Saturday/March 2...8 pm...$20
Nate Young Live at A5A "Black Gold" Jazz & Soul Music
N'gage Band with Pharoah Davis - Poet, Author and Writer of the book " Legacy
N'gage: Nate Young on keys and vocals, Terrell Douglas on Drums, Ken Willams on Bass and Karen Elliott on vocals. Also performing - Christian and Shay on vocals, and a special African HipHop dance performance.
Catering by Willie & Daisy's Too!
Saturday/April 13...8 pm...$15
The Joe & Eddie Show
with JOE ROGERS & EDDIE DUNLAP
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Saturday/February 16...8 pm... $15
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A5A's A Jazzy Soul Valentine
In celebration of Black History Month we are proud to celebrate
this Valentines Day with an incredible evening of music and dance!
Featuring Music By The JOE ROGERS TRIO
Joe Rogers/piano, Eddie Dunlap/drums, Chris White/Bass
With Special Guest Artists, MARTHA MCQUIN STEVENSON, and GRAY SKOOL featuring: DAVID JOHNSON, ROBERT MEADERIS, & ALANDA WILLIAMS, performing tributes to the inimitable ARETHA FRANKLIN and the incomparable TEMPTATIONS.
Williams began playing drums at age five, inspired by James Brown's drummer. When he was 16, Williams met Brown's drummer in Memphis and had the chance to play with him on stage, and that made a lasting impression on the young Williams, who had already begun singing at age 12 at the Baptist church in Pace. Williams' grandfather was the choir director, and he encouraged the young man to sing, even though he was already obsessed with playing drums and a little guitar. Williams credits his influences as people like Brown, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. After joining a gospel group, the Sons of the South, at age 14, he sang gospel for another six years, recording one album with the group. At 20, he got a music scholarship to Coahoma Junior College and Jackson State College and received formal training there. In 1968, Williams moved to Philadelphia, where he started a soul group, For Love, which opened for the Platters, the Drifters and other touring vocal groups. After meeting Charlie Brown from the Coasters, who liked Williams' singing, he joined the group and toured extensively. Between 1970 and 1991, Williams toured the world with the Coasters, eventually settling in Fort Worth in 1991. He formed his own group, the Soul Kings, and began performing around Fort Worth and Dallas clubs. The Soul Kings can be heard backing up guitarist U.P. Wilson on his first recording for JSP Records, and it was his relationship with Wilson that led Williams to his own contract with the label. In 1997, JSP Records released KidDynamite, Williams' debut album under his own name. On Kid Dynamite, Williams is accompanied by some of the Dallas/Fort Worth scene's brightest stars: Tone Sommer, Andrew Junior Boy Jones, Ty Grimes and Joe Rios. Alanda created Jus 4 U in 2013 which has now been renamed GRAY SKOOL.
Jus 4 U released a single (Spell It Out) in November 2017 which can still be heard on You Tube and other music sites
David Johnson is a native of Palestine TX. David began singing at an early age in the church choir. His first live performance outside of church was at a pancake supper in 1968 at the YMCA in Palestine TX. David participated in multiple talent shows during his youth and won the tryout of several music classes in order to perform at the Pancake supper. David joined the United States Air Force in 1977 and served until 1997. David was introduced to the entertainment world as an adult by Alanda Williams. Alanda was looking for a bass singer to round out the group and found that David was a natural. The group Jus 4 U was formed in 2013 where they performed at weddings, birthday parties, Sam’s Saloon, Habanero’s, Union Gospel Mission and shows at local American Legions. David began tinkering with song writing and in 2015 Jus 4 U released its first single “Spell It Out” in November 2017. The group name was changed to “Gray Skool” in August 2018. David is a resident of Fort Worth TX. You can also hear him most Sunday’s at Morningside United Methodist Church as he is in both choirs at the church.
Robert Meaderis is a native of Ft. Worth, Tx. I am married & proud father of 5, & Paw Paw to my 3 grandbabies, Landon, London, & Lexa. I began singing in the church youth choir at the age of 8 in the late 60’s. In 1971, at the age of 11, I lead my 1st song, “GOD WILL TAKE CARE of YOU”, where I recited Psalms 23 within the song. I then joined the adult gospel choir at Morningside UMC & realized that I had a nice singing voice. My parents (former teachers in FWISD) are the reason I enjoy singing & listening to all forms of music. My mother loved classical music & my father loved to listen to jazz & the Blues. I joined the OD Wyatt choir in my junior year & began to sing baritone. My music teacher entered me in the citywide Opera competition where I placed 2nd overall. I regret not pursuing a career singing Opera as I still enjoy that form of Art. In 1974, as a sophomore in High School I began to DJ for parties & popular social groups in the city. Within a year I had 8 DJ’s on my payroll & was doing 2 or more parties every weekend for the next 5 years. At this point in my life I realized I enjoyed singing & entertaining through music. After graduating from High School, I attended the University of North Texas, and got a BS degree in Business Marketing from Huston-Tillotso College (Austin, Tx.) A fellow church choir member, David Johnson asked me if I would be interested in singing old school R & B & possibly start a singing group. David introduced me to Alanda Williams & we started the group “Jus 4 U”, later to be renamed “ GRAY SKOOL”in 2019.
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1628 5TH AVENUE
FORT WORTH, TX 76104
Saturday/February 23...8 pm...$15
Ladies of Soul with Sheran Keyton & The Joe Rogers Trio
One woman show featuring Sheran Goodspeed Keyton and The Joe Rogers Trio.
Show highlights these ladies' biggest hits and little known stories from their lives.
About Sheran Keyton
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton has been performing professionally since the age of four. Her career began on stage singing with her father, and has grown to include writing, directing, choreographing, instructing, and producing. She performs regularly in venues all over the DFW metroplex, and has toured nationally and internationally. Her one woman shows have also been premiered throughout the State of Texas.
Joe Rogers Trio
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Friday/April 19...8 pm...$15
A Very Good Friday with Brandi Pace
Saturday/April 27...8 pm...$30 per person, $50 per couple
CrimeScene Company's Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Ticket includes dinner, beverages & the show and all proceeds benefit Arts Fifth Avenue.
Saturday, April 6...8 pm...$20
Va Va Voom Cabaret presents
Hollywood Bumps & Grinds
A Vintage Burlesque Variety Show