Charlotte International Arts Festival

Lady Alma's Live House Music Party

Oct 1, 2022
Oct 1, 2022
Presented By: Blumenthal Performing Arts

Event Description

Directions & Parking

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.

Bank of America Center Parking Garage

  • Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.


  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or >click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*


  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with the arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.


7th Street Station

  • Entrances at 6th and 7th Streets

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Bring your pre-purchased parking pass with you to the show and exchange for an exit pass or purchase your exit pass at the box office or parking stations at the show.

The Booth Playhouse is located on the upper level of Founders Hall. Take the Bank of America Center Parking Garage elevator to the 6th level. Go through the Bank of America Center and cross the over-street walkway into Founders Hall. The Booth Playhouse will be on your immediate right.

About the Artists

Lady Alma: International singer and songwriter LADY ALMA is bringing her soaring, searing vocals back to eager audiences who desire her incomparable funk-house-soul stylings. Born in San Diego and raised in Philadelphia, LADY ALMA began her decades-long career with an entry into the house music scene recording club anthems helmed by the likes of super-producers Yukihiro Fukutomi, David Harness, Fanatix, Kaidi Tatham, 4Hero, and fellow Philly mainstay King Britt.

Her track Let It Fall made a resurgence in 2018 when the song went viral via Facebook with over 30 million views (video of a fan seen dancing and lip-syncing to the song in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa). Not long after, another video of legendary choreographer Toni Basil dancing to It’s House Music” went viral with over 5 million views on Twitter. The buzz catapulted LADY ALMA back into the spotlight - and she has not slowed down!

In 2019 LADY ALMA released her highly anticipated anthology album entitled Twilight (June 28, 2019), with longtime collaborator Mark de Clive-Lowe; she also performed at the 29th annual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival in Chicago on July 6th, 2019. Current releases also include a compilation of remixes of her track Make You Move” featuringrenowned DJs including: Terry Hunter, Mark Francis, DJ Shannon & Lil Dave on T Box’s Records;  Breathe released 2020 produced by South Africa’s own DJ Miza featuring Christopher Michael Stevens, along with a remix of her Traxsource #1 hit-single Your Time to Shine (Wipe The Needle Remix) produced by Lee Gomez.

In 2022, LADY ALMA will resume her dynamic live shows via a virtual residency at World Cafe Live and plan a 2022 release of her newest EP project via BBE Music. As quoted by legendary DJ/Producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, “Oh my God...if you’re looking for some true soulful emotion, movin’ you go...she makes me wanna throw my hands in the air & party the nite away... that’s Philly soul for ya!"

Vertical Current: Vertical Current is a band on the rise, a name on the lips of music lovers in one of the greatest musical cities in America, Philadelphia. The band was started in 2009 by local trumpeter and composer Christopher Michael Stevens, while pursuing a music degree from Temple University. Since then, Vertical Current has become the go to band for visiting artists from the likes of Grammy Award winners Chrisette Michele and Kelly Price to the awe-inspiring Frank McComb. Additionally, the band has opened for a number of notable artists including The Robert Glasper Experiment, Raheem DeVaughn, and Eric Roberson to name a few.

Individually, the members of Vertical Current have traveled throughout the world, performing and recording with an array of celebrated and award winning artists including Roberta Flack, John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, The Roots, Lady Alma and more.  It’s no surprise that their interaction with such amazing artists and composers has further kindled Vertical Current’s passion to create and perform at the highest level.


VC’s brand of music is a unique blend of genres that is intended to uplift and inspire. Strong melodies and funky rhythms are characteristic of their classic style. The band currently has 4 albums available. aRe (2011), Bright Side Of Midnight (2014), and After Midnight (2017) showcase the many ways Vertical Current gets down. The fourth installment, The Future Is Bright (2018), is truly some of their best work!! That being said, the best way to experience the music of Vertical Current is in person. Their electrifying performances will leave you feeling truly inspired!


DJ Marley Marl: One of hip hop’s first and finest Radio DJs and Super Producers, Marley Marl created many of the sharpest beats and hooks in rap history and continues his industry leadership to the present day. 


Famous for representing the rap Mecca Queensbridge and known for introducing hip hop producers to sampling, Marley, born Marlon Williams, appears at the forefront of many of hip hop’s most important moments and movements: including rocking alongside Mr. Magic on Rap Attack, co-founding the legendary Juice Crew, battling KRS One and BDP in the infamous Bridge Wars, producing LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out, breaking new talent on Future Flavas, even inspiring the late great Notorious BIG. 


Marley’s discography is extensive, with classics including Around the Way Girl, Eric B. Is President, Nobody Beats the Biz, The Symphony and hundreds more. The longstanding rivalry with KRS One was even put to rest when he and Marley collaborated on Hip Hop Lives in 2007. 


Marl is in the studio, on the decks, and on the airwaves daily, and can be heard on Golden Era Radio with co-host Roxanne Shanté every Friday night from 8pm to 10pm on WBLS107.5 FM.

Venue Information Booth Playhouse