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Black Alley / Press

“...The group put together a pretty dope montage for “Virgin Suicide,” which was filmed in their studio as a part of their ‘The Art of Crank’ series. The narrative track is a metaphor about Black Alley in their most vulnerable state; sharing new music with their audience. Completely packaged with Kacey‘s soulful vocals, raw spoken words and jazzy instrumentals, all 11 minutes is worth it. Watch the video below and check out their album on bandcamp.”

“Using jazz, soul, rock and among other sounds this band, hailing out of the DMV, has been able to create their own unique musical sound they dubbed soul garage. Check out their track “Virgin Suicide” off their debut album Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers. and let us know what you think.”

“Being really awesome in more ways than one is something we admire. A talented songstress who has killer style and an amazing personality? Sounds too good to be true, but our new style BFF is all that and more. Allow us to introduce you to Kacey Williams — a DMV native with a successful and inspiring career as the lead vocalist for local soul-garage band Black Alley. The stunning rocker has an infectious energy and style for days. Translation? She makes us want to seriously up our game. She can make parachute pants with four-inch wedges and a bomber jacket look amazing, and effortlessly rock a cat-eared equestrian hat with a cape.”

“Though they're still sending newbie reverberations throughout the musical world, in many ways Black Alley has been around for a better part of 50 years. Hailing from D.C., the 7-piece Soul Garage outfit not only conjure the spirits of 60s and 70s greats Roberta Flack, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Brown and city mates the Bad Brains, but they do it through the very D.C. elements of full-member bands and live music.”

“Going to Eleven - Which Amps Do Musicians Love to Use? Black Alley released it’s critically acclaimed debut, Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers., and a follow-up live album Black Alley: Live from the RNR Hotel. Eric Champloux of Black Alley Another tube enthusiast, the band’s guitarist, Eric Champloux, prefers the clean channels of a Fender Hot Rod or Marshall JCM2000.”

“Black Alley is a mix of funk, jazz, soul and rock and have established their own sound called Soul Garage. They have been dominating the D.C. nightlife scene for over five years. They have taken their talents to New York, Pennsylvania, Miami and they even performed in Charlotte, NC over the past weekend during the infamous CIAA weekend. The band consists of: Kacey – Lead Vocals, Eric – Lead Guitar, Danny “The Animal” – Drums, Josh on Bass, Mack – Keys, Hope – Keys and Bo Beedy – Percussion.”

“Award-winning Soul Garage band, Black Alley will perform live on Wednesday, February 19th at Select Lounge in Baltimore, MD. Hailing from the Nation’s Capital, Black Alley has performed at many popular concert venues around the country including a recent performance at the world-renowned Kennedy Center. Known for their electrifying and off-the-charts live performances, Black Alley looks forward to returning to the Charm City for this special event.”

“Through jazz, r&b funk, and rock, Black Alley appeals to the ear of a wide fanbase. Not only does this group fuse various genres into bliss, but they all represent the love and passion for music in special ways. If you haven’t already, check out Black Alley’s bandcamp page for their latest music.”

“Bringing a new wave of Soul Garage to a new generation, Black Alley has been in the game for about 5 years. They are based out of D.C. and represent the region's "band-like" and "go-go" tendencies. Their diverse backgrounds and rhythmic intuitions help to develop their unbarred sound.”

“An eclectic evening such as this wouldn’t be complete without some local flavor. Black Alley, a local garage band from Washington D.C. The inclusion of Black Alley, a seven member team was a pleasant addition to the lineup; the young and fresh rising stars holding their own with a night of talented veterans. The group is made up of lead vocalist Kacey Williams, bass guitarist Josh Hartzog, Dwayne filled in this evening as lead guitarist during Eric Champaloux absent, keyboardists Mack Tyson and Hope Udobi, rounded out by percussionist Walter Clark and drummer Danny Henderson. Don’t be fooled by the fact Black Alley hails from the D.C. area; Go-Go is not their only forte. Their style consists of a welcoming fusion of go-go, soul and garage-beat, rock, and funk. During the latter half of their concert, Black Alley surprised the Fillmore crowed with their interpretation of the Diana Ross classic “Love Hangover”, which was handled beautifully by Kacey Williams.”

“They describe their sound as “Soul Garage,” because they didn’t want to limit themselves to any one musical genre. From covers of contemporary pop, rock and R&B songs, nods to Soul legends of the past, and their own original material, Black Alley is a sound unlike anything else you’ve heard out of DC. Having had the opportunity to open for acts such as Chrisette Michele, Rashaan Patterson, Common, Angie Stone, Kindred and the Family Soul, Meek Mill and hometown heroes Wale and Raheem DeVaughn, Black Alley sees themselves headlining a national tour soon, and eventually touring the world within the next five years.”

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“Kacey Williams, lead vocalist of Black Alley, treated Stuff-A-Truck to a special performance. (VIDEO)”

“It's funny how, once every blue moon, you can miss things right in your own backyard. Washington, D.C. based band Black Alley is new in my playlist, ironically enough thanks to Alabama based music blog BamaLoveSoul. Without a doubt, one can hear influences of the Chocolate City in this bands stylized go-go and soul influences. "Artists' Prayer" begins as a poignant call to artistic integrity, displaying the vocal talents of the band and guest Nicholas Bryan Grant. The song ends in just an all-out jam session, no words needed. Great listen! Hopefully I can hear these talented trendsetters rockin' somewhere on U Street next time I stroll through the city.”

“I found out about DC area band Black Alley after receiving an email about their cover of Big Krit’s 'Dreamin’. Totally enamored, I did more research and found their 16 track album, SOUL.SWAGGER.ROCK.SNEAKERS. which features appearances by Raheem Devaughn and Nicholas Ryan Gant. Soulful at times and rockin throughout, this is the perfect album to break the monotony of your mp3 playlist because no one else is rockin like this!”

“The wonderful Black Alley chose their favorite Big K.R.I.T song to cover this past Monday and shot their own live garage footage for it — in less than 24 hours. They do justice to the highly rated “Dreamin” from K.R.I.T’s Return of 4eva mixtape, even getting dap-ognition from the musician himself on twitter. Lead vocalist Kacey sings K.R.I.T’s inspirational verses loud and clear; the cover is catchy and will get stuck in your head within a few minutes of listening.”

“...we’re pumped to feature local Soul Garage band, Black Alley. What is Soul Garage, you ask? It’s a music genre created to distinguish the sound that Black Alley makes, proving that they are not your average go-go band; not even close. Whether it’s soul, rock, funk, hip-hop, etc., Black Alley’s got you covered in their “Tropical Kool-Aid” mix.”

“You shouldn't label Black Alley a "go-go" band. It's limiting, if not wholly inaccurate. While the D.C. septet incorporates the genre's congas, cowbells, and cymbal-heavy drum breaks, its sound is rooted in alt-rock and neo-soul, with dashes of hip-hop and funk for good measure.”

“We don’t encourage copying, but we wouldn’t be mad if other bands followed Black Alley’s lead. In a town that’s been known for producing amazing live musical groups across eras, there should definitely be more killer live hip-hop/R&B bands rocking the urban sounds of the moment. The go-go band tradition is still alive among the younger set, but what makes Black Alley solid is that it covers all bases. After a long period of residencies around town to build its rep, the band has a new full-length album in the can. To celebrate the release of “Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers,” Black Alley will be joined at the Rock & Roll Hotel by comedian Eddie Bryant and DJ Jerome Baker III.”

“This week we’re pumped to feature local Soul Garage band, Black Alley. What is Soul Garage, you ask? It’s a music genre created to distinguish the sound that Black Alley makes, proving that they are not your average go-go band; not even close. Whether it’s soul, rock, funk, hip-hop, etc., Black Alley’s got you covered in their “Tropical Kool-Aid” mix. The seven-piece band keeps busy playing gigs all over the Washington DC area while successfully converting new spectators into Soul Garage fanatics.”

“If you looked at the members of Black Alley, you might assume they only play go-go due to the band members’ ages and fashions. And you’d be wrong. Members call it “soul garage.” But don’t get caught up in the labels because these musicians confidently straddle various genres, revel in being outside of the box and appreciate a loyal and growing fan base they’ve carved out on the local music scene. “They’re younger and are willing to be different, to experiment musically,” said local radio personality Salih “Bootsy Vegas” Williams, while sitting in House Studio D.C., as the group rehearsed one night last month.”

“When you're a music writer, there's a tendency to use the most readily available adjective to describe a band's sonic orientation. "Rock," "funk" and "alternative" come to mind. If you're in D.C., though, "go-go" has to be in the descriptive soup, too....”

“NBC 4 (Washington, DC) - First Heard: Black Alley Band You cannot limit this band to just one genre. Black Alley Band was born and raised in the Washington area, and now it's pushing its own movement: soul garage. The group beat 40 other bands in a local competition to perform in front of thousands of people in September 2011. Click link to watch the feature.”

“Washington, DC has yet to join the ranks of other major metropolitan cities that have been able to maintain national and international musical prominence. Despite its large (yet ever-declining) African American population, the nation's capital has produced very few mainstream cultural icons. Many have argued that the overwhelming popularity of go-go music in DC has minimized the growth of other genres. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Black Alley band matters so much; they are "pushing the DC music scene to its rhythmic limits." ”

“Back in October, we spoke to Kacey of Black Alley about her band's pursuit of greater notoriety. Now, through the "Garage To Grammys Live" program, they have a chance to really grab the music industry's attention while representing the DMV. Black Alley is currently competing against numerous acts from around the country and Canada for the opportunity to take the stage as part of the Grammy festivities next month, a performance that could be critical in getting more people familiar with the band. ”

“It's Monday night in Southeast D.C., and you can hear the music halfway down the block. It's a raucous yet cohesive sound—a mixture of rock-n-roll and R&B, dashed with a little hip-hop and funk. Step inside the single-family home, and the source of the noise becomes clear: Black Alley is in the midst of a two-hour rehearsal, finalizing the songs they will perform live in the NBC Washington studios this week: "Artist's Prayer" and "Bad Girl."”

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