Saturday, November 13, 2010

Joseph Wooten and The Union: I Matter: Dec. 29th The Tralf

Music with a higher calling. 

That’s what 3 time Grammy nominated artist Mr. Joseph Wooten will be presenting to the Tralf Music Hall on December 29
th, at 8:00pm, when he brings his prodigious brand of soul, heart, and music to the stage.  

Joseph Wooten, no stranger to the bright lights, and international venues, will be performing for the first time with Buffalo’s gospel greats “The Union.” With songs such as “I Matter”, A Light in the Distance”, “My Final Tomorrow”, “I Dream in Color”, “I Pledge Allegiance to Unity”, and a vast collection of compositions that ring true to the human spirit of desires, and dreams, ambitions, and goals.

Wooten is the keyboardist for the legendary Steve Miller Band, taking him from Japan, to Europe, Hawaii, and throughout the United States.  When not on the road with Steve Miller, he performs with his brother Victor,  5 time Grammy recipient. Joseph also performs with an elite group of hand picked musicians called Freedom Sings, organized by the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C, presenting a multi-media experience celebrating The First Amendment and free expression.  

Joseph is currently featured in the November issue of Keyboard Magazine as well as in the latest issue of Following Your Joy with Michelle Joy Stimpson.

Joseph’s career began at an early age, sharing the stage with Curtis Mayfield, War, and The Wooten Brothers.  In the 70's, Joseph shared the stage with The Temptations, Stephanie Mills, Dexter Wansel, Ramsey Lewis, and Maze. Joseph also sang back up vocals for Whitney Houston on her debut album, as well as Kenny G.  Joseph also contributed numerous compositions on two of Victor Wootens Grammy nominated CD’s.  


The Union has had a strong presence in Western New York, and the entire East Coast, for the past 25 years.  This gospel trio
has been featured twice on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour, opened for the late Rev. James Cleveland, Delois Barrett Campbell, The Winans, Shirley Caesar, Keith Pringel, Vicky Winans, Douglas Miller, and Billy Preston. The Union performed background vocals for Phoebe Snow, CeCe Penniston, Sara Dash and Dorothy Norwood at the Apollo Theatre during a human rights benefit, sponsored by Reebok.  

They have appeared alongside Gregory Hines, Ziggy Marley, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and Peter Gabriel.  The Union is active in community performing the American and Canadian Anthems for the NFL, and the NBA.  Their tight, clean, melodious, and impassioned voices bring a blend of voices that is rare, and a real joy to hear. 


Joyce Wilson Nixon of The Joyce Wilson Nixon Band and vocalist for Taylor Made Jazz will be your host for the evening. 

In Joseph's words, “We want to do good with what we have to work with in life; we have a chance to be the things that other people and ourselves are looking for . . . to inspire in a few different ways through lifestyle, music, how we conduct ourselves on stage, and afterward, and to inspire to move, to lead by example, to be able to present good music, from good musicians . . . we want to be able to expound goodness for the evening as best as we know how, so we can catch the next opportunity when it shows up.”  


This event is in support of The Food Bank of Western New York during the holidays so please bring non perishable food items to the show to support your community during the season. 

When the curtain goes down, on December 29th at the Tralf,  all will be able to say as the song “I Matter” suggests: 

“This is what I got to see, see that no one means more than me, and one day, when my days are numbered, headed to my final slumber, I’ll say that I was here, I was here, I was here, and I matter . . . and YOU matter too."

**Please visit Josephs website to listen to and download: "I Matter" HERE. You can submit who matters to you and find out who you matter to in this world. 

Wednesday, December 29th 2010
Soul Angel Management Presents:
featuring Buffalo's Own Premier Gospel Vocal Trio, "The Union"
7:00pm Doors | 8:00pm Show
$35 Presale | $40 Day of Show
Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 or

"AKA The Hands of Soul, Joseph Wooten is the fourth brother of the quintet The Wooten Brothers. Currently he tours with his brother Victor Wooten, and The Steve Miller Band."

Joyce Wilson Nixon of The Joyce Wilson Nixon Band will be your host for the evening.

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