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The Key Studio Sessions: Ode To Omni

“The only thing that helped me was Jesus,” says drummer Marcus Meyers as he introduces the song “Anchors.” “And I know when you bring that name up, it can kind of get weird today. Maybe it’s the perception or the lens that we’re looking at him with.”

While spirituality is an undeniable undercurrent of his genre-spanning ensemble Ode to Omni, which returns to the stage at World Cafe Live tonight, Meyers is admittedly not self-righteous about his faith — acknowledging through that description that, perhaps, the idea of confrontational Christianity (which is a thing that definitely exists in the world of 2018) is part of that aforementioned lens.

But that’s not what he is all about; Meyers is more apt to use his songs meditate on mental health and self-care, acknowledging our weaknesses and finding sources of strength where we are able. His beliefs inform his life, his life informs his music, and as they perform pieces about self-improvement and empowerment for The Key Studio Sessions, he and his collaborators proved to be anything but one-dimensional. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ode to Omni Roots Tribute at World Cafe Live, Quilt at The Foundry, Digable Planets at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Ode to Omni
Ode to Omni | photo courtesy of the artist

Local ensemble Ode to Omni is putting on a Roots tribute show at World Cafe Live tonight. The show is kicking off the group’s new Homegrown Series, which will spotlight local artists in a live setting. Omni’s Marcus Myers exchanged emails with The Key’s John Vettese just last week to explain the genesis of the tribute show, his vision for the Homegrown Series and how the group connected with emcee Mic Stew, who will be joining the band tonight. Read that interview here and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here. Watch The Roots’ video for 1996 track “What They Do” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dice Raw at Silk City, Ode to Omni’s Stevie Wonder Tribute at World Cafe Live, Seinabo Sey at Underground Arts

Dice Raw | via diceraw.net

As a sort of warm-up to this weekend’s Roots Picnic, Roots crew affiliate Dice Raw plays a set tonight at Silk City. If you’ve never seen him live, Dice cuts a charismatic figure and we can expect to hear songs from his records Jimmy’s Back and The Greatest Rapper Never, some of his Roots tracks and other collabs. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →