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Blues in the Loft: Vivian Sessoms
SOPAC is excited to launch the new "In the Loft" series - consisting of blues, jazz and Midtown Direct concerts set in an informal club cafe atmosphere in the SOPAC Loft. A casual, affordable and fun concert series featuring up-and-coming musicians and seasoned professionals, the "In the Loft" series offers an up-close perspective on today's blues and jazz musicians as well as Midtown Direct Rep.
With parents deeply rooted in the music world, it’s no shock that Vivian Sessoms has had an amazing musical career. Raised in Harlem by a jingle singer/songwriter mother and a flutist/ percussionist father (who played with James Brown), Sessoms was singing by the time she could talk. At the age of nine she began doing television and radio voice-overs, while auditioning for Broadway plays and classically training her voice. By the time she was 16, Sessoms started to compose her own songs and her career took off.
Her musical growth led to performances with P. Diddy, Donna Summer, Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan, and recordings with Michael Jackson and Gavin Degraw. Recently Sessoms paired up with Chris Parks, guitar/ bass player turned producer, releasing “Sunny One Day.” “Sunny One Day,” an album of unique soul and jazz, took three years to create but follows her motto of “believing in or feeling something about what you’re sing.”
More About South Orange Performing Arts Center
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a world-class performing arts space in the middle of South Orange, featuring music, theater, dance and comedy. In addition to entertainment events, the Center hosts a variety of performing arts education programs including, Performances for Schools, ArtWorks, New Jersey Youth Theatre, TADA! Youth Theater and Lydia Johnson Dance. The facility's loft and theater are available to rent for private functions. There is also a Clearview Cinemas on the ground floor. SOPAC opened in November 2006 and is located next to the South Orange train station and has its own lot, which is used for commuter permit parking during the day.
Other events here
- PRIMAL CONVERGENCE Art Exhibit at SOPAC Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
- CLOSING Reception at SOPAC | PRIMAL CONVERGENCE Art Exhibit Sat, Jun 29, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm