Two big events occurred this Spring. First, I was awarded the position as House Performer AND Booking Agent for ALL Saturday nights at Dallas’ venerable and beautiful Crescent Club!

Also, I spent 2 weeks at Visual Edge Studio recording 20 tracks for my new (as yet untitled) CD with my Trio of Chris Holmes on drums and Shane Allen on upright with Special Guests, Duriye on Percussion and Aaron Irwinsky on Sax!

In the meantime, I am staying very busy as a performer with frequent shows at The Balcony Club, Churchill Estates, Kirby’s and the fore mentioned Crescent as well as my 12th year as Music Manager for Kirby’s Steakhouse (Southlake, Woodlands, San Antonio) AND Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse (OKC).

A.R.T. Music is pleased to announce the EXCLUSIVE representation of Clifton Johnson’s group “C PLUS DUO” and “BORN IN NOVEMBER”  OKC’s MOST DYNAMIC DUO is one of the most exciting acts I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 2 years and I am so proud and excited that they have chosen my Agency to be their FULL SERVICE Booking and Management team! C PLUS DUO (Born in November) is now available for (limited) Fall dates. Contact Art @ 214.327.6168


A.R.T. Music announces their newest venue for live music in OKC is the Marriott Waterford!  Contacted by the Waterford in early 2009, ART is now the EXCLUSIVE agency for the BLUE FIRE LOUNGE, Special Event and Holiday Music including Easter 2009 and the upcoming Marriott Waterford 25th Anniversary Party on Sept. 24th under the direction of Food & Beverage Mgr., Ms. Jean Savoia. The Marriott Waterford now joins C PLUS, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse, and Firelake Casino as my 4th Oklahoma based client! Boomer Sooner!


Glennda Hill w/ the Art Riddles Trio debut CD is now available for sale on iTUNES! Also Rhapsody, Napster, Zune, iMesh, SNOCAP, Roadrunner and more! We are also receiving regular airplay on KNTU-FM 88.1 the “Jazz Station” of DFW! Glennda Hill and the “Balcony Club All Stars” now play EVERY THURSDAY @ the Balcony Club (Lakewood)

DFW based Reggae Artist, “Sing Kumba” is set to release his DEBUT CD “ “ a full length CD of ALL ORIGINAL songs conscience lyrics done strictly “Roots Style” This was recorded and engineered by Drew Hardwick at his VISUAL EDGE STUDIOS in Cedar Hill. Watch for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about Kumba’s CD RELEASE PARTIES soon!


My group, the “Art Riddles Trio” w/ Special Guest, LaCongeria Duri will also be going into Drew’s studio this Fall for (my) first full length trio CD in 8 years. A mixture of standards and originals, this project should be completed by early 2010 for a SPRING RELEASE!

Leroy Shakespeare and Ship of Vibes asked to headline the
2007 Bricktown Reggaefest, July 28th in Oklahoma City

For more than a decade from 1988 to 2001, Leroy Shakespeare and Ship of Vibes was one of the most popular & successful touring Reggae Bands in the U.S. The combination of Leroy’s charismatic and original vocal / rapping talents, laid on top of Dave Burris and Arthur Riddles traditional and psychedelic guitar/keyboard blend, and powered by a Roots & Dancehall Rhythm section proved to be an award-winning and headlining act at over 2000 shows and 200,000 miles.

Highlights for the band during the ‘90s were playing at many SXSW showcases, the New Music Seminar @ The Wetlands in NYC, for the entire Navajo Nation in Arizona, and headlining many outdoor festivals like World Musicfest , Spring Break Padre, Bricktown Reggaefest, Fry St. Fair, and the world famous Kerrville Folk Festival. Over the years, Leroy and band released 5 CDs, a cassette EP and a 12” 45. In 2005, the band played their 1st shows together in over 5 years, and the 2500 fans at Reggaefest let them know they had been missed by calling them back for 5 encores!

Those shows at Irie Connection, Old Crow (and the ’05 Reggaefest) were such a blast, and although Leroy now splits his time between Dallas and L.A. and we all have other projects, busy lives and families, when we were invited back to headline this years festival , we had to say yes. This is more “Family” reunion than band reunion, and definitely time to celebrate 20 years of riding on the “Ship of Vibes” from Kool Vibes and the Prophet Bar, Taos to Telluride, and all the at friends we met along the way. Even after all these years, our songs (old and new) still have a ‘mystical’ energy and I get that same ‘trippy’ feeling (no, that was then – this is now) when we’re onstage.” THANKS TO THESE AMAZING VENUES, Here is:

Leroy Shakespeare & Ship of Vibes “Summer Blast 2007”

SAT., AUG. 4 – TBA*

Leroy and Ship of Vibes “Summer Blast” will feature ALL original members, Ian Ellis on bass, Brandon Aly (Austin) AND Kumba (DFW/OKC) holding down the drums, along with original “Rebels”, David “Red Dread” Burris and me on keys. It’s Reggae Time!



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