As we gear up for the launch of The Market at Power Inn, we caught up with Anthony Coleman, well known musician and producer, who is set to kick off the market vibes. He gave us an insightful look into music, his inspiration, and his band, Enoeca (E-NA-CHA) and what to expect this Friday.
Let’s start with the fun stuff: What is your favorite vegetables?
Carrots. Can’t go wrong with carrots but I also love broccoli, any kind of greens, spinach, kale and all that. I love salads and mixing fruits in there. Squash is cool too.
The name of this article is called “Market Beets”. What “Beets” will you be dropping on Friday at the Market at Power Inn?
For Market at Power Inn, I’m doing a special tribute to Fetty Wap so we’re going to do ALL Fetty Wap songs… I’m completely playing.
I’m going to do a mix of stuff. The inspiration of this particular band is about understanding the value of certain songs, and being free enough to open them up in different ways. It’s growth for each individual in the band. We learn about each other, and ourselves in this music. We do a lot of Herby Hancock kind of funk stuff, Stevie Wonder songs, some original stuff too. We have a huge palate of music, so it’ll really depend on which songs we decide on.
Around Unseen HQ, we like to say music is seasonal. Our “Beets” change with the seasons just like fruits and veggies. So, what are you listening to this time of year?
Different vibrations inspire me, so I go completely off feeling. Right now the main artists I’m listening to are Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anderson Paak, the Internet, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Andre 3000, Anything Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Chris Turner, Stephcynie Curry, Amber Mims, Jesse Boykins, Ambrose Akinmusire, Josh Evans, Keyon Harrold.
So, now for the deep stuff: What motivated you to start in music?
My mom told me when I was really young, I used to play with my cousin’s guitar, I don’t remember that, but I guess you could say that’s where it all began. I never actually learned to play the guitar, but it sparked my love of music. When I was seven, my mom bought me a keyboard. In summer camp I took up the trumpet, and haven’t stopped playing it since. I went on to play at Sac High School and then in almost all of the Sacramento college bands. I got into the Brubeck Institute in University of Pacific and then into The New School in New York. I’ll probably be going back to school in the fall to the University of New Orleans to get my masters in music.
Have you always loved performing?
I was five the first time I stood up in front of people and got an applause. I can still remember that day, it was in the church I grew up in, and recited all the books in the Bible in both testaments. Once you get that applause as a performer that’s it, you’re like “Yes I want to do this”. The clap is inspiring!
Who are your favorite local artists and why?
There are tons of artists in Sacramento that I like. People don’t really know that, but there are thousands of different bands in Sacramento. I’m a part of Element Brass Band, so obviously them! Enoeca, Simplistic, Zyah Belle, TAIS (He’s one of my all time favorite artists), Drunken Kung Fu, James Cavern, JoeKye. For blues I like Michael Ray, Sandra Delores and Zorelli. This city has so many crazy talented artists, it’s unbelievable.
And last but not least, give us a piece of advice that you would share with an up-and-coming artists/performers?
Patience is a virtue. Understanding just because it has worked for one person, doesn’t mean it’s what you need for your success. I think those are important words to live by.
The Market at Power Inn officially launches April 15th, It will be held every Friday (April through October) from 10am-2pm. You can catch Anthony Coleman and his band Enoeca (E-NA-CHA) performing this Friday April 15 at 11am, and again on Saturday, April 16th at Harlow’s on J Street. The Market at Power Inn is hosted by the Power Inn Alliance and professionally managed by Unseen Heroes.