By Camille Matthews
Albany State University and the City of Albany will host College Town Block Party on Friday, Oct. 8, from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Veterans Park Amphitheater. The event will feature the music ensembles After 7, Glamourlyke and Intrigue. Admission is free.
After 7 is a trio made up of Kevon Edmonds, Keith Mitchell and Jason Edmonds. They are best known for their elegant vocal style and emotionally charged live performances. Brother Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and former partner Antonio “L.A.” Reid discovered the group. After 7 was signed to Virgin Records in 1989 and had immediate success with their self-titled debut album, which went certified platinum and included two gold singles, “Ready or Not” and “Can’t Stop.”
The Indianapolis trio performed their single “Nights Like This” in the 1991 Robert Townsend film “The Five Heartbeats.” In 1992 After 7 released the certified gold album “Takin’ My Time,” which included singles “Kickin’ It,” “Can He Love You Like This” and “Baby I’m For Real.” After 7′s third album “Reflections” also went certified gold including the singles “Gonna Love You Right” and “Til’ You Do Me Right.” In 1994 the group released “Not Enough Hours in the Night” on FOX network’s “Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years” soundtrack.
After 7 has shared the stage with artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Gladys Knight, M.C. Hammer, Regina Belle, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. The group took a break after the release of their third album in 1995, but since 1999 has been on the road performing to audiences across the country.
The trio Glamourlyke has created a new sound dubbed “ghetto-tech.” Their music fuses a melodic sound with funk and soul. The group is new but has been compared to other innovative groups such as Outkast. The group has collaborations with Yelawolf, Will Power, DJ Wally Sparks and Grammy-winning producer Malay. Glamourlyke’s debut song “Coming Home” features Scar from the Dungeon Family. The song is currently in rotation on WVEE V103.3 in Atlanta and on WJTT Power 94.3 in Chattanooga, Tenn., Glamourlyke’s hometown.
Intrigue originated in Albany in 2008. The quintet has the ability to harmonize angelically and captivate female fans. Group members look up to veteran R&B groups Boyz II Men and Jodeci as role models for the level of success they desire to achieve. While under Upscale Management, Intrigue has gained a large female fan base while touring the Southeast. Even though there are many rising R&B groups, Intrigue has an undeniable chemistry. The group members’ work ethic and loyalty give them an edge over their competition. As their success blossoms, the members of Intrigue look forward to entertaining fans across the country.