.cornerstoremusic.com
Baye Harrell (writer, lyricist) has embraced the title of Hip Hop Theater Artist to best encompass his multiple jobs. He has performed for audiences throughout the nation from Anchorage, AK to Off-broadway as well as at his hometown’s Studio Theater and the 9:30 Club. He originated the role of Zomo for Imagination Stage’s “Zomo the Rabbit,” Kwame in Jennifer Nelson’s “25-7-365,” and script consulted for “In Pursuit of Me: Story of Christylez Bacon.” As an emcee, his group Hueman Prophets has released two studio albums and opened for such notable artists as Questlove of The Roots, Common, and Trey Songz. He is a producer for the radio drama entitled “The Answer,” web docu-series “The Angle,” and last September received rave reviews for his play “Hueman Prophets’ Read: White and Blue” presented through CulturalDC’s Mead Theater Lab. www.twitter.com/bayeharrell
Angelo Hernandez (guitar) “StrumminSoulSince66” is a native Baltimorean who is inspired by James Brown and the “British Invasion”. Angelo is self taught and has played guitar for nearly five decades. In that time, he has done several TV appearances, recordings, opened for national artists and performed in over 100 live performances. After a twenty year hiatus, Angelo was brought back to his instrument through his family and hip hop. He embraces hip hop as cultural preservation and believes that, “Hip Hop is the new Liner Notes”. Angelo is a guitarist with Wolf -Pack, Ethnick Media and B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT. His music is featured on such projects as All the Way Live!, Havana Hop and Imagination Stage’s Zomo the Rabbit and John Henry. Angelo is honored to perform with his daughter, son in law and The Corner Store in the Liner Notes series!
Paige Hernandez (producer, director, writer and performer) is a multifaceted artist, who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip-hop, dance and education. As an AEA equity actress, Paige has performed on many stages throughout the country and recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. She has also been awarded for her innovative work in classrooms including the honor of being named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige continues to develop original and fresh work including The Nayika Project, which just had its World Premiere at the Intersections Festival at the Atlas. www.paigehernandez.com
John Russell Lamkin, III (drums)is a native of Baltimore Maryland. He began playing drums at the tender age of four. John attended The Manhattan School of Music in New York City and later, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. John has been recognized by, toured, played and recorded with a number of exceptionally talented recording artists including Donald Harrison, Najee, Michael Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, Chick Corea, the late great Lionel Hampton, the late great Abbey Lincoln, and many others. John maintains a deep respect and appreciation of those who’ve set standards in the music world.
Blaine Menelik (Projection Design Assistant) Blaine focuses her talents in video projection/design, digital media, motion graphics and web design. She completed her B.S. degree in Computer Technology with courses in visual communication and digital media arts. She previously assisted Tewodross Melchishua with video projections for Nacirema, a multimedia performance part of Source Theater Festival as well as Liner Notes at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. www.msmenelik.tumblr.com www.twitter.com/BMenelik
Tewodross “Teo” Melchishua (video, projection design) is a digital media producer, video projection designer, filmmaker, animator, VJ & educator. He has produced video design for theatrical productions such as The Pitman Painters (1st Stage Theater), Caesar and Dada(WSC Avant Bard), Paige In Full: A B-Girl’s Visual Mixtape (B-Fly Entertainment) and others. He created video remixes and served as a VJ for Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber project, a mixtape of Wu-Tang Clan with Blue Note label artists and other jazz musicians; as well as other venues, parties and live events. Tewodross currently serves as an associate professor & program coordinator of visual communication and digital media arts program at Bowie State University. vimeo.com/channels/thatsoulcinematic | twitter.com/soulcinematic
Sam Prather (piano, transcription,vocalist) is an exciting and multifaceted musician from Washington DC. Sam has developed a reputation in the local music scene performing and producing with all types of acts. On the funk/soul side Sam has worked on keyboards with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, and Brandon Combs while on the jazz side he has graced the stage with Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Sam graduated from UDC where he studied piano with Allyn Johnson and is currently in the Graduate program at Howard University where he plays in the Jazz Ensemble, and studies piano with Charles Covington. www.samprather.com
Herbert Scott (saxophone, lyricist) is a saxophonist from the Washington D.C. area. As a student Herbert participated in various arts programs including the Patricia M. Sitar Center, the Levine School of Music, Duke Ellington High School for Performing Arts and The Washington Jazz Arts Institute. Herbert has also competed scholastically and professionally winning the Rose D’Amour Scholarship, a Laurel Fund Scholarship, Ken and Sandy Beal Scholarship, placing second in the Levine School of Music annual concerto competition, and winning the most outstanding musician award in high school. Herbert has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State. http://herbspiceandcinnastix.blogspot.com/
Dante’ Pope (percussion and vocalist, Vol. 1 and 3) is a charismatic and exciting musician in Washington. A Native of Chicago, Illinois, he blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has entertained Washingtonians at venues such as the Howard Theatre, Blues Alley, and Bohemian Caverns. Dante’ provides personalized private lessons in addition to his work as percussion instructor at the District of Columbia Music Center. He attended the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Illinois where he had Master Classes with Yo Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie and Robin Eubanks. At Fisk University, he was a member of the world renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. Dante’ has also played with many other great musicians such as Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Hamilton, Eric Clapton, and Moses Hogan.
The spirit of community is a strong aspect of Liner Notes, whose productions often end with the audience rushing to the stage to dance the “electric slide” and greeting old friends while making new ones. -Washington Press
Liner Notes is absolutely amazing and really illuminates how hip hop has ushered a whole generation towards other musical styles. I can’t really describe how INCREDIBLE their show was!! This show will give anyone a new found respect for the multicultural bridge that is the hip hop culture.- Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 FM
Went to the show last night for the first time…not sure what I expected but it surpassed anything I could have imagined! I genuinely enjoyed myself & plan to come back!! Came all the way from Pittsburgh to catch this by the way & it was more than worth it!!! -R. Richmond
Liner Notes is such a clever way to journey through music and the energy with which it is delivered is infectious! A true crowd pleaser. -G. DiSimoni
Liner Notes: For fans of any genre, not just hip-hop. Perfect blend of talent, passion, originality, versatility and charisma. I’ll be back again and again. A new favorite. -R. Drayer
I can’t believe that I went to a show with my mother and my daughter and we all enjoyed it…EQUALLY. Liner Notes is a multigenerational music lover’s gift! -A. Anderson