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Essence Fest 2015: Luke James, Goapele, Loni Love Attend Verizon Dinner at Dooky Chase Restaurant

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On Day #4 of the Essence Music Festival, Verizon Wireless hosted an exclusive media dinner at New Orleans historic restaurant, Dooky Chase.

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During the evening’s dining festivities, panelists Javier Farfan [VP of Cultural Engagement for Verizon], Artists: Goapele and native of NOLA, Luke James all discussed the effects of “Music & Technology” combined in today’s entertainment industry. The panel was curated by Krista Bourne [Regional President for the Houston/Gulf Coast Region]. Comedian and The Real‘s Loni Love was also in the building providing laughs and good times!

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Attendees got their tastebuds alined from what has been the talk of the weekend, as The Best food in town. A standing ovation was in order, as Leah Chase approached the room with such grace.

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At 92 years old, Leah still cooks in the kitchen full-time serving up some of the BEST creole food ever! She’s simply amazing and an inspiration to us all.

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Spotted above, Leah Chase has even cooked for the President of the United States, Barack Obama, as he’s visited the restaurant on more than one occasion.

About Dooky Chase

Dooky Chase opened its doors for business starting in 1941. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in Treme. Founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Sr., Dooky Chase’s Restaurant soon became the meeting place for music and entertainment, civil rights, and culture in New Orleans.

Today Dooky Chase’s remains family owned and operated. After Hurricane Katrina Dooky’s did close for two years to rebuild, but with assistance of many, Dooky Chase’s remains the premier restaurant for authentic Creole Cuisine

The Chase Family enjoys serving its regular customers, tourists, and locals. They also remain a stopping place for politicians, musicians, visual artists, and literary giants. Dooky Chase’s has had the pleasure of serving both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, Hank Aaron, Ernest Gaines, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones and a list of others.

Congrats to Team Verizon on their successful event and weekend during the 2015 Essence Music Festival!

[Photos by Chris Mitchell]

-(@GabrielofSFPL)

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Last Night In L.A.: Bessie’s 81 Theatre Tour with Kehlani, Luke James, DJ D-Nice and more

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Wednesday marked the second day of the West Coast leg of Bessie’s 81 Theatre Tour, honoring the legacy of blues singer Bessie Smith in anticipation of HBO’s film Bessie. The movie chronicles the life of the singer and will air on May 16th; Bessie will be played by Queen Latifah.
Singer Luke James held the honor of the night’s emcee, while DJ D-Nice provided the evening’s soundtrack.
The crowd sipped cocktails while dancing and singing along to soulful showcase acts Tiffany Gouche, trio KING and buzzed-about singer Kehlani, who closed out the show with an energetic performance.
The LA showcase paid tribute to Bessie’s legacy by supporting up-and-coming musicians and fostering community among the LA music community. The evening was preceded by a songwriter/producer workshop earlier in the day featuring songwriter Stacy Barthe and producer Bryan Michael Cox, who also hosted a student-only workshop in NYC.
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(Photo credit: Dorothy Hong & DJ B-Hen)
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Luke James Goes High-Fashion for OOB Magazine’s Issue #3, Speaks About Girlfriend Jessie J, Idolizing Prince & more

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Crooner Luke James is quite known for singing folks under the table, but the well-established singer/songwriter, and connoisseur of soul, also has a distinctive look that has garnered him several placements within the fashion realm. Now, Luke covers OOB Magazine‘s Issue #3! With the help of photographer Rodolfo Martinez, stylist Marcela Jacobina, creative director Paco Lampecinado, take a look below, as Luke goes high-end, paired with a simplistic-abstract look providing clear, and concise details — with a hint of a Grace Jones ‘esq feel, but with a male prospective twist. He nailed it!

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Last Night In NYC: Luke James Performs Two Nights In A Row to a SOLD OUT Crowd, Celebrates New Self-Titled Album Release…

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The talented Luke James celebrated with his fans for the release of his self-titled album, ‘Luke James’, which dropped on this past Tuesday, September 23rd. Luke was originally scheduled for ONE show only, on September 23rd. But ticket sales got so out of hand, SOB’s had to add on a second show for September 24th, in which both nights SOLD OUT completely. Check out more below…

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FLY-LIGHTS: Luke James Covers Heed/ X Digital Magazine

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With the release of his self titled debut album literally around the corner, Luke James graces Heed Magazine’s special edition digital cover and sits down with them exclusively.

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Last Night In NYC: Luke James Takes Over Heineken’s “Friends + Family” Loft Party

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It was a grand ole evening in the city of New York over at the Le Parker Meridien! Held in the extravagant Estrela Penthouse with the most epic view of the city and Central Park, singer/songwriter hosted the evenings festivities of Heineken‘s “Friends + Family” Series. 

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Fly Music: Luke James, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Jeezy, Drake, The Game & more…

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Check out hott new music after the jump…

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Luke James – “Dancing In The Dark” [Fly Visual]

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Premiered just yesterday via VIBE.com, Luke James bares his soul in a new visual for “Dancing In The Dark”. Catch Luke below, while in full character, as he unleashes his alter-ego, Wolf James.

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SFPL’s Own Luke James Reveals Two Album Covers & Tracklisting

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The much anticipated album is almost here, and now, singer-songwriter, and SFPL‘s past ‘Digital Cover Guy’, Luke James shares the dual cover artwork to his self-titled album. Below, you will find the standard cover along with the deluxe cover (spotted above). Check it out below…

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Luke James – ‘Stay With Me’ #mbrSHIP Remix [Fly Cover]

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Singer-Songwriter, Luke James covers Sam Smith‘s epic hit single, “Stay With Me”. Known for his powerful tenor range, paired with a falsetto of greatness; Luke adds his special touch to the populated track. Will there ever be a Sam and Luke collabo? Let’s hope so! That would be so Fly! Check out Luke’s ultimate vocal cover below…