Memorial Hall’s Reflection Series presents Demola

International Award winning multi-genre viral violinist and Pop Artist, Demola (AKA Demola The Violinist) for his One In A Million Reloaded Tour! After all his success on his first headlining tour, he is coming to serenade us in Cincinnati.

Be prepared for a night of covers to include his famed originals along with other popular music across many genres. (Hip hop, reggae/dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop, Country, Jazz etc) There will be something in this concert for everyone.

Internationally acclaimed with over 300 million views across his social media+Youtube and over 2.5 million social media followers, Demola has made numerous appearances on mainstream media, including Good Morning America, ABC network, TheShadeRoom, Baller Alert etc. He is the Official Violinist for Legendary 90s RNB group Tony Toni Toné and the violinist for the Houston Astros.

This is a one of a kind intimate experience. Grab your friends and family and join Demola as you sing along to your favorite songs! This is a show no music lover should miss.

PJ Morton – Cape Town to Cairo Tour

PJ Morton is a soul singer, songwriter, performer and producer based in New Orleans. He is a 5x GRAMMY-winner and 20x GRAMMY nominee who has earned numerous nominations for BET, Soul Train and NAACP Image Awards, in addition to selling out countless shows at historic venues like the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center and others around the world. On top of running his own record label (Morton Records) and serving as Maroon 5’s full-time keyboardist for the past 12+ years, he has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Jon Batiste, Nas, Lil Wayne, JoJo, Yebba, Jill Scott and many others.

In 2024, PJ Morton will become the first Black composer to ever write an original song for a Disney attraction – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, coming soon to Disneyland and Disney World. He will also release an album entirely written, recorded and produced during a 30-day trip across Africa, and publish a new book titled Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. Arriving November 12th via Worthy Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, the memoir sees him recounting and reflecting upon a trailblazing path that continues to defy expectations and straddle the tensions of music and faith, race and culture, expression and identity.


  • VIP Level One – “Early Entry VIP Add-On”
    • 75 available
    • $75 price point
    • Early venue entry 6:30pm
    • Includes:
      • Early Entry to the Venue
      • One (1) Signed Limited Edition Poster
      • One (1) PJ Morton CD
      • One (1) PJ Morton Collectable Item
      • One (1) Commemorative VIP Laminate
      • One (1) Artist-Branded Bag
      • Early Access to shop PJ Morton Merchandise
      • *This is an add on VIP experience only. This ticket alone will NOT get you access to the show

 

  • VIP Level Two – “Meet & Greet with Early Entry VIP Add-On”
    • 50 available
    • $125 price point
    • Early venue entry at 6:00pm
    • Includes:
      • Meet & Greet prior to performance with PJ Morton
      • Early Entry to the Venue
      • One (1) Signed Limited Edition Poster
      • One (1) PJ Morton CD
      • One (1) PJ Morton Collectable Item
      • One (1) Commemorative VIP Laminate
      • One (1) Artist-Branded Bag
      • Early Access to shop PJ Morton Merchandise
      • *This is an add on VIP experience only. This ticket alone will NOT get you access to the show

 

  • VIP Level 3 – “Spades Meet & Greet with PJ Morton” (SOLD OUT)

    • 2 available
    • $250 price point
    • Early venue entry at 6:00pm
    • Includes:
      • Two (2) Fans will get to play a game of Spades with PJ Morton prior to the show. (Upon arrival fans to be escorted to the green room to play Spades with PJ).
      • Early Entry to the Venue
      • One (1) Signed Limited Edition Poster
      • One (1) PJ Morton CD
      • One (1) PJ Morton Collectable Item
      • One (1) Commemorative VIP Laminate
      • One (1) Artist-Branded Bag
      • Early Access to shop PJ Morton Merchandise
      • *This is an add on VIP experience only. This ticket alone will NOT get you access to the show

Will Downing

They say a man’s “soul” is his spiritual essence.  Life’s twists and turns can lift that soul high into the sky or send it crashing to the ground below.  Unfortunately, 2023 started with the latter for Will Downing, following the unexpected and soul-crushing loss of daughter Aron Siobhan Downing in January.  As a father, he was devastated…heartbroken.  As an artist, he sought solace and comfort through his craft…facing the hurt head-on and exploring multiple themes of love to begin the healing. Persevering through the pain Downing is poised to finish the year with his soul rising…literally!  The Prince of Sophisticated Soul is ready to share his 7- song masterclass in triumph over tragedy, Soul Rising!

Celebrating an insane 35 years in the “bizness” and 27 Albums to his credit Will Downing will not be stopped!  Flexing on his international appeal, the lead single “What Part of My Love” shot to the top of the UK Soul Chart Top 30 and parked there.  Those who no longer listen to new releases as the collective work it was intended to be, should make an exception in this case.  Although not a “concept” album, the pieces of Soul Rising fit together beautifully as a single statement and should be enjoyed as such.  We all know the about the smoothness, but there’s a brand-new kind of…dare I say…”Funkiness”, that I think is here to stay!

You (and your speakers, Headphones) etc….. will feel the difference right off the jump, with the lead-off cut, “Closer to Me”, when that bass and drum starts hitting a little differently.  The familiar writing and production tandem of Downing and guitarist Randy Bowland, turn the heat up a bit from their usual formula.  With keyboardist Mike Logan Sr. and background vocalist Ms. Monet rounding out the groove, I dare you not to move somethin’!

House of Love, another Downing/Bowland collab, gives me “Maze” vibes, however unintended, but that’s never a bad thing!  To the extent over the last 4 decades, these two surviving entities may have directly or indirectly influenced each other, I’ll welcome that musical baby into the fold every time with open arms and ears.

Make no mistake…Will Downing didn’t forget the “smooth” that made the Man the Myth the Legend!  Nor did he abandon his world-famous knack for what he affectionately calls “interpretations” of classic hits. He plucked an absolute diamond of a gem from arguably one of the finest early 70’s albums, The Stylistics, Round Two, and their hauntingly enchanting, “You’re As Right As Rain”!  If you’ve ever “slow-dragged” with a blue light in the basement, you will be transported to afros, platforms, bell-bottoms and Brut cologne…if you know you know, but I digress. In addition to assists from long-time collaborator Ronnie Foster, Downing recruits the sweet trumpet of solo Artist and one half of 90’s duo Imprompt2, Johnny Britt to seal vibe.

Soul Rising then takes a solemn turn to the heart and very “Soul” of this release.  Downing, maybe for his own well-being, had to stare his tragedy down squarely and turn art into therapy.  “Till We Meet Again”, serves as a father’s sweet hand-off to God to care for his angel Siobhan, until they’re joined again divinely as father and daughter in heavenly reward.  An unimaginable undertaking for a parent attempting to channel pain into art.  The song is introduced by the actual last New Year’s Day last voicemail exchanged by Downing and Siobhan, which contain no hint of the drama to unfold just 10 days later.  Downing makes the song a true family affair, with daughter Aja and wife Audrey Wheeler Downing lending their supportive voices. A passionately moving albeit gut-wrenching tribute, but well done.

Given that dynamic, it’s understandable that the final three tracks all lean into a theme of “Love”.  Starting with the aforementioned smash, “What Part of My Love”, but pivoting back to that new “funk” vibe with “Love You Right”, this time with Hubert Eaves IV joining the revival.  An intentional sequence I would think, to lift and restore the spirit of Soul Rising!

I think the final cut, “Love of A Lifetime”, as a message, speaks simultaneously of what we seek in both a personal relationship and the love of a father to a child.  Maybe that wasn’t the intent, but given the circumstances, I heard both.  Love is love!

Family…,Will Downing dug deep for this one. Even down to the Album cover a original piece of artwork by Frank Morrison.  Realize, recognize and appreciate a real man, a real artist and a real father with his Soul Rising!