DJ Soul Sister’s Birthday Jam will feature legendary R&B band Switch


New Orleans DJ Soul Sister will host the 16th edition of her now legendary annual birthday party on Friday, September 9th. The show has become a tradition at Tipitina and each year’s Birthday Jam features a different artist or theme. This year’s “Two Step Throwback Edition” of Soul Sister’s Birthday Jam features the legendary Switch, one of Soul Sister’s favorite bands and a classic pick of R&B radio listeners.

Founded in 1976 by Gregory Williams, and featuring musicians from Michigan and Ohio, Switch scored major R&B radio and club hits on Motown Records with ‘There’ll Never Be’ (1978), ‘I Call Your Name” (1979), “Best Beat in Town” (1979), “Love Over and Over Again” (1980) and more. The band features original member and associates Gregory Williams on vocals and keyboards, Eddie Fluellen on keyboards and vocals, and Michael McGloiry on guitar, as well as veteran Switch vocalist Akili Nickson, bassist James Strong and drummer and New Orleans native Tefere Hazy. The Switch legacy is documented in the memoirs of Williams, Change, Land, Motown & Me.

The show is also a tribute to the original Black New Orleans radio of the 1970s and 1980s, championed by Soul Sister and encouraged by veteran New Orleans DJ Captain Charles and broadcast pioneer Papa Smurf. DJ Captain Charles will open the show with his beloved brand of old-school R&B sets, which have brought him to recent appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival and Caesars New Orleans. The evening’s emcee is Papa Smurf, whose Quiet Storm and other R&B and jazz radio programs have endeared him to New Orleans listeners for more than 40 years.

DJ Soul Sister will close the night with his After Jam,” strictly for dancers who have enjoyed his Soul Power parties, events and shows on WWOZ in his native New Orleans for over 25 years.

While it lasts, a free birthday cake will be available for all guests, prepared by UniquelyMade Cakes & Treats and New Orleans baker Monique Robinson. Tipitina’s is located at 501 Napoleon Avenue.


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