Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Rock Harrah’s Atlantic City Again.

We brought our new show to Harrah’s Atlantic City and really took things up a notch. It was another stellar experience, nothing but love from the crowd. Undeniably, our favorite moment of the show was a toss up between ‘Full of Fire’ which turned into a tribute to Prince..Levi really had the audience nearly in tears with his beautiful solo and impromptu playing..the spirit just took us there. We’d planned to extend ‘Still a Thrill’ and go into a few jams like DMSR, Erotic City, Sexy Dancer, Cool..just vibe it..but we ran out of time when it felt like we were just getting warmed up at 90 minutes!

‘Dancer’..you really have to be at one of the concerts to be a part of it. To get everyone moving and grooving so much fun and a blessing. The Shalamar Reloaded was enthusiastically received as well which of course is what we wanted. We are moving forward..that’s what life is about. Learn your lessons. take control of your choices and life and keep it pushing no matter what people have to say.

Here are some behind the scenes photo’s.

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The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.

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Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016

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Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City! 

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Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

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Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.

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Meet and Greet!

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Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.

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Checking in..

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This connection came through social media, Matthew tweeted he’d proposed to his longtime sweetheart ..because she was longtime fan of mine he’d bought tickets to the show as a surprise. I invited them to the VIP Meet and Greet so I could meet them both and congratulate them. #RealLove 

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Always ready to slay. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Two hot sets of hits, new music and more – in one hot show. It’s an experience.

Levi Seacer Jr. our guitarist and former Prince and the NPG member, says it perfectly at the end of the short clip.

 

 

 

Planning and Preparation with Shalamar Reloaded.

Being a real group and artist means you don’t just show up to get a check, the work happens all the time if you want to make things unique, distinct.. meeting, brainstorming, exchanging ideas, listening to each other, being able to keep it real and honest..before ever taking the stage, going in studio, making a video. We don’t just get together to pick up a check, we are constantly in communication. Some want the shine without the grind – not us. We understand that building something special takes time, we’re enjoying the process despite any challenges, roadblocks and those trying to undermine our efforts.

 

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Planning and preparation at Rosero’s home with Nate Allen Smith.

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Shalamar Reloaded soaking in some California sun after a planning business meeting.

Jody Watley. DANCER. The Video Experience.

Rosero McCoy and I had been talking about doing a dance video for a while, and I’m happy to say we finally made it happen. As he’s been doing with recent ‘concept’ dance videos (shortened video’s for a new generation) – Rosero made it all come together.

I’ve only used a lot of dancers once in a video (I Want Your Love) and it wasn’t the best experience. It’s such a gift of life to have other opportunities for a different outcome. This was magic. The energy, the kids, the parents there supporting their kids and their passion, the director Q, Nate from Shalamar Reloaded and the variety of dancers in various genres including of course waacking  – everyone who was there made it a special night in celebration of dance, diverse cultures, confidence and going for your dreams. As inspired as I was – when the video is done, it’s my desire that others will be inspired too.

There was a dancer named Dor, fresh from Israel in America to pursue his dreams of being a professional here. I met him by chance while rehearsing with Rosero, and we reeling him in..he was looking lost and had gotten the schedule wrong for a class.

There was also little Jaxton in the video working his first job – at 7, just going for it. It was an inspirational night – they are me and I am them.

Dancing is where I first found a sense of escape and confidence, it was my field of dreams..the music, the creativity.

I believe a dancer lives in all of us – the drive, the passion, the learning of confidence and the feeling you were born to shine no matter what your circumstance, passion or job is. We are all navigating. DANCER.

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Love these two little one! Tati and Tahani. This is our second time working together – I’m in awe of them.  Next generation!! Clock the hoop earrings! Photo via: Michelle McQuay/Instagram (Tati’s Mom)

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DANCER. After wrapping the video. Photo: Michele Soulchild / Instagram

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Dor from Israel and Jody Watley. DANCER. Follow your dreams!

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Nate Allen Smith from Shalamar Reloaded, The Waackers, Jody Watley and Gene Tapia. DANCER.

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Jody Watley. DANCER. Selfie (during month of December use #DonateASelfie) on Instagram meals will be donated #FeedingAmerica

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Jaxton and Jody Watley. DANCER.

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Hip hop, locking..freestyle. “Get In The Music! “Good vibes. DANCER.

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DANCER. The kids getting it in! “Clock this confidence..lose yourself..”

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Rosero McCoy (Rosero Inc) choreographer, dancer, artistic director,  Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar Reloaded. We are all have a common bond as dancers. DANCER.

Get the single: iTunes

Highlights and Updates. Jody Watley and Shalamar ‘Reloaded’

A visit to K-Earth101 fun times on The Gary Bryan Morning Show with Lisa Stanley in support of the SuperFreeStyle Explosion Concert which took place at The Honda Center in Anaheim 11/14/15/

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Gary Bryan. Jody Watley. Lisa Stanley. K-Earth 101 a quick snapshot after the interview.

Scenes from Honda Center, Anaheim – great night..I loved dancing with all of the kids and dancers which was new for me. Rosero McCoy did an outstanding job putting it together. The girls all rocked classic Jody Watley jumbo hoops with style as a nod to my early solo career and the Real Love video.

Backstage before going onstage to smash the Honda Center Anaheim, CA

Backstage before going onstage to smash the Honda Center Anaheim, CA. Pictured: Nate Allen Smith (Shalamar ‘Reloaded), Jessina Velasquez, John “Havic’ Gregory, Alexander Shulaman, Eric mcCoy, Francesa Romano Ligouri,  Rosero McCoy, Tatiana McQuay, Tahani Anderson with Jody Watley

Video/Photo Collage via Instagram

 

 

Reloaded and Fabulous. Jody Watley and Shalamar®

Reloaded and Fabulous. Jody Watley and Shalamar® for a new era.

Next:

Bossier, Louisiana – Century Link Center 11/21 ‘National Black Rodeo Finals’

Oakland – Yoshi’s Oakland 12/30-31

Oakland – Yoshi’s Oakland 01/01

Tokyo –  Billboard Live 01/18-19

Osaka –  Billboard Live 01/21

Los Angeles –  The Roxy Theater 01/29

San Jose –  SAP Center 02/12 “Valentines Old School Throwback Jam”

Las Vegas –  Orleans Arena 02/13 Love Affair Classic Jam Concert

 

More dates TBA

New Music: Jody Watley ‘DANCER’ REmixed

 

New Music: Shalamar ‘SlowDance’

Concert Updates. Jody Watley and Shalamar.

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November 14, 2015 Anaheim Honda Center

NOVEMBER 14, 2015 ANAHEIM HONDA CENTER- TICKETS: HERE

 

November 21, 2015 CenturyLink Center, Bossier, LA

November 21, 2015 CenturyLink Center, Bossier, LA

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Jody Watley and Shalamar® November 21, 2015 Century Link Center Bossier LA

NOVEMBER 21, 2015 CENTURYLINK CENTER, BOSSIER, LA NATIONAL BLACK RODEO FINALS WITH GRAMBLING STATE MARCHING BAND –  TICKETS (I have no idea who Ms. Jody is – but that’s not me!)

 

 

Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Photography: Christopher Burke.

Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Photography: Christopher Burke.

Dec. 30-31 and January 1 : YOSHI’S OAKLAND, CA  — TICKETS: HERE

Jan. 18 – 19, 2016 – TOKYO, JAPAN BILLBOARD LIVE

Jan. 21, 2016 – OSAKA, JAPAN BILLBOARD LIVE

Jan. 29, 2016 – THE ROXY THEATRE LOS ANGELES, CA TICKETS: HERE

Feb. 13 – ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

Feb, 26 – MIAMI BANK UNITED CENTER – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

Feb. 27 – ORLANDO CFE ARENA  – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

 

Thank You Ramshead Onstage and Blues Alley

bluesalley_sign_shalamar_reloaded_jodywatleyAll of the shows on our DC and Maryland swing were memorable for a variety of reasons. Each venue had great staff, food – and all of the audiences who came out in force to check us out made the experience an absolute joy. New members Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy are being embraced and applauded at every show. Nate steps out into the audience to screams now as he handles the male lead vocals – I love that! With his infectious energy and charm, he’s hard to resist. Rosero is smashing the stage and mesmerizing with his moves and charm as well. The audience can feel what we have is real  – the connection and what we’re bringing to the stage. Performing ‘SlowDance’ is also cool because right away with the intro – people respond which represents they know the song now and sing along as they sway with us side to side.

My new single ‘DANCER’ is a highlight of the new Jody Watley set – as I get people to feel the release of ‘werking it and getting in the music!” It’s a party but I make sure to send everyone back into the world with love and gratitude for being alive – living in the moment, the now.

Nate, Rosero and I also had our first movie day together. I can tell you this was also a first for me – in my previous Shalamar life that would have never happened.

Thank you Ramshead Onstage and Blues Alley (it was an honor to be a part of the 50th year anniversary milestone) for having us. Thank you to everyone who came out. I’m thankful for my blessings and being able to share the gift of music.

The journey!

We are bringing music, dance and style to the stage. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar® Reloaded

We are bringing music, dance and style to the stage – there is no one doing and giving the people what we’re doing right now.. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar® Reloaded

Nate Allen Smith, Bryan Monroe (former editor and analyst at CNN, editor of JET and Ebony), Kim Keating, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded for a new era

Nate Allen Smith, Bryan Monroe (former editor and analyst at CNN, editor of JET and Ebony), Kim Keating, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded for a new era, backstage at Blues Alley after a soldout concert.

Jody Watley and Nikki Strong WHUR / Voice of America at Blues Alley

Jody Watley and Nikki Strong WHUR / Voice of America at Blues Alley

Rosero, Jody and Nate take in 007 "Spectre" at a Regal 16 Theatre in VA.

Shalamar in the house!Rosero, Jody and Nate take in 007 “Spectre” at a Regal 16 Theatre in VA.

Nate Allen Smith photographed by Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded

Nate Allen Smith photographed by Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded (shared via Instagram)

Selfie. Jody Watley backstage at Blues Alley 2015.

Selfie. Jody Watley rocking twists and braids – backstage at Blues Alley 2015.

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Rosero McCoy. Shalamar®  Reloaded- Style.

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Jody Watley and Shalamar® poster at Ramshead Onstage

Live at Ramshead Onstage. Jody Watley and Shalamar® 2015

Live at Ramshead Onstage. Jody Watley and Shalamar® 2015 (via Instagram)

Spins and Blends ReCap: Ramshead Onstage: HERE

 

 

Just Announced. Jody Watley and Shalamar Set To Play Legendary Roxy Theater

SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015

SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015

 

 

The Roxy holds a special place in the past lore of Shalamar, as one of the first performances we did with Gerald Brown (original). There was a fistfight that night — I’ll have to save that tidbit for my memoir. I first saw Prince make his debut here — this means so much. Special thank you to my friend Bryan Rabin for steering me in the right direction to make this happen.

 

Tickets go on sale October 23: Here  – this will also be a birthday celebration for yours truly!