January 24, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Thomson Plaza for the Arts
What do you call a group of diverse, talented, multi-instrumentalist composers? You call them The Smoogies — a musical smoothie blended with many cultures, life experiences and certainly a vibe.
The Smoogies are Vaughn "V.KEYS" Henry (keys, vocals), Dion Kerr (bass), Harvel Nakundi (drums, percussion) and David Chiverton (drums), all of whom are formally trained musicians from South Florida. Each member has served interchangeably as leader and accompanist to performing acts worldwide, operating in groups such as Lauryn Hill, Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note, Marcus Strickland, Etienne Charles and Godwin Louis, to name a few.
The band recently won the "Jazz Road" touring grant from South Arts, kicking off their debut tour for their forthcoming second record, People Music. The Smoogies refine their sound as a quartet, deepening their connection and cohesion with this album. They also hope to continue the band's philosophy: to make music for the people and for them to feel good while listening.
Beginning their career with a feature on the digital music series "The Chivertone Sessions," The Smoogies quickly developed a buzz, catching the ear of trumpeter Nicholas Payton. This led to their collaboration on the self-released debut Planet Smoogies.
Want to go on a unique musical journey? The Smoogies provide an unforgettable live experience intentionally crafted to inspire a greater fellowship amongst their listeners.
Live on the Plaza is a series of outdoor concerts on our Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts.
Please note: Tickets can be purchased for up to 4 guests. For orders up to 3 tickets, you may be seated at a shared table with another party. Locations are assigned in the order of purchase.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with light bites and beverage service.
Happy hour pricing available until 7 p.m.
Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Promo for Screen Reader
Online ticket sales are no longer available for this performance. Tickets may still be available in person at the box office or by calling 305.949.6722.