WATCH: New video of ‘Make My Move’

About 18 months ago, I did an interview — his first one! — with a promising, openly gay Oklahoma-based musician named Nehemiah Akbar, who was appearing in Dallas during Black Pride. He was talented then, and his talents have continued to grow. Next month, he has meetings in New York (he hopes to be a signed artist) but until then, he has this awesome new video out there. Catchy tune, hot visuals and he’s a nice guy. Imagine that.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Nehemiah Akbar’s ‘Thank God’

Nehemiah-AkbarThis week’s upcoming edition is our annual Music Issue, and in preparing for it, I’m gonna be posting some music-related stories dealing with the gay community on Instant Tea all week. (Don’t worry: The print edition will contain all different stories, so be sure to pick it up Friday.) We’re gonna start out with a little music video.

A little more than a year ago, I did a story on Nehemiah Akbar, an Oklahoma-based gay musician who was in town for Dallas Southern Pride. He’s a talented guy, and even better, a nice one. (And, it goes without saying, a handsome devil.)

He has a video, just up, of his latest song, “Thank God.” It’s terrific song and a nice video. Check it out after the jump … and watch it past the closing credits for a small surprise.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Nehemiah Akbar at The Brick

Last week, I ran a story about up-and-coming R&B artist Nehemiah Akbar, who did two sets this weekend at Dallas Southern Pride, performing two songs Friday and Saturday at the Brick. Here’s a video of his performance of the single “Make My Move.” Too bad the sound isn’t better.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

When the State Fair is in session, it’s hard not to recommend it every week, but if you’re looking for some good reasons here are two: The Addams Family and Chinese Lantern Festival. The two couldn’t be more different: Addams is a musical version of the cmapy TV sitcom, and while the plot is reed thin (and a rehash of La Cage), the performances, especially by Douglas Sills as Gomez, make it a hoot-and-a-half. .  (If you’re looking for more theater, Uptown Players’ season-ender Hello Again opens on Friday, a very adult musical about bed-hopping across a century.)

Farther into the park is the Chinese Lantern display, a gorgeous festival of color and beauty. If you can, go at night — it’s that much more special.

Sunday Funday is code for “brunch” in Dallas’ gay community, and if you wanna try something different, head over — and up — to Five Sixty at Reunion Tower. On Sunday, it inaugurates its new dim sum brunch with some familiar selections but plenty of new ones … including a Texan Mary that packs a kick with hickory-smoked rim-salt and a jalapeno olive. Yee-haw!

Before Sunday, though, check out the events hosted for Dallas’ Black Pride celebration. We plan to see Nehemiah Akbar perform at The Brick Friday and Saturday night. His music was made for dancin’ and groovin’.

After the rain-out last weekend at the Lone Star Ride (and rainy-but-still fun Pride Parade a few weeks ago), the prospects for this Sunday’s weather is positive, so it might be a good time to get out for LifeWalk. And you can enjoy the outdoors again on Thursday when lesbian twins Tegan & Sara perform at Annette Strauss Square.


—  Arnold Wayne Jones