Martin Luther McCoy: Music of Sam Cooke

Please note: This is a standing room only dance floor show.

Rising to international attention for his extensive work with The Roots and Cody ChesnuTT, singer, songwriter, and San Francisco native Martin Luther McCoy is on a mission to bring his signature mix of blues-drenched R&B, funk, rock, and old

school soul to audiences worldwide. He returns with a heartfelt salute to the music of the legendary Sam Cooke – an architect of soul music and one of McCoy’s greatest influences.

McCoy is perhaps best known for his on-screen role as the Jimi Hendrix inspired character “Jo-Jo” and his performance of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in director Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated 2007 Beatles tribute film Across the Universe. He made a memorable appearance in comic megastar Dave Chappelle’s 2005 concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and was a highlighted artist during Chappelle’s 2014 SFJAZZ performances as well as 2016’s UnderCover Presents tribute to Amy Winehouse. Steeped in gospel music from his childhood in the church, McCoy began songwriting at six, influenced by a mighty collection of iconic artists including Cooke, Bill Withers, and Parliament/Funkadelic. From that prodigious start, he never looked back – recording and performing with artists including Dave Matthews, Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Zion I. He founded the Rebel Soul Music label in 1999, releasing five scintillating sessions including The Calling, Live at Arlene’s Grocery, Rebel Soul Music, Extra Terrestrial Brother, and Love is the Hero.

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201 Franklin St, 94102
San Francisco
18 August , Saturday 19:00

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