Live music, poetry event benefits scholarship

April 9, 2013

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Diversity Education Committee of Emporia State University is pleased to announce The Icebox: Live R&B Music & Poetry Lounge event, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Webb Hall in the Memorial Union.

The evening event will include featured vocalist Wanda Jae from Kansas City, Kan., and Lee Langston of Prototype from Kansas City, Mo. Several Emporia State University students will also be participating in the Spoken Word portion of this event.

Jae is a veteran of the Kansas City music scene. She’s worked with local artist O’Dell Talley of Groove Agency, Jason Betts and the Esquire Band. Jae’s musical influences include Whitney Houston, Fantasia, Ledisi, Patti LaBelle, Marian Anderson and Ella Fitzgerald. She has been described as an energetic vocalist whose stage presence is uncanny. Her no-holds-barred attitude sets her apart from the rest and keeps her recognized as one of the few to bring soul back into today’s rhythm and blues and neo-soul.  

Langston, born in Tulsa, but raised in Kansas, City, Mo., is the founder and lead singer of the R&B/neo-soul band Prototype. A facilitator of numerous themed shows and tributes in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Langston can be seen performing at a multitude of historical venues, such as The Juke house or the Blue Room on 18th and Vine in Kansas City jazz district.

This event is open to the public. The cost of admission is $10 per person, which includes a meal. All remaining proceeds of this event will go toward the Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Scholarship that is open to all under-represented racial groups recognized by the federal government. 

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