Ryan Tennis & Francis Mbappe

Saturday, November 12, 2022
Doors: 6pm | Show: 8:30pm

All shows in The Lounge are General Admission and seating is not guaranteed with ticket purchase. To make a reservation and guarantee a seat, click here or call 215-222-1400. The Lounge is a full-service restaurant & bar that opens at 6pm.

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Ryan Tennis
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Hailing from Philadelphia, America’s City of Brotherly Love, Ryan Tennis’ music is all about dismantling boundaries and bringing people together. Genre-defiant by nature and with diversity at its core, his rousing songs are infused with the rhythms from the many countries he’s visited during his extensive tours. While his performances are dynamic and danceable, Tennis’ voice and songs have a disarming sweetness that lowers your defenses and lets you breathe easy.

Francis Mbappe
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A native of Cameroon, Mbappe is an unstoppable natural musician and gifted producer who past collaborations include musical greats such as Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Ashanti Tokoto, Peter Gabriel, Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, and King Sunny Ade.

By the age of nineteen Mbappe was bass player and musical director for Manu Dibango’s band, with whom he toured extensively from 1982 until 1990 while starting his work as a producer, including “Guido Vittale” by Koning Plank (featuring Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart), or the music arrangements for the film “Young Maestro” directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Francis Mbappe is one of the most gifted musicians alive today. His voice and musical genius are unparalleled, and his unique and powerful sound charter completely new musical ground. Francis’ talent and vision place him among the true greats of any era. His deep knowledge of African music, combined with his incorporation of American pop, rock, funk and blues have given birth to an entirely new musical genre, one which speaks to the light in all of us. We are currently seeking endorsements and urge you to check him out online at www.fmgroove.com or www.francismbappe.com.

A native of Cameroon, Mbappe is an unstoppable natural musician who has graced the stage with musical greats such as Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Ashanti Tokoto, Francois Louga, and Ernesto Djedje. By the age of nineteen Mbappe was bass player and musical director for Manu Dibango’s band, with whom he toured extensively from 1982 until 1990. He appears on albums “Surtension”, “Abele Dance”, “Baobab Sunset” and the renowned “Waka Africa” release which also featured Peter Gabriel, Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, and King Sunny Ade. Upon arrival to New York City in the 1990’s, Francis started the band “FM TRIBE” with some of the most exciting, innovative players around. With funk in the conception, rock in the attitude, swing in the movement and soul in the spirit, Francis Mbappe led his band “FM TRIBE” thru the New York City music circuit and recorded a stylistically revolutionary album entitled "Need Somebody." Aaron Heick, former saxophonist, referred to Mbappe’s contribution to the cross-pollination of music as “essential. Francis is contributing something new and truly unique to this scene. He is on the verge of creating a new kind of music that contains many of the best elements of both traditions (jazz, funk, rhythm-n-blues with African music). It is so rare to find someone who is capable of pulling all these types of influences together and to actually create something new.” Before becoming one of New York’s most sought after bass players, Francis also co-produced and arranged the album “Guido Vittale” for Koning Plank, featuring Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, as well as working on music for the film “Young Maestro,” featuring Elizabeth Taylor and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. A regular player at NYC’s “The Zinc Bar,” Francis has been deemed “a shining star” in the NYC world music scene. He has livened up all of the New York hot spots for many years as well as continued with his work as a producer under his music production company “FM GROOVE INC.”, bringing people of different races, educations and backgrounds together in an attempt to unify people through acts of artistic expression (and put out some damn good music in the process!). Francis has recently completed recording his acoustic album entitled "Celebration." This album contains songs both traditional and new. A mixture of simplicity, virtuosity and humility, this compilation of songs reflect the many planes of a life full of adventure, strength, passion and fire.
Listening to Ryan Tennis is like taking a road trip to a new place with an old friend. Songs range from soul-touching acoustic ballads to roots funk and soul to rollicking reggae covers, but under it all is a foundation of groove and warmth that keeps you moving forward.