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FunkJazz Kafé Scrapbook: 1994-2007 

Before Andre 3000 became a recluse, before Cee Lo became a household name, before Erykah Badu, Common and Jill Scott became Hollywood commodities, they all found kinship at FunkJazz Kafe. As the alternative music and arts festival emerged in throughout the 90s, the future stars of Atlanta soul (Dionne Farris, India.Arie, Donnie) came of age while legends of British soul (Caron Wheeler, Loose Ends, Omar) became mainstays. It's what makes this gallery part musical archaeology, part family photo album.
Shelia Turner
Outside at the Vibe, the second FunkJazz Kafe venue after the Royal Peacock, which was located next door on Auburn Ave. (March 17, 1995)
Bruce Morton
From the first FunkJazz Kafe at the Royal Peacock, DJ Kemit, formerly of Arrested Development, gave FJK house band the Chronicle some hip-hop flavor. (Aug. 3, 1994)
Shelia Turner
An early crowd shot (May 12, 1995)
Shelia Turner
FJK staple and Atlanta MC Bonecrusher performing with his group, Lyrical Giants. (May 12, 1995)
Shelia Turner
Meshell Ndegeocello, performing music from her 1993 debut, Plantation Lullabies. (May 12, 1994)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
A young Akon, long before he got "Locked Up." (July 14, 1995)
Shannon McCollum
TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (left to right), FJK founder Jason Orr, Dionne Farris, Toshinobu Kubota. (Sept. 15, 1995)
Shelia Turner
Atlanta producer Dallas Austin on keys. (Sept. 15, 1995)
Shelia Turner
Mistress of the funk and Atlanta resident, Joi, performing songs from her 1994 debut Pendulum Vibe, produced by Dallas Austin. (Sept. 15, 1996)
Shannon McCollum
LaFace Records co-founder and Atlanta industry vet L.A. Reid gives Joi a post-performance hug. (Sept. 15, 1996)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Big Gipp (left), Cee Lo, and T-Mo of Goodie Mob, serving up Soul Food. (Nov. 17, 1995)
Shelia Turner
Speech and Arrested Development. (Nov. 17, 1995)
Gary Berman
The Chronicle bandleader Little John Roberts on the drums. (July 6, 1996)
Shannon McCollum
Visual artist C'Babi Bayoc paints live at FJK. (Jan. 18, 1998)
Shelia Turner
Vegan soul food vendors at the marketplace. (Jan. 18 1998)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Peach of Whild Peach performs at FJK. Known for her screechy soul/rock vocals, Peach regularly appeared alongside Joi on OutKast and Goodie Mob albums before she passed from cancer in 2007. (Jan. 18, 1998)
Shelia Turner
July 18, 1998
Shelia Turner
Doug E. Fresh (July 18, 1998)
Shelia Turner
An interactive art gallery (July 18, 1998)
Shelia Turner
Jan. 9 1999 at the Tabernacle
John Crooms
Jan. 9, 1999
Pam Waller
One nation under a flag. An FJK flag-waver outside the venue. (Jan. 9, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Jan. 9, 1999
John Crooms
Atlanta soul singer Donnie (left) and visual artist Fahamu Pecou (April 10, 1999)
Troy Strong
Donnie onstage at FJK (April 10, 1999)
Troy Strong
V-103 (WVEE-FM) morning show personality Frank Ski (left) at FJK (April 10, 1999)
Troy Strong
Atlanta producer Jazze Pha in attendance (April 10, 1999).
Troy Strong
Joi and Andre 3000 (April 10, 1999)
John Crooms
Atlanta bassist Khari Simmons (left) with Ken Rye and Jamal Ahmad of 91.9 (WCLK-FM)
Shelia Turner
Former Atlanta resident and Oakland native Too Short spits some East Bay pimpin' (April 10, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Little John Roberts (April 10, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Bonecrusher (July 3, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Atlanta singer/songwriter Dionne Farris (July 3, 1999)
John Crooms
A young India.Arie (left) with another Atlanta-based singer/songwriter, Laurnea (July 3, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Biz Markie beat-boxing onstage in Washington, D.C. during FJK's five-city national tour. (July 25, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul performing in Washington D.C. (July 25, 1999)
Troy Strong
Cee Lo (left) and then-future actor Laz Alonso (Stomp the Yard, Jumping the Broom) on the road in D.C. (July 25, 1999)
Shelia Turner
The crowd in Washington D.C. was the strongest turnout of all five tour stops. (July 25, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Goodie Mob performs in D.C. (July 25, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Back in Atlanta, Joi performs. (Oct. 9, 1999)
Shelia Turner
Andre 3000 (left) and Cee Lo (Jan. 15, 2000)
Shelia Turner
Before becoming a solo artist, songwriter Van Hunt played keys in FJK's second house band. (Jan. 15, 2000)
Shelia Turner
Erykah Badu (left) and Jason Orr (April 8, 2000)
Pam Waller
Erykah Badu (front, center) performing with Dallas Austin, Joi, Jason Orr, and Bilal in the background (April 8, 2000)
Shelia Turner
Common performs on the same night as Erykah Badu, two years before the two become romantically-linked and he releases his most experimental album, Electric Circus. (April 8, 2000)
Shannon McCollum
Erykah Badu (April 8, 2000)
Shelia Turner
India.Arie lays low. (April 8, 2000)
Shelia Turner
Vinnie Bernard, the artist Jason Orr originally created the FunkJazz Kafé concept to promote, performs on April 8, 2000.
Troy Strong
Carl McIntosh (left) and Jane Eugene of iconic British soul group Loose Ends (July 8, 2000)
Troy Strong
Jamie Foxx gets his groove on (Oct. 7, 2000)
Tony Strong
Jason Orr (right) and Jamie Foxx (Oct. 7, 2000)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Chuck D (right) and Professor Griff of Public Enemy (Oct. 7, 2000)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Public Enemy brings the noise. (Oct. 7, 2000)
Shelia Turner
Cee Lo unleashes his inner "Closet Freak" while onstage with Jason Orr. (April 7, 2001)
Shannon McCollum
Raphael Saadiq performs. (April 7, 2001)
Shelia Turner
Then-mayoral candidate Shirley Franklin (right) with son Cabral Franklin (Aug. 8, 2001)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
British soul king Omar (April 8, 2001)
John Crooms
Live works of art (March 16, 2002)
John Crooms
D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik (March 16, 2002)
John Crooms
Cutting a rug in the House Party Suite (March 16, 2002)
John Crooms
Philly soul singer Bilal (April 12, 2003)
JimiFLIX
Then-Clark Atlanta University student Eva Pigford, modeling at FJK one year before winning season three of "America's Top Model (April 12, 2003)
JimiFLIX
Joi (left), Bilal, Van Hunt, and Dionne Farris with Jason Orr (April 12, 2003)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Another sold-out crowd at the Tabernacle
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Inside the Massage Suite
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Full-body art at FJK
John Crooms
Angie Stone performs at the last FunkJazz Kafe in 2007
Seth Ruff
Seth Ruff
Dawn Robinson of En Vogue (2007)
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Dead Prez
Shannon McCollum
Darryl Harris (wearing green shirt) of Moods Music in Little Five Points sells global soul CDs at the marketplace
Seth Ruff
Janelle Monae performs in 2007
Seth Ruff
Tyson Hughes
Drummer Little John Roberts returns to play the last FJK in 2007, after taking a hiatus of several years to tour with the likes of Janet Jackson.
Shelia Turner
Visual artist Maurice Evans creates artwork live.
Courtesy of Jason Orr
Drum troupe
Seth Ruff
N'Dambi lights up the stage in 2007.
Courtesy of Jason Orr
The Tabernacle on the day after FunkJazz Kafe
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Shelia Turner
Outside at the Vibe, the second FunkJazz Kafe venue after the Royal Peacock, which was located next door on Auburn Ave. (March 17, 1995)
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