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A night with Owen Ragland and crew is chock full of chilled-out grooves and swinging jazz, with neo-soul, hip-hop, and even electronic influences. Although originally from Saint Louis, Ragland now lives in New York City, so the trio will be coming back together for this special evening. The trio is joined by the incredible Blue Strawberry favorite Mars Sinclair. At 17, Mars already has a distinctive vocal presence which, blended with Ragland’s trio, creates a truly one-of-a-kind performance.
Featuring young musicians Keith Bowman on Drums and Tilton Yokley on Bass, The Owen Ragland Trio is Ragland's resident band. Keith is a mainstay in the STL music scene. Since graduating from Webster University, he has completed two international tours with singer Tonina, and recorded on countless records. Bassist Tilton Yokley has played with Ragland since 2015, touching the stage at Loufest 2017 and the Zappos campus in 2019. His distinctive bass sound provides rhythmic variety and harmonic counterpoint to the trio’s sound. The trio formed as part of the 2018 Kranzberg Arts Foundations Music Artist-in-Residence, playing every third Friday at The Dark Room, and hasn’t stopped playing since. Showcasing Ragland’s jazz influence as well as soul and R&B, the group plays many of his original works.