She hopes cake will get her back in family’s good graces
Marsie Goodmen is totally unaware that her plans to pass a Brown Sugar Bakery cake off as her own will fail miserably says insider who knows the entire family.
"She doesn't know that everyone in her family is totally familiar with Brown Sugar Bakery cakes. Her mother, sisters, cousins, everybody," she said. "So when she attempts to pass off a perfectly made four layer caramel cake she will be busted and disgusted."
Goodmen has a different perspective. “My family is lame. They don’t watch Chicago’s Best, ABC's Hungry Hound, read BeanSoupTimes.com or use social media much. There’s no way they know about Brown Sugar Bakery,” said Goodmen. “This is going to be the best holiday ever and dad will put me back in the will after today.”
"Not," said the insider.
By Laila Muhammad
Music has a way of soothing the soul and Ascendant, a local band, did just that as they opened their live performance Nov. 23 in Chicago’s south loop area with a song that lifted God via an upbeat high tempo song with the conga drums played by Michael Lockett taking the lead. Intertwining the conga drums in various songs gives this band a very unique, soulful and authentic sound.
With the soultry voice of Donica Lynn they played a variety of songs from their first album “Illuminated Blue.” Their eclectic sound isn’t the traditional John Coltrane but reminded me more of a contemporary sound like Janelle Monae. With the Ascendant singers overlapping each other’s tunes, it was like watching a slow dance between lovers as they sang a duet.
The songs ranged from upbeat tempo songs in the beginning to the mellow sounds of “All You Need” sang by Lockett who dedicated it to his wife. One can get lost in the music, sending you back to memories of first loves or new love.
Then if you were like me, a lover of all music, you would have enjoyed the old school sounds of the classic house music, which the crowd shouted at the top of their lungs, and some even broke into dance.
From “Illuminated Green”, their second CD they graced the audience with the song affectionately titled “Promise.” Ben Johnson stole the show with a 5-minute solo performance on drums, and Doug, who played the trumpet like Louis Armstrong got accolades from the crowd as well.
A solo from Sam Fullerton on the sax elicited a round of applause, shouts, and oohs and ahhs from an energetic audience.
Then, band leader Kael Mboya Bradley, who also played keyboard, and lead singer, asked for audience to shout “Hills to climb, I don’t mind, I will shine” which just elevated the spirit of the crowd even higher.
This was a great opportunity to sit and listen to this seven-member band, whose message in the music was of life, love, harmony, and family.
This was truly a family affair with people of all ages including children were in attendance, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Lynn described her fight against brain cancer. The entire audience was presented with bracelets that supported the fight against brain cancer.
“Let go and be free. Let music touch your soul,” she said as the show was winding down. "Earth, water, fire and air when combined equals power" and this is exactly what Ascendant is compromised of.
For more information, to hear or support their music, or to book them at your next event visit www.ascendantmusic.com.